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Apprenticeships

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Tacoma Power Apprenticeships

Those hired as an apprentice at Tacoma Power enroll in a program for one of the specialty areas described below. Each program requires a minimum of three and a half years to complete and includes both classroom and on-the-job training.

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Graduation from high school or GED
  • Completion of an algebra course
  • Completion of a basic electricity course
  • Six months of experience in the electrical, electronics or construction trades OR completion of a formalized vocational training program in related field or if applying for Hydro Project Electrician- a City of Tacoma Hydro Project Utility Worker who is a current employee or who has six months experience within the past two years.
  • Apprentice Line and Wire Electrician jobs also have minimum physical ability requirements

We accept applications every one to three years when the job announcement is posted on the City of Tacoma’s jobs webpage. Individuals may also complete the interest form online to be notified of postings.

We have a few resources to help you out. Download a list of reference materials for the apprentice examination.

APPRENTICE LINE ELECTRICIAN

Line Apprentice Pay
Range: $32.48-$38.46
Journey Rate: $45.48

Performs apprentice-level work under the direction of journey-level line electricians in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems.

Examples of duties: Prepare and set line poles and guy wires; repair or replace damaged or decayed poles; select and install cross-arms, insulators, cutouts, switches, lightning arrestors and other devices on wood poles and steel structures; install transformers, transformer banks and related connections on poles.

View physical ability requirements here.

APPRENTICE WIRE ELECTRICIAN

Wire Apprentice Pay
Range: $32.18-$37.81
Journey Rate: $44.75

Performs apprentice-level work under the direction of journey-level wire electricians in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical substations and underground vaults.

Examples of duties: Wiring or maintaining and repairing of substations, preparing switchboard panels, installing transformers, connecting and disconnecting ammeters, voltmeters, relays, switches, lights or other equipment and apparatus.

View physical ability requirements here.

APPRENTICE METER & RELAY TECHNICIAN

Meter Apprentice Pay
Range: $32.98-$39.03
Journey Rate: $43.99

Performs apprentice-level work under the direction of journey-level meter technicians in the testing, repairing, calibrating and installing of meters, electrical and electronic support equipment.

Examples of duties: Assist in testing, calibrating and repairing of electrical and electronic test equipment; testing, calibrating, repairing and installing auxiliary devices to metering such as totalizer, pulse initiators, transformers, loss compensators, survey recorders, multifunction meters and other auxiliary equipment.

Contact Information for Tacoma Power  Apprenticeships

For questions regarding Tacoma Power apprenticeship programs, please email Tacoma Power Training.

Resumes are accepted through the City of Tacoma job posting and application process. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered for apprentice positions.

Openings are posted at cityoftacoma.org/jobs in early February of each year (if we are hiring for apprentices that year).

Tacoma Water Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships 1Those hired as an apprentice at Tacoma Water enroll in a program for a Water Utility Worker. They are required to successfully complete the Potable Water Supply and Service Worker Apprenticeship Program.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Pass the Civil Service Water Utility Worker entrance examination with 70% or greater score. Interview list established from examination results.
  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license with maintenance thereafter.

We accept applications once a year unless the established Civil Service hiring list is extended.  When this position opens up, the job announcement is posted on the City of Tacoma’s jobs webpage. Individuals may also complete the interest form online to be notified of postings.

WATER UTILITY WORKER

Range: $27.05 – $30.72

A Water Utility Worker performs semi-skilled manual labor assisting in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water supply and distribution facilities and systems. They operate a variety of equipment and machinery which includes frequent heavy lifting in all types of weather.

Examples of duties: Installing, maintaining, and repairing pipes, meter yokes, meters, meter boxes, gate valves, fire hydrants, concrete vaults, and other water system components.

View physical ability requirements here.

Contact Information for Tacoma Water Apprenticeships

For questions regarding our apprenticeship programs, please email Tacoma Water Apprenticeships.

Resumes are accepted through the City of Tacoma job posting and application process. Resumes sent to this email address will not be considered for apprentice positions.

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