Maintenance Mechanic

Who we are

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) works closely with local governments and other community partners throughout Clark County to address issues of affordable housing and homelessness and help families break the cycle of poverty.

Who we are looking for

The VHA is seeking a Maintenance Mechanic that will perform basic work in the maintenance and repair of assigned and consistently designated VHA residential units and/or office buildings. The Maintenance Mechanic determines the level of repair necessary and performs a variety of tasks involving the use of tools and materials of several recognized crafts including plumbing, carpentry, and other related trades.

What you'll do

  • Respond to requests for service, determine what is needed to complete the requests. Purchases, places orders, and monitors supplies to meet service needs.
  • Performs basic repairs on toilets, faucets, and drains; unplugs toilets and drains; and performs other plumbing work in VHA dwelling units and offices.
  • Performs basic repairs on doors and jams; replaces broken windows; replaces damaged floor tile; repairs screens; changes and repairs locks; repairs countertops and cabinets; and performs other carpentry work in VHA dwelling units and offices.
  • Performs basic repairs on refrigerators, stoves, and garbage disposals; tests and cleans smoke detectors; re-lamps light fixtures; cleans and repairs furnaces; tests and adjusts fans, motors, heaters, fire alarm systems and electrical generators; checks water treatment systems; and performs other electrical work in VHA dwelling units and offices.
  • Performs painting, glazing, soft tile laying, and masonry work in vacant or occupied resident units as assigned. Paints exterior walls and fixtures as required.
  • Determines and/or makes recommendations regarding necessary level of repair, most cost effective options, and whether replacement is required.
  • Educates residents regarding VHA, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and city building requirements and enforces codes and regulations.
  • Responds to emergency repair requests.
  • Consistently complies with position and department safety and attendance standards.
  • Establishes and maintains positive, productive relationships with employees, residents, vendors, and other work related contacts.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, work plans, and performance measures. Continuous improvement of service delivery to assist in attaining the unit/program/department initiatives and goals, agency core strategies and mission through a spirit of service, teamwork and respect.
  • Attend all required training and safety meetings. Use, maintain and replace assigned personal protective equipment. Report all injuries and illness to manager immediately. Complete and submit incident/accident reports as required, report hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices to supervisor.

What we offer

  • Starting salary range for this position is $25.32 -  $27.32 per hour based on experience.
  • Full-time, non-exempt, union-represented position that is also part of an on-call rotation providing emergency maintenance after hours and on weekends.
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Benefits package also includes 10.39% paid into WA PERS by employer, 12 company paid holidays, and generous paid time off and separate sick time accrual.
  • Meaningful work that addresses affordable housing and homelessness in our community.

What you'll bring

  • At least two years' experience in residential construction or building maintenance including carpentry, plumbing, painting, or mechanical trades work (required).
  • Experience and expertise in more than one trade strongly preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and meet VHA auto insurance requirements.

For more information on the Vancouver Housing Authority please visit our website at Please note, those candidates deemed to best match our requirements will be contacted for an interview. We do not discuss application status during the selection process. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

The VHA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applications for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as covered veteran in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.