Rail Electro - Mechanic

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on July 19, 2021
Summary

This recruitment will be used to fill career service positions in Link Light Rail and Streetcar.

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.

King County Metro Transit is looking for Electro-Mechanics to perform journey-level electrical, electronic and mechanical work on light rail vehicles or streetcars and associated equipment. 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 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. Seattle Streetcar, operated by King County Metro Transit, is responsible for providing streetcar service for both the South Lake Union (2.6 track miles) and First Hill (4.9 track miles) Streetcar lines.

This is an exciting time to work for King County Metro Transit. In 2018, we received the distinction of being the 'Best Large Transit Agency in North America'. We proudly serve the fastest growing transit market in the nation, enjoy a 93% customer satisfaction rate, and are creating an array of innovative mobility services for our riders. We are also building a zero-emission bus fleet and operating the region's light-rail system. Working for Metro means working for a leader in the public transportation industry.

This recruitment will be used to fill career service positions in Link Light Rail and Streetcar.

WAGE NOTE: 

  • Day shift positions: $29.24-41.77 
  • 2nd-Shift: $30.70-$43.86 
  • 3rd Shift: $31.43- $44.90

Competitive 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, holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, 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.


Additional Benefits 
  • Yearly tool allowance 
  • Footgear (one pair of boots, socks and cushioned inserts) 
  • Safety clothing, uniforms and equipment provided 
  • Transit pass good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit


Who May Apply 
This position is open to the general public. Current qualified Local 587 King County Transit internal applicants will be given first consideration. This recruitment will be used to fill one current career service position in Rail and one current career service position in Streetcar. In addition, this selection process may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service and/or temporary vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months.


Required Forms and Materials
An online King County application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire are required.


Work Location 
This recruitment will be used to fill a Rail vacancy located at the Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility at 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle WA 98134. The vacancy at Streetcar will be located at either South Lake Union and/or First Hill Streetcar Facilities. Assigned location would be at management's discretion.


Work Schedule 
Must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off. 
  • Three shifts: Day, Swing, Graveyard 
  • May work a 5/8 or 4/10 schedule with two consecutive days off; not necessarily Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Work schedules based on a seniority "pick" system, which occurs three times per year.
  • Swing and graveyard shift employees receive a shift differential. 
  • Positions to be filled by this recruitment are non-exempt from the FLSA and therefore eligible for overtime pay.


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:

  • Diagnose, test, maintain, repair, and overhaul rail/streetcar vehicles' electrical, electronic and mechanical systems and equipment in accordance with schematics, drawings, wiring diagrams, operations manuals and manufacturer instructions. 
  • Conduct safety and preventive maintenance inspections on vehicles, systems and equipment; document defects, maintenance and repairs. 
  • Troubleshoot, repair, replace, or modify mechanical, electronic and electrical components, analog and solid-state electronic systems, and defective parts for a variety of equipment and systems controls. 
  • Operate and maintain shop equipment and tools. 
  • Prepare time and material cost estimates and maintain records; prepare various activity and status reports, document defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, or designated computer programs. 
  • Re-rail trains/streetcars and recover vehicles from accidents. 
  • Install special electronic testing systems and communication devices on cars; service and maintain microprocessor control systems; calibrate and repair test equipment. 
  • Inspect, test, maintain, repair, service, rebuild and overhaul electrical, mechanical and electronic subsystems on rail/streetcar vehicles. 
  • Maintain parts inventory and computer inventory records. 
  • Operate computers for testing and diagnosing fault log management and related data input and retrieval. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who meet the following minimum qualifications: 
Experience and/or education in heavy rebuild, fleet, auto, equipment, industrial mechanic experience with a strong electrical/electronic background 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: 

  • Experience in the application of mechanical principles, repair methods, standards and practices typically found in a journey level skilled trades position. 
  • Knowledge of current principles and practices of electrical, electronic and mechanical work on light rail, streetcar, automotive, heavy equipment OR industrial equipment. 
  • Skill in AC/DC systems, operating principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical systems, heating, lighting, air conditioning, motors, brakes and related systems. 
  • Knowledge of current preventive maintenance requirements and skill in performing maintenance on light rail, streetcar, automotive, heavy equipment OR industrial equipment. 
  • Skill in developing and implementing safety inspection procedures. 
  • Skill in the application of testing and inspection methods including solid state circuitry diagnostic and repair techniques and procedures. 
  • Skill in the use of operating portable test equipment, bench type workstations, tools, parts and supply manuals needed in the repair, maintenance, and installation of electrical, electronic and mechanical systems and equipment. 
  • Skill in reading and interpreting schematics, maintenance manuals, technical information in repair manuals, service change bulletins, parts and supply manuals, and specifications. 
  • Skill in maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, rebuilding and overhauling electrical and mechanical systems. 
  • Skill in preparing written reports, documenting defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, and designated computer programs; prepare accurate time and material cost estimates and keep accurate records. 
  • Skill in applying industrial safety procedures and standards including cleaning and maintaining shop area. 
  • Skill in problem solving, analyzing and diagnosing equipment problems. 
  • Skill in the operation of current Windows based computer software; skill in learning new operating systems and staying current on all new technologies introduced into transit industries as it relates to light rail/ streetcar vehicle maintenance. 
  • Skill in oral and written communications. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with a diverse group of individuals. 
  • Skill in working under established deadlines and timeframes. 
  • Skill in leading and training others. 

Highly Desirable Experience
 2 years’ experience in heavy rebuild, fleet, auto, equipment, industrial mechanic experience with a strong electrical/electronic background
 

Necessary Special Requirements 
Current driver's license and acceptable driving record.
 

Ability to obtain the following within 6 months of hire (training will be provided) 
  • Washington State Class B driver's license with airbrake endorsement 
  • Light Rail Vehicle or Streetcar "Yard Operator" Certification 
  • Crane Certification 
  • HVAC/EPA Certification 

Physical Requirements 
Requires the ability to be mobile, perform manual labor, exert physical effort while standing, walking, or lifting materials, tools and objects weighting up to 70 pounds, such as re-railing jacks and large parts.


Working Environment
This position will be performed both indoors and outdoors and in inclement weather. Must be able to work from high places.

Supplemental Information

Application Process 
A King County application is required. Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov. If you are unable to apply online, follow the instructions at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs under Application Tips and FAQs.


Selection Process 
Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications. Candidates presenting evidence that they meet or exceed the qualifications noted above may be invited to participate in a comprehensive mechanical skills and electrical theory knowledge test. It is recommended that you study the areas outlined below to prepare for the written test. Interviews will be offered to candidates with satisfactory test scores. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, drug screens and a drug and alcohol background checks. Reference checks and reviews of driving records will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment. 

  • AC/DC Theory 
  • Digital and Analog Electronics 
  • Computers
  •  Power Tools and Equipment
  •  Mechanical Maintenance 
  • Schematics and Print Reading 
  • Test Instruments 
  • Motors 
  • Computer Skills 
  • Record Keeping and Documentation.

Union Membership 
This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.


Class Code: 8311100


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 Marc Alvarado at Marc.alvarado@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.

01
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.
02
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
03
When applying for this position, you must thoroughly complete the EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE sections of your application. Failure to do so can result in disqualification from consideration. Please check off all of the items that you have completed in your application:
  • Completed education history
  • Detailed description of each position that you have held in the last ten years. Please list gaps in employment and reason.
  • Reason for leaving employers, (in cases of termination, state why you were terminated)
  • Supervisor Name
  • Employer phone number
04
This selection process will be used to fill current career service vacancy positions in either Rail and Streetcar. In addition, it may also be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service and/or temporary vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months. Please indicate below which location you would like to be considered
  • Rail
  • Streetcar
  • Both locations
05
Have you been terminated, or have you resigned in lieu of termination, from any position in the last ten years?
  • Yes
  • No
06
If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide the name of the employer(s) and the reason for termination(s). Please understand that "Will explain in interview" is not a valid response and will result in your application not being considered further. (If not, please answer "N/A")
07
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
08
If yes, for which employer and when? If no, please answer "N/A".
09
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
  • Passenger Endorsement
  • I do not have a driver's license
10
If you do not currently possess a Class B License with Air Brake Endorsement are you willing and able to obtain one?
  • Yes
  • No
11
Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years?
  • Yes
  • No
12
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).
13
In the last 5 years, has your license been revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
14
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate why below, check all that apply
  • Moving violation
  • Unpaid parking ticket(s)
  • Unpaid traffic ticket(s)
  • Child support enforcement
  • I have not had my license suspended
15
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times it has been suspended, regardless of reason.
  • Once
  • More than once
  • My license has not been suspended
16
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
17
How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years?
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
  • 0
18
If you indicated above that you have been cited, list the date and offense. For speeding tickets, please list the posted speed limit and your actual speed. Be sure to include whether your license was suspended for the citation, and whether or not the ticket has been paid. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered. If no violations, please answer "N/A".
19
How many accidents have you had in the last 5 years?
  • No accidents
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5 or more
20
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".
21
How many years of journey-level mechanic experience with heavy rebuild OR fleet/auto/equipment/industrial mechanical experience do you possess?
  • Less than 1 year
  • One to two years
  • Three to four years
  • Five or more years
  • None
22
Please tell us the name of the employers where and when (dates) you obtained the experience listed above, and your job title. (Remember to include these employers on your application in the work experience section. If none, please list N/A)
23
Briefly describe your electrical/electronic background. If you have any special training or expertise with heavy rebuild/fleet/auto/equipment/industrial, please take the opportunity to tell us about it here. (If none, list N/A)
24
Please indicate below which areas you have a working knowledge of. Check all that apply.
  • Knowledge of current principles and practices of electrical, electronic and mechanical work on light rail, streetcar, automotive, heavy equipment OR industrial equipment
  • Experience in AC/DC systems, operating principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical systems, heating, lighting, air conditioning, motors, brakes and related systems
  • Knowledge of current preventive maintenance requirements and skill in performing maintenance on light rail, streetcar, automotive, heavy equipment OR industrial equipment
  • Skill in the application of testing and inspection methods including solid state circuitry diagnostic and repair techniques and procedures
  • Skill in developing and implementing safety inspection procedures
  • Skill in reading and interpreting schematics, maintenance manuals, technical information in repair manuals, service change bulletins, parts and supply manuals, and specifications
  • Skill in maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, rebuilding and overhauling electrical, and industrial mechanical systems
  • None of the above
25
For each selection above, please indicate which employer where you obtained this experience and your job title (If none, list N/A):
26
Which Windows based computer software programs are you skilled in using? Check all that apply.
  • Excel
  • Word
  • Outlook
  • Electronic maintenance management information systems
  • None of the above
27
Do you possess an Electronics Technician Certificate?
  • Yes
  • No
28
Describe any additional special skills or certificates, such as welding, machinist, HVAC, diesel, that you feel might benefit your work with us. (If none, please list N/A)
29
I understand that the following certifications must be obtained within six months of hire: (check all that apply).
  • Light rail vehicle or Streetcar "Yard Operator" certification
  • Crane Certification
  • HVAC/EPA Certification
  • I am NOT willing to fulfill this requirement
30
This position involves night, weekend, holiday and/or 4/10 shifts. Are you able and willing to work any shift (day, swing or graveyard) as assigned?
  • Yes
  • No
31
Are you able to work overtime or be "called-back" on a short notice?
  • Yes
  • No
32
King County Metro is committed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please describe in detail how you have demonstrated values of respect and fairness in working effectively with a diverse population in the workplace and in other life situations?
33
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
34
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
35
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 actionbased 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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