Transit Systems 2017-08-04 2017-09-08

Heavy Duty Diesel Technician (Transit Mechanic)

Company: King County View more listings
Location: Seattle, Washington
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: See Below
Job ID: 94458

King County Invites Applications for the Position of: Heavy Duty Diesel Technician (Transit Mechanic)

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King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional and fair and just.

OPENING DATE/TIME: 08/04/17 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)


SALARY: $32.44 - $36.04 Hourly

LOCATION: Multiple locations in King County

JOB TYPE: Multiple job types-career service and/or temp

DIVISION: Department of Transportation - Transit Division

JOB NUMBER: 2017NH07232


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.

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 Maintenance is 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 details).

Who may apply

This position is open to the public. This recruitment will be used to create an eligibility list to fill current and future vacancies, for both term-limited temporary and career service positions as they become available.

This recruitment is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 20, 2017.

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 and graveyard shift employees receive a shift differential. 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 on three 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 are FLSA non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay.

Forms and materials required

Applicants for this position are required to submit the complete online application form, a resume and answers to the attached supplemental questions.

For questions about this position, please contact:

Nic Horea
Senior Human Resource Analyst


What You'll Get To Do In This Position:

• 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.


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 or 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, succesful 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.


SELECTION PROCESS: The most competitive candidates will participate in both written and "hands-on" skill tests. 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

King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Department of Transportation encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

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.

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