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City of Seattle Meter Electrician Apprentices in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Employees selected for this program will enter into a three-year (6000 hours) apprenticeship agreement with the City of Seattle as the sponsor, and approved by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC), with the purpose of becoming a qualified Journey-level Meter Electrician. This position will report to the Field Operations Supervisor.

Apprenticeship is a system of education and training using a planned, closely supervised combination of hands-on, on-the-job training, and academic classroom-style education. Over the course of the paid training program, Apprentices learn progressively more demanding components of their craft. This helps apprentice's graduate into becoming qualified "journey-level" workers when they successfully complete their training program. Seattle City Light apprenticeship programs are approved, registered, and monitored by the State of Washington Labor and Industries Apprenticeship and Training Council.

All apprentices are required to adhere to the Standards of Apprenticeship as well as the City of Seattle Personnel rules and any other applicable policies and procedures. All apprentices will receive on-the-job training to perform progressively more difficult, physically demanding, and complex work assignments. In addition to on-the-job training activities, apprentices must be prepared to complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of evening academic training.

Job Responsibilities

Meter Electrician Apprentices work in residential, commercial, and industrial areas around Seattle City Light's distribution area on revenue meters. They also work on substation and generation metering. Apprentices climb ladders and work in vaults underground in the City's Network districts, on high and low voltage electrical equipment. All apprentices are required to adhere to the Washington State Standards of Apprenticeship; as well as, the City of Seattle Personnel Rules and any other applicable policies and procedures. All apprentices will receive on-the-job training to perform progressively more difficult, physically demanding, and complex work assignments. Work assignments can include carrying materials and equipment weighing 50 pounds or more; pushing, pulling and rigging large and heavy equipment and materials on the ground, underground, on ladders, on steel structures, in confined spaces; in proximity to energized lines and equipment in adverse weather conditions. In addition to the on-the-job-training activities, selected apprentices must be prepared to successfully complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of evening academic training. Upon satisfactory completion of their apprenticeship program, apprentices are subject to a final examination to advance to the title of Journey-level Meter Electrician.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: The following are the filing requirements necessary to apply for the apprenticeship program:

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of hire
  • Must have a High School Diploma; GED; or passed a High School Proficiency Exam
  • Have a valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain one by the time of hire
  • Submit on-line with application a 10-year Complete Drivers Abstract from the State Department of Licensing.
  • Successfully completed coursework with a grade "C" or "70% or better that is equivalent to one year of high school level algebra, geometry, or trigonometry; and
  • A combination of training and/or experience that is equivalent to any oneof the following:
  • Successful completion of at least one year of high school training in electrical theory; or
  • Successful completion of at least 6 months high school training installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical equipment; **or**
  • Successful completion of at least one semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in electrical theory; or
  • Successful completion of at least one semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical, or electrical utility equipment; or
  • At least three* months* prior experience (paid or volunteer) applying electrical theory or installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical, or electric equipment utility equipment; or
  • At least four months prior experience (paid or volunteer) handling or assisting in installing or configuring electrical equipment, or electrical utility equipment; or
  • Successful completion of the BEAM (Basic Electricity and Applied Math) Course. Additional Information

To be considered for Seattle City Light's Meter Electrician Apprenticeship Program you must submit your "Complete Driving Record" from the Department of Licensing along with your application. Driving records must be dated on or after January 15th, 2021. For your application to be complete, you must submit this required documentation. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

**Instructions on how to obtain your Complete Driving Record:

  • Candidates may obtain a copy of their "Complete Driving Record" online at http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/requestyourrecord.html or at a Department of Licensing office. The cost is $13 per record. Please note: Select the "Complete Driving Record" option, not the "Employment Driving Record" option.
  • Out of State candidates will need to go to their respective Department of Licensing and follow their procedures for obtaining a driving record.
  • Candidates will not be reimbursed for the cost.
  • Please submit your "Complete Driving Record" as an attachment when submitting your application. Veterans may receive *Veteran's Preference *points added to their overall passing test score. To receive *Veteran's Preference, you must have served in the armed forces AND have been honorably discharged. *In order to receive **Veteran's Preference,_ you must submit a long-form DD-214 with Box 24 indicating the nature of your discharge or NGB Form 22. Please submit the DD-214 form with your application_.

The hiring selection process for Seattle City Light's Apprenticeship Programs are highly competitive.

**The Hiring Process includes:

  • *Review of application for employment and 'Complete' driver's record to assess eligibility for the MEA program.*
  • *Written test on electrical theory, mathematics, mechanical reasoning, and worker attributes which will be completed online for Covid-19 safety precautions.*
  • *Working test demonstrating knowledge of tools and electrical equipment, and the ability to perform work functions and follow directions. Working tests will be completed in person but with very strict Covid-19 precautions taken. Safety is a top priority at Seattle City Light.*
  • *Oral panel interview completed over video conference.*
  • *Reference check of three work related references of your choice will be contacted.*
  • *Criminal history check as part of City Light's Personnel Risk Assessment program. *
  • *Pre-employment physical *to determine whether candidate can perform the mental and physical functions of the job. **Email will be used as the primary form of notification. If you provide an email address on your application, please check it on a regular basis. Due to the high volume of candidates we ask that you do not contact our office for status updates, or otherwise general questions regarding the status of the process. Emails will be sent out to notify you of the process status. Jobs offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history, education verification, employment verification, driving history review and a pre-placement physical exam.

City Light is required to conduct Personnel Risk Assessments (PRA) for employees that have access to electrical resources, transmission lines, and associated equipment. City Light's PRA program requires identify verification, seven-year criminal history check and a global terrorist search for all employees at the time of hire and at least once every four (4) years during employment.

*Want to know more about Seattle City Light's Apprenticeship Program? Check out our web page: *_http://www.seattle.gov/light/careers/apprentice/_

Salary: $34.42 - $48.66 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Seattle City Light

Job Number: 2021-00217

Closing: 3/9/2021 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104

Website: http://www.seattle.gov/jobs

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