Equipment Operator Trainee

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 19, 2022
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King County International Airport (KCIA) is looking for an Equipment Operator Trainee. This position will apply entry level knowledge of equipment operation and system maintenance tasks and participate in Equipment Operator training at King County International Airport (KCIA). This position will assist with the sweeping, mowing and snow removal of the airfield and landside surfaces. Successful candidates will be trained and provide support on special projects involving digging, grading, loading, compacting, & lifting in an efficient, productive, and safe manner will be necessary on airfield and facility grounds.
These positions are open to all qualified applicants. Vacancies that occur in the next 12 months can be filled with this recruitment. To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to: 

  • Perform tasks associated with training and learning how to operate motorized equipment such as grader, backhoe, loader, compactor, bulldozer, scraper, roller, forklift, paving machine, sweeper and mower. 
  • Operate equipment to grade, spread, sweep, remove, mow, dig, ditch, build, cut, load, clean, lift, pave or apply various materials.
  • Perform tasks associated with training and learning how to respond to on-site accidents, emergencies, potentially hazardous spills or materials and coordinate proper response or disposal.
  • Monitor, control and direct activities at job site; control flow and sequence of trucks dumping; direct customers to appropriate areas.
  • Perform visual safety inspection of vehicle, check and correct fluid levels and tire pressure, refuel vehicles, maintain vehicle cleanliness, and perform pre-trip inspections.

  • Knowledge of or recent experience safely operating heavy equipment;
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply construction safety principles and practices
  • Basic knowledge of blueprints, plans and specifications
  • Ability to respond to on-site safety situations and emergencies;
  • Ability to work in a team and independently;
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner via radio communications;
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire;
  • Valid Washington State Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's License within 6 months of hire;
  • Candidate must be able to work on heavy equipment and machinery on different surfaces, grades and terrain in heat/cold, wet/humid, inclement weather and other adverse conditions such as odor, high volume noise, dust and heavy aircraft traffic.
 Offer of employment will be contingent upon satisfactory drug testing, physical examination and verification of a valid Washington State Driver's License, valid Washington State Class A or B Commercial Driver's License with current Medical Card, and satisfactory supervisor level reference checks.

  • This person may be assigned to work shifts other than day shift.  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.
  • This position is represented by International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302.
The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position.

This Career Service position is open to all qualified applicants. To be considered, you must submit a completed King County applicationIf you have any questions, please contact 

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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