Building Operating Engineer

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on May 11, 2023
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$30.42 - $43.46 Hourly


WA 98168, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



MTD - Metro Transit



Opening Date


Closing Date




Bargaining Unit

J2 : ATU L587-Transit


Note on starting wage: Q ualified candidates typically start at or above the mid-point of the established pay range, with the most competitive candidates starting at the top wage, depending on candidate qualifications.

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* This recruitment is open to all current King County employees and the general public. *

Who Are Metro's Building Operating Engineers?

*HVAC/R Specialists* *Top Troubleshooters* *Energy Efficiency Advocates* *System Installers*

As a Building Operating Engineer (or BOE), working with King County Metro Transit, you will have stable and consistent year-round employment applying your HVAC/R skillset to ensure that our building occupants remain comfortable and breathing clean air. You will be tasked with utilizing your HVAC/R and mechanical experience to perform skilled diagnostics and repairs to our HVAC systems and controls, and to carry out routine maintenance, proactively identifying and solving emerging problems within our HVAC systems. We would be thrilled to have you join us as we deliver top-tier service to our fellow employees and the residents of King County.

Why Work With Metro?

*100% Employer-paid healthcare premiums* *Vouchers for quality work boots & winter coats*

*Annual Tool Stipend* *Work-Life Balance*

This recruitment will immediately fill two (2) Career Service positions, and may be used to establish an eligibility list upon closing of the announcement to fill future Career Service as well as fully-benefitted Term Limited Temporary and/or Special Duty Assignment vacancies that may occur over the next twelve (12) months.


Qualified candidates typically start at or above the mid-point of the established pay range, with the most competitive candidates starting at the top wage, depending on candidate qualifications. The top step of the pay range is achieved within three (3) years or less through automatic step progression, depending on initial step placement at time of hire.

The pay range for day shift is $30.42 to $43.46 per hour.

The pay range for swing/afternoon shift is $31.94 to $45.63 per hour, representing a 5% shift differential.

This recruitment is open to all current King County employees and the general public.


This posting will be open until all positions are filled. Initial application review will be conducted 14 days following the posting date of this announcement, or on or after April 24, 2023. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Interviews and testing are anticipated to be scheduled with selected candidates beginning the week of May 1, 2023, and ongoing thereafter until positions are filled.

Required Application Materials:
  1. An online King County application, updated with accurate contact information, and relevant work history , with all duties, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving explained clearly.
  2. Completed supplemental questions

Note: A cover letter/letter of interest and/or a resume are highly encouraged, but not required. Any additional attachments will not be considered.

Want to make sure your application materials are as competitive as possible?
We highly recommend visiting the Career Support Services website for tips and examples on how to make your application materials most effective: Career Support Services - King County .

Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions at Application FAQ's- King County .

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Erica Minshull, Talent Advisor for King County Metro Transit or 206-477-6059

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. All employees are expected to model and apply our equity and social justice shared values, behaviors, and practices. As the Building Operating Engineer (BOE), you will also:
  • Perform predictive maintenance, preventative maintenance, and repairs on HVAC, refrigeration equipment, and systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair all air conditioning units, fluid coolers, split systems, direct and indirect gas-fired rooftop units, boilers, chillers, heat pumps, and mixing boxes.
  • Troubleshoot building, waterside, and airside systems through performance analysis. Troubleshoot, repair, 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 Building Automation & Controls System (BAS/BMS) 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.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

To be considered eligible for this role, applicants must possess these MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Three (3) or more years of journey-level work experience in the HVAC/R and/or building engineer trade(s), participation in or completion of a recognized apprenticeship program related to the trade, completion of other trade-related training courses or programs, or some combination thereof that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties required of the position. This should include experience and/or education/training 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 troubleshooting techniques, and the proper use of a multimeter to diagnose problems.
  • Knowledge and skill 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.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that include fairness, respect, inclusiveness, integrity, and ethical conduct.
  • Ability to work well and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and follow building blueprints and other design schematics.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work constructively on a team with a diverse group of employees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
The most competitive applicants will possess these DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Five (5) or more years of journey-level experience in the HVAC/R and/or building engineer trade(s).
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants (EPA 608 - Universal or Level 1 & 2) in your possession for 2 years or longer.
  • Completion of a recognized HVAC/R apprenticeship program.
  • Training in Siemens Building Technologies, Apogee PPCL programming, and/or Apogee Advanced Operations.
  • Low Voltage Electrical certification (EL-06/06A).
  • Experience with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems.
  • Advanced skill in natural gas combustion analysis to ensure efficient operations of natural gas appliances.
  • Advanced skill in troubleshooting hydronic systems.
Necessary Special Requirements :
  • Current valid Washington State driver license, with an acceptable driving record.
  • Current valid Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification (EPA Section 608 Technician Certification - Universal or Levels 1 & 2), to buy and handle refrigerants, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment.
  • City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment.
  • C ity of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 4 License, or ability to obtain within two (2) years of employment. Training will be provided by King County.
Supplemental Information

CLASS CODE / PAY GRADE: 8122100 / 35

This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 587.

Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet the minimum qualifications, as well as for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the application instructions above. Highly competitive applicants may be asked to interview, which may also include a written test and/or practical skills test. Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any necessary pre-employment processes, such as driving record checks, internal record reviews and/or reference checks, etc.

The work location will be at South Maintenance Facility (11911 E Marginal Way S; Seattle, WA 98134). This position is typically scheduled full time (40 hours per week), with a typical schedule of Monday-Friday day shift. However, because schedules are selected by a seniority-based twice-annual 'shift pick', employees must be available and willing to work any shift (day, swing, o r overnight), weekends, nights, holidays, and call-outs. This position is not exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore overtime eligible, with prior supervisory approval. This position is not eligible for telework/remote work.


Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. Work may need to be performed in confined spaces and at heights, such as on 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.


This position is required to frequently lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, and may involve lifting and carrying objects weighing 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.

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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.

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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 the 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
  • 12paid 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.