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City of Tacoma WA Utility Services Specialist in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Public Utilities is establishing an eligible list for Utility Services Specialist which will be used to fill vacancies for one year. Tacoma Power has an immediate vacancy.

A Utility Services Specialist acts in a lead role on assigned projects and performs a variety of technical office and field work involving new and updated services and project coordination for Tacoma Power or Tacoma Water.

In this role, you are responsible for complex technical work on service installations and projects, as assigned. Work entails responsibility for aspects of design, consultation, estimation, and technical direction. This includes numerous contacts with contractors, engineers, technical staff, other divisions, departments, and outside organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and prepare layouts and estimates for services, projects, and related activities from pre-established construction standards. Apply design specifications and standards to assigned projects.
  • Perform and participate in the preparation of service and plat layouts, feeder or main extensions, and cost estimates. Determine types and locations of field installed materials and equipment; schedule and assign work to assure completion of projects according to established time lines.
  • May train and supervise assigned personnel; coordinate, assign and review work; assist in the selection and evaluation of personnel.
  • Responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the activities of their respective groups and/or assigned work areas.
  • Coordinate communication and projects with other City departments and personnel, governmental and private agencies, consultants, architects, contractors, vendors, and the general public.
  • Compile and analyze statistical and technical information and data; prepare reports concerning projects and related activities.
  • Oversee and participate in construction inspections and review plans and projects to assure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations. Drive to project sites; perform staking, review, and coordination of work.
  • Serve as City and departmental representative at various meetings, conferences, and on committees as required.
  • Prepare and administer contracts, such as construction contracts, as necessary to complete projects.
  • Review and provide recommendations concerning local codes, regulations, policies, and ordinances as directed.
  • Respond to questions and complaints from the public and provide technical information related to codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, and projects. Qualifications

An equivalent combination to:

  • 5+ years increasingly responsible experience in the preparation and coordination of construction projects and staff;
  • Graduation from a two-year program in engineering design, construction or related field. Employees in this classification may be expected to complete the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Staking Technician certification.


Valid Driver License at time of application with maintenance thereafter. Employees must be able to pass background check and may be required to obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS: Office, field, and construction site environment includes working indoors and outdoors, working in inclement weather; subject to driving to construction sites and working around congested traffic areas; subject to noise and fumes from heavy construction equipment; requires traversing varying, loose, and uneven terrain. Knowledge & Skills


  • Principles and practices of supervision and training
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary


  • Perform difficult and complex mathematical computations.
  • Design of complex and technical projects
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate personnel
  • Assign and review the work of others
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Prepare plans and specifications
  • Oversee and inspect the work of contractors on projects
  • Accurately compile and analyze statistical and technical information, maps, and other data
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Plan and organize work
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative and effective working relationships with others 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 InclusionTacoma'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.

The City of Tacoma Tacoma is one of the nation's healthiest, safest, and most playful cities. We have daily access to stunning natural surroundings and a great quality of life. We are Washington's most diverse big city, with arts, culture, parks, and recreational opportunities that are envied by much larger cities. We recognize how lucky we are, but we know we can make it even better....TOGETHER!

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Apply All interested individuals must apply online and attach a resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to the position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental question responses reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts as part of the civil service examination. Applicants who pass the examination will be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and 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.

Salary: $39.73 - $53.25 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: City of Tacoma - CITY WIDE LIST

Job Number: 0617-21

Closing: 1/27/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

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

Phone: 253-591-5400