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  • Hear from female leaders within the City of Tacoma
  • Discuss a career within a trade
  • Learn about career advancement
  • Hear first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be a female journey-level employee
  • Understand our hiring process, salaries and benefits
  • Ask questions you might otherwise be hesitant to ask

What are trade opportunities at the City of Tacoma?

  • Line Electrician 
  • Wire Electrician 
  • Water Utility Worker 
  • Railway Track Worker 
  • Railway Conductor 
  • Meter Relay Technician 
  • Fleet Mechanic 
  • Heavy Equipment, Mechanic 
  • Building Inspectors 
  • Construction Inspectors
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Permit Technicians
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators (OIT) 
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Assistants
  • Solid Waste Collector Drivers, 
  • Equipment Operators 
  • Biosolids Distribution Officers
  • Sewer Workers
  • Source Control Representatives
  • Solid Waste Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators 
  • Street Maintenance Workers
  • Grounds Maintenance Workers
  • Road Use Compliance Officers
  • Signal and Lighting Electrician, Apprentices
  • Vehicle Equipment Shop Attendants
  • Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
  • Carpenters
  • Parking Enforcement Officers

If you are interested in attending this event please click the Apply button in the top right corner. Then complete the form to register and reserve your spot.

This is an open house forum where you will have the opportunity to discuss a potential career path of Trades! Here at the City of Tacoma we have many amazing opportunities within Power, Water, Rail, Environmental Services, Planning Development Services & Public Works! This will be a chance to discuss the recruitment process, get interview advice, and talk to women currently in these roles.

This event will be taking place on January 25, 2022 from 3:30-7:00PM in a virtual format. Upon registering you will receive an email with a link to attend this event.

Below is our agenda of the event.

3:30-3:45PM Welcome to Women in Trades 2021
3:45-4:15PM Overview of Trade Offerings at City of  Tacoma
4:15-4:30PM  Interview Preparation
4:40-6:00PM  Q&A Panel
6:00-7:00PM Networking Hour


Interesting: Trades provide the option to work with your hands in a fast-paced environment in a job that can vary daily and add a challenging element. 

Less Time in School: The path to working in the trades can be a shorter that other career paths but with salaries comparable to jobs that require a four-year degree. This can mean less time in school (or none) and less student loan debt.

Advancement Opportunity:  There are opportunities in the trade industry for upward mobility. While some jobs have less room for advancement than others, there are often many opportunities for senior positions, cross training, management, and supervisory positions in many skilled trade occupations. 



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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, 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.

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country’s oldest municipally owned water systems.  We own and operate over $1 billion of assets that provide high-quality water to more than 320,000 direct service customers throughout Pierce and King counties.  Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future.

Tacoma Rail has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 16 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 140 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in the greater Tacoma Washington area, handling in excess of 100,000 freight shipments per year.    

Environmental Services protects and restores natural resources, keeping our city clean, safe and livable through garbage and recycling pickup, wastewater treatment, household hazardous waste disposal, protection from stormwater pollution and much more. We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.

Planning and Development Services representatives include experts in building code, land use and zoning, traffic, environmental services, private development, and right-of-way. Their mission is to partner with the community to build a livable, sustainable and safe City by providing strategic, timely, predictable, cost effective planning and development services with a culture focused on community engagement, customer service, creativity, accountability and continuous improvement.
The Public Works Department and its employees tend to the infrastructure needs and the improvement of the City and its surroundings. They focus is on the safety, cleanliness and smooth function of our streets, buildings and additional facilities. Employee jobs cover a multitude of tasks that keep the city clean, safe and livable such as street maintenance, bridge construction, and maintenance of signs, signals and traffic lights, sidewalk construction and repair and so much more.