Rail Facilities Electrician

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 15, 2022
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Summary: 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.
This position will perform a variety of journey-level electrical work in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic systems, equipment, and hardware at Link Light Rail Operation Maintenance Facility.
Who May Apply: These multiple career service positions are open to the general public. Additional consideration will be given to King County career service employees. This recruitment may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service, and Temporary (TLT/SDA) vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months.
Forms and Materials Required: An on-line King County application and completion of supplemental questionnaire are required. A resume is encouraged.
Work Schedule: This non-exempt position is overtime eligible. Employees in this position must be willing and able to work one of three shifts (day, swing or graveyard), including any combination of days off. The workweek and scheduled hours may vary. Work shift is subject to change based on seniority bid system and needs of the business. In addition, this position has on-call responsibilities and must respond to emergency situations as needed
This recruitment will mostly be hiring for the graveyard or swing shift.  All shifts are straight eights.  Dayshift: 6:00am-2:00pm; Swing shift: 1:30pm-9:30pm; Graveyard: 10:00pm-6:00am

An Employer to Be Proud Of
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.
Great Benefits 
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit). We offer a generous benefits package including fully paid medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner. A generous sick leave and vacation plan, paid holidays, and participation in the Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).
Additional Benefits 
  • Yearly tool allowance  
  • Safety clothing, uniforms and equipment provided  
  • Transit pass good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit 
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Cody Buchanan
Human Resource Analyst

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.  We model and apply our equity and social justice shared values, behaviors and practices across all of the job duties listed below:

  • Perform administrative tasks related to evaluating work requests, designing and estimating, organizing and scheduling labor, materials and equipment to complete projects; write work orders using applicable software applications; maintain associated documentation, records and logs.  
  • Install electrical systems in new construction; install, modify and upgrade new and existing electrical systems, component parts and other related electrical equipment; repair damaged electrical equipment, conduit and conductors.  
  • Evaluate existing equipment, provide recommendations for future electrical needs and anticipate maintenance and repair costs.  
  • Maintain current equipment with preventive maintenance measures. Perform visual inspection and conduct cleaning including variable-speed drives, motors, motor control centers and programmable controllers.  
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair electronic digital communications control systems, combined electronic fire alarm and smoke control systems, electronic door security controls, electronic elevator security controls, intercom and paging systems, fans, pumps and their motor control equipment, digital card reader systems, parking gates and roll-up doors, motion sensors, and door monitoring systems.  
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair power distribution systems including but not limited to lighting distribution and low voltage switching, power distribution panels and circuits, emergency generator and related heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and power transfer switches.  
  • Perform fire system confidence tests per National Fire Protection Association Standards (NFPA).  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Experience:

  • Journey-level knowledge and skills in the electrician trade.  
  • Knowledge of local and Washington State electrical codes as well as the National Electrical and National Fire Protection Association codes.  
  • Knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Act. Knowledge of electrical theory and basic electronic theory. Knowledge of electrical tools and materials.  
  • Knowledge of electrical instruments and test equipment.  
  • Knowledge of and compliance with applicable safety standards and requirements. Knowledge of basic mathematics and construction terminology.  
  • Skill in repairing, troubleshooting and maintaining electrical systems and equipment. Skill in reading blueprints and schematics.  
  • Skill in installing complete electrical systems.  
  • Skill in reading, interpreting, maintaining and repairing a variety of instrumentation. Skill in completing time and materials estimates.  
  • Skill in using a variety of hand and power tools, multi-meters and diagnostic equipment. Skill in written/verbal communications.  
  • Skill in using computer software such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.  
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.  
  • Strong customer service skills.  
The most competitive candidates will have the following desirable qualifications: 
  • Current work experience as an electrician within an industrial facility environment performing maintenance and troubleshooting  
  • NICET I/II (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies), FA-1/FA-ITM, SC-1/SC- ITM (Smoke Control)  
Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • 4 years Journey Level Experience  
  • Washington State Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.  
  • Washington State Journey Electrician Certificate – EL-01 and ability to maintain.  
  • Must obtain type FA-1 license from the City of Seattle Fire Department within 6-months of hire date within 30 days of obtaining the NICET II OR 6 months if you already hold the NICET II and/or ESA/NTS Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT) Level II  
  • Must obtain NICET II (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) within 24-months of hire and ability to maintain.  
Work Environment: Work is performed in confined spaces with appropriate safety precautions and equipment. Electricians will work on ladders and in motorized reach equipment in excess of 60 ft.

Supplemental Information

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 test, hands-on exercise and/or panel interview process.
Test:  There will be may a written onsite test as part of the selection process
Interviews: Panel interviews
Employment offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed reference checks and a drivers abstract review.
Union Membership: This position is represented by IBEW L77.

Class Code: 8213100

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.
Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination as a condition of employment. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.     This directive applies to 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.
 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
Are you willing to work Day, Swing, Graveyard shifts?
  • Yes
  • No
How many years of journey-level experience do you possess in the electrician trade?
  • No Experience
  • One Year
  • Two Years
  • Three Years
  • Four Years
  • Five years or more
How did you obtain the years Journey Level Experience? Please include employers and job titles.
Do you have any of the following (check all that apply):
  • NICET II (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies)
  • FA-1 license
  • None
If you do not possess a NICET II state level certification, are you willing and able to acquire one within 24-months of hire and test for the NICET I and NICET II exam within 12 months of hire?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you currently have a Washington State Journey Electrician Certificate – EL-01 and ability to maintain?
  • Yes
  • No
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
How many years of current work experience do you have as an electrician within an industrial facility environment?
  • One Year
  • Two Years
  • Three Years
  • Four Years
  • Five or more years
  • None
For the above question, please state what your working title was, the dates of employment and, where you acquired this experience and year(s). (If no experience, please answer "N/A")
Please describe how you have demonstrated values of respect and fairness in working effectively with a diverse population in the workplace and in other life situations?
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 Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing rules during the past two years?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" to the previous question, for which employer and when? If not, please answer "N/A."
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, you will be contacted for additional information. (This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation 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.
  • 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 my 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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