Rail Electrical Workers

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on July 16, 2021

Position Summary 
This position will perform skilled journey level work to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, upgrade, and perform comprehensive preventive maintenance on rail electrical systems as well as electrical systems and equipment in Light Rail shops, tunnels, and other facilities. WAGE NOTE: This is a single-wage position. Current day shift wage is $52.84/hour, and 2nd/3rd shifts wage is $56.09/hour. 
 Safety Sensitive 
This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for these positions 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 substance testing program protocols. 
Link Light Rail 
Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20.4 mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to the University of Washington Station, expanding to Northgate in early 2021. Plans and/or construction are underway extending the system to the north, east, south, and west.  Expansion over the next five years alone will include the addition of more than 20 stations and 40 miles of light rail track.  The light rail line is a critical part of the region's transportation network and carries more than 79,000 weekday daily riders.
Who May Apply 
This recruitment is open to the general public and all King County employees. This recruitment will be used to fill Temporary TLT positions and may also be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service, TLT, and/or internal SDA vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months at Link Light Rail.  
How To Apply 
An online King County employment application completed at 
www.kingcounty.gov/jobs is required. A resume and cover letter are optional.  For any who are unable to apply online, an alternative form of applying is described at this link. See below for more details.  
Work Schedule 
This non-exempt position is eligible for overtime pay and employees must be willing and able to work any shift. This position is part of a workgroup that provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year support. 
King County Metro Transit  
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 public transportation industry.  This is an exciting time for King County Metro Transit, which recently received the 2018 award for the best large transit agency in North America.
Great Benefits 
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region).  We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family including state-registered domestic partner; competitive vacation, sick, and holiday leave plans;  participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS); as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan). For more details, please see the Benefits tab on this posting.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Troika Braswell
Senior Talent Advisor 


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. You will:  

  • Work safely to maintain Light Rail Overhead Contact Systems (OCS); maintain light rail overhead lines and associated components, underground feeders, switches, electrical wiring and systems including a variety of single phase, three phase and DC systems. 
  • Work safely to maintain Traction Power Substations (TPSS), troubleshoot and repair all feeder cables and associated components, underground feeders, enclosed crawl space associated components, switches, electrical wiring, relays, and monitoring systems, including a variety of single phase and three phase AC & DC systems. 
  • Perform routine inspection, maintenance, repair and upgrades to OCS components such as messenger wire, contact wire, section insulators, pole and enclosure mounted switches, air gaps, insulated and un-insulated overlaps, poles, and associated equipment. 
  • Perform inspections, maintenance and upgrades of substations and their components such as switches, transformers, rectifiers, fuses, relays, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), batteries, chargers and associated equipment. 
  • Perform high voltage energized work; maintain and repair low voltage systems such as fire and security alarms; maintain and repair auxiliary power plants, transfer switches and uninterruptible power supplies; perform high voltage tests on power cables and equipment; splice, maintain and terminate all types of low and high voltage cable; pull, rack and secure high and low voltage cables in manholes, conduits, tunnels and vaults. 
  • Maintain and repair equipment in Light Rail shops, offices, park and ride lots, and tunnels. 
  • Program and troubleshoot PC, PLC and micro-processor-based control systems. 
  • Manually operate power switches and breakers. 
  • Flag trackway to provide safe rail work zones; set-up work-zone traffic control areas. 
  • Maintain and provide daily work records and complete work requests. 
  • Load and unload tools, materials, and equipment. 
  • Perform pre/post trip vehicle inspections. 
  • Maintain appropriate parts stock on assigned vehicles, in substations and shops. 
  • Operate company assigned vehicles, including hi-rail and aerial lift equipment and perform rolling inspections from raised aerial equipment. 
  • Install, troubleshoot, and repair equipment required for underground distribution systems, traction power systems and facilities. 
  • Locate, repair and clear faults in electrical systems. Bend, install, maintain, and repair conduit. 
  • Read and interpret distribution maps, feeder maps, blueprints, schematics, and other drawings in performing switching and tagging and maintenance. 
  • Plan, schedule and coordinate activities and work with other trades and divisions. 
  • Trim trees and other vegetation which may interfere with train movement or electrical installations. 
  • Pump water from vaults and manholes. 
  • Perform snow and ice removal. 
  • Respond to emergency calls as necessary. 
  • May inspect work completed by contractors. 
  • Assist other trades as needed and perform other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications 
Three years of electrical maintenance and/or electrical construction experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.  Additional qualifications include:  

  • Knowledge of national, state, and local electrical codes and means of compliance. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of electrical theory, high voltage work and modern industrial controls. 
  • Knowledge of required safety procedures. 
  • Skill in locating underground cables; installing conduit and pull underground cable. 
  • Skill in maintaining energized overhead lines and components. 
  • Skill in maintaining energized traction power systems and components. 
  • Skill in the use of tools and equipment required to perform cable splicing and repair. 
  • Skill in safely and efficiently utilizing appropriate test equipment. 
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics, and drawings. 
  • Skill in wearing personal protective equipment including required fire-retardant clothing and working in arc flash protection suits. 
  • Skill in dealing pro-actively and sensitively with customers. 
  • Skill in oral and written communications. 
  • Mechanical skills. 
  • Problem solving and analytical skills. 

 Necessary Special Requirements 

  • Washington State Journey Electrician Certificate (EL01), Journey Level Line Worker Certificate, High Voltage Journey Level Certificate or equivalent high voltage certification is required. 
  • Washington State Class B (or A) driver's license with air brake endorsement or the ability to obtain and maintain a Class B license within six months of hire date, and an acceptable driving record. Out-of-State applicants may obtain their Washington driver's license upon arriving here, prior to employment. 
  • Ability to obtain Hi-Rail, Forklift, Aerial Lift, Confined Space, First-Aid/CPR, and other certifications within six months of hire date. 
  • Applicants must be able to meet on-going educational and training requirements and maintain required certifications. 
Working Environment 
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, and in inclement weather.  Must be able to work in crowded and tight spaces, tunnel, and aerial structures. 

Application Process 
It is important to fill out your application accurately.  Applicants should complete the online application at 
www.kingcounty.gov as described above. Do not merely refer to your resume for indicating your employment history. NOTE: Please answer all relevant questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (if you have ten years) (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, etc.  Earlier jobs should be included here or in resume if they are relevant in some way to this job and if they relate to our minimum qualifications, and especially if you refer to the job in a Supplemental Question. If you have questions about this, please contact Ralph Cady as stated above.
Selection Process 
Applications will be screened for completeness, clarity and competitiveness. Competitive candidates may be invited to participate in an interview process. Employment offers will be finalized after a physical examination, drug screen drug and alcohol background check, references, and reviews of driving records.  
 Union Membership 
 This position is represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77.
 Class Code 

Supplemental Information

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.

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.

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 or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
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 so, for which employer and when? If not, please answer "N/A"
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • I do not have a Driver's License
If you do not possess a CDL, are you willing and able to obtain one within 6-months of hire?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years?
  • Yes
  • No
If you indicated above that you have had a license in a state other than Washington in the last 5 years, list the state(s) and the years you had the license(s). (If none, please answer "N/A").
In the last five (5) years, has your driver's license been revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times it has been suspended, regardless of reason.
  • One time
  • More than once
  • My license has not been suspended
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate why below: (Select all that apply)
  • Moving Violations
  • Unpaid Parking Ticket(s)
  • Unpaid Traffic Ticket(s)
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • I have not had my license suspended
Do you have any of the following violations 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
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years?
  • No code violations
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
List all the violations you have had in the United States within the last five (5) years, starting with the most recent violation. If you have no violations, write "no violations." If you have speeding tickets, for each one state the date (at least month/year), how fast you were going and the posted speed limit. For each violation, include the following information: month and year, the reason for citation (speeding, illegal turns, etc.). Has the ticket been paid? Was your license suspended or revoked?
How many at fault accidents have you had in the last five (5) years?
  • No at fault accidents
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
List all accidents you have had in the last five years in which you were at fault, including employment-related accidents. Include the month and year of the accident, a brief description, the approximate dollar damage, whether or not there were injuries as a result of the accident, and if you were given a traffic citation. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered further. (If no at-fault accidents, please answer "N/A")
Do you possess any of the following? (Select all that apply)
  • Washington State Journey Electrician Certificate (EL01)
  • Journey Level Lineworker Certificate
  • High Voltage Journey Level Certificate
  • Other equivalent certificate
  • None of the above
If you indicated you hold an equivalent certificate, please indicate what the name of certificate here (and issuing organization if possible). If none, list N/A.
How many years of electrical maintenance and/or electrical construction experience do you possess?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one but less than three years
  • At least three but less than five years
  • Five years or more
Please briefly explain the work you've performed, on which jobs, that would contribute to your qualifications for this position. (Remember to include all of these positions on your application in the work experience section.
This position involves night, weekend, and holiday shifts. Are you able and willing to work any shift (day, swing or graveyard) as assigned?
  • Yes
  • No
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.
  • Yes
  • No
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.
  • Yes
  • No
I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By checking this box and completing by name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.
  • Yes
  • No

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