Rail Track and Right of Way (ROW) Maintainer

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on March 2, 2023
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$30.42 - $43.46 Hourly

Multiple locations in King County, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number



Metro Transit's Rail Division has exciting opportunities for Rail Track and Right of Way (ROW) Maintainers!
Rail is looking for dependable, detail-oriented Track and ROW Maintainers to perform journey-level trades work to troubleshoot, diagnose, maintain, repair, weld, upgrade and conduct comprehensive preventive maintenance on track, special track work, track switches, aerial and tunnel structures and supports, retaining walls, fencing, and associated equipment and components..

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.

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and all King County employees and will be used to fill multiple career service vacancies and will be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future vacancies that occur over the next twelve months at the discretion of the hiring manager.

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 south of Sea-Tac Airport to Northgate. Expansion over the next five years alone will include the addition of more than 20 stations and 40 miles of light rail track which is a critical part of the region's transportation network. The light rail line is a critical part of the region's transportation network and carries more than 79,000 weekday daily riders. Working in Rail offers a wide variety of opportunities to showcase your skills as the Rail Division grows. This planned growth will create many promotional and training opportunities for personnel. Get in on the ground floor with a trades position in the Rail Division and get your career started with Metro!

Work Schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. Employees must be willing to work any one of three shifts (day, swing or graveyard) The work schedule 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 swing shift and graveyard. Swing shift differential is + 5%, Graveyard differential is + 7.5% on top of the hourly pay.

The Current hourly rates are: Dayshift $30.42-$43.46 | Swing shift $31.94-$45.63 | Graveyard shift $32.70-$46.72

Great Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most regional transit systems). We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and state-registered domestic partner. A competitive sick leave and vacation plan, twelve holidays a year, and participation in the State's popular 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 next tab.

How To Apply
Click on the "Apply" link in the upper right of the job announcement on our website's job page ( www.kingcounty.gov/jobs ), and complete the employment application and supplemental questions thoroughly. See Application Process below for additional important information on completing your application.

Questions please reach out to: Janay Brim, 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:
  • Inspect, diagnose, repair, maintain, and/or replace running rails, restraining rails, fasteners, switch components, crossings, and all other components associated with track maintenance and construction.
  • Operate service vehicles, small cranes and other vehicles used in track maintenance and inspection.
  • Use rail saws, rail drills, portable ballast tampers, and other specialized tools and equipment to perform inspection, maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Set up work-zone traffic control areas; flag track way to provide safe rail work zones.
  • Manually operate switch machines under revenue and non-revenue conditions.
  • Prioritize emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.
  • Record and document maintenance and diagnostic data.
  • Assist other trades as necessary; respond to emergency calls as necessary.
  • Perform snow and ice removal.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
Two years of experience maintaining or constructing railroad tracks and associated structures OR Twelve months experience working in King County's Rail Division's Track & ROW Workgroup 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:
  • Demonstrated experience operating rail and crane equipment.
  • Knowledge of and skill in track and structures maintenance work for rail systems.
  • Knowledge of FRA Track Safety Standards, APTA Standards, FTA Standards and AREMA standards for Rail Transit Track Inspection and Maintenance.
  • Knowledge of associated hardware, manuals, procedures, parts catalogs and other pertinent documentation.
  • Knowledge of industrial safety standards and procedures including working with small cranes and lifting equipment such as track jacks, tie tongs, and rail tongs.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics and drawings.
  • Skill in oral and written communication including reading, writing and following instructions.
  • Skill in basic computer skills
  • Skill in problem solving and analyzing data to solve common and complex problems.
  • Skill in mechanical tools associated with maintaining fixed track and associated structures.
  • Demonstrated mechanical skills including ability to properly use hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of and skill in the application of codes and compliance requirements for track and associated structures.
  • Knowledge of and skill in concrete work including finishing.
  • Knowledge of traffic safety techniques and procedures for establishing safe work zones both on Track and within a public motor vehicle roadway.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships and to work efficiently and effectively in a team environment, including skill and demonstrated values of respect and fairness in working effectively with a diverse population in varying occupations or situations.
  • Ability to deal proactively and sensitively with customers.
  • Ability to work safely and efficiently in all types of weather and environmental conditions, including on elevated structures as well as underground structures
Desirable Qualifications (not required)
  • Knowledge of Maintenance Management Information Systems (MMIS), Enterprise Asset Management Systems (EAMS) or equivalent maintenance work order tracking system.
  • Ability to operate radio and telephone communication systems in compliance with FTA regulations and procedures.
  • Railroad welding experience with stick (SMAW), wire feed (GMAW) welding process, exothermic welding including experience with Manganese steel and the ability to obtain and maintain certification, if not currently certified.
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Washington State Class A CDL (Commercial driver's license) with endorsements and the ability to obtain and maintain a Class A CDL with an acceptable driving record. (Out-of- state candidates must obtain their Washington State license prior to hire.)
  • Ability to obtain Hi-Rail, Forklift, Aerial Lift, First-Aid/CPR and other certifications within three months of hire date (training will be provided by Rail)
  • Applicants must be able to meet on-going educational and training requirements and maintain required certifications.
Physical Requirements
This position requires the ability to be mobile, perform heavy manual labor, exert physical effort while standing, walking for long distances, or lifting materials, tools and objects weighting up to 100 pounds.

Application Process
It is important to fill out your application accurately. Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov as described above. 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 if they are relevant in some way to this job and if they relate to our minimum qualifications.

Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness, clarity and competitiveness. Competitive candidates may be invited to participate in testing and/or 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 Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.

Class Code: 8111100

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.

Additional assistance
Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs under Application Tips and FAQs . If you have questions, need to request additional support regarding accommodations, or are needing application materials in an alternate language or format, please contact: Janay Brim, HR Talent Advisor: jbrim@KingCounty.gov

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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.