Facilities Plumbing & Mechanical I

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on November 25, 2021
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The King County’s Building Operations Section (BOS) within Facilities Management Division (FMD), is currently looking to hire a Plumber who wants to be part of a team that prides themselves at providing excellent customer service to our King County customers. This position is part of our Plumbing and Mechanical Shop and will be responsible for performing journey-level Plumber duties such as installing, maintaining, and repairing plumbing systems in and around County facilities.

This position requires the capability to respond to shifting priorities all while accomplishing daily tasks in a safety sensitive work environment. The Plumber must have strong communication skills to interact, collaborate, and prioritize problems with coworkers, customers, and management in a demanding fast paced environment.

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 BOS provides custodial services, maintenance and building operations as well as building security. BOS is committed to providing high quality service to support and maintain buildings effectively and efficiently.

Why it's worth taking a second look at working for King County:


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 and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx

Job Duties

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

  • Perform preventative, corrective, and emergency plumbing and mechanical maintenance on but not limited to:  
    • Irrigation systems.
    • Plumbing fixtures in the shop by re-facing, repacking, and resealing valves; cutting, threading, and bending pipe; replacing pump bushings and washers; and testing pressure equipment.
    • Water mains, sprinklers, fixtures, and other equipment.  
    • Induction and air handling units; clean and inspect all equipment.
    • Refrigeration service.
    • Welding or fabricating plates, brackets, and pipes.
    • Plumbing and mechanical systems and system components.
    • Additional plumbing and mechanical systems as assigned.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and written instructions for plumbing repair and maintenance projects; provide time and material estimates on plumbing repair and maintenance projects.
  • Clean, maintain, and repair power and hand tools used in plumbing assignments.
  • Work in teams with steam fitters and other work group employees.
  • Provide excellent customer service to the Division's clients, building tenants and visitors, and coworkers.
  • Utilize assigned technology on a daily basis to accurately track and update work in work order systems, record personal time sheets, conduct ongoing correspondence, maintain equipment maintenance, and perform other tasks as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Completed an apprenticeship program for plumbing and have at least three years' experience as a journey-level plumber, steam fitter, or refrigeration mechanic or any equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of this position.
  • Experience with the installation and maintenance of pipe fitting, plumbing, refrigeration, and duct systems, including domestic water, wastewater, vent, irrigation, fire sprinkler, pumping, and HVAC closed loop systems.
  • Experience with snaking & jetting sewers, using cameras & locating equipment.
  • Experience in preparing cost estimates.
  • Experience in the use, operation, and care of tools, machinery, and equipment used in the plumbing trade.
  • Ability to communicate clearly orally, in writing, and through technology.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ongoing learning of Uniform Plumbing Code and other related codes and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
  • Experience building and maintaining positive relationships with multiple stakeholders and crew members; Customer focused.
  • Demonstrated ability and continuous learning to use a computer, smart technology, and various programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, Email, Microsoft Teams, and a work order management system.
  • A Washington State Plumber’s License
  • Certification Federal Class 1 and 2
  • Backflow Testing License
  • City of Seattle Refrigeration License
  • City of Seattle Fire Director’s Certificate
  • Certified Welder Card
  • Journey-level Steamfitter (Pipefitter) Card

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.
  • This position reports to the King County Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA however, may be relocated to other locations such as the Courthouse in Downtown Seattle.
  • The work schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This position must be available for call-out for which appropriate premiums will be paid. Work shifts, and hours may vary due to maintenance and project requirements.
  • We are also creating a hiring list for any future positions that become available in the next 12 months.
  • This position is 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.
  • Incumbents in these positions are represented by the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 32.
  • Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a thorough federal and county background investigation and clearing a pre-employment physical examination.
This position is open to all qualified applicants.

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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID[1]19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to 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.

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 Tricia Morrison at tricia.morrison@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-9441.

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 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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