Goverment Jobs
December 10, 2019
Multiple Locations In King County, Washington
Job Type



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.

Bring your skills to the transit agency rated best in North America by the American Public Transit Association. We are growing and our Transit Mechanics play a critical role in helping Metro provide safe transportation to work, school and important appointments for our community.

Who may apply
This position is open to the public and all King County employees. This recruitment will be used to fill immediate vacancies for career service (regular) positions and fully-benefited term-limited temporary positions.

This recruitment may also be used to create a pool for future career service and Term-LimitedTemporary positions that open in the next 12 months.

Open House
There will be a tour and presentationonJanuary 9th at 7:00 PM. Applicants will
have an opportunity to find out more information about the Mechanic position and tour the facility. Attending the Open House is optional and not required in order to apply for the position. If you are interested in attending the Open House and would like to attend, please email Troika Braswell [email protected]

Variety In Heavy Duty Diesel Maintenance
In Vehicle Maintenance there is no such thing as a normal day. This position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of heavy-duty diesel industrial automotive engines, trolleys, coaches, hybrid electric buses and other vehicles operated by Metro Transit.

Join a Leader in the Transportation Industry
Providing technician services is a career with meaning. 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.

The Mission of Vehicle Maintenanceis to provide customers safe, dependable, clean
transportation in a timely, cost effective, environmentally sensitive manner, with a work force
that values teamwork, communication and diversity.

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

Around The Clock Operation
The Vehicle Maintenance section operates three shifts (day, swing and graveyard) seven days a week at various locations throughout King County. Openings may occur on all shifts. Swing shift employees receive a shift differential of 5% per hour, and graveyard shift employees receive a shift differential of 7.5% per hour.

Employees work a 40 hour per week schedule with two consecutive days off, but not necessarily
Saturday and Sunday. Work schedules and locations are based on a seniority system and bid onthree times a year.Graveyard and/or swing shift vacancies will be the most likely openings. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off, at any location. These positions areFLSAnon-exempt and thereforeeligible for overtime pay.

Forms and materials required
Applicants for this position are required to submit the complete online application formand answers to the attached supplemental questions. 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. Work history must go back at least 10 years.

There will be a written and hands-on test on January 22, 2020. You must take the test onsite in King County, WA. The test is a test of journey level mechanic skills. You are only permitted to testonce every six months.

Interviews will take place January 30th and 31st. You must participate in the interviews in person.

For questions about this position, please contact:
Troika 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. You will:

  • Inspect, diagnose, and repair mechanical defects in gasoline, electric, hybrid and diesel powered
  • Buses, trolleys, trucks, cars and other heavy motorized mechanical equipment;
  • Operate and maintain electronic diagnostic and related equipment.
  • Diagnose, dismantle, repair and overhaul all types of gasoline and diesel internal
  • Combustion engines, automatic transmissions, differentials, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems.
  • Install, maintain and repair electrical and mechanical units and accessories of electrically powered trolley coaches using electrical diagrams and schematics.
  • Perform wheels alignments, adjust/replace brakes and repair pumps, starters, injectors, lights, steering gears, generators and air conditioning systems. Install, maintain and repair a variety of auxiliary systems, equipment and electronics including fare collection, communication, surveillance and related components.
  • Operate overhead cranes, hydraulic lifts, hoists, jacks, drill presses, brake turning lathes as appropriately certified.
  • Perform field repair work and emergency road repairs; drive wrecker truck in order to tow in disabled coaches.
  • Maintain records of; completed repairs, time worked and materials used. Enter and extract data in automated vehicle maintenance system.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

At A Minimum To Qualify For This Position You Will Need:

  • Four years of experience in heavy duty diesel, automotive equipment, aviation or marine repair and maintenance as a journey-level mechanic


  • Two years of experience in heavy duty diesel or automotive equipment repair and maintenance as a journey-level mechanic and completion of a two-year vocational or community college diesel automotive mechanics program or a recognized apprenticeship program


  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge and skills to perform the work of the position. Regular attendance and performance of duties as assigned are required of this position.

In addition, successful candidates will also have:

  • Journey-level knowledge of and skill in the principles, practices, techniques, tools and equipment of the automotive and diesel repair trade
  • Knowledge of mechanical principles of gasoline, diesel and electric powered engines; fluid, pneumatic and hydraulic systems; power train, suspension, and chassis components and assemblies; and electrical, ignition, braking, heating and air conditioning systems
  • Knowledge of installation, maintenance and repair of auxiliary systems, equipment and electronics including fare collection, communication, surveillance and related components
  • Knowledge of current diagnostic techniques and equipment used in fleet repair operations
  • Knowledge of industrial safety rules, shop safety rules, and applicable regulations and procedures that apply to a vehicle repair facility
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Basic computer skills required to enter and extract information from automated vehicle maintenance systems and related software applications
  • Skill in the operation of electronic diagnostic equipment as well as power and hand tools
  • Used in mechanical maintenance and equipment repair
  • Skill in the operation of overhead cranes, hydraulic lifts, hoists, jacks, drill presses, lathes and related equipment
  • Skill in the operation of wreckers and associated auxiliary equipment and winches
  • Skill in the basic mathematics
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations

Desirable Qualification:

  • Heavy-duty diesel, bus or truck fleet maintenance experience.
  • Knowledge of hybrid technology strongly desired.

Necessary Special Requirement: Within 90 days of hire, candidate must be able to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a passenger endorsement with air brake restriction removed. After hire, King County Metro Transit will provide you with paid training on our equipment to obtain your CDL. Supplemental Information

SELECTION PROCESS:The most competitive candidates will participate in both written and"hands-on" skill tests. Applicants are only eligible to test once every six months. Interviews will be offered to candidates with satisfactory test scores. Those who interview successfully will be placed on an eligibility list for placement into vacancies as they occur. Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, being hired will be contingent on passing all requirements outlined for safety sensitive positions, which include an acceptable driving record, satisfactory reference checks, checks of any drug testing administered by your last two years' employers, pre-employment drug screen and physical.

UNION REPRESENTATION: Local 587 of the Amalgamated Transit Union
Class Code: 8442100

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go
to for other options.

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of
this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job
announcement or the department's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

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.

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.

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 so, for which employer and when? If not, please answer "N/A"

    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 drivers' License
    Have you had a drivers' License in another state besides Washington in the last five (5) years? If yes, which one? if no, please write in "N/A".

      In the last five (5) years, has your driver's license been revoked or suspended?

      • Yes
      • No
      If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate why below;

        If your license has been suspended in the last five years, please indicate how many times it has been suspended here: (regardless of reason)

          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 and 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 five (5) years?

            If you indicated above that you have been cited, list the date and offense. For speeding tickets, please list the 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 AS DIRECTED WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION NOT BEING CONSIDERED FURTHER. (If no violations, please answer "N/A")

              How many at fault accidents have you had in the last five (5) years?

                How many years of experience do you have with heavy duty diesel, automotive, aviation and/or marine equipment repair and maintenance as a journey level mechanic/technician

                • No Experience
                • Two years of experience with two years of education
                • More than two years but less than three
                • More than three but less than four years
                • More than four but less than six years
                • More than six years
                Please specify the area(s) you received your experience as a journey level mechanic/technician (check all that apply):

                • Heavy Duty Diesel
                • Automotive
                • Marine
                • None of the Above
                If you checked "None of the Above", Please Explain

                  Please Indicate below all areas in which you have journey-level experience (Check all that apply)

                  • Major Engine Overhaul
                  • Transmission Overhaul
                  • Suspension
                  • Hydraulic Systems
                  • None of the Above
                  Do you have journey level experience working with any of the following (Check all that apply)

                  • Transit Bus
                  • Motor Coach
                  • School Bus
                  • None of the above
                  If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you check the "YES" box, a human resources staff person will send you a request asking for additional information. This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.

                  • 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 checking this box and completing by 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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