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December 5, 2019
Multiple Locations In King County, Washington
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This recruitment will be used to fill a Lead Transit Building Operating Engineer. Theresponsibilities of this classification include assigning and coordinating the work of operating engineers and performing the full range of responsibilities identified in the Transit Building Operating Engineer classification.

WHO MAY APPLY: In accordance with the ATU Local 587 bargaining agreement, this position is open internally to all Metro King County employees who have completed two years of current full-time service at Metro within the classification to be led, and employees with at least two years of similar experience with King County.

This recruitment may be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service vacancies that may occur over the next twelve months.

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: An online King County application and completion of the supplemental questionnaire are required.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is overtime eligible and employees must be available to work one of three shifts (day, swing or graveyard). Management reserves the right to assign any shift in order to meet the needs of the work unit. Employee is subject to 24-hour call-out in response to emergencies.

An Employer To Be Proud Of

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. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this public transportation industry.

Great Benefits

King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit) and a generous benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Troika L. Braswell
Senior Human Resource Analyst [email protected]

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:

In addition to performing the full range of responsibilities of the Transit Building Operating Engineer classification, an incumbent in this classification performs the following:

  • Coordinate the work of and provide technical assistance to operating engineers engaged in varied maintenance, repair and overhaul of HVAC systems and equipment.
  • Assign work in accordance with work operating requirements and workload demands; control and monitor work flow.
  • Respond to questions and provide advice on project requirements, specifications and material requirements.
  • Provide feedback to higher-level staff on employee and teamwork performance as well as any behavioral and attendance issues.
  • Monitor work assignments to ensure work has been completed in a quality manner and within established timeframes; ensure equipment is maintained and in proper working order.
  • Train new and current personnel in required facility maintenance operations and safety procedures.
  • Advise operating engineers when their work is deficient or in violation of established regulations and procedures; recommend corrective actions to higher-level staff when required.
  • Maintain varied records including work performed, time spent, materials used, operating logs and related information; enter and extract data using automated systems; maintain manual records as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Knowledge and skills detailed in the Transit Building Operating Engineer classification and the following:
  • Knowledge of workload planning and scheduling
  • Knowledge of applicable service standards, operating policies and regulations
  • Knowledge of and skill in the use of automated maintenance management information systems
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Basic computer skills required to enter and extract information from automated systems and related software applications
  • Skill in planning, assigning, balancing and checking work
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Skill in training and providing technical assistance
  • Skill in problem solving

Necessary Special Requirement

  • Current valid Washington State Driver's license and an acceptable driving record
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CFC Certification (Chlorofluorocarbon)
  • City of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 3 License
  • City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License
  • Verified completion of a recognized HVAC, operating engineer or similar apprenticeship program or equivalent hands-on experience

Physical Requirements
This position is required to frequently lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift objects up to 100 pounds with assistance. Frequent walking, reaching, climbing, kneeling, stooping, and safe operation of power tools are also required. Work is often performed in cramped and awkward positions.

Work Environment

Work requires reporting for duty during adverse weather events and other emergencies
Willingness and availability to work different shifts on weekdays, nights, weekends and holidays
This is a classification specification and not an individualized job description.Additional minimum qualifications may be established for individual positions based on business needs and are specified in position announcements as appropriate.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is often performed in confined spaces and at heights and in cramped and awkward positions.

Supplemental Information

Application Process

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Troika Braswell, at 206-263-1523 or [email protected] If you are looking for technical support with your application please call 1-855-524-5627 to reach a specialist.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be screened to determine whether candidates meet minimum qualifications. Candidates presenting evidence that they meet or exceed the qualifications noted above may be invited to participate in a panel interview. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, drug screens and a drug and alcohol background checks. Reference checks and reviews of driving records will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment.

King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and 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 values--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, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.

Class Code: 812200

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.

Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.

  • Valid driver's license
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement
  • I do not have a driver's license
Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years?

  • Yes
  • No
If you indicated above that you have had a license in a state other than Washington in the last 5 years, list the state(s) and the years you had the license(s). N/A if none.

    In the last 5 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 it has been suspended, regardless of reason. If none enter NA

      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 or alcohol
      • Hit and run incident
      • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
      • Open container violation
      • More than one at-fault accident
      • None of the above
      How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years? If none: NA

        How many years of journey level experience do you have working in the HVAC field?

          For the question above, briefly describe your background and experience in the HVAC field. Include the type of equipment you've worked on such as gas burners, heat pumps, boilers, control circuits, etc. List the employer and your job title. (If none, enter N/A)

            Please indicate which of the following tasks you have performed in the maintenance and repair of refrigeration equipment. Check all that apply.

            • Soft soldering
            • Brazing
            • Electrical schematic reading
            • Equipment installation
            • Electrical troubleshooting
            • Calibration techniques
            • None of the above
            Do you currently have Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification (to buy and handle refrigerants) ?

            • Yes
            • No
            Please indicate where your Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants was obtained and the year. If you do not have this certification, state N/A.

              Briefly describe your knowledge and skill with DDC and line voltage controls. If none, state N/A.

                Do you have a City of Seattle Refrigerating Operating Engineer License?

                • Yes
                • No
                Do you have a City of Seattle Steam Operating Engineer Grade 3 License?

                • Yes
                • No
                I certify that the statement 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.

                • Yes
                • No
                I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By selecting yes and completing my name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.

                • Yes
                • No

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