• City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • May 11, 2019
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $34.02 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

The City of Tacoma is establishing a civil service list for Carpenter classification. We have one immediate opportunity at Tacoma Public Utilities. Carpenters perform various skilled carpentry duties involving rough and finish carpentry necessary in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings and other structures. Position normally works repairing and maintaining doors, floors, windows, partitions, bridges, and small parts of buildings; participate in the setting and installation of fences, gates, sidewalks, curbs, vaults, manholes, drains, and foundations for towers and other equipment; repairing building and maintaining tables, chairs, benches, cabinets, counters, and other wood equipment; installing hardware on doors, windows and related wood parts; grading lumber to determine economically appropriate material for jobs; forming and pouring concrete; participating in excavation and placement of reinforcing steel and anchor bolts.

Work includes indoor and outdoor assignments; subject to noise. Position requires lifting, pushing, climbing and working from ladders and scaffolds. Employees in this position may be exposed to potentially hazardous materials.


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent;
  • 5+ years of full-time paid employment as a journey level carpenter;
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience totaling a minimum of five years that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of this position would qualify;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • Valid first aid card with CPR, and forklift certification by the end of the probationary period and maintenance thereafter;
  • Positions assigned to the Tacoma Police Department may require additional background checks which may include fingerprinting and/or a polygraph test.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Standard practices, processes, materials and tools of the carpentry trade.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Operation of a variety of tools, machinery and equipment used in the trades.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Basic qualities and uses of various wood and other construction materials.
  • Personal computer applications.
  • Plan, layout and perform carpentry work.
  • Work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Lift objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Prepare simple records.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Operate City vehicles, trucks and forklifts.
  • Perform Heavy manual labor.
  • Operate a variety of tools, equipment and machines such as saws, drills,
  • trowels, sanders, levels, welders and other hand and power tools.
  • Perform other skilled maintenance work as assigned.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly and accurately.
  • Meet schedules and timeliness.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Rodney Croston, 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 , Facebook , or Instagram !

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.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable,walkablecities 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.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates will be evaluated and ranked on an eligibility list for one immediate vacancy, and any vacancies that occur at the City of Tacoma for one year.

This position is represented by Teamsters Local 117.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

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.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous