Facilities HVAC Engineer II - JCC (T2P : JCC L286-Operating Engineers)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on November 20, 2021
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Facilities Management Division (FMD) has an immediate need for an experienced HVAC Engineer to join the crew. The HVAC Engineer will be working in the Building Operations Section of FMD and reporting to the HVAC Engineer Foreman.
The HVAC Engineer is responsible for performing skilled day-to-day operation, inspections, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of facility heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and related building systems and controls.
We are looking for someone who exhibits the technical skills as well as a strong sense of team-oriented camaraderie. We are looking for candidates who enjoy building effective relationships with their customers and co-workers.

Through a workforce of over 300 dedicated employees, the FMD operates and manages the County's capital assets by developing and maintaining cost-conscious, sustainable, high-quality facilities, and environments. The Building Operations Section of FMD maintains approximately 3 million square feet in facilities where King County provides regional services, including the King County Courthouse and District Courts, Maleng Regional Justice Center, King County Administration Building, King County Animal Shelter, and several Public Health facilities. Our facilities range in age from 8 to 100 years, with equipment such as boilers, chillers, DDC controls, ventilation fans, pumps and compressors, and fire/life/safety systems.

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Job Duties

In order to be considered for this exciting opportunity, the successful candidate at minimum will demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Monitor, maintain, and repair direct digital controls (DDC).
  • Monitor and repair heating and air-conditioning equipment using computerized console controls.
  • Make adjustments necessary to compensate for temperature change or equipment failure.
  • Inspect and adjust water levels, steam pressures, lubricants, coolants, drive belt, and bearing operation, filters, etc., to ensure proper equipment operation.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on large commercial heating and cooling systems and controls for those systems.
  • Adjust and calibrate large commercial heating and cooling systems and controls for those systems.
  • Conduct refrigeration maintenance and service.
  • Timely and accurate documentation of work in maintenance management system.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • A Grade Three Steam Engineer License, a Refrigeration Operating Engineer's License, and Universal EPA Technician Certification (these items are required for this position).
  • Two years of experience, and demonstrated ability in operating, troubleshooting and repairing large-scale industrial, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, including boilers and pneumatic/digital (DDC) control systems.
  • Experience in solving customer service issues with tact and diplomacy, and ability to work with a broad and diverse customer base.
  • Knowledge of the products, materials, equipment and tools related to the industry.
  • Knowledge of applied mathematics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Experience evaluating and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical problems.

Supplemental Information


  • This position has been designated by department leadership as a FIRST RESPONDER in the event of a proclaimed emergency. Meaning this position has a role in emergency response and is responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, environment and/or restoration of order.
  • The selected applicant must possess a valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles.
  • Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a thorough federal and county background investigation and clearing a pre-employment physical examination.
  • This position reports to the King County Courthouse in Downtown Seattle, however, may be relocated to other locations such as the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.
  • Shifts: Swing (3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)/Grave (11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.) – We are recruiting for both shifts, days may vary.
  • We are also creating a hiring list for any future positions that become available in the next 12 months. We can
  • These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are therefore overtime-eligible.
  • Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; schedule and work location are to be determined.
  • This position is required to be on a paid rotating standby list for non-duty days such as weekends and holidays.
  • Incumbents in these positions are represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 286.
This position is open to all qualified applicants. However, King County employees within the bargaining unit, Local 286, holding the same classification, who submit for lateral transfer will get preference.
If you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact Tricia Morrison at 206-477-9441 or by email at tricia.morrison@kingcounty.gov.

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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
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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 have a Grade 3 (or higher) Steam Engineer's License?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a Refrigeration Operating Engineer's License?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have Universal EPA Technician Certification?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to undergo a federal and county background check?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires travel to locations throughout King County. Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain timely transportation to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant And 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 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

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