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City of Tacoma WA Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Assistant in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description The City of Tacoma is seeking highly motivated people devoted to public service to join our team in providing exceptional service to the residents of Tacoma. This is a great opportunity to join the City of Tacoma and acquire valuable work experience. Wastewater Treatment Plant Assistants support maintenance machinists, electrical technicians, and plant operators with the operation, repair, and cleaning of equipment, tools, buildings, and grounds of wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and the bio-solids manufacturing area. This is an excellent opportunity for career-minded individuals to start out with an entry-level job, and then gain valuable work exposure with machinists, electrical technicians, and wastewater treatment plant operators. Environmental Services Operations and Maintenance, Plants and Pump Stations maintains 2 award winning wastewater treatment plants and 49 pump stations. If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are looking for to join our team as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Assistant. * Excellent attendance * Enjoy working both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather conditions and physical environments * Great customer service * Enjoy working as part of a team * Enjoys physically demanding and variety of job tasks The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation 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. Essential Job Duties: ** * Assist employees in higher classifications in the repair and maintenance of wastewater treatment/conveyance equipment and facilities. This includes: * Assist in removing, repairing, rebuilding pumps and motors * Assisting inspecting and replacing flights in sed tanks, performing work on evaporators and water pumps. * Inspect fire and first aid equipment * Connecting, replacing motor controls in electrical panels and troubleshooting various systems * Perform preventive maintenance duties such as changing oil and filters, checking and replacing batteries, checking packing on pumps and adjusting as necessary, lubing and oiling equipment, cleaning air conditioners and checking various equipment according to established procedures * Clean digesters and grit tanks; pump out sludge; remove rags and sand * Maintain facilities and equipment in a safe, clean and orderly manner; wash down facility equipment and machinery as required * Contact vendors to order parts and supplies as directed; transport parts and supplies as required * Prepare and maintain electronic records * Operate a variety of hand and power tools such as drills, hammers, pipe threader, grinders, wrenches and saws; operate a variety of equipment such as a diesel or gas pump, pressure washer, motor vehicle, and various forklifts * Perform related duties as assigned *This recruitment is being conducted to create a civil service eligibility list that will be used to fill Wastewater Treatment Plant Assistant vacancies as they occur for a period of one year. * **Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site and noise, and working in confined spaces with fumes and odors. The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions. * A position in this class is generally exposed to prolonged periods of standing, bending, climbing, loud industrial noises, fumes, and gases, working in confined spaces, above and underground, operating a variety of hand/power tools, equipment, and machinery requiring finger and hand dexterity, working in the field or in a plant working environment in all types of weather conditions and using proper safety equipment and devices. * Walking, sitting, climbing or descending ladders and ability to enter tight and confined spaces. Position requires positioning self under and/or around equipment, ascending/descending, and moving objects weighing 90 pounds or more. * An employee in this position may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials. 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. Qualifications *An equivalent combination*** to**: Graduation from high school or equivalent, AND ** Six (6) months of experience in maintenance, construction, equipment operation or general manual labor. **LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTSValid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment, with maintenance thereafter Knowledge & Skills Knowledge of: * Safe working methods * Basic methods, tools and techniques utilized in the maintenance and operation of a wastewater system * Basic maintenance and construction materials and supplies Ability to: * Operate small hand and power tools such as pipe threader, grinders, drills hammers, wrenches and saws * Understand and follow oral and written directions * Perform heavy semi-skilled labor with minimum supervision * Learn to apply hygiene, safety and health procedures related to wastewater treatment plants * Meet schedules and established time lines * Lift carry and/or move equipment, parts and materials weighing up to 90 pounds * Observe legal and defensive driving practice Selection Process & Supplemental Information To be considered for this career opportunity:Please apply online through the City of Tacoma's website. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications **to progress in the examination process. 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. Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring 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 responses to the Supplemental Questions # 7-10 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. DO NOT respond with "see resume" in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score. Candidates who pass the test will be placed on an Eligible List for interview and hiring consideration. Any vacancy that occurs within the one year period of time will draw from candidates on the Eligible List. Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, and will include a pre-employment medical exam, physical ability test, and a drug and alcohol screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between The City of Tacoma and District Lodge Local 160. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification. The City of TacomaTacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of over 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim. The City of Tacoma supports a healthy work/life balance, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. 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: 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. WHY WORK FOR THE CITY? 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. Communication from the City of Tacoma:We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails 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 email folders. 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, please call Human Resources at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. *Salary: $28.10 - $30.98 Hourly Location: Tacoma, WA Job Type: Classified Department: Environmental Services Job Number: 5099-21 Closing: 7/29/2021 5:00 PM Pacific Agency: City of Tacoma Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764 Phone: 253-591-5400 Website: