Rail Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
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Posted on April 30, 2021

King County Metro Transit 
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. 
Link Light Rail 
One of the single largest transportation projects for King County and the Puget Sound region is the light rail system known as Link Light Rail.  Design and construction of the system is being managed by Sound Transit, the regional transit provider for the central Puget Sound area.  King County Metro Transit oversees all operations and maintenance aspects of the system.  Link Light Rail, operated and maintained by King County Metro Transit, is a 20.4-mile light rail line currently running from University of Washington Station to Angle Lake Station. Current system expansion will add an additional 50 miles of track by 2023. Currently Link Light Rail has 62 vehicles and will be adding an additional 152 vehicles to their fleet by 2024.  
Who May Apply and How to Apply 
This career service position is open to the general public.  An online King County application completed at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs is required. A cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position are required. This recruitment may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service, Special Duty Assignment (SDA) and Temporary (TLT) vacancies that may occur over the next six months.
Work Schedule 
This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay. The workweek is normally Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm with additional hours as necessary, including being on-call, evenings, and weekends.
 For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
 Troika Braswell
 Senior Human Resource Analyst

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. Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for administering fleet maintenance operations critical to providing reliable light rail service to the King County service area 
  • Implement portions of System Safety Program Plan and participate in the State Safety Oversight annual and triennial audit program 
  • Coordinate and lead all light rail vehicle maintenance activities 
  • Work with vehicle manufacturer to identify, track and resolve fleet defect and warranty issues 
  • Oversee and manage any fleet modifications for light rail fleet 
  • Responsible to manage a fleet of non-revenue support automobiles 
  • Responsible for the establishment of annual operating plans (including objectives, priorities and performance standards and the monitoring and reporting of progress toward expected outcomes) 
  • Develop, manage, and implement annual section budgets as well as policy and operational changes 
  • Direct (through subordinate supervisors) a work force involved in preventive maintenance, repair, emergency re-railing and servicing of light rail cars to meet daily schedules 
  • Determine staffing needs, manage employee hiring processes, conduct performance evaluations and take corrective actions when appropriate, issue decisions in first-level grievances, and work with labor union(s) to resolve labor issues 
  • Responsible for emergency management operations at the work site and remain on call 24 hours per day 
  • Represent the section in work groups and meetings and may act for the Manager of Maintenance as needed 
  • Provide expert witness testimony as required at hearings and court proceedings 
  • Provide communication loop between Sound Transit, King County Metro and the light rail vehicle manufacturer, providing necessary information and/or documentation as required for various levels within both agencies 
  • Participate on evaluation committees for major procurements 
  • Participate on recruitment panels for hiring various rail staff 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Three years of experience in public transit supervising rail vehicle maintenance, repairs and Overhauls. 
  • Strong analytical skills to evaluate complex problems related to rail vehicle maintenance repair work 
  • Skill in establishing and implementing light rail vehicle maintenance policies and procedures 
  • Ability to plan and direct the day-to-day activities of a large rail maintenance operation; ability to conduct staffing and budget planning, cost benefit analysis, and to initiate and evaluate the financial impact and technical feasibility of ideas, methods of operation, or capital projects 
  • Experience in the procurement and/or acceptance of rail transit vehicles 
  • Experience in the integration of rail transit vehicles into a new system or rail line 
  • Knowledge of fleet warranty administration 
  • Experience in the implementation or management of a Rail Transit Vehicle Maintenance Training program 
  • Experience in the activation of operating rail transit system or line 
  • Working knowledge of applicable APTA, IEEE and other Standards and Industry Practices 
  • Knowledge of applicable FTA regulations governing Rail Transit Safety and Security 
  • Experience managing the satisfactory resolution of fleet defects and warranty claims 
  • Skill in budgeting and project management techniques 
  • Ability to build a cohesive management team in a diverse environment 
  • Knowledge of grievance and arbitration processes 
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills 
  • Excellent management, leadership, and supervisory skills which include ability to establish and maintain a participatory workplace by facilitating team development/behavior and promoting mutual respect and acceptance of the abilities and viewpoints of all workers in a diverse work group 
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements 
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws regarding ADA, EEO, FMLA, CDL, and D.O.T. Drug & Alcohol testing 
  • Experience and ability to work with Microsoft Word and Excel 
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely manner 

Desirable Qualifications 

A Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of related education and supervisory or administrative experience 

Application Process 
Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov and attach the required documents 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.  Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application FAQs at 
If you need an accommodation in the selection process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, as noted above.
Selection Process 
Applications will be screened for qualifications, clarity and completeness.  Competitive applicants may be invited to participate in a series of panel interview and possibly a written exercise.  
 Union Membership 
 This position is represented by PROTEC17 – Transit Superintendents bargaining unit
 Class Code 

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.

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
What does your management/supervisory experience include? Check all that apply.
  • Assigning work to subordinate non-supervisory staff
  • Assigning work to subordinate line supervisors
  • Performing as a lead worker, who, in addition to performing tasks directly, also assigned tasks to other employees
  • Creating policies and procedures
  • Implementing policies and procedures
  • Setting standards for performance
  • Providing performance appraisals for subordinate employees
  • Making recommendations for hiring of staff
  • Recommending discipline or termination for employees
  • Training employees on policies and procedures
  • Mentoring staff
  • Representing my work unit at regular meetings with senior managers
  • Managing consultants
  • Managing temporary staff
  • Managing represented staff
  • Managing non-represented staff
  • Managing employees from diverse backgrounds
  • Managing employees in highly stressful situations
  • None of the above
Please check all of those that you have a professional working knowledge of
  • ADA
  • EEO
  • FMLA
  • CDL
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • APTA, IEEE and other standards and industry practices
  • FTA regulations governing Rail Transit Safety & Security
  • None of the above
From the list below, please check all that apply to your professional working experience:
  • Procurement and/or acceptance of rail transit vehicles
  • Integration of rail transit vehicles into a new system or rail line
  • Implementation or management of a Rail Transit Vehicle Maintenance Training program
  • Activation of operating rail transit system or line
  • Managing the resolution of fleet defects and warranty claims
  • Purchasing, inventory and procurement
  • None of the above

Required Question