Building Operating Engineer

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on October 16, 2020

The Facilities section of Metro Transit is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic hands-on Transit Building Operating Engineers (BOE). The Building Operating Engineers will be required to perform skilled day-to-day operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs of facility heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and related building systems for Metro Transit facilities while providing the opportunity to be exposed to a diverse set of operating systems and technology. Selected candidates will be assigned work on a range of facilities located throughout King County and learn various systems.
This recruitment will be used to fill three immediate career service (CS) positions and may be used to create an eligibility list for future career service (CS), TLT, and SDA positions that may occur. Eligibility lists are valid for twelve months, or until exhausted, at the discretion of the hiring authority.
Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this nation's public transportation industry.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As the Building Operating Engineer, you will:

  • Perform maintenance, preventative maintenance, and repair on HVAC, refrigeration equipment and systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair all air conditioning units, water coolers, split systems, direct and indirect gas fired rooftop units, boilers, chillers, heat pumps and mixing boxes.
  • Troubleshoot building, water side, and air side systems through performance analysis. Troubleshoot, repair and adjust pneumatic, electronic and line voltage controls.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical control circuits for all types of HVAC equipment.
  • Maintain and repair air handlers including adjustments to airflow and temperatures to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort level.
  • Conduct water tests and chemically treat boiler, condenser and chilled water systems.
  • Use Facilities Automated Control System to locate system problems and take corrective action. Use desktop and laptop computers to access and operate control systems and related control devices.
  • Maintain work logs, simple records, and prepare reports as needed. Clean mechanical room, pick up and deliver parts.
  • Optimize system/equipment operation for efficient energy management and energy reduction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three years of journey-level work experience in the HVAC field. This should include experience with refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, boilers, gas burners, chillers, heat pumps, direct digital controls (DDC) and line voltage controls, control circuits, hydronic, balancing systems, and variable frequency drives.
  • Knowledge and skill in maintenance and repair of refrigeration equipment. This should include soft soldering, brazing, electrical schematic reading, equipment installation, electrical troubleshooting, calibration techniques and an understanding of the pressure/temperature characteristics of various refrigerants and how these apply to refrigeration troubleshooting and efficient equipment operation.
  • Knowledge and skill in maintenance and repair of gas burners. This should include calibration and tuning techniques and the function/repair/diagnosis of the various elements in the gas train.
  • Knowledge and skill with Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and line voltage controls. This should include the ability to read and interpret wiring diagrams, general trouble shooting techniques and the proper use of a multi meter to diagnose problems.
  • Knowledge and experience with preventive and predictive equipment maintenance tasks and schedules.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill to perform energy management functions and write equipment run programs and schedules.
  • Ability to work well and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and follow building blueprints and other design schematics. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that include fairness, respect, inclusiveness, integrity, and ethical conduct.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Five years of journey-level experience in the HVAC field.
  • Training in Siemens Building Technologies, Apogee PPCL programming, and/or Apogee Advanced Operations.
  • Low Voltage Electrical certification.
  • Experience with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems.
  • Advanced skill in gas fired combustion analysis to enhance efficient operations.
  • Advanced skill in troubleshooting hydronic systems.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants (certification must be received within the first year of employment)
  • City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License. (certification must be received within the first year of employment)
  • City of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 3 License. (certification must be received within the first two years of employment)
  • Current valid Washington State Driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Physical Requirements

This position is required to frequently lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift objects up to 100 pounds with assistance. Frequent walking, reaching, climbing, kneeling, stooping, and safe operation of power tools are also required. Work is often performed in cramped and awkward positions.
Work Environment
Work may be performed in inclement weather, confined spaces, and at heights such as roofs. Must be able to work in hot areas such as boiler rooms and inside fan plenums. When warranted, must be able and willing to wear safety equipment and protective clothing as required.


Supplemental Information

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and King County Employees.

Work Schedule
Career Service employee work schedules and locations are based on a seniority "pick" system, which occurs two times a year. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off, at any location. Positions to be filled by this recruitment are non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay.

Work Location
Selected candidates will report to the South Facilities Shop – 11911 East Marginal Way South, Building C, Tukwila, WA 98168 every day and will be assigned to work at multiple locations in King County.

How to Apply
Applicants for this position are required to submit the complete application form and answer the supplemental questions. Cover letters and resumes will not be reviewed.

Union Membership
This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.
CLASS CODE: 8122100 (Transit Building Operating Engineer)
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Beatrice Rice, Talent Advisor,

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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement
  • I do not have a driver's license
Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years?
  • Yes
  • No
If you indicated above that you have had a license in a state other than Washington in the last 5 years, list the state(s) and the years you had the license(s).
In the last 5 years, has your license been revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have any of the following violations on your driving record in the last five years? Select all that apply.
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • DWI/DUI - driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Hit and run incident
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years?
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
  • no code violations
If you indicated above that you have been cited, list the date and offense. For speeding tickets, please list the posted speed limit and your actual speed. Be sure to include whether your license was suspended for the citation, and whether or not the ticket has been paid. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered. If no violations, please answer "N/A".
Have you tested positive, or refused to test, on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which you applied, but did not get hired, for safety-sensitive transportation work covered by the DOT drug and alcohol testing rules during the past two years?
  • Yes
  • No
How many at fault accidents have you had in the last 5 years?
  • No accidents
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
How many years of journey level experience do you have working in the HVAC field?
  • No experience
  • Less than one year
  • One to two years
  • Three to four years
  • Five years or more
For the question above, briefly describe your background and experience in the HVAC field. Include the type of equipment you've worked on such as gas burners, heat pumps, boilers, control circuits, etc. List the employer and your job title. (If none, enter N/A.)
Please indicate which of the following tasks you have performed in the maintenance and repair of refrigeration equipment. Check all that apply.
  • Soft Soldering
  • Brazing
  • Electrical Schematic Reading
  • Equipment Installation
  • Electrical troubleshooting
  • Calibration Techniques
  • None of the above
Are you willing and able to acquire the Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification (to buy and handle refrigerants) within the first year of employment?
  • Yes
  • I have a Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants
  • I am NOT willing to fulfill this requirement
Please indicate where your Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants was obtained and the year. If you do not have this certification, state N/A.
Do you possess any of the following desirable qualifications? Check all that apply.
  • Five years of journey-level experience in the HVAC field
  • Training in Siemens Building Technologies, Apogee PPCL programming, and/or Apogee Advanced Operations
  • Low Voltage Electrical certification
  • Experience with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems
  • Advanced skill in gas fired combustion analysis to enhance efficient operations
  • Advance skill in troubleshooting hydronic systems
  • None
Are you willing and able to acquire the City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License within the first year of employment?
  • Yes
  • I have a City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License
  • I am NOT willing to fulfill this requirement
Are you willing and able to acquire the City of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 3 License within the first two years of employment?
  • Yes
  • I have a City of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 3 License
  • I am NOT willing to fulfill this requirement
Are you willing and able to work under the following work conditions? Check all that apply.
  • I am NOT willing to work under the conditions listed below
  • Work any shift (day, swing or graveyard) and weekends as necessary or required
  • Frequently lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift objects up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Frequently walk, reach, climb, kneel and stoop
  • Work in hot areas such as boiler rooms and in confined areas such as inside fan plenums
  • Wear safety equipment and protective clothing as required
I certify that the statement made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No
I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By selecting yes and completing my name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.
  • Yes
  • No
Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of FT and do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff If you answered 'No', please type N/A.

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