Rail Facilities Mechanic

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on November 7, 2022
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Rail Facilities Mechanics 

Link Light Rail, Metro Transit's Rail Division, is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20+ mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to Northgate station in North Seattle. 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 daily weekday riders.
This recruitment will be used to fill five (5) career service Rail Facilities Mechanic positions. These positions are responsible for the maintenance, repair and upgrades of Light Rail operating facilities, supporting systems and equipment. Responsibilities also include the coordination and oversight of the work performed by outside contractors working in an assortment of crafts and engaged in a variety of building and systems maintenance, repair and enhancement. 
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. 
Wage Note
Shift differential is paid to those working second and third shifts. Shift pay is 5% for second shift and 7.5% for third shift, on top of hourly pay.  Hourly pay ranges are:
First Shift (Day):  $30.42 - 43.46,  
Second Shift:  $31.94 - 45.63,  
Third Shift:  $32.70 - 46.72.  
Who May Apply
These five (5) 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 or temporary vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months.
Forms and Materials Required
An online King County application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire are required.
Work Schedule
This position is paid on an hourly (non-exempt) basis and is therefore eligible for overtime pay if scheduled. The work week and scheduled hours may vary. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift (day, swing or graveyard). This position will initially work the day/night shift with a 4/10 or 5/8 schedule during the training period. 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.
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. This is an exciting time for King County Metro Transit; we are expanding service and 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, 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.
If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact: 
Travis McKinnon
HR Talent Advisor tmckinnon@kingcounty.gov 

#RailJobs #TradesJobs 

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:

  • Maintain all public and operating facilities, equipment and associated components under the management of Light Rail including maintaining and repairing a variety of plumbing, HVAC, tool, vehicle wash, tunnel and associated systems and equipment.
  • Perform a variety of preventive maintenance functions and service checks on facilities, buildings and equipment; develop specifications for and purchase new equipment and materials.
  • Maintain and repair Fire & Life Safety Systems including sprinklers, Pre-Action systems and standpipes.
  • Perform a variety of plumbing, carpentry and related building trades work; read, interpret and apply blueprints and other drawings; maintain work records and complete work requests.
  • Install, maintain, repair and modify equipment and system assemblies; install, attach or brace appurtenances to buildings, walls, ceilings, doors, door hardware/locks and floors. Design, layout and fabricate various metal components, parts or fixtures used in the repair, maintenance and modification of facilities, buildings and equipment; perform shop and field welding, layout, cutting and fitting; operate a variety of welding and burning equipment.
  • Coordinate activities and work with other trades, divisions and outside agencies and contractors; inspect work completed by contractors.
  • Perform testing of backflow devices; perform lock and security system maintenance, repair and modification.
  • Setup work zone traffic control areas; flag track way to provide safe rail work zones.
  • Assist other trades as necessary; operate company assigned vehicles; perform snow and ice removal.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Ideal candidates will have: 

  • Completion of an apprenticeship, training or vocational school program (or equivalent training or experience).
  • At least three years of journey-level work experience in the Fire & Life Safety Systems, plumbing, welding, and/or mechanical fields, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of advanced mechanical theory and current practices Knowledge of related national, state and local codes and means of compliance Knowledge of standard construction practices and principles of building systems and industrial controls.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with applicable safety standards and requirements; skill in maintaining mechanical equipment.
  • Skill in efficiently utilizing appropriate tools and equipment; skill in reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings; skill in reviewing and coordinating the work of others.
  • Skill in establishing, maintaining and encouraging cooperative and equitable working relationships with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Skill in dealing proactively and sensitively with customers; skill in training coworkers on system equipment.
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to solve common problems.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Seattle Fire Department's AS-3 or AS-ITT Automatic Sprinkling Systems Certification Seattle Fire Department's FEX-1 Fire Extinguisher Inspection Certification.
  • Journey-level Pipefitter, Sprinkler Fitter or Steam Fitter experience Concrete paver/tile repair experience.
  • Door/locksmith Fencing.
  • Overhead coiled door Roofing.
  • Certified Welder.
  • Certified Back-flow Prevention Assembly Tester Boiler and Refrigeration/Air Conditioning experience.

Certifications that must be acquired, held and maintained within 12-months of hire, (we provide training materials): 

  • Confined Space Entry Certification Forklift and High Lift Certification. 

  • Seattle Fire Department's AS-3 or AS-ITT Automatic Sprinkling Systems Certification Seattle Fire Department's FEX-1 Fire Extinguisher Inspection Certification. 

Physical Requirements:
  • Lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds frequently and occasionally lift objects up to 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Frequent walking, reaching, climbing, kneeling and stooping.
  • Work in confined spaces and at heights and in cramped and awkward positions.

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.

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.

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

#RailJobs #TradesJobs 

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 completed an apprenticeship, training or vocational school program (or equivalent) in the welding, plumbing or facility maintenance field?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the above question, please name the program you completed, with name of institution, year and location, or describe the equivalent. If you answered no, please answer, "N/A".
How many years of journey-level experience in the Fire & Life Safety Systems, plumbing, welding, and/or mechanical fields do you have?
  • Less than one
  • At least one but less than two
  • At least two but less than three
  • At least three but less than four
  • At least four but less than five
  • Five or more
  • None
Where did you gain your experience above on question 6? Please clearly list employer, employment dates and job duties.
Have you been terminated, or have you resigned in lieu of termination, from any position in the last ten years? (This does not include layoff/Reduction in Force.)
  • Yes
  • No
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")
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 yes, for which employer and when? If no, please answer, "N/A".
Please check all the qualifications listed below that you possess.
  • Journey-level Pipe-fitter, Sprinkler Fitter or Steam-Fitter experience
  • Concrete paver/tile repair experience
  • Certified Welder
  • Certified Back-flow Prevention Assembly Tester
  • Boiler Certification
  • Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Certification
  • Facilities Maintenance Certification
  • Seattle Fire Department's AS-3 Automatic Sprinkling Systems Certification
  • Seattle Fire Department's FEX-1 Fire Extinguisher Inspection Certification
  • None of the above
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 COL/Permit
  • Class B COL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger 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 other than 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).
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.
  • Once
  • More than once
  • My license has not been 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
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 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 turn, etc.). For speeding tickets, your cited speed and the posted limit, city and state. Has the ticket been paid? Was your license suspended or revoked?
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")
Employees in this position must be willing and able to work any of the three shifts (day, swing or graveyard). In addition, this position has on-call responsibilities and must respond to emergency situations as needed. Please check all the shifts you are willing and able to work. (Check all that apply.)
  • I am willing and able to work any shift (day, swing, or graveyard)
  • I am willing and able to work any day of the week
  • I am willing and able to work overtime, if needed
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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