Automotive Welder - Seattle, WA

Employer: King County Metro

Job Description:

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.

Metro Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance Division is hiring a skilled Automotive Welder (Transit Metal Constructor) to become an integral part of our team. This journey-level position is responsible for fabricating and repairing a variety of ferrous and nonferrous alloy metal structures and equipment. The Automotive Welder will use specialized equipment to weld, design, and repair metal forms.

About the Vehicle Maintenance Division
The Vehicle Maintenance Division takes pride in meeting our customers' expectations for safe, dependable, clean, and environmentally sound vehicles. Maintenance of Metro's bus fleet takes place at seven bus bases and at our central Component Supply Center where specialized work is done. The majority of Metro's buses are hybrids, followed by diesel, electric trolley, and several battery-electric buses. Metro has long been an innovator in green vehicle technology and plans to transition to battery-electric buses as we move toward our goal of a zero-emission fleet. Our Division is committed to working in a timely, cost effective, and environmentally sensitive manner, and values teamwork, communication, diversity, and social justice.

Who may apply and position information:
We are accepting applications from all qualified applications. This recruitment will be used to fill one (1) career service vacancy. In addition, this selection process may be used to generate an eligibility pool for future similar Career Service, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) and Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions that may occur in this classification within the Vehicle Maintenance Division. The eligibility pool would be valid for twelve months upon creation and may be used or extended at the discretion of the hiring authority.
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. As an Automotive Welder (Transit Metal Constructor) you will also:

Perform skilled oxyacetylene and electric arc welding and cutting on transit and automotive vehicles and mechanical equipment; able to use plasma cutter.
Fabricate and repair various types of mechanical equipment.
Perform skilled welding (stick, mig and tig) in the shop and field on all types of metals and alloys including soft and low temperature silver soldering.
Fabricate and repair brackets, vehicle frames, pump bases, tanks, panels, tools, shafts and related mechanical equipment.
Interpret drawings and specifications; lay out work, mark dimensions, angles and cutouts on metal plates and pipe.
Cut, shape and weld metal plates, parts and structural members.
Build up metal on shafts, bits and tools for machining.
Shape, punch, drill and secure metal parts, steel decks, trusses, machinery foundations, brackets and hand & guardrails; use horizontal and vertical saws.
Weld aluminum transmission housing and internal parts using mig and tig welders.
Operate heat treat furnaces and temper metal parts.
Design and fabricate transport lifting and storage equipment.
Straighten warped/damaged parts using hydraulic press, iron work, punch press, and shear.
Adhere to prescribed safety practices, methods and precautions in lifting and transporting heavy components.
Maintain records of orders, completed repairs, time worked, and materials used; enter and extract data using an automated vehicle maintenance system and using Microsoft office software products (Outlook, Excel and Word).
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of a two-year community college or trade school welding course which includes oxyacetylene, arc (stick, mig and tig) is required as well as two years of journey-level experience; OR any equivalent combination of four years of experience and training in the welding trade which provides the applicant with the necessary skills to perform the work of the position.

This position also requires the following:
Knowledge of:

Oxyacetylene and electric arc welding
The performance characteristics of a variety of metals and alloys
Appropriate heat, cold and related thermal techniques used in the repair, assembly and disassembly of parts and equipment
Industrial safety rules, shop safety rules, and applicable regulations and procedures that apply to a vehicle repair facility
Proficiency in all phases of welding

Skill in:

Conceptualizing, measuring and fabricating metal parts, tools, equipment, fixtures and related metal items
Operating metal working tools and equipment
Determining required equipment and welding method, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry, and welding techniques
Welding components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions, on and/or off vehicles
Providing a great level of attention to detail and focus on the given task
Basic math skills

Ability to:

Work from drawings, schematics, specifications, sketches and from oral and written directions
Perform frequent lifting (with assistance) of metal plates, fuel tanks and oxygen & acetylene tanks weighing up to 200 pounds with assistance from lifting equipment
Input and extract data as needed from a computer including basic ability to use Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word
Work independently and without direct supervision and also work as part of a diverse team
Think logically and critically in order to effectively problem solve and interpret blueprints and sketches
Communicate effectively over the phone, email and in person
Obtain fall protection certification and work at heights (roof of the bus)
Perform welding while using a respirator
Establish and maintain good working relationships

Desired Qualifications:

Basic automotive knowledge
Knowledge of CAD Design Software

Necessary Special Requirements:

A valid Washington State driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire, is required. Must be able to drive to other Metro Transit bases/KC locations.
Welding Certification

Physical Requirements:

This position requires sustained physical effort, including frequent walking, standing, bending, crouching, kneeling, twisting, climbing and arm motion involving reaching overhead. You will also be asked to occasionally move and lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and heavier objects with assistance.

Supplemental Information

To Apply:
Please complete an application at and answer ALL questions thoroughly in the employment application portion and supplemental questionnaire, with each of your jobs listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving etc. Your job history in the employment application must go back 10 years (if you have 10 years of employment). Please include all job entries that are relevant to this job. Applications that are not complete, or do not include answers to required supplemental questions will be rejected as incomplete, and not advance in the process.

Selection Process:
Applications and the supplemental questionnaire will be screened for qualifications, clarity and completeness. Applications that are not complete, or do not include answers to required supplemental questions will be rejected as incomplete, and not advance in the process.

The most competitive applicants may be invited to participate in a hands-on skills test and in one or more panel interviews. Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, being hired will be contingent on passing all requirements outlined for this position, which will include satisfactory reference checks, a physical examination and passing the drug and alcohol testing provisions for safety sensitive positions as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655.

Work Schedule: The Vehicle Maintenance Division 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 5% pay differential and graveyard shift receives a 7.5% pay 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 "pick" system, which occurs 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. Positions to be filled by this recruitment are FLSA non-exempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region) and access to the building gym, with lockers, showers and bike room. We offer a benefits package that includes a medical, dental and vision benefits plan with employer-paid premiums for the whole family and domestic partner, generous vacation, sick holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).
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Union Membership This position is represented by Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587.

Questions about this recruitment? Angela Alcaraz, HR Analyst, 206-263-2466,

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To Apply
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Location: Seattle, WA
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Base Pay: $60,819.20 - $86,881.60/yr

Posted on November 23, 2020

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