Engineering Technician I

City of Tacoma, WA
May 10, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) are establishing an eligible list for Engineering Technician I that will be used to fill vacancies that occur over the next year.

Engineering Technician I's perform entry-level field and office work in civil, electrical, mechanical, and/or architectural engineering. In this role you will perform mapping and drafting duties using computer-aided drafting and mapping equipment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Perform computer-aided drafting for civil, electrical and mechanical drawings and GIS for civil/electrical/mechanical drawings
  • Record data on sectional maps; update additions and changes of poles, lines, circuits, easements and transformers, water mains, fire hydrants, valves, and water services
  • Maintain a running inventory of various types of electrical, water or public works installations; redraw and retrace old maps
  • Produce as-built drawings from construction drawings
  • Issue various permits for construction purposes; provide public information concerning street, traffic, utility services, water and power, research property information, read and understand legal descriptions
  • Perform traffic counts and field survey work; compile field data into reports; perform routine analysis on field survey data
  • Perform mathematical computations from field notes; tabulate statistics; perform traffic studies, draw graphs and charts showing trends and comparisons

Graduation from high school (or GED) AND

  • One year of work experience in sub-professional engineering related work, utilizing computer-aided drafting OR
  • Completion of an engineering technology vocational program, which includes computer-aided drafting


  • Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Certificate may be required with maintenance thereafter

Knowledge & Skills

  • Practices, procedures and instruments used in engineering drafting work
  • Perform drafting and mapping work using computer-aided drafting
  • Utilize a variety of standard software programs
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Basic research methods
  • Perform mathematical computations quickly and accurately
  • Learn to interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches
  • Identify properties from a legal description
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Use effective oral and written communications
  • Apply basic safety principles and practices
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

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.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Interested individuals should apply online and are encouraged to attach a resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to the position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questions scored by subject matter experts. Applicants who pass will be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. 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 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.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

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 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: 5/30/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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