Crew Chief

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 13, 2022
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King County International Airport/Boeing Field (KCIA) has an excellent opportunity for a Crew Chief.  We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic team player to provide leadership in the maintenance unit of King County International Airport/Boeing Field.  This position will require experience in construction, road maintenance, airfield maintenance and/or facilities maintenance. The Crew Chief reports to the Maintenance Supervisor, assisting with the oversight of the day to-day activities of a team of permanent and seasonal personnel within the Maintenance Section.

 KCIA is one of the busiest primary non-hub general aviation airports in the nation. Located just four miles south of downtown Seattle, it averages 200,000 aircraft operations each year. In 2001, it was named by the National Air Transportation Association as one of the "100 Most Needed Airports" in the United States.
 KCIA ranks among the most successful public investments in state history. The airport's annual economic impact is $3.5 billion - supporting more than 16,000 jobs and providing $1.8 billion in labor income in the county. The airport's 150 tenant businesses also directly support more than 5,000 jobs in the local economy. KCIA promotes the health of the aviation industry by establishing pipelines for employment and for employee development.
 As a general aviation airport, KCIA serves small, commercial passenger airlines, cargo carriers, including UPS, private aircraft owners, helicopters, corporate jets, and military and other aircraft. It is also the final delivery center for the Boeing Company's 737 aircraft and serves as the company's military flight center along with other Boeing operations. The Museum of Flight is located on the airport property with a wide variety of aircraft and exhibits showcasing aviation history. KCIA frequently is host to celebrities and dignitaries, including the President of the United States, who prefer Boeing Field because of its proximity to downtown Seattle and convenient connections to other business districts in the region. Due to its proximity to Lumen Field and  T-Mobile Park, and other sports venues, many teams prefer to use KCIA when playing in Seattle.
 To learn more about King County International Airport please visit
 As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change.
 To learn more, please visit
  • Track crew time and as directed, prepare routine time and material reports;
  • Plan and organize maintenance crew work activities. Ensure that required equipment and materials are available to perform work;
  • Provide monitoring, direction, and correction of work performance. Provide verbal and
     written instructions, guidance, and assistance to work crews.  Monitor and document employee performance and conduct, take corrective action as necessary, and refer problems to superiors when appropriate;
  • Monitor job site safety, identifying safety hazards and unsafe practices; correct problems or recommend corrective action when problems are identified. Ensure that work crews comply with all applicable safety rules and regulations (e.g., FAA, OSHA/WISHA);  
  • Ensure that work crews comply with environmental standards, codes, regulations, and specifications.  Inspect runways, taxiways, public aprons, roads, utilities and other facilities to detect unsafe or hazardous conditions; ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken and/or report conditions to appropriate authorities for corrective action;
  • Organize and lead maintenance staff training;
  • Work collaboratively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in responding to
     emergencies, inclement weather, and providing project support;
  • Prepare job estimates of materials, labor, and equipment for assigned projects and
     routine maintenance tasks;
  • Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Suite office products, (i.e. Outlook, Teams, Excel, etc) and the ability to learn new systems.  We use Cityworks and Peoplesoft extensively in our daily processes.
  • Perform general airfield maintenance.

  • Have knowledge of airport systems and facilities, including airport safety and operating requirements.
  • Have broad understanding of airfield maintenance techniques and practices per the FAA regulations.
  • Can manage workload of other staff including determining, prioritizing, scheduling, and obtaining all necessary resources (employees, materials and equipment) to complete multiple projects.
  • Have an understanding of job/project cost estimation.
  • Are able to read maps, blueprints and schematic drawings.
  • Are able to recognize, resolve, and monitor complex and/or technical problems or hazards in the field related to airport maintenance activities.
  • Are customer focused; can respond professionally to customer and tenant inquiries.
  • Have experience using a Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) such as CityWorks, M5, and/or Maximo. 
  • Basic computer operating system knowledge such as Microsoft Office Suite experience, using Windows etc.   

  • Successful applicants must have or obtain a valid driver's license from the state of Washington upon start date.
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination and background check.
  • Must obtain full airfield driver's certifications within the first month after start of employment.
  • Must be able to distinguish the colors red, green and amber.

This position is open to all applicants.  A King County application is required. We suggest that you include a resume and cover letter with your submission.
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact DES Talent Solutions Team
 Work Schedule:  Typical schedule will be 5/8hr or 4/10hr days that may include a Saturday or Sunday.   Schedules are subject to change. This full-time position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.  Overtime work may be required.  Alternate shift work, including nights, weekends, holidays, as well as extended and/or flex scheduled work hours may be required to meet the operational business needs of the Airport. For all positions during scheduled runway closures, there is no scheduled time off.  
 Union Membership: This position is represented by Teamsters, Local

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

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.

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 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
  • 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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? 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. Additionally, 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

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