Utility Line Worker - Helper

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on June 7, 2021

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About the Utility Line Worker Helper
Bring your safe work practice, your collaborative work style, your desire to work in a diverse work environment and your excitement to make a difference to Metro! Come be part of an award winning and forward-thinking organization. Expand your skills while you learn to work in a large mass transit environment. The Utility Line Worker Helper will assist and support in the repair, maintenance, and construction of assigned transit power distribution electrical systems.

Safety Sensitive Position
This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for positions defined as safety sensitive 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 substances testing program protocols.

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. As the Utility Line Worker Helper, you will:

  • Load and unload tools, materials, and equipment from trucks; may operate and drive line trucks as a backup as required. Inspect and hand equipment and materials to crew workers repairing power lines.
  • Direct traffic around repair site; alert crew workers of potential hazards; and direct pedestrian traffic safely around repair site.
  • Assist crew workers in trimming trees, shoveling dirt and gravel, and performing other tasks required for maintenance.
  • Assist transit vehicles around work areas. Alert drivers and operators to repair work.
  • May be required to respond to emergency calls for repairs during non-working hours.
  • Inventory and maintain supplies, tools, and equipment.
  • Clean work areas, tools, and equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

At a minimum, to qualify for this position you will need:

  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with electrical trades.
  • Skill in the use and care of related tools, machinery, and equipment.
  • Skill in operating associated types of power tools, machinery, and equipment.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others.
  • Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and follow verbal instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive in a safe and responsible manner.
Desirable qualifications include: (This experience is not required; applicants with this experience should highlight it however, applicants without this experience are not meant to be dissuaded from applying. If you don’t already have this experience and you are hired for this position, you can look forward to expanding your skillset as a Metro employee.)
  • Six months experience in comparable work or completion of applicable apprenticeship program
  • Experience as Flagger
  • Experience driving heavy equipment
  • Experience or demonstrated ability to work in and around high-voltage equipment under the direction of journey-level line crew workers and/or electrician constructors.
Necessary special/mandatory requirements:
  • All applicants must be 21 years old at time of application.
  • Must pass drug and alcohol testing provision for safety-sensitive positions as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655.
  • Candidates who do not have a Washington State Flagger Certification, Forklift Operator Certification and First Aid Certification will receive training and paid time to obtain them and must do so within six months of hire.
  • Valid Washington State Driver License and an acceptable 5-year driving record.
  • Washington State Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) or a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) upon hire, with the ability to pass the CDL practical test within six months of hire.
    • Please Note: to obtain a CLP in Washington State, you must be able to provide your current license, Social Security number and proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency. For more information visit http://www.dol.wa.gov/friverslicense /cdlcdip.html.

Supplemental Information

Who May Apply
This position is open to the general public and all King County employees.


Application and Selection Process

An online employment application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire is required. Your completed application must show all jobs in the last 10 years if you have 10 years of employment. (If you have less than ten years of employment history, list information for all years you have.) It is highly recommended that you also include an entry for every relevant job you have had before then, with correct dates and complete description of duties and reasons for leaving.


Please note: The "duties" section in the Work Experience area of the application is free text and should be used to detail how you specifically meet the experience we are seeking. You should list all information you feel is important for the team reviewing your application to take into consideration. You may also leave nontransferable skills off your previous duties. For example, if you worked as a cook in the last ten years you would list that employment, but you don't need to list job duties that aren’t applicable, such as, "cooked food to order". You should, however, list any transferrable skills that the job taught you, such as specific teamwork skills. Finally, you should always list detailed information. As an example, rather than listing, "Able to use a variety of specialized electronic test equipment", you should list, in detail, the actual equipment and how you used it.
Applicants will be screened for completeness and competitiveness. No attachments will be referenced during the screening process. The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews.

Interview Information
Interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. All interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.


Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, being hired will be contingent on passing all requirements outlined for King County safety-sensitive positions. Those requirements include: an acceptable five-year driving record, satisfactory reference checks, checks for any drug testing administered by your last two years' employers, and passing a pre-employment drug screen and physical.


Vacancy Information

This recruitment will be used to fill three career service/permanent positions.


Applications received may be used to establish a list or pool of eligible candidates to fill future TLT vacancies in the same classification that might occur over the following 12 months at the discretion of the hiring authority.


Work Schedule

Employees in this non-exempt classification work a 40 hour per week schedule with two consecutive days off, but not necessarily Saturday and Sunday. Work is performed by this work group 24 hour per day, seven days per week. Power Distribution employees are expected to respond to emergency calls during their off hours. Work schedules are based on a seniority system and schedules are bid on once a year. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off. These positions are FLSA non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay. Management reserves the right to assign any shift to meet the needs of the work unit. 


Physical and Work Environments
This position requires the ability to run a hand line, shovel dirt and gravel, assist in raising poles, jump trolleys, and lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds (up to 100 pounds with assistance.) Work is performed outside in all weather conditions and requires exposure to traffic and high voltage wires. Successful candidates will be required to wear Arc Flash uniforms, category 2 daily and up to category 4, as needed. Metro provides employee uniforms.
Union Representation
Positions in this classification are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77.


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For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Robin St. James (she/her)
Human Resources Talent Advisor
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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 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 process, or if you have questions please contact Robin St. James via email at Robin.StJames@kingcounty.gov.

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.

How many years of experience do you have where it was required you understand occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with electrical trades?
  • Two or more years
  • At least one, but less than two years
  • At least six months, but less than one year
  • Some experience, but less than six months
  • No experience
For which employers did you gain the knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions associated with electrical trades? All employers must also be listed in the employment section of your application. If no experience, please list "N/A".
Experience or demonstrated ability to work in and around high-voltage equipment under the direction of journey-level line crew workers is not required for this position, but that experience is desirable. How much of this experience do you have?
  • Two or more years
  • At least one, but less than two years
  • At least six months, but less than one year
  • Some experience, but less than six months
  • No experience
Please list which school(s) and/or job(s) you obtained that experience from. Be sure to also include these school and/or employment experiences in the education and jobs portion of this application. Describe the power source and voltage of your high-voltage experience, your job title, and briefly describe your related duties in those job(s). If you have any special training or expertise in any of these areas, please take the opportunity to tell us about it here. If none, enter "N/A".
Please check all items that you have skill operating or utilizing:
  • Forklift
  • Bucket truck
  • Boom truck
  • Digger truck
  • Trenchers
  • URD pulling equipment
  • Hand Tools
  • Basic Power Tools
Please check all active certifications you currently have:
  • Washington State Flagger
  • Washington State Forklift Operator
  • Washington State First Aid
  • Flagger certification from another state
  • Forklift Operator certification from another state
  • First Aid certification from another state
  • None of the above
Please describe your safety record on related jobs, including any accommodations or awards, accidents, or other safety related incidents.
Are you 21 years old at time of application?
  • Yes
  • No
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".
Do you currently possess a valid Driver License? Please ALSO indicate if you hold a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) and the air brake or passenger endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Standard driver license
  • Class A CDL or CLP
  • Class B CDL or CLP
  • Air brake restriction removed
  • Passenger endorsement
  • I do not have a valid driver license currently
Have you had a driver license in a state other than Washington in the last five years?
  • Yes
  • No
In the last five years has your license been revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times, regardless of reason.
  • One time
  • More than once
  • My license has not been suspended in the last five years
If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate the reason below. Check all that apply.
  • Moving violation(s)
  • Unpaid parking ticket(s)
  • Unpaid traffic ticket(s)
  • Child support
  • My license has not been suspended in the last five years
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 of alcohol)
  • Hit and run incident for which you were ticketed
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
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

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