Hydro Plant Electrician

Company Name: City of Tacoma
Phone Number: (253) 591-5400
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98409
Job Title: Hydro Plant Electrician
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Electrician
Posting Start Date: August 1, 2017
Salary: $44.73 - $44.73
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Hydroelectric Plant Electricians perform skilled journey-level work in the construction, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment, apparatus and fixtures used at hydroelectric sites, fish hatcheries and parks. Employees must be able to work independently and as a team member.

For more information about Tacoma Power’s Hydroelectric Plants, please go to the Tacoma Public Utilities website at www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/about-tacoma-power/dams-power-sources/hydro-power.

The work sites located in Western Washington include but are not limited to the Nisqually River Project near Eatonville, the Cushman Hydro Project near Hoodsport and the Cowlitz River Project near Mossyrock. New employees must be able to report within 30 minutes to the assigned Project.

As a Hydro Plant Electrician, you’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Inspect, maintain, and repair and overhaul electromechanical and solid state electrical equipment, using a variety of electrical test equipment, meters, powered and non-powered tools and equipment;
  • Install new electrical and electronic equipment and electrical wiring according to the National Electrical Code and Tacoma Power’s electrical standards;
  • Maintain and repair electrical and electronic systems for Project facilities and equipment;
  • Perform high voltage switching and operate generators in support of operations;
  • Work safely and cooperatively with co-workers and the public;
  • Cut and remove trees, branches and brush in close proximity to energized power lines;
  • Lead a work party in performing maintenance or repair work.
Experience Required:


 Graduation from high school or equivalent and one of the following:

  • Five years of documented journey-level experience in the industrial electrical construction and maintenance field;OR
  • Completion of a two year vocational educational program in industrial electrical construction and maintenance and four years of documented journey-level experience in the industrial electrical construction and maintenance field;OR
  • Completion of an Electrical Apprenticeship Program with no less than 6000 hours of on-the-job training and two years of documented journey-level experience in the industrial electrical construction and maintenance field;OR
  • Possess a General Journey Level Electrician (EL01) license or equivalent and two years of journey-level experience in the industrial construction and maintenance field.


Valid Washington State Drivers License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.
First Aid, CPR, and forklift certificate required prior to the completion of probation with maintenance thereafter.  Unrestricted respirator clearance prior to appointment with maintenance thereafter.  A Washington State Class A Commercial Drivers License may be required during term of employment with maintenance thereafter.  Crane certification with maintenance thereafter may be required at certain Project locations.


  • Methods, equipment and materials used in the electrical trade.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Basic First Aid procedures.
  • Principles of electrical theory as applied to electrical and electronic circuits, wiring and electrical equipment used in power generation.
  • Theory of operation and use of Programmable Logic Control (PLC) units and other computer based equipment.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Install, including programming, and troubleshooting PLC based equipment.
How to Apply:

Interested individuals should complete the online application. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their applications evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts. Applicants must pass the evaluation in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. Once the eligible list is established, candidates invited to an interview may be required to take a “hands on” practical assessment.


Posting End Date: August 31, 2017