Senior Electrical Inspector (Transit Construction Management III)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
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Posted on June 30, 2021

*The closing date for this recruitment has been extended to 7/29/21. If you already submitted an application, you do not need to re-apply. 

Metro Transit has an opening for one full-time career service Senior Electrical Inspector (Transit Construction Management III).  This position is responsible for performing construction inspection for assigned public transportation capital and operating projects, primarily in the area of electrical inspection, in addition to some minor mechanical and civil inspection.  The Senior Electrical Inspector will perform project inspections, coordinate construction activities with operations, and work with local public agencies to assure compliance with Transit regulations, requirements, and all related codes.
Pictures above: Metro will invest in new, Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) in phases to implement King County’s commitment to 100% Zero Emissions Fleet by 2040. The Interim Base Electrification and South Base Testing Site projects will initiate Metro’s planned electrification program. 

The METRO CONNECTS Mission/Vision 
The Senior Electrical Inspector will assist in delivering the METRO CONNECTS vision. The METRO CONNECTS vision is a world-class transit system that gives you -- our customers -- more frequent, reliable, and fast service all day, every day no matter where you live in King County. A system that offers innovative new travel options; clean, safe and customer-friendly vehicles and facilities; and information that makes transit work for you.
Metro's commitment includes support of the existing systems by keeping current assets in a state of good repair.  METRO CONNECTS requires a substantial expansion of capital investments to create optimal transit travel conditions to keep buses moving safely and on time.  The new Senior Electrical Inspector will join a group of dedicated and hardworking staff that support the current and planned programs within the Capital Project Delivery section.

Who may apply and position information:

We are accepting applications from all qualified applicants.  This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time career service Senior Electrical Inspector (Transit Construction Management III).  In addition, this selection process may be used to generate an eligibility pool for future career service, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or SDA positions that may occur in this classification over the 12 months, at the discretion of the hiring authority.

**NOTE: Salary range shown is 2018 rate; a new salary rate reflecting possible Cost-Of-Living and/or Market Adjustments since 2018 is under contract negotiation and is typically retroactive. 

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.

Incumbents in this classification are considered senior-level construction inspectors.  They are expected to know and have strong experience in monitoring and understanding complex construction contracts, specifications, and products along with knowledge and experience with a wide variety of electrical construction means and methods.  This position is experienced in the installation and commissioning of electrical equipment, instrumentation and controls, data and communication systems, and provides the essential coordination and communication required to complete construction activities without interruption of Metro Transit service to the public.
  • Coordinate and perform field and office tasks related to the construction inspection of Transit related projects. 
  • Review submittals and shop drawings from contractors and subcontractors for conformance with contract plans and specifications. 
  • Prepare inspection and testing reports, field notes and other required reports, including photographic records.  Review and make detailed notes on record drawings for accuracy and inclusion of all variances encountered in the field. 
  • Review contract plans and specifications for accuracy of field conditions, constructability and value engineering including conformance with standards and provide constructive review comments. 
  • Prepare schedules for inspection during construction. 
  • Serve as King County's on-site representative to ensure and document that construction requirements contained in plans, specifications, applicable codes and city standards are being incorporated during the construction of Transit public works' projects. 
  • Alert King County and the contractor's representative when contract compliance problems and code violations are encountered.  Coordinate with public or private agencies affiliated with the projects to ensure proper implementation of the contract work. 
  • Prepare field notes and submit daily written reports regarding the projects in progress. Prepare other written reports as requested. 
  • Maintain contact with division personnel regarding the progress of specific inspection and testing programs and alert supervisory personnel to potential and/or contract problems. 
  • Support change order preparation, negotiations and document implementation of change work. 
  • Coordinate work with Contractors, Transit Operations, local stakeholders and Transit's Construction Management team along with other public and private agencies. 
  • Interpret construction schedules for progress impacts and slippage. 
  • Draft project closeout reports.  Assist in contract dispute resolution. 
  • Provide lead direction to and closely oversees work performed by Transit Construction Management I and II personnel. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Two (2) years of technical school training in electrical engineering or a related technical field AND four (4) years of progressively responsible electrical construction inspection OR Washington General Journey level EL-01 license and four years of progressively responsible electrical construction experience OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work, are required.  

Additional required qualifications are:

  • Experience inspecting or performing electrical focused construction work involving utilities, buildings and building systems associated with heavy commercial and/or industrial facilities 
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications and relate them to specific projects 
  • Thorough knowledge of acceptable construction methods and techniques 
  • Demonstrated ability to inspect material and workmanship and to recognize construction deficiencies and omissions requiring corrective action 
  • Working knowledge of relevant construction laws, ordinances, codes, regulations, specifications and standards 
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others 
  • Competency using a computer on Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work successfully with a diverse group of people 
  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, vendors, consultants and other outside agency representatives. 
  • Ability to prioritize assignments, stay organized and manage rapidly changing priorities (must be able to successfully work on a number of projects simultaneously) 
  • A valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to get one by time of hire (ability to drive to and access work sites)
Physical Requirements
  • Some physical skill and effort are required to perform construction inspections 
  • The facility inspection positions require the frequent lifting and carrying of inspection equipment and the occasional lifting of hatch or manhole covers weighing up to 100 lbs.
 Work Environment
  • Work pressure and frequent disturbances to work flow are to be expected 
  • Majority of work is performed at construction sites in all kinds of weather conditions 
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, street traffic, bus operations, heavy equipment and electrical installations is part of the normal working conditions 
  • Some duties may require work to be performed in the evenings and/or on weekends. 
  • May be required to work in adverse weather and working conditions
 Desirable Qualifications (not required)
  • Washington General Journey level EL-01;
  • Washington Master Electrician ME-01; 
  • Washington Administrator AD-01 Certificate; 
  • Additional academic or vocational courses in electrical, instrumentation and controls, or related field 
  • Additional training and certifications in electrical, instrumentation & controls, or a related field 
  • Competency using a computer on Bluebeam Revu and SharePoint 
  • Experience in Construction Management

Supplemental Information

Ready to Apply?
Complete an online application and answer the supplemental questionnaire. You are also required to attach a resume and a cover letter.  The cover letter should tell us how you meet the qualifications listed above and why you are interested in this position.

NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving etc.

Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at   

Selection Process
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews and possibly other selection process elements such as a test or written exercise. Final offers are contingent on successful completion of reference checks.

Work Schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore eligible for overtime pay. Work schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Work outside of the normal workday (including nights, weekends and some holidays) may be required periodically.

Work Location
This position is based out of the Transit Construction Office, 11911 East Marginal Way S, Building B, Seattle, Washington. It may also require travelling to other Transit facilities and job sites.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region, including Sound Transit light rail and the Sounder). We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and state-represented domestic partner, competitive vacation, sick and holiday pay, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS), as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Union Membership 
This position is represented by the Technical Employees Association (TEA).

Class Code 7143300 (Transit Construction Management III)
Questions about this recruitment? Contact Angela Alcaraz, HR Analyst, 206-263-2466,

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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.

Did you complete all portions of the application and attach the required resume and cover letter? Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process.
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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.
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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 able to perform the physical skills required to perform construction inspections like frequent lifting and carrying of inspection equipment and the occasional lifting of hatch or manhole covers weighing up to 100 lbs?
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Are you able work under these work conditions: Work under pressure and with frequent disturbances to work flow; work is performed at construction sites in all kinds of weather conditions; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, street traffic, bus operations, heavy equipment and electrical installations is part of the normal working conditions and some duties may require work to be performed in the evenings and weekends.
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Do you have a valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to get one by time of hire and have the ability to drive to and access work sites?
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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.
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