**TPU Apprenticeship Expo

City of Tacoma, WA
September 17, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description



  • Hear from leaders within Tacoma Public Utilities
  • Discuss a career within a trade
  • Learn about career advancement
  • Hear first-hand accounts of what it's like to be an apprentice and journey-level employee
  • Understand our hiring process, salaries and benefits
  • Ask questions in a safe, open environment

What apprenticeship opportunities are at Tacoma Public Utilities?

  • Line Electrician
  • Wire Electrician
  • Meter and Relay Technician
  • Systems Power Dispatcher
  • Water Utility Worker

If you are interested in attending this event please click the Apply button in the top right corner. Then complete the form to register and reserve your spot.

This is an open house forum where you will have the opportunity to discuss a potential career path of Trades! Here at Tacoma Public Utilities we have many amazing opportunities within Power and Water! This will be a chance to discuss the recruitment process, get interview advice, and talk to those currently in these roles.

This event will be taking place on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 4:30-7:15PM in person, as well as a virtual option for those unable to attend in person. This will be held in the Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium. Upon registering you will receive an email with the link to attend this event.

Below is our agenda of the event:

4:30-4:40PM Welcome to TPU Apprenticeship Expo
4:40-5:20PM Overview of apprenticeship offerings at Tacoma Public Utilities
5:20-5:40PM Application Process
5:40-6:20PM Q&A Panel
6:20-7:15PM Networking (in person only)

Interesting: Trades provide the option to work with your hands in a fast-paced environment in a job that can vary daily and add a challenging element.

Less Time in School: The path to working in the trades can be a shorter that other career paths but with salaries comparable to jobs that require a four-year degree. This can mean less time in school (or none) and less student loan debt.

Advancement Opportunity: There are opportunities in the trade industry for upward mobility. While some jobs have less room for advancement than others, there are often many opportunities for senior positions, cross training, management, and supervisory positions in many skilled trade occupations.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 180,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We own and operate over $1 billion of assets that provide high-quality water to more than 320,000 direct service customers throughout Pierce and King counties. Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future.

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 age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 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 www.cityoftacoma.org 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.

Closing Date/Time: 10/17/2023 3:00 PM Pacific

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