Submitted by City of Tacoma

Wynoochee Project Maintenance Technician performs skilled work in the maintenance, repair, and operation of the Wynoochee Hydroelectric Project facilities, equipment, fish handling and recreational facilities. Assures proper operation and maintenance of machinery, equipment, and facilities by performing various routine electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, fleet maintenance, janitorial, painting and welding work as required.

The Wynoochee River Project is located 36 miles north of Montesano, Washington. Technicians will work a 10-day on/3-day off, 5-day on/2-day off, 4-day on/4-day off schedule and will be required to perform mandatory standby duty that provides 24-hours coverage for the project by at least one of the staff. Employees must live on site while on standby duty. Housing is provided at the project at no cost to the employee.  

For more information about Tacoma Power’s Hydroelectric Plants, please go to the Tacoma Public Utilities website.

Technicians will work outside in all weather conditions, day or night, in response to emergencies such as hydroelectric plant load rejections, flood operations, heavy fish runs, and heavy snowfall.


Graduation from high school or equivalent, certificate of completion from a technical vocational college in an electrical or mechanical trade or industrial maintenance technologies and three years of experience in electrical/mechanical maintenance duties at a hydroelectric plant or industrial facility.

*Work experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.


Valid Washington State Commercial Driver’s License, Class A, with tank endorsement and no air brake restrictions required before completion of probation with maintenance thereafter.

Certification in the following areas must be obtained prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter: First-Aid; CPR; Automatic External Defibrillator; Flagging.

Pass a written exam on flood watch and turbine/generator procedures before completion of probation.

Be granted unrestricted respirator clearance prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Methods, equipment and materials used in mechanical and electrical maintenance and repair, construction, welding and metal fabrication, carpentry, plumbing, heating and ventilating systems.
  • Safe working clearances for energized conductors.
  • Perform high voltage switching.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Applicable laws codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Mechanical, hydraulic and electrical principals.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adapt an effective course of action.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Work from blueprints, shop drawings, schematics and sketches.
  • Operate a computer terminal.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt. 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 her on LinkedIn.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At the City of Tacoma, we’re on a mission to make our workforce as diverse and inclusive as the community we serve. We’re committed to eliminating racial and other disparities, and we actively seek out candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Join our team at the City of Tacoma and help us build a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community for all.

The City of Tacoma
The City of Tacoma is nestled along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington State and offers many community parks, miles of beautiful waterfront, hiking & biking trails, golf courses, museums, and a world-class zoo with an aquarium. Tacoma also serves as a gateway to some of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world, such as Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Olympic Peninsula.  Combined with the vitality of downtown, Tacoma has made it one of the most sought-after housing markets in the country.  To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Tacoma Power
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.

To be considered for this career opportunity:
Please apply online through the City of Tacoma’s website. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process
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.
Candidates who are eligible for Veteran’s Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran’s Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.
Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the Supplemental Questions reviewed and scored 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. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities. DO NOT respond with “see resume” in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.
Applicants who pass the test will be placed on an eligible list for potential interview and hiring consideration. The list will be valid for a period of one year. Any vacancy that comes up within the one year period of time will draw from candidates on the eligible list for potential interview selection.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a background check and will include a pre-employment medical exam, physical ability test, and drug and alcohol screen.
This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and IBEW 483. 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.

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, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at 253.591.5400 by 4 p.m. of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.   

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