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City of Tacoma WA Journeyman Electrical Meter & Relay Technician in Tacoma, Washington

Journeyman Electrical Meter & Relay Technician


$113,089.60 Annually


Tacoma, WA

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10/26/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

The City of Tacoma is creating a new civil service list for Electrical Meter & Relay Technician that will be used to fill vacancies. Electrical Meter & Relay Technicians perform journey-level work in the testing, cleaning, repairing, calibrating, installing and programming of electro-mechanical and solid state meters used in industrial, commercial and residential installations, including electrical and electronic support equipment. This position requires lifting, pushing, pulling, climbing, working from heights, climbing stairs and ladders and working in enclosed spaces. Employees in this position are exposed to electrical hazards.

Electrical Meter & Relay Technician Steps shall be as follows:

5230.0 Journey Meter Technician Base

5230.1 AMRT Training 1% over base

5230.2 AMRT Training 2% over base

5230.3 AMRT Training 3% over base

5230.4 AMRT Training 4% over base

5230.5 AMRT Training 5% over base

5230.6 AMRT Training 6% over base

5230.7 7th Step AMRT Training 7% over base

5230.8 Senior Meter/Relay Technician 14.25% over base

5230.0 Assistant Supervisor Meter & Relay 25% over base


An equivalent combination to:

  • Completion of an approved meter technician apprenticeship program


  • Graduation from high school including courses in electricity, electrical circuits and wiring systems, and mathematics up to and including trigonometry, and four years' experience as a journey-level electrical meter technician


Completion of an approved meter technician apprenticeship program; valid Washington State driver's license; valid First Aid and CPR Certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain 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.


Interested individuals should apply online. Each applicant that meets the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts. Applicants must pass the examination process to be placed on the eligible list for hiring consideration.

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. CPR and first-aid training 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 9 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.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or 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.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before the closing date.

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 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.


Do you have an equivalent combination to: completion of an approved meter technician apprenticeship program; or graduation from high school including courses in electricity, electrical circuits and wiring systems, and mathematics up to and including trigonometry, and four years' experience as a journey-level electrical meter technician?

  • Yes

  • No


    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


    When did you become a Journey-Level Meter Technician? Please list the month and the year.


    When approaching a new service for a meter install, what are some of the things you should do before installing a meter?


    If a meter is found upside-down, what would you suspect? Who would you first contact for more information?


    You approach an off service and you notice the porch light in on. Seal appears to be intact. What could be a possible cause?


    You are on a high bill complaint, what steps should take place to resolve the billing complaint?


    When performing a service audit on a 4 wire Y service, you notice B phase current is 180 degrees out of phase from unity. What are the possible causes if any? What percentage of registration would the meter capture?


    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.


    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


    Where did you learn about this opportunity?

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City of Tacoma


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





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