Automated Materials Handling System Operator

City Of Seattle, WA Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 months ago

Position Description

Invitation to Compete #92-22: Automated Materials Handling System Operator

Central Library, Automated Materials Handling

Regular, full-time, FLSA non-exempt position (80 hour per pay period)

Central Library, Automated Materials Handling

Temporary, full-time, FLSA non-exempt position (80 hour per pay period)

The temporary assignment is expected to end on March 28, 2023.

$23.46 - $28.50 per hour

These positions are part of a bargaining unit represented by AFSCME. A pay period is two weeks in length.

Automated Materials Handling System operators must be available to work any of the eight-hour work shifts that are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and/or Sunday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule is subject to change with proper advance notice.

Please submit your NEOGOV application, cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2022 tobe considered


The Seattle Public Library's mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We view Seattle as a city where imagination and opportunity continue to thrive. Since 1891, we have grown from a single reading room in Pioneer Square to a world-class library system with 27 locations.

The Library works every day to foster and support a healthy city and a healthy democracy. We do this work guided by the principles of intellectual freedom, literacy and the love of learning, racial equity, privacy and confidentiality, respect for the community, strong partnerships and innovation. We are an active and committed partner in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Library employees are highly regarded by the public for their knowledge, quality of service and caring. As a workplace, we value respectful and transparent communication, partnership and engagement.

We are enriched individually and organizationally because of our diversity and growth mindset. We take time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of others. If you share these values and meet the qualifications, the Library invites you to apply for the Automated Materials Handling System Operator position.

The Automated Material Handling System (AMHS) is used to check in, sort and distribute nearly 80% of all circulating materials in the Library system. The AMHS has been in operation since the opening of the Central Library in May 2004.

The AMHS operator simultaneously juggles the roles of operating the materials sorters, deploying delivery carts and bins, moving materials between the sorter and storage areas, and monitoring and troubleshooting problems with software and machinery. The operator must be able to follow safety procedures when working around mechanical lifts, conveyors, sorting arms and devices. Accomplishing this requires the ability to recognize problems quickly, to recall operating procedures quickly and accurately, and the ability to perform in a fast paced work environment that is usually controlled by the speed of the sorter.

Job Responsibilities

Operate the automated materials handling system equipment. This includes operating the carts, conveyors and devices that load, sort and stack library materials; starting up and shutting down the equipment; and troubleshooting problems with sorting and equipment.

Constantly monitor the equipment through visual inspection and auditory attention. Stay aware of developing flow problems, equipment deployment needs, mechanical malfunctions and sorting glitches. This position requires walking among the sorting belts and power loaders, pushing bins and carts into, and out of, the sorting area and moving from one point to another, arranging materials and making quick adjustments.

Communicate and coordinate activities with other AMHS operators quickly and efficiently. The operator removes jams and makes minor adjustments to the sorting and sensing devices. In order to avoid backups and jams, the operator uses PC controls to prioritize the sorting of materials and to determine which materials should be sorted first.


  • A high school diploma or a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) is required.

  • At least one year of experience in:

  • Using personal computers and troubleshooting basic hardware and Windows applications issues.

  • Working in a warehouse or a high production environment.

  • Operating mechanical systems such as conveyors, loaders, sensors, scanning systems and related equipment.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Must be resourceful and have the ability to problem-solve.Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with other staff.Must be able to recognize safety hazards and take appropriate preventative actions, and able to apply safe work methods consistently.Ability to perform the physical tasks involved in operating the Automated Material Handling System, including bending, pushing, standing, walking and lifting up to 40 pounds.

Ability to monitor the system's performance based on visual and auditory cues.Experience working with Tech Logic automated equipment and/or software is highly desirable. Additional Information

How to Apply

Candidates who meet the qualifications are asked to submit the following items in NEOGOV by5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2022 to be considered for these positions.

  • NEOGOV online application

  • A cover letter that describes how your experience and skills align with the stated job responsibilities and qualifications. Please let us know why you are interested in this position.

  • Current resume that summarizes relevant education, professional experience, training and skills.

If you have questions regarding this bulletin or employment at The Seattle Public Library, please send an email to The Library promotes diversity and inclusion in employment. If accommodations are needed during the selection process, please contact us.

Please keep in mind that job offers are contingent on a review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.

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