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City of Tacoma WA Journeyman Lineman (Line Electrician) in Tacoma, Washington

Journeyman Lineman (Line Electrician)


$62.99 Hourly


Tacoma, WA

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Closing Date

11/29/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

Tacoma Power's Transmission & Distribution section is seeking to fill a Journeyman Lineman position. Linemen perform skilled journey-level work involving the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems. A high degree of skill and safety consciousness is required. The work is dangerous and frequently performed on energized high voltage lines and/or under unfavorable weather conditions. Work is normally performed under supervision; however, on occasion, employees may work on special assignments without supervision and may supervise skilled and unskilled workers of other classifications.


  • Graduation from high school or equivalent

  • Hold a current journey-level line electrician card


Valid Washington State Commercial Driver's License, Class A required at time of application. Must obtain tanker endorsement prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter. Valid first aid, CPR, and flagging card must be obtained prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Methods, equipment and materials used in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical overhead and underground lines, cables and equipment

  • Principles of electrical theory and application to electrical overhead and underground circuits and system

  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions and materials

  • Clearing and tagging procedures, trench shoring and excavation

  • Rigging methods and hoisting procedures

  • Understand the requirements and proper use of personal protective equipment

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

  • Understand and follow oral and written directions

  • Lift heavy objects in awkward and confined spaces, using proper lifting and rigging techniques

  • Climb power poles, towers and other structures

  • Operate equipment including, but not limited to bucket, lift and line trucks and wirepullers

  • Exercise proper work practices and adhere to safety work rules

  • Exercise proper safety handling rules for hazardous or toxic substances

  • Perform heavy manual tasks under varying weather conditions

  • Maintain harmonious work relationships

  • Read and interpret circuit diagrams, system maps and underground lay-outs

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

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.

Examination Process

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questionnaire scored. Candidates who obtain a passing score will be ranked on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Hiring Requirements

Individuals given a conditional offer of employment must also pass a pre-employment medical examination that will include a drug screening and background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and IBEW Local 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 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.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on 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.


Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc.), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. I understand that any form of cheating or falsification will disqualify my application for further consideration.

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    Did you graduate from high school or do you have an equivalent education such as a GED?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you have a current Journey Level Line Electrician card?

  • Yes

  • No


    When did you become a Journeyman Lineman? Please list the month and year first obtained.


    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.


    These questions will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position and as a tool to screen applications prior to an in depth look at your application materials. They should be completed thoroughly and honestly. Your responses to these questions may be assessed through the interview and reference check process. 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. I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

  • Yes

  • No


    Please give a brief history of your work background and types of work you feel you are skilled at (e.g. Rubber gloving, Hot Stick work, underground residential distribution, commercial underground, Transmission, Tower work).


    What strengths do you bring to the crew environment? What areas do you feel you need improvement?


    Describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult customer.


    You are working on a crew and you witness that a safety rule is not being followed. Describe what you would do/have done in such a situation?


    Please tell us how you first learned about this job opening.

  • Job Interest Card notification

  • Internet search

  • Professional organization

  • Military organization

  • Union job posting

  • City of Tacoma employee

  • Online job board posting

  • Word of mouth

  • LinkedIn

  • TTEP (Tacoma Training and Education Program)

  • Indeed

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Government Jobs


  • Outreach Event


    Please provide specific information regarding how you learned about this job opening. Thank you, your feedback will be used to evaluate our success reaching the public and refine our methods for future job postings.

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City of Tacoma


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





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