**This recruitment is open to King County employees and the general public**
Are you knowledgeable about what it takes to make “the rubber meet the road” for newly purchased buses?
Does the idea of traveling, networking with other industry leaders, and fast-tracking your career development within Fleet Procurement excite you?
King County Metro Transit’s Fleet Procurement team is immediately hiring for FIVE (5) Bus Assembly Inspectors to help ensure new buses are assembled, tested, and received to the agreed-upon specifications and safety standards. Note: This position requires a significant amount of extended out-of-state travel, with some assignments lasting a year or more.
Bus Assembly Inspectors are a representative of King County Metro Transit at the bus manufacturing and assembly plants located across North America. They are responsible for overseeing the assembly and quality assurance program on site during the builds. This role has a direct impact on Metro Transit’s sustainability goals, our ability to meet and expand our services to the community, the safety of our drivers and riders, and the security of our capital investments. Our ideal candidates will have broad mechanical knowledge, knowledge of the procurement process, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to always maintain positive and professional working relationships with our contractors, independent problem-solving skills, and the flexibility to adapt to non-traditional work schedules and frequent assignment changes on short notice.
TRAVEL-RELATED PAY AND EXPENSES
You may be assigned to work at production plants located in various locations, such as : Minnesota, California, Alabama, New York, and Canada. King County Metro will pay employees a 5% “out-of-state” premium for all time spent working during out-of-state assignments (this premium does not apply to work performed in Washington State.) The County will also reimburse for eligible travel expenses such as flights, lodging, rental cars, and per diem meals. While in travel status, the inspectors will be responsible for paying state income tax for the state in which the project is taking place.
SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITION
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.
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 nation's public transportation industry.
Work is generally performed in a bus manufacturing/assembly plant environment. Road tests involve operating transit buses on city streets, urban and rural highways and the Bus Assembly Inspector will encounter the typical hazards associated with driving a bus in those environments. The transit buses may vary in length, handling characteristics, and powertrains. Incoming post-delivery inspections may be performed at Metro or the bus manufacturer’s local contracted facilities. This position is based in Seattle, WA, but requires the ability to travel up to 100% of the time, for extended periods in sometimes extremely cold climates.
WORK SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
Work is normally performed Monday through Friday, although the demands of the position may require shift work, or weekend hours. Inspectors often need to flex their hours to mirror the working hours of the production plant. Bus Assembly Inspectors may be required to execute a Telecommuting Agreement given the duties of their role are performed predominantly out of state in a production plant work environment.
- You will be assigned to work at production plants located in various locations, such as: Minnesota, California, Alabama, New York, and Canada.
- When working locally, this position is based out of the King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA) although the receipt and inspection of vehicles occurs at various sites across King County.
Who may apply: This position is open to King County employees and the general public.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:
- An online King County application with updated contact information, and relevant work history going back at least 10 years. All duties, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving explained must be explained clearly. Do not state “see resume”—detailed information about each position, termination reasons, and full job duties are a requirement for consideration.
- Responses to required supplemental questions
- An attached letter of interest which addresses the following prompts:
- Explain how you are qualified to perform the duties of a Metro Bus Assembly Inspector.
- Provide detailed information on your technical experience as it relates to the job description.
- Describe any previous experience as a Bus Assembly Inspector of transit bus assembly.
- Add any other information that you would like us to consider while reviewing your letter of interest.
**Applicants are encouraged to attach an updated resume!**
(although this is not required)
Current King County Employees:
Be sure to include your current position and separately list each previous position you held at King County. If you have questions about this, please contact the Recruiter listed below or visit the Career Support Services page for tips and guidance regarding general recruitment processes at King County: Career Support Services - King County
Applications will be screened for qualifications, clarity and completeness. The most competitive applicants may be invited to one or more interviews and a hands-on practical test. Formal offers will be finalized after candidates have successfully completed any pre-employment processes such as:
- Pre-employment physical examination (if required)
- Driving abstract review
- Drug and alcohol testing provisions (for safety sensitive positions as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655)
- Reference checks
- Work Record Reviews for internal candidates (see below)
Work Record Reviews for Internal Candidates
Candidates will be required to meet these work record criteria at the time of appointment:
Calculation Criteria :Calculations will use the candidate's most recent 18 months of County employment. One month is defined as a calendar month in which the employee has worked 15 or more full or partial days.
Screen-out Threshold: Applicants scoring 15 or more points will be screened out of the selection process.
Major Infractions - 18 points (previous 36 months)
Suspension or decision-making leave - 10 points
Written reminder - 5 points
Oral reminder - 3 points
Severe accidents - 18 points
Major accident - 9 points
First minor accident - 5 points
Each successive minor accident - 7 points
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of remote teleworking when out of state, and onsite work and meetings when working locally in Washington. When assigned locally, employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements when state-side.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely, and remote workers are encouraged to take advantage of them when working in the field. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
UNION REPRESENTATION / CLASSIFICATION /JOB CODE
PROTEC17 : Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 Classification/ Bus Assembly Inspector
/ job code 240104
PAY GRADE AND INFORMATION
Pay grade 56. This position is exempt from the provisions of the FLSA and is not eligible for overtime hours. Step increases within the pay grade occur at the completion of the probationary period, and annually thereafter.
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to 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 principles--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; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant, diverse community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that embraces the traditions of many cultures. To learn more, please visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.
KING COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) EMPLOYER
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
- submit proof of vaccination or
- have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.
Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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