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Provisional Ferry Mechanic

Vessel Operations
$109,075.20 Annually
Employment type
Full Time

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:  

  • Occupational health and safety rules and working practices applicable to this position. 
  • Monitoring and inspection of propulsion and auxiliary machinery and other supporting systems (i.e., electrical, plumbing, electronics, hydraulics and HVAC in a commercial application.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting principles and best practices.

Skill in or Ability to:

  • Understand, read and communicate (both orally and in writing) in Standard English.
  • Interpreting and applying oral and written instructions in a consistent manner.
  • Reading and reasoning skills to aid in troubleshooting equipment, understanding manufacture and engineering schematics and system drawings.
  • Maintain corrective and preventative maintenance records using a computer-based maintenance management information system.
  • Perform tasks with limited direction, and minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate ability to make logical decisions and sound judgments using common sense.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Machine shop fabrication skills, familiar with lathe and mill use for the purpose of modification and fabrication of components.
  • Welding, steel and aluminum, in shop setting and on-site.
  • Electrical/electronic systems, motor controllers, power distribution, PLCs, and ability to troubleshoot the same.
  • Off-highway and/or marine diesel engine operation and maintenance

Position Summary

Under general supervision, the Ferry Mechanic performs preventative, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, trouble-shooting, repair, and modifications on structural, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, piping and control systems found on ferry vessels and passenger terminals; performs related work as assigned. Responsibilities include record keeping and written verification of work accomplished.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Working with computers on a daily basis for work scheduling, work order entry and work order reporting on the Districts electronic maintenance system in addition to notifications and communications.
  • Conducts tests, analyses and measurements as directed to diagnose any unusual, erratic or malfunctioning occurrence in any shipboard or terminal system or component.
  • Reports any unusual wear patterns, noise, pressure, temperature, or changes in voltage, current, cycles, resistance or any other indication of potential malfunction.
  • References manufacturer schematics including blueprints, drawings and specifications to resolve maintenance issues.
  • References parts catalogues and other sources to determine correct parts for specific applications.
  • Performs inspections, preventive maintenance, repairs and overhauls as directed.
  • Documents and records work performed and parts and materials used in the electronic maintenance system. 
  • Reports all safety hazards and corrects unsafe situations immediately where possible.
  • Immediately reports to supervisor any potential maintenance problem or condition which could cause a possible schedule delay.
  • Maintains all work areas, special tools and equipment used in performing maintenance function, in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Operate a forklift and other equipment/vehicles safely.
  • Interacts on a regular basis with vessel operations personnel.
  • Adheres to the safety and health rules and safe working practices applicable to job.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with District employees, customers, vendors and all others contacted during the course of work using principles of excellent customer service. 
  • Performs additional related duties as assigned.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and performance required. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Completion of a four (4) year apprenticeship program, or approved equivalent as a heavy equipment or marine mechanic OR four (4) years of progressively responsible journey level full-time work experience performing to the maintenance and repair of heavy equipment which should include mechanical, electrical or welding repair, and at least one year in an industrial environment.
  • Experience in corrective and preventative maintenance records using a computer-based maintenance management information system
  • Experience in utilizing MS Windows based software for data entry, work order processing and materials requisitioning

Required License:  

  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record (Operates District Vehicles).
  • No DUI’s or Reckless Driving codes within the last 7 years. 
  • No more than two moving violations within the last 3 years.

Required Tools:

  • Must have a full set of journey level hand tools to accomplish assigned work.


  • Shifts are scheduled based on seniority.
  • The Ferry Maintenance Department operates 7 days per week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day.
  • Must be available to work all shifts; some overtime maybe required to handle emergencies.

Physical Requirement:  

Requires frequent and extensive physical activities such as: lifting and manipulating up to 50 lbs., bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, twisting, climbing, gripping, and other movements related to essential duties. Work around fumes, odors and dust in an occasionally high noise level environment with appropriate personal protective equipment. Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner. Ability to wear a respirator and be fit tested. Must wear hearing protections when performing certain duties.

Apply Instructions

Applicants must apply online and submit the following documents at the time of application:

1.  GGBHT Online Employment Application 


2. Resume (Scan and attach as PDF copy to your online application) 

3. Evidence of completion of a four-year apprenticeship or equivalent if applicable (Scan and attach as PDF copy to your online application) 

4. A copy of your DMV K4 printout (Scan and attach as PDF to your online application).
For external applicants: The applicant's submitted DMV K4 Printout should be dated within 30 days from the date of the job posting. A complete DMV K4 report has the word *END* in capital letters at the end of the report. 



Based in San Francisco, the District consists of three operating divisions including Bridge, Bus, and Ferry, and an Administrative division. The District offers a variety of career opportunities to consider, including transit operations and maintenance for Bus and Ferry Divisions, professional and clerical, as well as, skilled labor and crafts positions. The District employs about 800 regular full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.                 

The District values our employees and customers who come from many diverse backgrounds. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our region and to ensuring that our employees and customers are treated fairly and free from intolerance and discrimination. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.                               

Our goal is to provide our employees with the best possible compensation and benefits including competitive salaries, generous paid sick, holiday and vacation leave, District-paid group life insurance, excellent medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage, participation in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) pension plan, optional deferred compensation program, free transportation on the Golden Gate Bus and Ferry systems, free passage on the Golden Gate Bridge, and much more! 

Founded in 1937


1011 Andersen Drive
San Rafael, CA, 94901 United States