Heavy Equipment and Auto Body Repair Worker (Transit Sheet Metal Worker)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 7, 2021
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About the Heavy Equipment and Auto Body Repair Worker (Transit Sheet Metal Worker)

Bring your safe work practice, your collaborative work style, your desire to work in a diverse work environment and your excitement to make a difference to Metro! Come be part of an award winning and forward-thinking organization. Metro is looking for candidates with heavy equipment experience. Expand your skills while you learn to work in a large mass transit environment. The responsibilities of a Transit Sheet Metal Worker include performing body repair and structural maintenance work on transit coaches and equipment, such as buses, trolleys, transit vans, trucks, cars, cleaners, forklifts, and streetcars.

Per the union contract, those hired into this position enter at 90% of the top pay scale. Additionally, shift differential is paid to those working second and third shifts. Shift pay is 5% for second shift and 7.5% for third shift, on top of hourly pay. Current hourly rates are:

  • $37.59 - first shift
  • $39.47 - second shift
  • $40.41 - third shift

About Metro Transit Vehicle Maintenance

The Mission of Vehicle Maintenance is to provide customers safe, dependable, clean transportation in a timely, cost effective, environmentally sensitive manner, with a work force that values teamwork, communication, and diversity.


Safety Sensitive Position

This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for positions defined as safety sensitive are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment, and subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing in compliance with Federal DOT alcohol and controlled substances testing program protocols.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As the Transit Sheet Metal Worker, you will:

  • Perform body repair, frame straightening and structural maintenance work on transit coaches and equipment, such as buses, trolleys, trucks, cars, cleaners, forklifts, streetcars, line hoisters, and ventilation systems.
  • Perform sheet metal body repair on vehicles involving sheet metal layout, template making and fabricating, and repairing metal and fiberglass body sections.
  • Cut, form, weld, rivet and braze metals in repairing and fabricating body and equipment sections working from blueprints, sketches, and instructions.
  • Repair and replace various vehicle parts of non-metal materials including glass, cloth, wood, plastic, rubber, and fiberglass.
  • Make minor repairs to electrical wiring when removing or replacing marker lights, headlights, taillights, and interior lights.
  • Repair body sections and parts of damaged transit coaches involving sheet metal and other related structural work.
  • Prime sheet metal surfaces and structures to prevent corrosion and contamination as required.
  • Perform sheet metal repair work on equipment and facilities such as cyclone cleaners, ventilation systems, garage doors, passenger shelters and other components and equipment.
  • Setup and operate metal, glass and wood working equipment, such as shears, brakes, rollers, grinders, saws, jacks, punches, folders, drills, sanders, gas and electric welders and frame-straightening equipment.
  • Assist other repair units in performing repair and mechanical work.
  • Entering and extracting data using a computer terminal.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

This position requires journey-level knowledge of sheet metal repairs and structural maintenance work and knowledge of all related specialized equipment. Candidates without the necessary skills will be screened out of the process prior to any testing.

At a minimum, to qualify for this position applicants must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Four years of automotive body repair experience.
  • A combination of a two-year automotive body repair community college program and two years of automotive body repair experience.
  • Completion of a two-year automotive body repair apprenticeship program and two years of automotive body repair experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

In addition, the most competitive candidates will also have:

  • Documented experience in the repair of heavy equipment such as passenger coaches or other similar vehicles.
  • Knowledge of sheet metal fabrication, layout, and bench work.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • All applicants must be 21 years old at time of application.
  • Must pass drug and alcohol testing provision for safety-sensitive positions as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655.
  • A valid Washington State driver license and acceptable driving record.
    1. Once a candidate receives a conditional offer of employment, they must obtain a Washington State Class B Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) with the Air Brake restriction removed and a Passenger endorsement, prior to receiving a formal offer of employment. A candidate holding a valid commercial driver license (CDL) must meet Class B definitions and have the Air Brake restriction removed and a Passenger endorsement or pass the necessary permit tests prior to receiving a formal offer.
      • Please Note: to obtain a CLP in Washington State, you must be able to provide your current license, Social Security number and proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency. For more information visit http://www.dol.wa.gov/friverslicense /cdlcdip.html.

Supplemental Information

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and current King County employees that have passed their initial King County probation period.


Application and Selection Process

An online employment application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire is required. Your completed application must show all jobs in the last 10 years if you have 10 years of employment. (If you have less than ten years of employment history, list information for all years you have.) It is highly recommended that you also include an entry for every relevant job you have had before then, with correct dates and complete description of duties and reasons for leaving.


Please note: The "duties" section in the Work Experience area of the application is free text and should be used to detail how you specifically meet the experience we are seeking. You should list all information you feel is important for the team reviewing your application to take into consideration. You may also leave nontransferable skills off your previous duties. For example, if you worked as a chef in the last ten years you would list that employment, but you don't need to list job duties that aren’t applicable, such as, "cooked food to order". You should, however, list any transferrable skills that the job taught you, such as specific teamwork skills. Finally, you should always list detailed information. As an example, rather than listing, "Able to use a variety of specialized equipment", you should list, in detail, the actual equipment and how you used it.
Applicants will be screened for completeness and competitiveness. No attachments will be referenced during the screening process. The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in a testing process. Those passing the test will be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.

Testing Information
There will be a written and hands-on test. Testing dates are currently scheduled for October 25 through October 27, 2021. If selected, you will be scheduled for testing on one of these dates between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Testing typically takes up to three hours. You must take the test onsite in King County, WA. Testing dates subject to change.

Candidates are tested the ability to write in answers and explanations to typical job questions, and to perform practical testing in the areas of layout, welding, body filler, fiber glass, and basic pulling and chaining down. You are only permitted to test once every six months. Interviews will be offered to candidates with satisfactory test scores.
Interview Information
Interviews are scheduled to take place between the dates of November 9 and November 11, 2021. All interviews will be conducted in person. Interview dates subject to change. 


Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, being hired will be contingent on passing all requirements outlined for King County safety-sensitive positions. Those requirements include: an acceptable five-year driving record, satisfactory reference checks, checks for any drug testing administered by your last two years' employers, and passing a pre-employment drug screen and physical.


Vacancy Information

This recruitment will be used to fill three career service positions.


Applications received may be used to establish a list or pool of eligible candidates to fill future TLT, SDA, or career service vacancies in the same classification that might occur over the following 12 months, at the discretion of the hiring authority.


Work Schedule

Employees in this non-exempt classification work a 40 hour per week schedule. Work schedules and locations are based on a seniority system and schedules are bid on three times a year. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off, at any location. These positions are FLSA non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay, when scheduled.
Physical Requirements
Work requires the ability to meet peak and prolonged physical effort on a regular basis. Frequent lifting or carrying of welding and cutting tools weighing up to 50 pounds is required. Occasionally carrying, with assistance, metal, wood, equipment, and other objects weighing up to 100 pounds, is also required.

Union Representation
Positions in this classification are represented by Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.


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For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Robin St. James (she/her)
Human Resources Talent Advisor
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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 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.


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.


Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-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.

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 process, or if you have questions please contact Robin St. James via email at Robin.StJames@kingcounty.gov.

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.

As noted in the job announcement, this position requires journey-level knowledge of sheet metal repairs and structural maintenance work. Please note which employer(s) listed in the application work experience section provided you with this experience. You should also verify that the duties area lists detailed information that supports this experience. If none, enter "N/A".
How many years of professional journey-level automotive body repair experience do you have?
  • Four or more years
  • At least three, but less than four years
  • At least two, but less than three years
  • Some experience, but less than two years
  • No professional experience
Have you completed a two-year automotive body repair community college program?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered, "yes" to the question above, please list where and when you obtained this education. If you answered, "no", please list "N/A".
Have you completed a two-year automotive body repair apprenticeship program?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered, "yes" to the question above, please list where and when you completed this apprenticeship. If you answered, "no", please list "N/A".
Do you have experience in the repair of heavy equipment? Please check all that apply.
  • Passenger coaches
  • Other similar equipment
  • No experience in this area
If you checked "other similar equipment" above, please list all applicable equipment. Otherwise, enter "N/A".
Please check all materials that you have professional experience working with and repairing. This experience must be easily identified/detailed in the work experience section of your application.
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • None of the above
Please check all equipment that you have professional experience setting up and operating. This experience must be easily identified/detailed in the work experience section of your application. Check all that apply.
  • Shears
  • Brakes
  • Rollers
  • Grinders
  • Saws
  • Jacks
  • Punches
  • Folders
  • Drills
  • Sanders
  • Gas Welders
  • Electric Welders
  • Frame straightening equipment
  • None of the above
Have you tested positive, or refused to test, on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which you applied, but did not get hired, for safety-sensitive transportation work covered by the DOT drug and alcohol testing rules during the past two years?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, for which employer and when? If no, please answer, "N/A".
Are you 21 years of age at time of application?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you currently possess a valid standard Driver License? Please ALSO indicate if you hold a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and the air brake or passenger endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Standard driver license
  • Class A CDL or CLP
  • Class B CDL or CLP
  • Air brake restriction removed
  • Passenger endorsement
  • I do not currently have a valid driver license
Have you had a driver license in a state other than Washington in the last five years?
  • Yes
  • No
Has your license been suspended in the last five years? If yes, please indicate how many times, regardless of reason.
  • One time
  • More than once
  • My license has not been suspended in the last five years
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate the reason below. Check all that apply.
  • Moving violation(s)
  • Unpaid parking ticket(s)
  • Unpaid traffic ticket(s)
  • Child support arrears
  • My license has not been suspended in the last five years
Do you have any of the following violation on your driving record in the last five years? Select all that apply.
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • DWI/DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
  • Hit and run incident for which you were ticketed
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you answer yes, the human resources staff person coordinating the testing for this recruitment will contact you asking for additional information. This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation only.
  • 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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