Industrial Maintenance Electrician (West Point)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on November 22, 2022
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The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a staffing need for experienced and technically proficient Industrial Maintenance Electricians.


This position performs a variety of highly skilled journey-level work by constructing, troubleshooting, maintaining and wiring a wide variety of equipment and conducting preventive maintenance programs at a wastewater collection and treatment facility, including pumping and regulating stations. Working as journey level electrician, independently or cooperatively with other electricians, other skilled trades and industrial plant operations staff. To work safely in an industrial setting using appropriate PPE, using proper Lock-Out Tag Out procedures around electrical, mechanical, and environmental hazards, including working in Permit-Required Confined Spaces. Ability to work in emergency situations and be a part of an on-call standby rotation.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE: This position is open to all qualified applicants. This posting may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for any Career Service, Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temporary openings in the following twelve months at any of the three treatment plants. First consideration will go to those who apply by October 9th 2022. First round interviews/testing will start week of October 17th.


WORKLOCATION: West Point Treatment Plant - 1400 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199.


WORK SCHEDULE: The treatment plants are operated 24/7. This position works a 4 day/10 hours per day schedule. Candidates must be available to work any assigned schedule. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible.

Job Duties

  • Perform maintenance and repairs on low (0-1000 volts), medium (1 KV-72.5KV) and high (72.5 KV – 242 KV) voltage switchgear, transformer and distribution systems and power generation systems including standby emergency generating, co-generating systems and ancillary equipment.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance on motor control centers, including associated control devices such as relays, timers, switches, and interlocks.
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repairs to variable frequency and direct current drives including adjustment of speed profiles, troubleshooting and repairs to component levels and replacement when needed.
  • Install, troubleshoot, reprogram and modify programmable logic controllers. Design and modify control circuits and related control devices and equipment.
  • Interpret displayed data, troubleshoot, maintain and perform various repairs of distributive control systems and related hardware.
  • Install, modify and upgrade new and existing electrical systems, fixtures and other related electrical equipment in compliance with current municipal and national electrical codes.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and repair of uninterruptible power supply equipment including the servicing and replacement of batteries and other battery power sources. Repair and maintain the electrical equipment and controls associated with gas systems including gas compressors, gas drying systems, waste gas burners, flares, vaporizers and boilers.
  • Perform thermal imaging of electrical equipment, interpret results, create reports and repair problems.
  • Review and update program documentation, and engineering drawings to facilitate coordination of maintenance efforts.
  • Coordinate activities, schedule outages, and work cooperatively with those performing other crafts. Write material requests as needed for replacement of defective parts and to obtain additions to spare parts inventory.
  • Provide on the job training for new and other skilled trades positions. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge equivalent to three years of related journey-level experience in an industrial or manufacturing plant

  • Knowledge of federal electrical codes, electrical theory and Instrument Society of America standards

  • Knowledge of principles of electrical distribution and generation and equipment including but not limited to transformers, circuit breakers, protective relays, disconnect switches, voltage regulators, automatic transfer switches, synchronizing and power monitoring equipment

  • Knowledge of different functions of electrical equipment including but not limited to battery, control, automation, lighting, motor, heating and cooling

  • Knowledge of and skill in electrical troubleshooting and diagnosis

  • Knowledge of electrical test equipment used for electrical troubleshooting, diagnosis, and preventive maintenance. Equipment includes but not limited to ammeter (AC/DC), megohorn meter, multimeter, oscilloscope, tachometer, power quality analyzers, thermal imaging cameras and meters

  • Knowledge of PLCs (programmable logic controllers) including but not limited to hardware, programming software and communication protocols, and variable frequency drives Knowledge of and experience with AC/DC motors and controls and variable frequency (speed) drives

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying safety practices for electrical (low, medium and high) voltages, mechanical and environmental hazards such as hazardous chemicals, gasses, and confined spaces

  • Knowledge of and experience working with industrial systems and processes Knowledge of and experience with computer including hardware and software Communication Skills.

  • Skill in working in a team environment and working independently on projects

  • Skill in the safe operation and use of basic hand and power tools, trade tools such as conduit benders and pipe threaders and electrical and electronic test equipment.

  • Skill in bending and installing conduit per the National Electrical Code (NEC) Skill in installing, pulling, soldering, splicing and terminating wire

  • Skill in working with variable frequency (speed) drives, installation, programming, maintenance and repair

  • Skill in creating or modifying new or existing technical publications and electrical drawings Skill in applying industry codes and guidelines in the design, installation and maintenance of plant electrical equipment

  • Skill in performing basic mathematics functions including algebra and trigonometry

Licensing/Certification Requirements
  • Washington State Driver’s License
  • Completion of an apprenticeship program or equivalent training which clearly demonstrates journey level status

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness 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
  • Responses to supplemental questions

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by S.E.I.U., Wastewater Local 925.

       For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

       Helen David, HR Analyst,

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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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.

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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
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

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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.

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.
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