logo for King CountyKing County is hiring a Building Operating Engineer (HVAC Specialist) and BOC certification is listed as a desired qualification. Click here to view the job posting on their website.

OPENING DATE/TIME: 06/10/15 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)CLOSING DATE/TIME: 06/23/15 04:30 PM (GMT -8:00)

SALARY: $24.97 – $35.67 Hourly

LOCATION: South Facilities Shop – 11911 East Marginal Way South, Building C, Tukwila, WA 98168

JOB TYPE: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

DIVISION: Department of Transportation – Transit Division

JOB NUMBER: 2015RC04860


Job Summary

This one-year, temporary position, with County benefits, will perform skilled day-to-day operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of facility heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and related building systems for Metro Transit facilities to backfill for another Building Operating Engineer (HVAC) employee who is on special assignment.

Who May Apply

This recruitment is open to the general public and all King County employees.

Forms and Materials Required

An online King County application at www.kingcounty.gov and completion of the supplemental questionnaire are required.  For additional details, see Application Process section below.

Work Schedule

This TLT position will primarily be working day shift hours, but may occasionally be assigned to assist on swing shift. Day shift hours are generally between 6am and 4:30pm; swing shift hours are generally between 12pm-10:30pm. Employees may be working a 5/8 40-hour per week schedule with two consecutive days off or a 4/10 40-hour per week schedule with at least two of the three days off being consecutive, but not necessarily Saturday and Sunday.  This position is not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

King County Metro Transit

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.

Competitive Benefits

King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region).  We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner, and competitive vacation, sick, holiday and executive leave plans, are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County’s deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan). For more details, please see the Benefits tab on this posting.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 

Ralph Cady
Senior Human Resource Analyst


  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Three years of journey-level work experience in the HVAC field, including experience with equipment such as 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. Up to two years of this requirement may be fulfilled by up to two years of full-time equivalent training in a recognized HVAC or operating engineer vocational training program or apprenticeship program.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification to buy and handle refrigerants.
  • Current valid Washington State driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Out-of-state candidates must have their Washington State drivers’ license by date of hire.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Five 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.
  • Advance skill in troubleshooting hydronic systems.
  • BOC (Building Operator Certification

Physical Requirements

This position is required to frequently lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift objects up to 100 pounds with assistance.  Frequent walking, reaching, climbing, kneeling, stooping, and safe operation of power tools are also required.  Work is often performed in cramped and awkward positions.

Work Environment

Work may be performed in inclement weather, confined spaces and at heights such as roofs.  Must be able to work in hot areas such as boiler rooms and inside fan plenums.  When warranted, must be able and willing to wear safety equipment and protective clothing as required.


Application Process

Applicants should complete the online application at www.kingcounty.gov as described above.  NOTE: Please answer all questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (if you have ten years) (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving, salary, etc.  Earlier jobs should be included if they are relevant in some way to this job. When answering supplemental questions, all specific jobs mentioned must be listed in your job application. If you have questions about this, please contact Ralph Cady as stated above. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Tips On Applying at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. If you need an accommodation in the selection process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Ralph Cady, at ralph.cady@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-5998.
Selection Process

Application materials will be screened for qualifications.  Competitive applicants may be invited to participate in a testing and interview process.  Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations.  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

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs 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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