Apprentice Line Electrician - Tacoma, WA

Employer: City of Tacoma

Job Description:
Position Description

The City of Tacoma is creating a new civil service list for Apprentice Line Electrician. Apprentice Line Electricians perform apprentice-level work assisting journey-level Line Electricians in the installation, construction, maintenance and repair of electrical overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems. Apprentices will be formally enrolled in the City of Tacoma's Line Electrician Apprenticeship program. This apprenticeship program is recognized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, requiring a minimum of three and one-half years to complete. Continued enrollment and employment is subject to attending off-hour training without compensation and maintaining the progress standards set by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. This position requires lifting, pulling, pushing, kneeling, squatting, climbing, working from heights, climbing stairs and ladders and working in confined spaces. Employees in this position are exposed to electrical hazards.


Graduation from high school or equivalent
Completion of high school level algebra and basic electricity courses
Six months of work experience in the electrical or construction trades or completion of a formalized vocational training program in a related field (attach proof of completion to application)
Valid driver's license

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should apply online. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the written examination which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020, in Tacoma, Washington. In order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration, applicants must pass all portions of the written examination. Applicants will be placed on the eligible list based on their written examination score. Prior to being eligible for interview, candidates must pass a physical ability test designed to evaluate whether the candidate meets the physical requirements for this position. Applicants who do not appear for their scheduled physical ability test or who do not pass the test will be removed from the eligible list.

Part of the interview process will include a practical test. Appointment is subject to passing a background check and will include a pre-employment medical examination and drug screen. New employees need to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license within 30 days of appointment with maintenance thereafter and a valid Class A commercial driver's license by the ninth month of the hire date with maintenance thereafter. Traffic Control Flagging, CPR, first-aid and forklift training certificate will be required prior to completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter. Candidates must be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) clearance prior to completion of probation and maintenance thereafter. Candidates must be able to pass background screening for applicable security access and maintain security clearance. In addition, new employees must successfully complete a 12 month probationary period to obtain permanent status in this classification. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and IBEW Local 483.

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.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend an hour or more entering the required information. 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.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at: (253) 591-5400 before the last date to file.


The following reference listings are intended to provide you suggested study materials only. This list is not intended to be the sole source of information but to act as a guide as to what can be studied in preparation for taking the Electrical Apprenticeship written test.

Physical Assessment Test

Aerobic Bicycle Test- Used to determine an individual's aerobic power. Subject pedals at 50 RPM for 3 stages of 2-3 minutes. Each state will be progressively more difficult with an increase of 50-75 watts of resistance per stage.

Chin ups - Start with hands shoulder width apart with palms toward your face, arms fully extended and feet off the ground. Bring chin completely over the bar and do not allow body to swing.

Arm Curl (60 lbs.) Standing, straight posture, with feet shoulder width apart, arms straight and holding bar. Lifting the bar to the breastbone level with elbows higher than wrists, and back to a straight-arm position.

Squats (100lbs.) Standing straight posture, pad rests comfortably on shoulders, with feet shoulder width apart. Bending at the knees until the thighs are parallel to the ground, then standing once again.

Shoulder Press (50 lbs.) Sitting, straight posture, with hands shoulder width apart, bar starts in front of shoulders and pushed directly overhead until arms are extended, then back shoulder level.

Contact Person:
Location: Tacoma, WA
Application Method:
Base Pay: $35.32 - $41.83/hr

Posted on February 11, 2020
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