Wastewater Treatment Plant Electrician/Instrumentation Technician

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 19, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $35.58 - $43.24 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Description

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Electrician/Instrumentation Technicians are responsible for performing skilled journey level electrical and instrumentation maintenance work that involves maintenance and installation of a wide variety of equipment, instrumentation, apparatus, controls, and motors. An employee in this classification develops and implements a proactive maintenance work program that includes preventative and predictive maintenance, corrective maintenance, and equipment condition monitoring on a variety of instrumentation equipment, communications equipment, meters, control systems, electrical systems, circuits, and motor controls associated with wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, and stormwater control facilities.

This recruitment is being conducted to establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be used to fillWWTP Electrician/Instrumentation Technician vacancies as they occur, for a period of one year.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny ,has a workforce of dedicated, talented employeeswithunique skills andperspectives. Weembraceinnovation and strive for excellence and community engagement.The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.


Graduation from high school or equivalent, two years' journey level experience as an electrician or an instrumentation technician in an industrial or manufacturing plant/work environment,


Two years supplemental advanced course work in electric theory and industrial controls.

**Experience with 480 volt equipment, instrumentation and controls, HMI, SCADA systemsand in conducting maintenance work on motor controls, electrical distribution and generating systems is preferred.**

Possession of a valid Washington Driver's License and valid First Aid Card with CPR at time of appointment (your first day on the job if selected for this position) with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Electrical, instrumentation, and electronic technology including PLCs and ladder logic
  • Various types of conduit applications and methods of installation
  • Schematics, wiring diagrams, and instrument control diagrams
  • Electrical codes, regulations, and procedures
  • Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Proper record keeping techniques
  • Basic wastewater treatment plant processes and impact of equipment malfunction
  • Safety techniques, testing, and procedures to handle dangerous or hazardous chemicals, gases, and/or confined spaces, as related to wastewater treatment plants and pump stations
  • Proficiently read and interpret electrical drawings, schematics, wiring diagrams, engineering plans, and specifications
  • Apply principles of electrical theory to daily tasks, which may include design of electrical systems
  • Develop and implement a preventative maintenance work program
  • Operate, install, repair, and inspect a variety of electronic testing equipment
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment used in the electrical and instrumentation trade such as hydraulic presses, cutters, benders, various types of testing equipment, and recording devices
  • Lift heavy objects in awkward and confined spaces using proper lifting and rigging techniques
  • Understand and interpret the national electrical code
  • Operate motor vehicles and forklifts
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions
  • Observe appropriate safety procedures in the performance of assigned tasks
  • Maintain records and prepare reports as directed
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Work independently with little direction

Selection Process & Supplemental Information


The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.
The City of Tacoma:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by Livability.com, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma, you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives, excellent retirement benefitsand a total rewards benefits program with competitive salaries and outstanding benefits.We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny: http://www.cityoftacoma.org/

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

To be considered for this opportunity: Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process, and attach a current resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preferencescoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application , to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process.Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their job application and responses to Supplemental Questions #8-16reviewed andscored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test.These questions will be scored on the basis of information provided; therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training and provide thorough answers to the supplemental questions.Applicants must pass this evaluation to be placed on the eligible list for hiring consideration.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, theCity of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of apre-employment background check, and willinclude a pre-employment medical exam, pre-employment physical ability test, and will include a drug and alcoholscreen.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local Union IBEW 483. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, callthe Human Resources officeat (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closingdateof the job announcement.
Closing Date/Time: 5/4/2020 5:00 PM Pacific

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