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City of Tacoma WA Apprentice Wire Electrician in Tacoma, Washington

Apprentice Wire Electrician

Salary

$43.77 - $51.42 Hourly

Location

Tacoma, WA

Job Type

Classified

Department

Power

Job Number

5243-23

Closing

2/6/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

The City of Tacoma is creating a new civil service list for Apprentice Wire Electrician. Apprentice Wire Electricians perform apprentice-level work assisting journey-level Wire Electricians in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical substations and underground electrical systems. Apprentices will be formally enrolled in the City of Tacoma's Wire Electrician Apprenticeship program. This apprenticeship program is recognized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, requiring a minimum of three and one-half years to complete. Continued enrollment and employment is subject to attending off-hour training without compensation and maintaining the progress standards set by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. This position requires lifting, pulling, pushing, kneeling, squatting, climbing, working from heights, climbing stairs and ladders and working in confined spaces. Employees in this position are exposed to electrical hazards.

Qualifications

Graduation from high school or equivalent

AND

Valid Drivers license

AND

Completion of high school-level algebra, basic knowledge of electricity (knowledge covering Ohms Law, AC/DC theory and series/parallel circuits)

AND

6 months of experience in the electrical or construction trades OR completion of a formalized vocational training program in a related field.

Work experience includes the use of basic tools (hammer, wrench, various equipment). Individuals may have experience in construction trades (Examples: plumbing, iron work, carpentry, etc.)

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Valid WA State Driver’s License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter

  • Obtain a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit within 6 months of hire date

  • Obtain a valid Washington Commercial Driver's License (Class A) by completion of probationary period with maintenance thereafter

  • Traffic Control Flagging required prior to completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter

  • First Aid Card with CPR certification required prior to completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter

  • Forklift training and certificates will be required prior to completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter

  • Obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) clearance prior to completion of probation and maintenance thereafter

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

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Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend an hour or more entering the required 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.

Interested individuals should apply online. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the written examination which will be an online assessment given early February. In order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration, applicants must pass all portions of the written examination. Applicants will be placed on the eligible list based on their written examination score. Prior to being eligible for interview, candidates must pass a physical ability test designed to evaluate whether the candidate meets the physical requirements for this position. Applicants who do not appear for their scheduled physical ability test or who do not pass the test will be removed from the eligible list.

Part of the interview process will include a practical test. Appointment is subject to passing a background check and will include a pre-employment medical examination and drug screen. New employees need to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license within 30 days of appointment with maintenance thereafter and a valid Class A commercial driver's license by the ninth month of the hire date with maintenance thereafter. Traffic Control Flagging, CPR, first-aid and forklift training certificate will be required prior to completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter. Candidates must be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) clearance prior to completion of probation and maintenance thereafter. Candidates must be able to pass background screening for applicable security access and maintain security clearance. In addition, new employees must successfully complete a 12 month probationary period to obtain permanent status in this classification. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and IBEW Local 483.

REFERENCE MATERIAL INFORMATION

The following reference listings are intended to provide you suggested study materials only. This list is not intended to be the sole source of information but to act as a guide as to what can be studied in preparation for taking the Electrical Apprenticeship written test.

WEBSITE REFERENCES

  • http://www.alexanderpublications.com/

  • http://www.electricityforum.com/basic-electricity.html

  • http://www.the12volt.com/ohm/ohmslaw.asp#pie

  • http://www.angelfire.com/pa/baconbacon/page2.html

  • http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/electricity_ohms_law.htm (http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/elect_ohms_law.htm)

  • http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/ohmlaw.html

  • http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/basics/ohms-law.htm

  • http://www.thelearningpit.com/

  • http://www.opamp-electronics.com/tutorials/ac_theory.htm

  • http://www.play-hookey.com/ac_theory/

  • http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_1/index.html (http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_2/chpt_1/1.html)

  • http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Mathematics/Middle-High_School_Math/Trigonometry.html

  • http://www.syvum.com/math/trigonometry.html

TEXTBOOK REFERENCES

  • Electricity (available from Alexander Publications), excellent reference guide!

  • Ugly's Quick Electrical Reference Guide (available at the Home Depot)

  • Delmars Standard Textbook on Electricity (available from delmarlearning.com)

  • Basic Electricity (authors, Van Valkenburgh, Nooger & Neville, INC.)

  • Basic Electricity (Schaum's, published by McGraw Hill)

  • Basic Electricity (U.S Navy)

  • Electricity Demystified (Gibilisco, published by McGraw Hill)

  • An Introduction to Electric Power Distribution (Wayne Beaty, available from Alexander publications)

  • Painless Algebra (Lynette Long, published by Barron's)

  • Algebra success in 20 minutes a day (Learning Express)

  • Algebra Demystified (Gibilisco, published by McGraw Hill)

  • Algebrahelp.com

  • Trigonometry Demystified (Gibilisco, published by McGraw Hill)

  • Trigonometry for dummies (Sterling)

  • Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

  • Safety Standards for Electrical workers

  • Chapter 296-45 WAC

Physical Ability Test

Aerobic Bicycle Test- used to determine an individual's aerobic power. Subject pedals at 50 RPM for 3 stages of 2-3 minutes. Each stage will be progressively more difficult with an increase of 50-75 watts of resistance per stage.

Bent Over Row (60 lbs.) Standing, knees bent, bend over at the hips, arms straight in front, shoulder width apart. Pull the bar upward to the base of the breastbone.

Squats (100 lbs.) Standing straight posture, pad rests comfortably on shoulders, with feet shoulder width apart. Bending at the knees until the thighs are parallel to the ground, then standing once again.

Upright Row (45 lbs.) Standing, straight posture, with feet shoulder width apart, arms straight and holding bar. Lifting the bar to breastbone level with elbows higher than the wrists, and back to a straight-arm position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails 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 e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before 4pm on the closing date of this posting.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at www.cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

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INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the following questions as truthfully and accurately as possible. Your responses may be assessed in subsequent examinations, and any sign of deliberate misinformation or intentional exaggeration will result in disqualification from the examination process and possible bar from future employment opportunities with the City of Tacoma.

Please indicate "Yes" to show that you have read these instructions.

  • Yes

  • No

    02

    Are you a high school graduate or equivalent?

  • Yes

  • No

    03

    If you answered "Yes" to question #2, please indicate name of school/educational institution.

    04

    Have you completed a high school level algebra course?

  • Yes

  • No

    05

    Please list all high school and college level math classes you have taken. Provide the course number/title, school attended and dates attended.

    06

    Do you have basic knowledge of electricity (knowledge covering Ohm's Law, AC/DC theory and series/parallel circuits)?

  • Yes

  • No

    07

    If you answered "Yes" to question #6, provide the name of the school/educational institution. If no, please type N/A.

    08

    Do you have six months or more experience in the electrical or construction trades or completion of a formalized vocational training program in a related field? Work experience includes the use of basic tools (hammer, wrench, various equipment). Individuals may have experience in construction trades (Examples: plumbing, iron work, carpentry, etc.)

  • Yes

  • No

    09

    If you answered "Yes" to question #8, provide the name of the company and/or vocational training program and applicable dates. If no, please type N/A.

    10

    Do you have a valid driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No

    11

    If you answered "Yes" to question #10, provide the issuing state, license number, and expiration date. If no, please type N/A.

    12

    Have you completed or will you complete a formalized vocational training program in a related field by June 30, 2023?

  • Yes

  • No

    13

    If you answered "Yes" to question #12, provide the name of the training institution and date of completion. Attach a copy of your certificate of completion to your application. If no, please type N/A.

    14

    Do you have any other work, training or additional experience that may be applicable to this position?

  • Yes

  • No

    15

    If you answered "Yes" to question #14, please describe that experience. If no, please type N/A.

    16

    Please indicate if you plan on applying for Meter, Line and/or Wire. NOTE: If applying for more than one, you will need to submit a separate application for each. Selecting more than one job as an answer to this question is not considered as applying for more than one job. To be considered for Line or Wire, you must apply for each separately.

  • Apprentice Line Electrician

  • Apprentice Wire Electrician

  • Apprentice Electrical Meter & Relay Technician

    17

    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe an experience you have working with diverse groups of people.

    18

    Please tell us how you learned about this job opening.

  • Job Interest Card notification

  • Internet search

  • Professional organization

  • Community organization

  • Military organization

  • Union job posting

  • City of Tacoma employee

  • Online job board posting

  • Word of mouth

  • Other

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    Where did you learn about this opportunity?

    Required Question

Agency

City of Tacoma

Address

Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone

253-591-5400

Website

http://www.cityoftacoma.org

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