Goverment Jobs
December 1, 2019
Tacoma, Washington
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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 thengain valuable work exposurewith 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 joinour teamas aWastewater Treatment Plant Assistant.

  • Excellentattendance
  • 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
  • Enjoysphysically demanding and variety ofjob tasks

The Principles that Guide Us:
At Environmental Services:"We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all."

Tacoma, the City of Destiny,has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-mindedemployeeswithunique skills andperspectives. Weembraceinnovation and strive for excellence and community engagementin all that we do.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.

An equivalent combination to: graduation from high school
Six months of experience in maintenance, construction, equipment operation or general manual labor.

Valid 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


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.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative 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.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location ? just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast ? only adds to Tacoma's desirability.

The City of Tacoma supportsa 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.

Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

Applicants who separated or retired and who are eligible for veterans scoring criteria (Veteran's Preference)must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, proof of military discharge form, at time of application.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their job application and responses to Supplemental Questions #6-9reviewed andscored 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.Candidates who score 70% or abovewill 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 apre-employment background check, and willinclude a pre-employment medical exam, pre-employment physical ability test, and a drug and alcoholscreen.

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.

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.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spendat least an hourentering 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 before4:00 pmof the closingdateof the job announcement.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the following questions as truthfully and accurately as possible. Your responses may be accessed in subsequent examinations, and any sign of deliberate misinformation or intentional exaggeration will result in disqualification from the examination process and possible bar from future employment opportunities with the City of Tacoma. Please indicate "Yes" to show that you have read and understand these instructions.

  • Yes
  • No
Are you a high school graduate or the equivalent, such as a General Education Degree (GED) or Home Schooling Certification?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have six months (or more) experience in maintenance, construction, equipment operation or general manual labor?

  • Yes
  • No
This position requires an employee to work at a Wastewater Treatment Plant (Sewer site). Check each box below to confirm you have read the physical requirements and working conditions for this position and understand these requirements. Applicants selected to move forward in the selection process will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination, drug and alcohol screen and physical ability test.

  • Subject to working outdoors in adverse weather conditions, noise and sewage treatment plant fumes.
  • Position requires lifting heavy objects up to 90 lbs, climbing, and entering confined spaces.
  • An employee in this position is exposed to the presence of potentially hazardous materials, including but not limited to raw sewage.
  • An employee in this position may sometimes be required to enter and remain in a confined space for a period of time to do work.
  • An employee in this position will be required to climb ladders and work from heights up to approximately 25 feet above the ground.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING TEST: Questions 6-9 are the experience and training test that will be used to establish the eligibility list. These questions will be scored by subject matter experts who will not have access to your application materials, and will provide scores based solely upon your answer to the question. You must describe when and where you received your experience and/or training and what work was performed. Your answers must stand on their own merit. Please DO NOT refer to your resume in lieu of answering these questions, as raters will not have access to your resume or application and this will result in a score of 0 points. Your score on the experience and training test will solely reflect your responses to the question asked. Please indicate "Yes" to show that you have read and understand the instructions for the experience and training questions.

  • Yes
  • No
How much experience do you have in the construction, industrial municipal or public works fields?

  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 -2 years
  • 2-3 years
  • 3-5 years
  • More than 5 years
  • No experience
Please describe your experience as noted above. Include the name of the employer(s), and dates of employment and the duties performed. If you have no experience please respond with N/A

    Please describe your experience working as a member of a team, detail your role and responsibilities on the team.

      Describe your experience working with customers and/or rate payers (internal or external) and what your idea of great customer service is.

        How did you learn about this job opportunity?

        • City of Tacoma website
        • Association of Washington Cities Website
        • Internet search
        • Word of mouth
        • From a City of Tacoma employee
        • Professional Organization
        • Community Organization
        • From a Union
        • Other
        If you answered "professional organization", "community organization", or "other" in the previous question, please tell us where you heard about this job opportunity. Thank you, your response will help us promote future job opportunities.

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