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Marine Mechanic III

Vessel Operations
$35.42 - $47.63 per hour
Employment type
Full Time
Entry level

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:  


Supports the Marine Services department’s goal to provide safe, secure, reliable, regulatory compliant, environmentally sound, and quality passenger ferry services.  This position supports the work of the Marine Mechanic II and performs specific tasks as assigned.


Performs on a regular basis, inspection and cleaning of vessel engineering, void spaces and vessel equipment, consistent with sound marine practices.


Performs routine checks of marine system levels and conditions, such as operating fluids, hydraulics, coolants, tankages, lubricants, batteries, lighting, wiper blades, etc.


Supports and assists as directed, the Marine Mechanic II in maintaining vessels and associated marine systems, and performing light-medium repairs, including:

  • Efforts to ensure machinery and machinery spaces are maintained in a safe, orderly fashion compliant with applicable requirements and following good marine practice.
  • Performance of daily upkeep, preventive maintenance of the vessel’s main propulsion and auxiliary systems, such as diesel engines, waterjets, diesel generators, HVAC, plumbing, and marine electronics, and the organization of associated spare parts and supplies.
  • The planned and ad-hoc repair of diesel propulsion engines, fuel systems, lubricating systems, marine electrical systems, water cooling systems, heat exchangers and related marine equipment.


Supports as directed, routine inspections of the vessel and its components, checking on all operating and safety equipment in support of safe and reliable ferry operations.


As directed, sails on vessels to support their upkeep and maintenance.


As directed, drives to area vendors to pick up vessel equipment parts and supplies associated with repair efforts.


Assists with inventory control and documentation for consumable liquids and spare parts and with ongoing retention of records of vessel/equipment maintenance and repair work, consistent with the manufacturer’s life-cycle servicing expectations.


Wears/dons applicable personal protective equipment appropriate to the assigned job task in potentially loud/hazardous work environment.

This position reports to the Marine Maintenance Manager.


Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record.  Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

  • a current Decision-Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  • more than two late reports

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in this position.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic safe working practices
  • Upkeep and cleaning of engineering spaces and equipment

Skill in:

  • The use of tools and standard practices used in marine maintenance and repair
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Record keeping

Ability to:

  • Work with an existing electronic preventative maintenance program
  • Work with staff and passengers in a courteous and professional manner
  • Work independently or in a team setting
  • Follow oral and written instructions

Commitment to:

  • Customer service and safe passenger vessel operations in a team environment
  • Safe operations, utilizing correct safety equipment, personal protective equipment, and tools/guards in the manner in which they were intended

Education and Experience:  High school diploma/GED.  At least 3 months experience in the upkeep, servicing, and repair of vessels, marine engines, and related marine equipment.

Licenses and Certifications:

Required: A valid Driver’s License.

A valid Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within thirty days of hire.

Desired:   Certification as a Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED).


Position Summary:  We are looking for a Marine Mechanic III to join our marine services department to perform a wide variety of marine support functions related to the upkeep, maintenance, and repair of U.S. Coast Guard certified small passenger ferries, including engineering housekeeping duties, system/equipment preventative maintenance, repairs, and related support functions in conformance with agency policies and practices.

Salary Range:  The range for this position is $35.42 - $47.63 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($35.42).  Employees typically progress from Step 1 to Step 2 at six-months from their hire date and annually thereafter with satisfactory job performance. Step increases are based on a seven-step progression in each pay range with each step being approximately 5% higher than the previous step. Kitsap Transit additionally pays longevity pay at 15 years, 20 years and 25 years.

Benefits:  Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance.  This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays pro-rated based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per pay period. Kitsap Transit also provides employees and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work:  Work will be performed on vessels after service hours during the week and on weekends. These hours may vary depending on the business needs of the agency.  As the business needs of the agency change, applicants must also be available to work any hours of operation including weekends and all holidays.  The schedule for this position may vary from week to week and may include weekend and holiday work on a permanent basis.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  

Positions in this class typically require vision, dexterity, strength, mobility, voice, and hearing capabilities consistent with those set forth in USCG licensing standards for engineers (eCFR :: 46 CFR Part 10 Subpart C -- Medical Certification).  This position may work during the hours of darkness, outdoors, at sea, and in stressful time-sensitive situations.  This position will require lifting heavy objects up to 70 pounds, crouching for extended periods, lengthy mechanical work in very small spaces, climbing ladders and entering through narrow hatches & passageways.  This position may be scheduled to work outside the typical workweek, required to work overtime, or asked to work outside normal/scheduled business hours to provide hands-on support. Some travel maybe required.

Selection Process:  After evaluating the completed application packets, we will invite the most qualified applicants to the next step in the recruitment process.  We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks. Kitsap Transit does not pay any relocation costs.

To Apply:  If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at  Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.

Closing Date:  Your completed application must be submitted online by 4:00 PM, Friday, July 5, 2024.  You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application. 

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals. You can find Kitsap Transit’s EEO Policy at Please contact Marianne Rajan, Human Resources Manager at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact or 360-479-4348 (TDD).
  • If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.
  • Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.


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