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City of Tacoma WA Engineering Intern, Tacoma Water in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Are you looking to apply and grow the skills you are learning in school in a professional environment while serving your community with clean, reliable water? If you answered “yes”, be sure to apply to Tacoma Water’s engineering internship opportunities!

Tacoma Water has two engineering internship positions available for interested candidates to join our Project Delivery team under the Planning and Engineering section. As a public utility, we operate and maintain one of the country’s oldest municipally owned water systems and serve more than 300,000 residential and commercial customers.

We are looking for someone who can bring a fresh perspective to the work we do while supporting staff on a variety of projects. Engineering interns can expect to build on their technical skills and further grow their professional development skills. Duties may include project management, collecting and analyzing large quantities of data, performing engineering calculations, reviewing plans, drafting technical memos, and participating in team meetings. Engineering interns will also be able to collaborate with a team, network with other professionals, and learn about various projects across our water system.

Engineering internships are typically 40 hours per week, 12 weeks long, and coincide with the summer break. Since our employees’ health is our highest priority, access to our main campus is limited to essential staff due to Covid-19. Engineering interns will be working remotely under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer. If and when safe to do so, engineering interns may be asked to come to the main campus located in Tacoma or visit field locations around our service territory.

Interested candidates must be currently enrolled in an engineering program studying civil, environmental, mechanical engineering or related field. The roles require advanced technical skills, teamwork, flexibility, ability to organize, perform a variety of on-going tasks, customer service skills, and basic engineering calculations. For questions related to this position, please contact Marisa Tetreault or connect on LinkedIn.

Tacoma Water values diverse perspectives and recognizes it is diversity that fuels innovation. Tacoma Water under Tacoma Public Utilities is committed to achieving equity and inclusion in its workforce, service delivery, policy decision making, and community/stakeholder engagement. Each and every employee has a role in contributing to our organization’s success. Come join our team!

As a classified position, engineering interns may be subject to residency requirements and may need to meet the approval of the City of Tacoma’s Civil Service Board.

Questions about the internship or about Tacoma Water? Come to one of our scheduled virtual TPU Engineering Mix and Mingle events and ask a representative:

  • February 23, 2021, Tuesday 3 PM to 5 PM
  • February 26, 2021, Friday 10 AM to 12 PM To join, please register using this link. Qualifications

Required Must be currently enrolled in a college-level engineering program designed to result in a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Desired Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel Experience with 300 level courses desired


  • Depending upon assignment a WA driver's license may be required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Marisa Tetreault; 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 InclusionTacoma'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.

Tacoma WaterTacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties.

Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water. If you share our values of Safety, Customer-driven, Employee Invested, Stewardship, and Adaptability; if you have the courage to challenge and be challenged; if you demonstrate mutual respect; if you have a passion for your work; if you are team oriented; and if you value innovation, we are looking for you.

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 the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

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!

Apply 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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

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

We anticipate hiring candidates at Step 1 of the salary range.

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.

Salary: $28.02 - $35.92 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Water

Job Number: 8028-21

Closing: 3/17/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400