Maintenance Planner

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on September 14, 2022
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**This position is open to all King County Employees and the general public**

Metro Transit’s Rail is hiring a skilled Maintenance Planner to immediately fill a career service vacancy on the  Vehicle Maintenance team.

The Maintenance Planner is responsible for planning, scheduling, and estimating job costs related to the maintenance activities in Rail Vehicle Maintenance (VM). This role is a valued member of the leadership team as a high level of collaboration with chiefs, leads, and Sound Transit is required to plan and execute fleet-wide improvement projects and activities related to vehicle maintenance and procurement in Rail.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to utilize their technical and planning skills to make a large impact within our rapidly expanding Rail division, which is preparing to double the amount of Light Rail Vehicles in operation over the coming months. This position's duties will contribute directly to Metro Transit's "Long Game" goals of providing safe, reliable, and equitable public transportation services by ensuring our ability to plan and complete necessary Light Rail Vehicle maintenance services without disrupting our regular service routes. 

The person in this role will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of our Agency’s operations and build rapport with leaders across multiple areas of Metro Transit; such as Finance, Rail leadership, Vehicle Maintenance, etc.   The ideal candidate will be able to leverage multiple tools and software to help Vehicle Maintenance stay on track with multiple maintenance schedules, use metrics and data to hold us accountable, and have strong communication and collaboration skills to ensure key stakeholders are updated during the planning process.


King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment, and radically improving urban air quality by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this nation's public transportation industry.? 



Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail service on a 24.5 mile route from Angle Lake to Northgate. By the end of 2024, our Light Rail is expected to expand to nearly 60 miles in length, with the planned addition of 19 more stations. These rail services complement Metro's robust fixed-route bus system and mobility services, and the Puget Sound transit agencies are working together to build an integrated system that lets people travel farther, faster, and more easily.?Come join Rail’s team! Sign up for alerts ?here?(select “Transit”). 

If you have a specific question regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Emily Clark, Talent Advisor for Metro Transit

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. The Maintenance Planner will also:

  • Plan, schedule, estimate and/or coordinate work related to: preventative maintenance, repair, and servicing of light rail vehicles (LRVs) and non-revenue vehicles (NRVs). Prioritize work and determine the maintenance schedule for all fleets of vehicles.
  • Collaborate with our Sound Transit partners to assist with the handling and management of warranties; collaborate and negotiate with vendors to receive goodwill warranties; provide documentation and failed parts to facilitate warranty claims; partner in warranty processing to ensure claims are treated in a timely and accurate manner, payments are received and auditing requirements are met; update equipment warranty records
  • Coordinate with the Maintenance Service Center that is responsible for parts inventory, purchasing and procurement to ensure parts are ordered and adequate materials are available to support vehicle maintenance projects 
  • Develop specifications for procurement of goods, materials and equipment.
  • Estimate and determine labor and material requirements related to the maintenance of revenue and non-revenue support vehicles.
  • Coordinate or assist in the coordination of maintenance and revisions to automated management information system use and operation. 
  • Diagnose electronic trouble codes, alarms or errors reported from the Electronic Control units in fleets to assist technician group.
  •  Serve as a technical resource for work teams handling multiple analytical, planning projects, or programs involving a combination of analysis, planning, coordination, implementation and oversight.
  • Use specialized computer programs to audit, check and monitor work. Estimate and determine labor and material requirements after evaluation and prioritization of work to ensure daily operations are done in accordance to process, procedures and various regulations.  
  •  Coordinate maintenance work performed by external contractors.
  • Prepare alternative maintenance strategies to assist management in determining maintenance program goals and objectives.
  • Audit the performance of Vehicle Maintenance contractors, check on work-in-progress, manage progress payments, and site audit for completion of projects to ensure proper documentation is signed off.
  • Follow up with Labor and Industries findings on safety violation(s), contact vendor to schedule necessary maintenance/repair on a timely manner.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

To be eligible for this position, applicants must demonstrate that they possess these MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintenance planningscheduling techniques, and principles  

  • Time management and prioritization skills 

  • A general understanding of how maintenance software and automated information systems are navigated and function 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills,  organizational skills, and attention to detail 

  • Strong analysis, problem solving, and quantitative skills  

  • Resourceful and independent problem-solving skills, and the proven ability to research information thoroughly 

  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds 

  • The ability to perform work independently and as an effective team member  

  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications such as Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Outlook, Teams, Word, PowerPoint, etc)  

  • Ability to interpret and apply applicable standard operation procedures, standard maintenance procedures, and operating rules.  

  • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. 

  • Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. 

  • Effective administration, planning and materials management skills. 

  • Ability to successfully compiland prepare spreadsheets and reports. 

  • A strong sense of initiative and self motivation 

The most competitive applicants for this position will also possess these DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Knowledge of light rail vehicle designor maintenance  of light rail (and /or transit vehicle) components, systems, and equipment.  

  • Knowledge of planning/ scheduling techniques and principles related to vehicle maintenance 

  •  Knowledge of the principles, practices and industry standards that support effective and cost-efficient preventive maintenance and repair of light rail revenue vehicles 

  •  Experience or skill related to using Power BI and other databases to make decisions.  

  •  Familiarity  with APTA standards and guidelines. Technical knowledge about light rail maintenance, maintenance planning, operations, materials, resource allocations, availability, reliability, and all Maintenance Assignments. 

  • Skill in researching, analyzing, and evaluating new maintenance, rebuilding and refurbishment methods, and techniques. 

  • Skill or experience in developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules. 

  • Attention to detail and knowledge in ensuring all appropriate measures are taken to prevent or minimize reoccurrence of maintenance problems, failures, defects, and issues. 

  • Use of Computer Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) or Enterprise Asset Management Software (EAMS) 

  • Understanding of trades/crafts in maintenance setting 

  • Understanding of data systems, data entry experience 

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements
  • A Washington State Driver’s License is required for some positions
  • Some licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required

Supplemental Information

Forms and Materials Required:
  • An online King County application with  accurate contact information, and relevant work history going back 10 years (or more, if necessary), with all duties, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving explained clearly.  Military experience counts as work experience, so if it is relevant, please add it to the work history section. 
  • Responses to all Supplemental Questions (within the application)
Note: Resume’s, cover letters, and other attachments will not be reviewed.

Current King County Employees
Be sure to include your current position and separately list each previous position you held at King County with separate dates of employment reflecting. Acting, provisional, and special duty assignments should be listed separately. If you have questions about this, please contact the Recruiter listed below.

For guidance on how to complete these required materials, be sure to check out the Career Support Services website for tips and examples on how to make your application materials more competitive: Career Support Services - King County.

Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications, and for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the application instructions above. Highly competitive applicants may be asked to undergo testing and/or interview.   Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any necessary pre-employment processes such as reference checks and internal record reviews. Start dates may be coordinated with the applicant’s current supervisor to accommodate the business needs of Metro Transit.  

CLASSIFICATION, JOB CODE, AND PAY GRADE: Maintenance Planner Scheduler/243801 / Grade 58

This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 (Protec 17)

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime.  The work schedule for this position is typically Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:00am and 5:30pm. This position offers some flexibility with schedule, as long as it is approved or pre-planned.

This position works on-site at the Operations and Maintenance Facility-Central  (3407 Airport Way S, Seattle)  and occasionally at the Operations and Maintenance Facility-East (1975 124th Ave NE, Bellevue)

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.

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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.

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.

How have you used maintenance software and automated information systems in your past experience? Please describe what software you used, how often you used this software over the last 5 years, and for what purposes.
In reference to the previous question, please list the job title and employer under which you gained this experience so we can reference your work history within the application
Please describe your knowledge and experience related to planning and scheduling techniques (or principles) for projects in your past experience. Please describe how often have used these skills in the last 5 years, and for what purposes.
In reference to the previous question, please list the job title and employer under which you gained this experience so we can reference your work history within the application
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Please describe some of the most complex ways you've used Microsoft Excel in the past 5 years, and for what purpose. Please also describe how often you use these complex skillsets, and the job title and employer where you've practiced these skills in the past (if applicable).
Please give us an overview of your knowledge and experience related to light rail vehicle design, or the maintenance of light rail (and /or transit vehicle) components, systems, and equipment.
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.
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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
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you check the "YES" box, the human resources staff person coordinating this recruitment will send you a request asking for additional information. (This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation only).
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I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
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