Engineer IV (Plant Mechanical) - South Plant

King County   Renton, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 23, 2022
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King County is a values-based organization with an empowering work environment, a supportive work-life balance and development opportunities so you never stop learning. Be part of a Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) team that helps preserve the beauty and health of the Puget Sound region. Work and collaborate amongst other creative and supportive Plant Engineers in the Operations Engineering Team.

As mission critical employees our efforts directly support the core mission of WTD.  We collaborate firsthand with Operation and Maintenance (O&M) personnel which gives us a unique opportunity to apply our skillset and see the results of our work in real time.  We offer alternative work schedules which can include a hybrid onsite/telework balance.

Be part of a large Capital Project teams representing WTD O&M Engineering as well as lead in-house engineering and design projects.  Producing and maintaining accurate as-built record drawings is also a major responsibility of this workgroup and an essential service to O&M.

King County WTD O&M provides outstanding opportunities for personal growth due to the diversity of work disciplines and emphasis on employee training and development.

Who is eligible to apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates.  First consideration given to qualified Teamsters 117 (Wastewater Treatment Division) internal candidates.    

Job Duties

  • Act as the plant mechanical engineering technical expert for multiple projects – both internal and external - with emphasis on East Section (South Plant and Offsite) mechanical system maintenance and process improvements
  • Provide plant engineering representation and technical lead support for mechanical aspects of systems and facilities from design through commissioning
  • Participate in review, update, and development of WTD mechanical standards and guide specifications as directed
  • Develop, maintain, and archive engineering documentation in the Engineering Content Management System (ECMS) using current standards
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Working Conditions
  • Work Location:  South Treatment Plant - 1200 Monster Road SW, Renton, WA 98057
  • Work Schedule:  This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible.?This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.?? 
  • Union Representation:  This position is represented by Teamsters 117 (Wastewater Treatment Division). 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience; 
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering methods and principals. 
  • Experience in detailed mechanical design particularly piping and fluid conveyance systems. 
  • Good working knowledge of wastewater treatment operations and processes. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to identify process/equipment issues and provide suitable alternatives to address. 
  • Ability to create and interpret engineering drawings in conjunction with project engineers, O&M staff, and consultants. 
  • Coordinate and guide the effort to enforce county standards between facilities. 
  • Knowledge, skill, and ability to identify and evaluate cost effective process control change. 
  • Ability to write and edit engineering specifications for mechanical system and equipment. 
  • Strong familiarity with REVIT and AutoCAD usage in design-build projects. 
  • Ability to effectively work with consultants, construction management and internal teams to maintain satisfactory working relationship with staff, peers and supervisors, and to work in a team environment at various sites. 
  • Familiarity with large stand-alone projects in a regional utility including project deployment processes and phases governing design and construction. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements 
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation may be required.
  • Some positions may require a Washington State professional engineer’s license or land surveyor’s license.
  • Additional licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required

Competencies Required 
  • CollaboratesWorks cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives; Partners with others to get work done; Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments; Gains trust and support of others
  • Manages Complexity Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations; Uncovers root causes to difficult problems; Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options
  • Decision QualityMakes sound decisions, even in the absence of complete information; Considers all relevant factors and uses appropriate decision-making criteria and principles

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responses to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position

  • King County Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney Dungo
HR Analyst    

Supplemental Information

We are committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County

This opportunity is great for anyone looking for an organization that empowers continued learning, supports our values of work/life balance, and is dedicated to preserving the beauty and health of the Puget Sound region.

King County was named "Best-in-State Employer" in the Forbes magazine 2019, ranking 16 on the list of best employers in Washington State, visit Awards given to King County to see more! King County's Investing in YOU initiative to build a workplace where ALL employees can thrive, and become the nation's Best Run Government. Enjoy a balanced life with benefits that support you!

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
Are you a current Teamsters 117 (Wastewater Treatment Division) member?
  • Yes
  • No
if applicable, did you attach your Washington State professional engineer's license?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question