Apprentice Rebuild Technician

Job Posted: October 23rd, 2021

Location: Pocatello, Idaho, US

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 Rebuild Technician is responsible for performing the quality and efficient disassembly, cleaning, and inspection of components under the supervision of a Journeyman or Master level Rebuild Technician. Developing skillset include diagnosis, repairing, disassembling, assembling, rebuilding, and reconditioning, according to manufacturer 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 equipment 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 repairs and diagnosing engine failures according to WSECO’s time requirement guidelines.
  • Performs experience level appropriate tasks independently, including inspections and minor troubleshooting, when scheduled for required repair.
  • 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.

Engine Components

  • Removes and inspects all ancillary engine components including but not limited to water pumps, turbochargers, oil cooler and pan, and flywheel ring gear.   
  • Utilizes manufacturer specific software to generate reports, identify fault codes, and verify software.
  • Disassembles/assembles various Caterpillar engines including but limited to 3000 and C series.
  • Identifies engine components for reuse according to Caterpillar standards.

Hydraulic Components

  • Understands basic hydraulic systems, schematics, and maintenance to include but not limited to fluid and filter replacement, full system cleanout, adjusting relief valve pressures, and pump flows.
  • Disassembles, inspects, and reassembles various hydraulic components. (i.e. vane, gear, and variable piston pumps and motors, Caterpillar or other branded cylinders)

Powertrain Components

  • Identifies powertrain components and correlating machine.
  • Disassembles and inspects standard differentials, transmission pumps, standard/flywheel or lockup torque converters, and transfer gear groups or drop boxes.
  • Assists in testing a transmission on test bench

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 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 and ET)
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Consistent attendance and timeliness with the ability to work overtime with limited notice.
  • 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, trade school diploma, or one-year equivalent experience in a Caterpillar or similar environment with hydraulic, engine and powertrain experience required.
  • 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.

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