Marine Mechanic

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on November 24, 2021
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*This is an internal recruitment. Only King County Metro Transit employees who have passed their initial probationary period and are in Career Service positions may apply.* 

King County Metro Transit’s Marine Division is in search of a Marine Mechanic to repair and maintain water taxi vessels. This is a unique career development opportunity for current King County Metro Transit Employees who possess skillsets ranging from diesel mechanics, to electrical troubleshooting and welding.  This position will fill a Special Duty Assignment (SDA) for a minimum of 6 months, and reports directly to the Marine Engineering Lead.  

King County Water Taxi System 

The Marine Division operates Water Taxi ferry service on two routes in Puget Sound, both originating at Pier 50 in downtown Seattle: one route to West Seattle and the other to Vashon Island. Both routes provide year-round service during peak commute times Monday through Friday. From April through October, the West Seattle route adds service on weekends, late nights, midday, and provides extra service for Mariner, Sounder and Seahawks home games. This added service on the West Seattle route brings in beach goers, game attendees and residents heading to town for a late summer evening.


 The work schedule  normally follows a four-10’s format (four 10 hour days, followed by 3 regular days off.). Shift times are either  4:30 am to 3:00pm  or 9:30am to 8:00pm. Employees may be required to work extended and/or flex scheduled work hours to respond to emergent engineering needs, shipyard / contractor oversight, and other workload demands as necessary. This position will report to the Marine Engineering Lead.  


WORK LOCATION: Pier 48 downtown Seattle– Water Taxi Maintenance Facility 


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. 

This is an internal recruitment. Only Career Service King County Metro Transit Department employees who have successfully passed their King County probationary period  are eligible to apply. 

TO APPLY: Please read the following instructions carefully, as incomplete applications will not be considered: 


  • An online King County application, updated 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. 

  • Completed supplemental questions 

  • A brief letter of interest, describing how your relevant work experience and skills can best serve in this role. Letters should be attached to your online application.

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 responsibilities of this classification include the overall preventive maintenance and repair of vessel machinery, vessel systems and marine facilities. This position supports the county's interest in ensuring a quality customer experience in the operation and delivery of ferry services, including but not limited to: 

  1. Reporting to the Marine Engineering Lead, provide maintenance support for the engineering team working out of Pier 48.   

  1. Perform daily vessel safety checks, maintenance and repairs without interfering in the normal schedule of ferry operations  

  1. Perform preventive maintenance and minor repair on docks, boarding ramps, gates and security systems  

  1. Perform oil and filter changes, check operating fluids, perform bilge pumping and cleaning, pump sewage; replenish potable water; conduct fueling operations  

  1. Assist vessel crew and shoreside personnel in the event of an emergency  

  1. Perform vessel startup and/or shutdown  

  1. Diagnose and repair electrical and electronic equipment onboard  

  1. Perform preventative maintenance, repairs, or system upgrades assigned by the Engineer or Marine Engineering Lead  

  1. Drive a county vehicle to pick up parts or to support other related maintenance tasks  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The most competitive candidates will demonstrate:

  1. Ability to work effectively with others in a work environment that embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion in its workforce and where differences are valued.  

  1. Demonstrates behaviors that reflect fairness, respect, and inclusiveness.  

  1. Knowledge of operation and maintenance of equipment typically found aboard vessels 

  1. Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines:  

  1. Diesel engines 

  1. Electrical distribution including generators 

  1. Electronic Control & Monitoring systems 

  1. Hydraulics  

  1. Auxiliary systems 

  1. Welding & Fabrication 

  1. Knowledge of proper and safe operation of primary and auxiliary machinery  

  1. Knowledge of maintaining engineering logs and operating records  

  1. Knowledge of proper use of fire extinguishers and life-saving equipment  

  1. Knowledge of safe lifting techniques  

  1. Knowledge of safe work practices, including proper use of personal protective equipment  

  1. Skill in the general maintenance of machinery and mechanical systems  

  1. Skill in troubleshooting problems and implementing solutions 

  1. Skill in the use of hand or power tools for maintenance and repair  

  1. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships  

  1. Ability to respond safely, effectively, and expeditiously during an emergency  

  1. Excellent oral communication skills  


  • Must be able to obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)  within 30 days of employment offer.  TWIC is not required to be able to apply or start work. For additional requirements and info on how to obtain TWIC, visit 

  • A Washington State driver’s license and the ability to travel around King County in a timely manner 

Supplemental Information


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 interview. Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any necessary pre-employment processes, such as drug and alcohol background checks, driving abstract reviews, and internal record reviews. Start dates may be coordinated with the applicant’s current supervisor to accommodate the business needs of Metro Transit.   

 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 that is 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
 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.
 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.

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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.

Your responses to the Supplemental Questions will be used in combination with your letter of interest to determine whether you meet the qualifications for this position. Failure to provide detailed and complete information may result in your letter of interest being rejected. I have read the above statement and certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct.
  • YES
  • NO
What certificates and qualifications do you possess from the list below that are applicable to this position?
  • NONE
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Welding & Fabrication
  • Electrical Distribution
  • Hydraulics
  • Electronic Control and monitoring systems
  • Other (Please explain in question 3)
If you answered "Other" in question 2, please explain the certifications and qualifications you possess, in relation to this position:
Do you currently have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)? If no, is there any reason you would not be able to obtain one?
Please describe your most relevant skills, abilities, and knowledge (as it applies to the Marine Mechanic position), and how many months/years of work experience you have with each.
What skills and experience are you looking to gain in this role?

Required Question