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Western States Equipment Company Apprentice Truck Technician - Swing Shift in Spokane, Washington


SUCCESS AT WESTERN STATES: Western State’s culture is based on passion for our Vision, Mission, and VALUES. We are fiercely committed to SAFETY and sending every employee, safely home, every day. We strive for EXCELLENCE in all we do and are proud to be a “play to win” organization. We act with INTEGRITY in each and every decision we make. Our People and TEAMWORK drive a fun and engaging culture. We are ACCOUNTABLE as individuals and as an organization.

JOB SUMMARY: The Apprentice Truck Technician is capable responsible for basic maintenance and truck chassis, drivetrain and engine repair, under the supervision of a Journeyman or Master level Technician. Developing skillset includes include diagnosis, removing, repairing, installing, disassembling, assembling, rebuilding, and reconditioning, according to specifications.



  • Actively cares, promotes, manages, and advocates safety at Western States. As a team member in the organization, it is critical to ensure all employees, vendors and clients have a safe work environment while adhering to all applicable safety policies, procedures and standards.

  • Ability to complete Job Hazard Analysis (JHA’s) prior to any job-related tasks according to WSECO’s policy and standards.

  • Maintains clean/clutter free personal work areas to ensure safe environment for all WSECO employees.

  • Adhering to required personal protective equipment (PPE) as identified in safety policy.

Diagnosis, Troubleshooting, and Repair

  • Develops basic troubleshooting skills on various engine and truck systems under the supervision of a Journeyman or Master Level Technician.

  • Assists with skill level appropriate testing while comparing data to specifications to determine if the system is working as designed.

  • Assists with diagnosing and repairing machine failures according to WSECO’s time requirement guidelines.

  • Performs experience level appropriate tasks independently, including inspections and minor troubleshooting, when scheduled for required preventative maintenance service.

Engines and Drivetrain

  • Ability to independently complete engine preventative maintenance and inspect and repair external engine components.

  • Performs preventative maintenance duties on drivetrain including proper additive use and oil sampling. Basic troubleshooting and repair include but not limited to identifying leaks, replacing seals/hub bearings and races, adjusting clutch brakes, removing/inspecting axles and identifying u-joint and yoke series.

Electrical, Air Systems, HVAC, and Cab

  • Understands basic electrical components with the ability to test, repair, and replace circuits. Includes but is not limited to Deutsch and Ampseal Connectors, 6/12/24 battery voltage systems and ability to repair/replace varies harness types.

  • Ability to inspect and troubleshoot air system components including brake chambers, governors and compressors.

  • Troubleshoot and service HVAC systems to include evacuating, recharging and replacing components when required.

  • Basic understanding of general mechanical/electrical cab functions pertaining to operator interfaces.

Brakes, Frame, and Suspension

  • Basic understanding and assisted replacement of drum brakes, disc brakes and ABS System.

  • Under supervision of Journeyman or Master level technician performs general tasks in troubleshooting and repair of various frame and suspension systems including shock absorbers, leaf springs, cab airbags and wheel sensors.

Continued Development

  • Participates in continued education and training initiatives as outlined in the Western States Equipment Technician Career Development Plan. (TCDP)

  • Learns how to utilize service manuals (SIS and parts books) to address technical issues and perform all required tasks within technician level abilities, in accordance to printed procedures.

  • Develops familiarity with parts reusability guidelines.

  • Develops ability to write and read complete factual service reports for files and warranty purposes for timely work order closing.

  • Develops skill sets to address all inquiries in a prompt and friendly manner in an effort to meet or exceed internal/external client expectations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned while developing a mindset for technician productivity.


  • Basic computer/typing skills.

  • Ability to obtain job related certifications for any specialty equipment such as but not limited to forklifts, rigging and overhead cranes, etc.

  • Developing knowledge of manufacturer specific software. (SIS, ET, and STW)

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Consistent attendance and timeliness.

  • Working within and promoting Western States’ purpose, vision and values.


  • Proof of high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).

  • Associates degree in diesel technology or trade school diploma or one-year minimum experience in diagnosis, repair, disassembly, and assembly of on-highway trucks and engines.

  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record required.

  • Appropriate technician level tooling required.

  • Must be able to communicate (speak, read, comprehend, write in English).


  • Ability to stand for long periods of time along with walking, sitting, repetitive climbing stairs, reaching (including but not limited to above-shoulder reaching), repetitive bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, leaning and twisting.

  • Exposure to extreme temperatures and environment.

  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs. in accordance with Western States’ Lifting Policy to include amount and approach.

  • Must be able to meet all safety requirements for applicable safety policies.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. It is not intended be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this classification.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)