Truck Shop / Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Tacoma, WA

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Truck Shop / Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Tacoma, WA

801 E Portland Ave
Tacoma, Washington, 98421
United States

 Journeyman Truck Shop / Heavy Equipment Mechanic:



Demonstrated ability to work safely in an industrial environment paper and pulp mill operating 24 hours per day 7 days/week.  Able to work M-F 7:30A – 3:30P normally with occasional overtime, weekends, and call-ins.  Function as a team member of the maintenance shop in a union environment.  Performs a variety of maintenance and repair activities on rolling stock and heavy equipment in a large paper & pulp mill.


What you need to succeed:


Technical Skills Required:

  • Fabrication, Installation and Service on the following heavy equipment:

  • Dozers

  • Loaders

  • Mobile Cranes

  • OTR Trucks

  • Fork Lifts

  • Golf Carts


  • Ability to work alone in all aspects including but not limited to:

  • Troubleshooting

  • Parts identifying and ordering

  • Repair in a timely manner

  • Monitor the status of the equipment on a daily basis

  • Track run time hours manually for service


  • Demonstrate a basic level of skills in processes that may be outside of primary craft core competency including but not limited to:

  • Minor welding

  • Cutting with torch

  • Computer operation including internet parts search

  • Fitting

  • Rigging

  • Operate shop equipment including variety of small and large hand tools, overhead cranes, hoists, man-lifts, fork lifts, etc.


  • Adheres to all corporate and department safety guidelines and procedures.  Attends safety training classes to keep current. 

  • Actively participates and contributes to machine and process improvements.

  • Ensures the working area, tools and equipment are maintained in a clean, organized and safe manner.

  • Actively supports all environmental and recycling efforts including the disposal of hazardous materials.

  • Computer skills required.

  • Performs additional duties as requested and must be willing to pick up additional training as may be determined by the Company

Skills Desired:

  • Experienced in hydraulics

  • Experienced in Electrical Systems (12V & 24V)

  • Experienced in Air Brakes of Trucks & Equipment

  • Experienced in a Dealership, Construction & Field Work setting

  • Must be Trade Qualified in Welding & Torch work

  • Experienced in ALL Fuel Systems (Diesel, Gas & LP)

  • Experienced in day to day Repair & Preventative Maintenance in a Production Setting


Education/Experience Required:

  • GED/High School Equivalency

  • Graduate of a Technical School for Diesel Mechanics

  • 4 Year Apprenticeship Program from noted Equipment Dealership or Construction Company

  • Must have Journeyman Diesel Mechanic license or Equivalent, valid in Washington State.

  • Demonstrated technical aptitude and experience working in a heavy industry environment (Pulp and Paper, Oil and Gas, Foundry, etc.) preferred.

  • Ideal candidate will have 10 years of experience in heavy industry environment.


Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills - proactive nature, with a proven track record of working with others.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work either independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team to achieve results and meet project schedules.

  • Demonstrates initiative and is self-directed, anticipating needs and suggesting improvements.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a strong teamwork style and a passion for achieving goals.  Able to manage competing and fluid priorities.

  • Interface effectively with operational, maintenance and management personnel to assure continuity of efforts.

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and conduct work with high level of professionalism.


How you will impact WestRock:

Applicants will be evaluated based on the accumulation of their work experience and education and those hired will be eligible to participate in a tiered system for pay according to the proficiency of these skills.  All hired Electricians will be expected to participate in a rotating shift support role running the mill 24/7, but will also be presented the opportunity to work a day shift schedule when positions become available.


Required to join the IAM Local Union 297 and pay membership/working dues on a monthly basis.


Apply your skills to increase efficiency, reliability and productivity in WestRock’s manufacturing environment as you own assignments which support multiple departments.  In this role, heavy emphasis is placed on safety, teamwork, initiative, organizational skills and problem solving.  As a steward of the community, you will also gain a knowledge and appreciation for reducing environmental impact as a professional working in the Tacoma Tide-flats.


What we offer:

  • Excellent opportunity for anyone pursuing a career.

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities.

  • Work culture based on Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Excellence.

  • Attractive compensation and benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), pension, life insurance, disability insurance.

  • A career with a packaging company where Sustainability, Safety, and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.


If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application.  We want to hear from you!


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.



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