The City of Tacoma is now accepting applications for Apprentice Signal and Lighting Electricians.
**Anticipated start date for this recruitment will be Summer of 2024**
Individuals selected for this position will be formally enrolled in the City of Tacoma's Signal and Street Lighting Electrician Apprenticeship program. The program requires a minimum of three-and-one-half years to complete. Employees perform apprentice-level work assisting journey-level Signal and Lighting Electricians in the installation, construction, maintenance, and repair of traffic signal and street lighting systems. Continued enrollment and employment is subject to attending off-hour training, without additional compensation, and maintaining the progress set by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.
As progressively more experience is gained, duties will expand in complexity and the incumbent will assume more responsibility and independence. Apprentice's specific work assignments are subject to close inspection during progress and upon completion, assignments are reviewed for technique and adherence to safety and quality standards.
Tacoma's Signal and Street Lighting Electrician Apprenticeship program is recognized by the State of Washington, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.
Apprenticeship is a program that combines education with on-the-job training performed under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Apprentices are paid while they learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in their career field. During the training program, Apprentices learn progressively more demanding components of their craft. After completing an apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a professional credential; they can become qualified "journey-level" workers.
Apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get the experience and training you need to start your career!
Work under the direction of and assist journey-level employees in the following work processes:
Install, inspect, test, maintain, troubleshoot and repair traffic signal and street lighting systems.
Operate power driven and hand operated mechanical and electrical tools as well as various types of trucks and large equipment.
Fabricate and assemble custom traffic signal and streetlight related equipment.
Use and maintain a variety of computer programs related to the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic signal and street lighting systems.
Perform the duties of cable locator.
Remove, replace and repair damaged traffic signal and street lighting systems as needed.
Maintain and repair 120V-480V and 5KV series streetlight luminaries, including LED, incandescent and vapor discharge type lamps.
Perform general maintenance electrical work in City-owned buildings, at community events and special functions.
Attend and participate in various meetings, classes and training sessions.
Prepare and maintain various computer and written logs, charts, records and reports related to departmental and daily activities.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to adverse weather conditions.
Position requires moving heavy objects, hand digging, ascending, descending and working from ladders and stairs. Must be able to work from heights and climb poles upon successful completion of applicable training.
Must be able to work on, observe, inspect and differentiate between a wide variety of electronic devices.
Must be able to position oneself under, over and around equipment and machinery and in small or confined spaces.
Employees in this position may be subject to dangers of exposure to high voltage wires, hazardous materials and gases and noise from equipment.
Employees may be subject to working during non-standard working hours and emergency call-outs, as needed.
Physical Ability Test As a condition of hire, candidates must be able to pass a physical ability test. This test would occur as part of the hiring process, after a job offer is made. To assist candidates with preparing for the assessment and provide ample time for training opportunities, we have listed what the physical ability test consists of below. For a printable version of the physical ability test, please click here. (Download PDF reader)
Please note: This recruitment is being conducted to create a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be used to fill Apprentice Signal and Lighting Electrician vacancies as they occur for a period of at least one year.
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.
An equivalent combination to:
Graduation from high school or GED, includingor supplemented by a high school level algebra course AND a basic electricity class; AND One year experience in the electrical construction or electrical maintenance trade or completion of a formalized vocational training program in a related field.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Valid Washington State Driver's License, with maintenance thereafter. Valid Washington Commercial Driver's License with Class A-Air Brake endorsement, flagging, CPR, first-aid and forklift training, and Digger/Derrick certificates will be required prior to completion of the 12-month probationary period, with maintenance thereafter.
As part of the Apprenticeship Program, additional certifications will be required including Digger/Derrick certification, International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) certifications for Traffic Signal 1, Traffic Signal 2 and Roadway Lighting
Knowledge & Skills
An employee in this class must be able to demonstrate continuing progress in gaining the following knowledge and abilities while enrolled in the Signal and Lighting Electrician Apprenticeship program. Progression through pay step increases is dependent upon successful completion of apprenticeship testing milestones.
Methods, materials and tools used in electrical construction and maintenance work.
Electrical theory as applied to electrical circuits and wire systems.
Safe working clearances for energized primary and secondary conductors.
Proper use of body belts, safety straps, lanyards and other safety devices or equipment.
Learn the skills and tasks required in electrical construction and maintenance work, including climbing and working at heights.
Learn and observe proper safety precautions.
Use specialized electrical tools; clean and assist in maintenance of electrical tools and equipment.
Operate electrical tools and lift equipment.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Learn to interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Lift heavy objects in awkward and confined spaces using proper lifting and rigging techniques.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with others.
Learn to read and interpret circuit diagrams, system maps and underground lay-outs.
Work in confined space.
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 qualificationsto progress in the examination process.
Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteriamust 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.
**Anticipated start date for this recruitment will be Summer of 2024**
Examination Process: Communication for this position, including testing, will be conducted exclusively by email. All applicants must provide a valid email address on their job application. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a series of online tests; the testing information will be sent to the applicants' email address after the closing date of this job announcement.
Tests for this position will include the following subject matter: high school level algebra, circuitry, basic electricity, basic mechanical functions, and customer service. No official study guide is provided. *See optional reference materials below.
Applicants must pass the examination process in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a background check and will include a pre-employment medical exam, physical ability test, and drug and alcohol screen.
This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 483.
Per Tacoma Municipal Code 1.24.575, A.:
Apprentices or qualified trainees will be hired from Civil Service eligible lists and their probation shall be for a one-year period.
Failure to successfully progress through the apprenticeship program may be grounds for termination.
Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com 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.
The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering 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.
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.
References and Resources
Physical Ability Test: As a condition of hire, candidates must be able to pass a physical ability test. This test would occur as part of the hiring process, after a job offer is made. To assist candidates with preparing for the assessment and provide ample time for training opportunities, we have listed what the physical ability test consists of below. For a printable version of the physical ability test, please click here.(Download PDF reader)
Street Lighting Electrician Physical Assessment
Military Press (50lbs.)
Upright Row (45lbs.)
Aerobic Bicycle Test
Aerobic Bicycle Test (6 min) - Used to determine the individual’s’ aerobic power (stamina). Chin Ups - Start with hands shoulder width apart with palms toward your face, arms fully extended and feet off the ground. Bring the chin completely over the bar and do not allow the body to swing or kick. Military Press (50 lbs.) - Sitting, straight posture, with hands shoulder width apart, bar starts in front of shoulders and pushed directly overhead until arms are fully extended, and back to shoulder level. Squats (100 lbs.) - 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 return to a standing position. Upright Row (45 lbs.) - Standing, straight posture, with the feet shoulder width apart, arms straight holding the bar. Lift the bar past the height of the breastbone with the elbows higher than your wrists, and return to the starting position. Bentover Row (60 lbs.) - Standing, bent over at the waist, arms straight down in front, shoulder width apart, pull the bar upward to the breastbone and return to the starting position
Resource Material Information: The following reference listings are only intended to provide assistance with study materials. This list is not intended to be the sole source of information but to act as a resource for subjects that can be studied to help prepare for taking the Signal & Lighting Electrician, Apprentice tests. It is not designed or designated as a study guide.
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