Utility Line Worker

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on May 13, 2023
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$54.43 Hourly


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Job Number



MTD - Metro Transit



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Bargaining Unit

E2 : IBEW L77-Metro Transit


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*This position is open to all King County employees and the general public. *

King County Metro Transit's Facilities Division is hiring for multiple Utility Line Worker positions.

Utility Line Workers perform journey-level, skilled work in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the high-voltage trolley overhead and underground electrical systems, which are energized during maintenance activities. These positions may be required to lead others within the same trade, as well as those working as material workers and/or helpers, on a temporary basis for specific projects or job assignments. These positions directly support the County's interest in ensuring our customers have access to reliable transportation throughout King County.

This recruitment will immediately fill three (3) Career Service positions, and may also be used to establish an eligibility list upon closing of this announcement to fill future Career Service as well as fully-benefitted Term-Limited Temporary, and/or Special Duty Assignment vacancies that may occur over the next twelve (12) months.

This position is open to current King County employees and the general public, although current members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 77, who are fully qualified to be dispatched for Lineman jobs, who apply within the initial five (5) working days of this posting will be given first consideration.

Required Application Materials:
  • An online King County application, updated with accurate contact information, and relevant work history going back 10 years (or more, if necessary) , with all duties, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving explained clearly.
  • Completed supplemental questions
  • One of the following (must be presented prior to offer of employment if not attached to application materials):
    • Certificate of Completion of a recognized Line Worker apprenticeship program encompassing high-voltage utility line work OR
    • Copy of a current Line Worker union card.
Note : A cover letter/letter of interest and/or a resume is highly encouraged, but not required.


This posting will be open until all positions are filled. Initial application review will be conducted 14 days following the posting date of this announcement, or on or after April 24, 2023. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Interviews are anticipated to begin being scheduled with selected candidates during the week of May 8, 2023, and ongoing thereafter until positions are filled.

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Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions at Application FAQ's- King County .

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Erica Minshull, Talent Advisor for King County Metro Transit
Erica.Minshull@KingCounty.gov or 206-477-6059

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. All employees are expected to model and apply our equity and social justice shared values, behaviors, and practices. As a Utility Line Worker, you will also:
  • Install, maintain, and repair intersection tracks, directional, power and induction switches, sectional circuit breakers, crossovers, and other overhead trolley equipment.
  • Set and guy all types of poles; assemble and fasten cross-arms, brackets, mast arms and related hardware.
  • String wires and cables for electrical power distribution systems and transit power circuits or control circuits.
  • Install and maintain overhead trolley lines, and underground distribution; test, troubleshoot and repair defective circuits.
  • Splice wire and cable and install conductors in conduit or overhead wiring.
  • Trim trees in close proximity to overhead lines.
  • Perform inspection, maintenance and service on the rails and switch gears.
  • Adhere to safety standards.
  • Read and follow blueprints and other design plans.
  • Respond to emergency repair calls during non-working hours as necessary.
  • Perform the duties of a Line Worker/Cable Splicer as needed.
  • May lead others within the trade, material workers, and/or helpers on a temporary basis for specific projects or job assignments.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

To be considered eligible for this role, applicants must possess these MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Documented completion of a recognized Line Worker apprenticeship program encompassing high-voltage utility line work or current Line Worker union card.
  • Two (2) or more years of journey-level Line Worker experience.
  • Valid Washington State driver license and acceptable driving record. Out of state applicants must obtain a Washington State driver license by date of hire.
The most competitive applicants will possess these DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Five (5) or more years of journey-level Line Worker experience.
  • Capable of leading multi-disciplinary teams with various skills and abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform work at the journey level with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a culturally diverse team environment.
  • Experience demonstrating inclusive and equitable behavior.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and logical problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to remain calm and maintain professionalism in stressful situations.
  • Ability to work safely while performing the duties of the position.
  • Skill in operating associated types of power tools, machinery, and equipment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work well in a public environment.
  • Ability to report for work in-person on a regular and consistent basis.
Necessary special requirements :
  • Valid Washington State Driver License (or ability to obtain by date of hire), with an acceptable driving history.
  • Completion of a recognized Line Worker apprenticeship, or a current Line Worker union card.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to work at heights (including climbing poles), work near high-voltage electricity wires, work near traffic, and lift/move 50 pounds such as tools and equipment.
Supplemental Information

Class Code / Pay Grade 8208100 / 35

Union Membership This position is represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 77.

Safety Sensitive

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 the 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.

Work Schedule
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is eligible for overtime pay if scheduled and approved. This position is anticipated to be scheduled 40 hours per week, and may be scheduled on weekends, holidays, and other non-standard workdays.

The Utility Line Worker positions are scheduled for day, swing, and overnight shifts, typically scheduled five (5) days per week, with two (2) consecutive days off each week. Shift selection is based on seniority, resulting in newly hired employees having a high likelihood of being assigned an overnight shift following training.

Utility Line Workers are required to work overtime callouts for emergency responses, as needed. In addition, Utility Line Workers must be willing and able to respond to emergencies repair calls during non-working hours as needed. Management reserves the right to assign any shift to meet the needs of the work unit.

Additional shift differential (wage premium) is applicable to swing and overnight shifts.

Work Environment and Location

This position requires the incumbent to report to the workplace in person on a regular and consistent basis, and is therefore not eligible for telework/remote work. This position is vital to ensuring timely and dependable transit services for our customers.

The Utility Line Workers are required to work at heights (including climbing poles), work near high-voltage electricity wires, work near traffic, and lift/move 50 pounds such as tools and equipment. Work is performed outside in all weather conditions. All employees are required to wear Arc Flash protection during all working hours.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications, and for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the application instructions above . Highly competitive applicants may be asked to interview. Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any necessary pre-employment processes, such as drug and alcohol testing, background checks, DOT physicals, and internal record reviews or reference checks.

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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.

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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.