Rail Signal and Communications Technician

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on May 21, 2023
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$33.06 - $47.23 Hourly


Multiple locations in King County, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



MTD - Metro Transit



Opening Date


Closing Date




Bargaining Unit

J2 : ATU L587-Transit


Applicant review will be on-going.

King County Metro Transit's Rail Division has exciting opportunities for Signal and Communications Technicians! These positions will perform maintenance on railway signal and communications equipment such as motorized switch machines, vital relays, microprocessor controlled interlockings, programmable logic controllers, fiber optic links, failsafe railroad crossing equipment, stand-alone computers and power supplies.

Link Light Rail
Metro Transit's Rail Division is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 24.7-mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to the Northgate Station. 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 all qualified applicants internal and external
and will be used to fill current Career Service vacancies and Special Duty Assignments at Rail and 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.

These positions are 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.

Work Schedule
These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and are overtime eligible. Employees will work a 40-hour per week schedule with two consecutive days off. The w ork schedules may include non- standard work hours including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. Schedules are based on a seniority "pick" system. Per the union contract shift differentials are paid to those working second and third shifts. Shift pay is 7.5% for third shift, on top of hourly pay. Per the union contract the current hourly rates are:
  • Day shift: $33.06-$47.23
  • Graveyard/ 3rd Shift: $35.54-$50.77
Work Location
Employees may report to any of the following locations:
Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) Central at 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle WA 98134 or OMF East 1925 120th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98005. Other locations in King County may become available in the future.

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:
  • Conduct fault diagnosis; inspect, test, modify, maintain and repair railway signal and communications equipment
  • Inspect, repair and maintain electrical, electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic equipment including grade crossing mechanisms, switch machines, multiplexers, microprocessor controlled interlockings, vital relays, power supplies, battery systems, audio systems, and other complex machinery and equipment
  • Operate common and specialized tools and equipment such as mechanical lift devices, hand tools, and electronic measurement devices
  • Access aerial support structures and poles to perform inspections, maintenance and repair tasks
  • Determine work priorities for emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision; respond to emergency calls as necessary
  • Operate switch machines by hand and by Local Control Panels under revenue and non-revenue conditions
  • Plan, schedule, communicate and coordinate activities and work with other trades and sections; assist other trades as necessary
  • Operate assigned vehicles including Hi-Rail and Aerial Lift equipment
  • Perform snow and ice removal
  • Flag trackway to provide safe rail work zones; set up work zone traffic control areas
  • Record and document maintenance and diagnostic data
  • Other duties as assigned
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
Two years performing Journey level work in railway signaling and communications OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the needed skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.

Additional qualifications include:
  • Journey level knowledge of the fundamentals of railway signaling and communications
  • Knowledge in analyzing and evaluating malfunctions in electrical and electronic equipment and determining repair requirements; skill in performing electronic fabrication and assembly tasks, such as soldering and wire harnessing; skill in problem solving, analyzing, diagnosing and evaluating equipment problems
  • Knowledge of and skill in industrial safety techniques, including safety techniques while working at railway crossings with train and automobile traffic
  • Knowledge of and skill in maintaining and troubleshooting mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • Willingness and ability to apply King County's core values around inclusion, equity and social justice as a team member and representative of King County to the public
  • Skill in the application of customer service techniques and principles when dealing with customers in a tactful and diplomatic manner Skill in oral and written communications, including reading, writing and following instructions
  • Skill in preparing written reports, inspection forms for documenting defects and repairs of work orders in designated computer programs; skill in preparing time and material cost estimates; keep accurate records
  • Skill in developing and implementing preventive maintenance and safety inspection procedures
  • Skill in working under established deadlines and time frames Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with a diverse group of individuals
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Ability to obtain boom truck, Hi-Rail, forklift, and confined space certification (we train)
  • Washington State driver's license with an acceptable driving record
  • Class B CDL with airbrake endorsement or ability to obtain one (we train)
Supplemental Information

Working Environment
Work indoors and outdoors and in inclement weather. Work in high places from mechanical lifts and structures and in high voltage environment to perform inspections. Position requires physical skill and effort to operate tools, equipment, vehicles and supplies and may require stooping or bending motions when inspecting work.

Application Process
Your completed application must show all jobs in the last 10 years if you have 10 years of employment. Including all relevant jobs is recommended and must be included if referred to in Supplemental Questions. Include any gaps in employment with explanations for the gap.

Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness and qualifications. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview process. Employment offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed a physical examination, drug screens and a drug and alcohol background check as needed. Reference checks and reviews of driving records will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment.

Union Membership
This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 587.

Class Code

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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.
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To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing these positions, 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.

Want to make sure your application materials are as competitive as possible?
We highly recommend visiting the Career Support Services website for tips and examples on how to make your application materials most effective: Career Support Services - King County .

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Skyler Jones, Talent Advisor

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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
  • 12paid 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.