Montana Jobs

facebook youtube linkedin
Mobile Montana Labor & Industry Mobile Logo

Job Information

Western States Equipment Company Mining Field Technician in Missoula, Montana


Hourly Pay: $31-$51 per hour, DOE.

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for serving and managing assigned territory and customer base. Repairs machines to the customer’s satisfaction in the field or customer’s location. Removes, installs, repairs, disassembles, assembles, performs failure analyses and maintenance of all Caterpillar equipment including engines, attachments, electrical systems, hydraulics, transmissions, power train, brakes, steering, and electronic and computer applications.

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.


  • Partners with customer to improve production and minimize down time.

  • Conducts necessary machine performance and diagnostic tests, interprets results and makes an independent decision as to the extent of machine repair. Provides services anytime as needed.

  • Uses troubleshooting methods to repair and diagnose machine and attachment failures and performs repairs according to time requirement guidelines (TRG) standards. Escalates unresolved issues to Technical Communicators for further research and assistance.

  • Adapts knowledge of Caterpillar machine systems to troubleshoot and repair new equipment models.

  • Performs work in the field or at customer locations which can include overtime and overnight assignments.

  • Repairs machines without error and consistently repairs machines within the time requirement guidelines.

  • Repairs warranty and service letter issues efficiently and as soon as possible.

  • Uses web based STW, SIS, and ET effectively to address technical issues. Performs all required tasks in accordance with outlined procedures.

  • Conducts business professionally. Maintains self control and integrity in stressful situations. Maintains a professional image.

  • Adheres to all customer requirements while on job site.

  • Orders parts required to complete repairs. Evaluates parts to determine reusability and cause of failure.

  • Completes service reports, time entry, and all other paperwork and reporting on a laptop and submits them daily via e-mail.

  • Communicates machine issues, problem resolution plan(s) and status of repair(s) to customer during repairs.

  • Adheres to all customer care standards.

  • Actively cares and advocates safety at Western States. Adhere to all applicable safety policies, procedures and standards.

  • May accomplish training and serve as a team member in support of Western States’ strategic programs, projects, and initiatives.

  • Work within and promote corporate vision, mission, and values of the organization.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Ability to self-schedule and perform duties with minimal supervision required.

  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft computer products or other comparable systems required.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others to include customers, vendors, employees and the public.

  • Knowledgeable in all Caterpillar machine systems.

  • Ability to work overtime with minimal notice required.

  • Ability to drive for long periods of time and travel away from home as required.

  • Consistent attendance.


  • Proof of high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).

  • Associates Degree or technical training from an accredited vocational school preferred.

  • Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) certification preferred

  • Five years experience in diagnosis and repair of heavy equipment.

  • Knowledge of motor graders, crawler tractors, hydraulic mining shovels, large wheel loaders, and removal of excavators off of highway trucks required.

  • Caterpillar mining equipment experience preferred.

  • Prior experience in troubleshooting methods and systems required.

  • Must own required tools.

  • Must have a current CDL with air brake experience and acceptable driving record. Must meet DOT requirements.

  • Must be able to communicate (speak, read, comprehend, write in English).


  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time along with walking, sitting, climbing stairs, reaching pushing, pulling, leaning and twisting.

  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs in accordance with Western States’ Lifting Safe Work Practice 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)