Telecommunications Technician

Company Name: City of Tacoma/Tacoma Public Utilities
Phone Number: (253) 502-8832
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98409
Job Title: Telecommunications Technician
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Telecommunications
Posting Start Date: June 29, 2016
Salary: $23.76
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 8
Work Time Type: Hours

Performs a variety of technical field work pertaining to cable television (CATV) and internet service provider (ISP) installation, maintenance, repair, and servicing in customers’ homes, apartments, and commercial properties

Job Responsibilities:

  • Properly routes cables through attics, crawl spaces, and conduits; performs wall-fishes and properly fastens cable to residential and commercial buildings related to CATV/ISP installs
  • Perform underground and aerial plant repair and maintenance related to CATV/ISP installs
  • Insure proper placement and location of existing plant facilities, working closely with other utility companies, and assisting in insuring the integrity of the cable plant
  • Troubleshoot common system and drop line faults
  • Calculate signal level losses, insertion losses, cable losses, taps, and splitter devices of all distribution lines
  • Work safely and cooperatively with co-workers and the public
  • Perform daily inspections on assigned vehicle for safety of operation and proper levels of work stocks
  • May collect payment(s) in the field
  • May perform other related incidental work
Experience Required:
High school graduate or equivalent and one of the following:

  • One year experience in cable television installation, alarm installation, residential and/or commercial pre-wire, low voltage wiring or satellite installation; or
  • One-year of field telecommunications construction, installation or maintenance work experience; or
  • Completion of Training certificate from a vocational college or formal military training in the area of telecommunications construction, installation or maintenance or similar discipline


  • Valid driver’s license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter
  • First Aid and CPR certification required prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter
  • Flagging certification required prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter
  • National Cable Television Institute certification required prior to advancement beyond pay step two, according to current Union contract language
Knowledge & Skills:
  • Interpret and apply the National Electrical Code, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and related state and local codes
  • Apply proper and effective troubleshooting and fault isolation techniques
  • Promote good customer service relationships using tact, patience and courtesy techniques
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Perform basic math calculations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Use powered and non-power hand tools and equipment
  • Use proper and safe lifting and carrying techniques
How to Apply:

Interested individuals must apply online at Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take an online assessment.  Candidates who pass the online assessment may have their Supplemental questions scored. Applicants must receive a passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. Appointment will be subject to passing a background check. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 483.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time (July 15, 2016, 5:00 PM Pacific Time).
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.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before the closing date.

Posting End Date: July 15, 2016