Goverment Jobs
Published
November 27, 2019
Location
Seattle, Washington
Job Type

Description

Summary

Job Summary
This recruitment will be used to fillmultiple career service Rail Track & ROW (Right Of Way) Maintainer positions. These positions perform skilled journey-level trades work to troubleshoot, diagnose, maintain, repair, upgrade and conduct comprehensive preventive maintenance on track, special track work, track switches, aerial and tunnel structures and supports, retaining walls, fencing, and associated equipment and components.NOTE: Current dayshift wage range: $27.56 to $39.37. 2nd Shift: $28.94 to $41.34. 3rd Shift: #29.63 to $42.32.

Link Light Rail
Metro Transit's RailDivision is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail service on a 20.4 mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to the University of Washington Station, expanding to Northgate in early 2021. Plans and/or construction are underway extending the system to the north, east, south, and west. Expansion over the next five years alone will include the addition of more than 20 stations and 40 miles of light rail track. The light rail line is a critical part of the region's transportation network and carries more than 79,000 daily weekday riders.

Safety Sensitive Position
This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for these positions are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment andsubsequent 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 substance testing program protocols.

Who May Apply
This position isopen to the general public and all King County employees. This recruitment may also be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future career service and/or fully-benefited temporary vacancies that if they should occur over the next twelve months from establishment of the list.

Work Schedule
Employees must be willing and able to work any one of three shifts (day, swing or graveyard). The workweek and scheduled hours may vary. In addition, this position has on-call responsibilities and must respond to emergency situations as needed. Work schedules are based on a seniority "pick" system, which occurs two times a year. Graveyard and/or swing shift vacancies will be the most likely openings. This position is eligible for overtime pay.

About 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. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this public transportation industry. Metro was named Outstanding Public Transportation System of 2018 by APTA, the American Public Transportation Association.

Great Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most regional transit systems). Employees have access to the building gym, with lockers, showers and bike room. We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and state-registered domestic partner. A competitive sick leave and vacation plan, twelve holidays a year, and participation in the State's popular Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan). For more details, please see the next tab.

How To Apply
Click on the "Apply" link in the upper right of the job announcement on our website's job page (www.kingcounty.gov/jobs), and complete the employment application and supplemental questions completely. See Application Process below for additional important information on completing your application.

Questions?
Ralph Cady, Senior Talent Advisor
(206) 477-5998
[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. You will:

  • Inspect, diagnose, repair, maintain, and/or replace running rails, restraining rails, fasteners, switch components, crossings, and all other components associated with track maintenance and construction.
  • Operate service vehicles, small cranes and other vehicles used in track maintenance and inspection.
  • Use rail saws, rail drills, portable ballast tampers, and other specialized tools and equipment to perform inspection, maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Set up work-zone traffic control areas; flag track way to provide safe rail work zones.
  • Manually operate switch machines under revenue and non-revenue conditions.
  • Prioritize emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.
  • Record and document maintenance and diagnostic data.
  • Assist other trades as necessary; respond to emergency calls as necessary.
  • Perform snow and ice removal.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
Two years of experience maintaining or constructing railroad tracks and associated structures OR Twelve monthsexperience working in King County's Rail Division's Track & ROW Workgroup ORAny equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the needed skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work. Additional qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience operating rail and crane equipment.
  • Knowledge of and skill in track and structures maintenance work for rail systems.
  • Knowledge of Federal Railroad Administration Track Safety Standards and APTA Standards for Rail Transit Track Inspection and Maintenance.
  • Knowledge of associated hardware, manuals, procedures, parts catalogs and other pertinent documentation.
  • Knowledge of industrial safety standards and procedures including working with small cranes and lifting equipment such as track jacks, tie tongs, and rail tongs.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics and drawings.
  • Skill in oral and written communication including reading, writing and following instructions.
  • Skill in problem solving and analyzing data to solve common and complex problems.
  • Skill in mechanical tools associated with maintaining fixed track and associated structures.
  • Demonstrated mechanical skills including ability to properly use hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of and skill in the application of codes and compliance requirements for track and associated structures.
  • Knowledge of and skill in concrete work including finishing.
  • Knowledge of traffic safety techniques and procedures for establishing safe work zones.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships and to work efficiently and effectively in a team environment, including skill and demonstrated values of respect and fairness in working effectively with a diverse population in varying occupations or situations.
  • Ability to deal proactively and sensitively with customers.

Desirable Qualifications (not required)

  • Knowledge of Maintenance Management Information Systems (MMIS) or equivalent maintenance work order tracking system.
  • Ability to operate radio and telephone communication systems in compliance with FTA regulations and procedures.
  • Railroad welding experience with stick (SMAW) and wire feed (GMAW) welding process including experience with Manganese steel and the ability to obtain and maintain certification, if not currently certified.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Washington State Class B CDL (Commercial driver's license) with endorsements or the ability to obtain and maintain a Class B CDL within three months of hire date (training will be provided by Rail), and an acceptable driving record. (Out-of-state candidates must obtain their Washington State license prior to hire.)
  • Ability to obtain Hi-Rail, Forklift, Aerial Lift, First-Aid/CPR and other certifications within three months of hire date (training will be provided by Rail)
  • Applicants must be able to meet on-going educational and training requirements and maintain required certifications.

Physical Requirements
This position requires the ability to be mobile, perform heavy manual labor, exert physical effort while standing, walking, or lifting materials, tools and objects weighting up to 100 pounds, such as paving breakers. Supplemental Information

Application Process
It is important to fill out your application accurately. Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov as described above. Do not merely refer to your resume for indicating your employment history. NOTE: Please answer all relevantquestions 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 here or in resume if they are relevant in some way to this job and if they relate to our minimum qualifications. If you have questions about this, please contact the HR contact stated above.

Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness, clarity and competitiveness. Competitive candidates may be invited to participate in an interview process. Employment offers will be finalizedafter a physical examination, drug screen, drug and alcohol background check, references and reviews of driving records.

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:8111100

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.

01
When applying for this position, you must thoroughly complete the EDUCATION and WORK EXPERIENCE sections of your application. Failure to do so can result in disqualification from consideration. Please check off all of the items that you have completed in your application:

  • Completed education history
  • Detailed description of each position that you have held in the last ten years. Please list gaps in employment and reason. Each job held at each employer should be listed as a separate item
  • Reason for leaving employers, (in cases of termination, state why you were terminated)
  • Supervisor Name
  • Employer phone number
02
Have you updated your job end dates and current job information in the Jobs History part of this application?

  • Yes
  • No
03
Have you been terminated, or have you resigned in lieu of termination, from any position in the last ten years? (This does not include layoff/Reduction in Force.)

  • Yes
  • No
04
If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide the name of the employer(s) and the reason for termination(s). Please understand that "Will explain in interview" is not a valid response and will result in your application not being considered further. (If not, please answer "N/A")

    05
    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
    06
    If yes, for which employer and when? If no, please answer "N/A". (4)

      07
      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. (5)

      • 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
      08
      If you do not currently possess a Class B License are you willing and able to obtain one within three months of hire date (training will be provided by Rail)?

      • Yes
      • No
      09
      Have you had a license in another state besides Washington in the last 5 years? (6)

      • Yes
      • No
      10
      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). (7)

        11
        In the last 5 years, has your license been revoked or suspended? (8)

        • Yes
        • No
        12
        If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate why below, check all that apply. (9)

        • Moving violation
        • Unpaid parking ticket(s)
        • Unpaid traffic ticket(s)
        • Child support enforcement
        • I have not had my license suspended
        13
        If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times it has been suspended, regardless of reason. (10)

        • Once
        • More than once
        • My license has not been suspended
        14
        Do you have any of the following violations on your driving record in the last five years? Select all that apply. (11)

        • 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
        15
        How many traffic code (moving) violations have you had in the last 5 years? (12)

        • 1
        • 2
        • 3
        • 4
        • 5 or more
        • no code violations
        16
        If you indicated above that you have been cited, list the date (month and year) and offense. For each speeding ticket, please list the date, posted speed limit and your actual speed. Be sure to include whether your license was suspended for the citation, and whether or not the ticket has been paid. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered. If no violations, please answer "N/A". (13)

          17
          How many accidents have you had in the last 5 years? (14)

          • No accidents
          • 1
          • 2
          • 3
          • 4
          • 5 or more
          18
          List all accidents you have had in the last five years in which you were at fault, including employment-related accidents. Include the month and year of the accident, a brief description, the approximate dollar damage, whether or not there were injuries as a result of the accident, and if you were given a traffic citation. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered further. If no at-fault accidents, please answer "N/A". (15)

            19
            If you have not done so in a cover letter (which is not required to include), please summarize where you obtained the critical track and ROW maintenance and/or construction experience that qualifies you for this job.

              20
              Please indicate below which areas you have a working knowledge of. Check all that apply.

              • Knowledge of industrial safety standards and procedures including working with small cranes and lifting equipment such as track jacks, tie tongs, and rail tongs
              • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics and drawings.
              • Knowledge of Federal Railroad Administration Track Safety Standards and APTA Standards for Rail Transit Track Inspection and Maintenance.
              • Knowledge of traffic safety techniques and procedures with establishing safe work zones
              • Knowledge of and skill in concrete work including finishing.
              • Knowledge of and skill in the application of codes and compliance requirements for light rail track and structures.
              • None of the above.
              21
              Please state whether you have any of the following Desirable Qualifications (they are not required). Click all that apply.

              • Knowledge of Maintenance Management Information Systems (MMIS) or equivalent maintenance work order tracking system.
              • Ability to operate radio and telephone communication systems in compliance with FTA regulations and procedures.
              • Railroad welding experience with stick (SMAW) and wire feed (GMAW) welding process including experience with Manganese steel and the ability to obtain and maintain certification, if not currently certified.
              • None of the above
              22
              For each of the above items that you checked, state which job you worked at where you gained this experience. If none, mark, N/A.

                23
                This position involves night, weekend, holiday and/or 4/10 shifts. Are you able and willing to work any shift (day, swing or graveyard) as assigned?

                • Yes
                • No
                24
                If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.

                • Yes
                • No
                25
                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.

                • Yes
                • No
                26
                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 checking this box 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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