Building Operating Engineer, Rail Division

King County
Full Time $37 - $53 Per hour WA 9000 Olson Pl SW, Seattle, WA 98106, United States Apply before 6/9/2024 11:59


Building Operating Engineers (HVAC/R) – Link Light Rail division!

This announcement has been reposted to invite additional applicants. Applicant review will be on-going.

King County Metro Transit’s Rail division is seeking motivated and enthusiastic hands-on
Building Operating Engineers!

Link Light Rail, Metro Transit's Rail Division, is responsible for operating and maintaining Link Light Rail current service on a 20+ mile route from the Angle Lake Station south of Sea-Tac Airport to Northgate station in North Seattle, as well as, the Bellevue Link Light Rail extension, with the Lynnwood extension coming online summer 2024. 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.

Building Operating Engineers perform skilled day-to-day operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of facility heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and related building systems for Metro Rail facilities while providing the opportunity to be exposed to a diverse set of operating systems and technology. Selected candidates will be assigned work on a range of facilities located throughout King County and learn various systems. HVAC/R Specialists; Top Troubleshooters; Energy Efficiency Advocates; System Installers.

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.

Vacancy Information 
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple Career Service (CS) positions and may be used to establish a list for future opportunities if they occur over the next twelve months at the hiring manager’s discretion.  These career service positions are open to the general public and to current King County career service employees.
Work Location 
The selected candidate(s) will report to the OMF-Central in Seattle or OMF-East in Bellevue and be assigned to work at any locations throughout the entire Link Light Rail System within King County.  

Work Schedule 
Career Service employees' work schedules and locations are based on a seniority "pick" system, which occurs twice a year. Employees must be able and willing to work any shift, including any combination of days off, at any location. Positions to be filled by this recruitment are non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay.
*Currently the only shift is day shift, Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday- Saturday 0600-1430. Subject to change based on business need.
Wage Information
1st shift pay range: $37.33 – 53.33 per hour,
Qualified candidates typically start at or above the mid-point (Step 3) of the established pay range, and the top step of the pay range is achieved within three (3) years or less through automatic step progression, depending on initial step placement at time of hire.

Forms and Materials Required 
An online employment application, completed at , with employment history going back at least ten years where possible (or more to include all relevant experience), including answers to the supplemental questions.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.
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About King County 
As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.  Together, we are changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.  We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
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: 
Travis McKinnon, Talent Advisor,

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:    

  • Perform maintenance, preventative maintenance and repair on HVAC, refrigeration equipment and systems. 
  • Troubleshoot and repair all air conditioning units, water coolers, split systems, direct and indirect gas fired rooftop units, boilers, chillers, heat pumps and mixing boxes. 
  • Troubleshoot building, water side, and air side systems through performance analysis. 
  • Troubleshoot, repair and adjust pneumatic, electronic and line voltage controls. 
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical control circuits for all types of HVAC equipment. 
  • Maintain and repair air handlers including adjustments to airflow and temperatures to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort level. 
  • Conduct water tests and chemically treat boiler, condenser and chilled water systems. 
  • Use Facilities Automated Control System to locate system problems and take corrective action. 
  • Use desktop and laptop computers to access and operate control systems and related control devices. 
  • Maintain work logs, simple records and prepare reports as needed. 
  • Clean mechanical room, pick up and deliver parts. 
  • Optimize system/equipment operation for efficient energy management and energy reduction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • At least two (2) years journey-level experience with knowledge of, and skill in, the principles, practices, techniques, tools and equipment of the building operating engineer trade and HVAC; OR completion of an accredited HVAC program training program with knowledge of, and skill in, the principles, practices, techniques, tools and equipment of the building operating engineer trade and HVAC.
    • This should include experience with refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, boilers, gas burners, chillers, heat pumps, direct digital controls (DDC) and line voltage controls, control circuits, hydronic, balancing systems, and variable frequency drives. 
  • Knowledge and skill in maintenance and repair of refrigeration equipment.  This should include soft soldering, brazing, electrical schematic reading, equipment installation, electrical troubleshooting, calibration techniques and an understanding of the pressure/temperature characteristics of various refrigerants and how these apply to refrigeration troubleshooting and efficient equipment operation. 
  • Knowledge and skill in maintenance and repair of gas burners.  This should include calibration and tuning techniques and the function/repair/diagnosis of the various elements in the gas train. 
  • Knowledge and skill with Direct Digital Controls (DDC) and line voltage controls.  This should include the ability to read and interpret wiring diagrams, general trouble shooting techniques and the proper use of a multi meter to diagnose problems. 
  • Knowledge and experience with preventive and predictive equipment maintenance tasks and schedules. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill to perform energy management functions and write equipment run programs and schedules. 
  • Demonstrate behaviors that include fairness, respect, inclusiveness, integrity, and ethical conduct. 
  • Ability to work well and respectfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds. 
  • Ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to read and follow building blueprints and other design schematics. 
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to work constructively on a team with a diverse group of employees. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
Desirable Qualifications 
  • Three years of journey-level experience in the HVAC field. 
  • Training in Siemens Building Technologies, Apogee PPCL programming, and/or Apogee Advanced Operations. 
  • Low Voltage Electrical certification. 
  • Experience with Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems. 
  • Advanced skill in gas fired combustion analysis to enhance efficient operations. 
  • Advanced skill in troubleshooting hydronic systems. 
Necessary Special Requirements 
  • Washington State Driver License. If you possess an out-of-state driver’s license, you must obtain a WA state license within 30 days of hire.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process
Applications will be screened for completeness and qualifications. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a written test, then potentially move forward into the panel interview process. Employment offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed a physical examination, drug screens and a drug and alcohol background check as needed. Reference checks and reviews of driving records will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment.
Union Membership 
This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.
CLASS CODE:  8122100  

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