City of Tacoma WA Water Utility Worker in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Waterhas a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties. Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future. If you share our values of Respect, Accountability, Inspiration, and Vision; if you have the courage to challenge and be challenged; if you demonstrate mutual respect; and if you value innovation, we are looking for you.

A Water Utility Worker performs semi-skilled manual labor assisting in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water supply and distribution facilities and systems. Duties include installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes, meter yokes, meters, meter boxes, gate valves, fire hydrants, concrete vaults, and other water system components; operating a variety of equipment and machinery; and performing continuous and strenuous manual labor, to include frequent heavy lifting in all types of weather.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS Valid Washington State driver's license with maintenance thereafter.

Employees hired after September 1, 2000 will be required to successfully complete a Tacoma Water sponsored math class prior to completion of probation and Tacoma Water's Apprenticeship Program within three years from the date of entering the Apprenticeship Program.

Employees hired after April 29, 1998, are required to have a Commercial Driver's License Class "A" with Air Brake Restriction removed, a valid First Aid Card and a Flagging Certificate with maintenance thereafter prior to the completion of the probationary period.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Learn methods, equipment and materials used in water main, service and meter installations, testing and repair
  • Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Learn and understand general principles of Tacoma's Municipal water distribution system including mains, hydrants and water meters
  • Learn operation and control procedures of electrical pumping equipment
  • Learn to operate a variety of equipment and machines such as jackhammers, compressor and various hand and power tools
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices
  • Communicate with others regarding areas of responsibility and work tasks Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questions scored. Applicants must earn a passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check, a physical abilities test, and a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 483. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

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

Salary: $25.50 - $26.77 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Water

Job Number: 5060-18

Closing: 5/4/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

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

Phone: 253-591-5400