Auto Machinist Crew Chief

Auto Machinist Crew Chief
Seattle, WA 98108
Posted: September 20, 2022

In this role you will supervise automotive machinists and be a working crew chief in the maintenance and repair duties of vehicles and equipment at the Marine Maintenance Auto Shop.

  • You will supervise crewmembers within union contract, Port policy, department work rules, Port safety practices, Port Values, and other guiding principles, ensure emergency trouble calls, PM’s, CM’s, and projects are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • You will review work assignments with General Foreman and implement changes, review, and approve work orders, log notes, and parts requests from auto shop staff, review time entry and leave requests and forward to General Foreman.
  • You will create and send daily time reports to the Marine Maintenance timekeeper, set clear expectations, standards, and direction for crew members along with General Foreman and management ensure there are adequate equipment and supplies to meet shop and equipment needs.
  • You will provide technical support and coaching to Auto Machinists, Semi-skilled Auto Machinists and Apprentice Auto Machinists, establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external partners and work with leadership team to align crew to achieve a common purpose.
  • You will conduct regular 1-on-1 meetings with auto shop staff to discuss work projects, resource needs and shop improvements.
  • You will lead a team in time of emergency (snow removal, disasters, etc.) and demonstrate sound problem-solving skills and teamwork as well as fill in for the Auto Shop General Crew Chief when they are out of office.
  • You will be responsible for shop operations and ensure compliance with Maritime work rules and safety requirements.
  • You will work with General Foreman to ensure that safety equipment, training and work time are adequately budgeted and ensures that accidents and incidents are investigated and properly reported and performs regular site safety inspections.


Who you are:

 Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have two (2) years of supervisory experience and a journey level automotive mechanic experience.
  • Educated – You possess a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Desired – We hope you have CDL Class B license, three (3) years of experience in supervising heavy equipment maintenance shop and an Associate degree.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work.  At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Knowledgeable – You have a knowledge of principles and practices of automotive repair shop management and productivity standards in an automotive repair facility. You have a knowledge of applicable U.S. Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and knowledge to develop clear plans that identify expected results and outcomes, as well as means to measure progress towards those results.
  • Innovative Leader – You are able to find new ways to improve processes and create efficiency to build safe work environments, skilled in developing and leading effective teams, skilled in using diplomacy and tact in sensitive situations. You are flexible and able to adapt to new situations and challenges. You are skilled to work with other departments as a team with the same common goal, promote teamwork in constructive ways to create collaboration and new ideas, skilled to utilize a variety of resources that includes, but is not limited to, hand and power tools, diagnostic tools and equipment, and office computers to perform essential functions of the job.
  • Great Communicator – You are able to communicate effectively verbally and written, able to develop and maintain effective and ongoing relationships with customers, users, and staff through periods of conflict and disagreement.
  • Problem Solver – You are a problem-solver, and you are skilled to make quick and decisive decisions to resolve a problem. You are able to coordinate all work activities of crew members and be an active member of the auto shop maintenance team.


What else you need to know: 

  • Driver’s License – You will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required in order to travel locally to project sites.
  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (40 hours per week
  • Work Environment – You will generally work in an office/Mechanic shop environment. At times, employees are required to work at night, weekends, holidays, or staff 12-hour shifts if there is an emergency or operational condition require it. it.   You may work at heights or in confined spaces and will generally work in both indoor and outdoor environments, including all types of inclement weather.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Overtime Eligible – You are eligible for overtime pay in this role.
  • Safety Requirements – You will be required to comply with all work rules, safety, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Union Representation – This position is represented by International Association of Machinists union, Local 289.


Why you’ll love it here: 

  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental, and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks of paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – The Port of Seattle values diversity as a source of innovation and strength. We are actively working across the organization to create a culture where all employees – regardless of race, gender, and other identities – succeed and reach their fullest potential.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce, and job creation in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner.


**Please note if your position is represented by a union, please reference your “Collective Bargaining Agreement” or call your Union Representative for specific information related to benefits and eligibility, as they may differ from the above.**

Why the Port of Seattle: Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Find out more here.

Our vision is to create a Port that mirrors – throughout its breadth of operations and services and within its leadership – the diversity of our communities, instill principles of equity into its culture, and ensures a fair and intentional distribution of opportunities to expand economic develop and quality of life for all in our region. Find out more about how our values RAISE us up and our commitment to equity.

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