Seattle Monorail

Monorail Maintenance Technician

We at Seattle Monorail Services (SMS) are a small team dedicated to each other and to our mission of stewarding the Seattle Monorail.  Our stewardship of the historic system includes the system itself, the role it plays in the transportation network, its importance as a City icon, and ensuring its sound financial footing.  We are energetic, hard-working, effective, efficient, and team players.  We focus on mutual respect and results, not rank or process.  We enjoy ourselves and what we do – we work for the Monorail.

Job Title:        Maintenance Technician (Full-time)

Reports To:     Maintenance Manager

FSLA Status:      Non-exempt; At-will

Compensation: Starting hourly wage of $25 – $32, depending on experience, and eligibility to participate in Company sponsored benefit programs (health/wellness, retirement plan, etc.).

Schedule: Full-time position including weekends (typically 36-40 hours per week). Usual start time is 6am and may fluctuate due to operational needs.  During the training period the hours would be Monday -Friday. Once trained shifts will include at least one weekend day.

Position Objective:  Serve as a vital member of our maintenance team by openly contributing efforts, insights, expertise, and experience. Our goal is to achieve the status wherein every asset for which we are responsible or upon which we depend is continually maintained in a State of Good Repair and is excellent in appearance and cleanliness. Performing a variety of skilled technical duties such as performing inspections, troubleshooting, preventative and corrective maintenance, and component changeouts on Seattle Center Monorail trains. Ensuring that equipment and facilities are fully available to our operations team, except when scheduled out of service for pre-planned work.


Essential Functions:

  • Critically conduct preventative maintenance inspections and precisely record and describe conditions requiring repair or further inspection;
  • Perform ordinary maintenance on all systems, facilities and signage, including preventative maintenance, repairs, and changeouts;
  • Accurately record work performed, parts and supplies used, and time spent on all tasks for posting and tracking in maintenance software;
  • Develop working knowledge of all elements of SMS systems and facilities; become expert in the function, maintenance, and repair of all systems and facility components that SMS maintains with internal staff;
  • Continually follow all work and safety procedures; and
  • Participate in department’s on-call rotation; work overtime and respond to emergency situations when requested.

Other Requirements:

  • Pass our pre-employment drug screening, all subsequent random screenings, DOT physical exam, and respirator medical evaluation.
  • Successfully conclude, within 1 year of hire date, the Seattle Monorail Driver Training and Certification process, which requires:
    • Valid driver’s license,
    • Clean driving record with no violations in the last three years for a suspended license, moving violations, reckless or negligent driving, DUI, hit-and-run incidents, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, or more than one at-fault accident;
  • Complete and maintain First Aid and CPR certification and safety training.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Seattle Monorail Services employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • Submit proof of vaccination

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).

Education, Experience, and Abilities Required:

  • Occupational Associates Degree in Applied Science (i.e., a technical program in aeronautical, automotive, diesel and heavy equipment, electrician, industrial power, maritime, electronics, machinist, welding, millwright, industrial control systems, engineering, etc.) or a certificate from a technical, trade or vocational school.
  • Excellent mechanical and/or electrical aptitude and troubleshooting and diagnostic skills.
  • Familiar with safe work practices in an industrial environment; professional attitude and appearance; self-motivated and proactive.
  • Working knowledge of the general principles commonly utilized in mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, and structural systems and the troubleshooting these systems.
  • Proficient in the proper use of tools such as wrenches, drills, saws, grinders, hydraulic jacks.
  • Computer skills that include using email, web forms, and maintenance tracking software.
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Ability to lift and carry 45 pounds; ability to walk up and down stairs; sufficient visual, audio, and olfactory acuity to effectively perform duties; physically fit and able to maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Experience preferred but not required:
    • High voltage electrical propulsion systems, especially high voltage DC
    • Read mechanical and electrical schematics and drawings
    • Experience with PLCs or other control systems
    • Accurate use of measuring tools such as calipers and multimeters

Seattle Monorail Services is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. All employees must pass a pre-employment drug screening and are subject to random drug screenings during employment. All applicants are subject to a reference and background check.