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City of Tacoma WA T&D Asset Management Engineer Intern in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Tacoma Public Utilities Transmission and Distribution section of Tacoma Power is currently recruiting for internships! This opportunity is for engineering students to apply their engineering studies, receive hands-on experience, and work side-by-side with experienced professionals on challenging and fun engineering projects.

We have opportunities for Electrical, Mechanical, and Power Transmission and Distribution.

The hours for these positions are 40 hours per week. The term of each position is expected to coincide with the typical summer break for college students.

The Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Asset Management intern will support the T&D Asset Management group in our efforts to get the most value out of our assets while maintaining an acceptable level of risk. The T&D Asset Management intern will support this goal by participating in some key efforts. The intern will participate in our Asset Data Quality efforts by helping to ensure the data we have and collect on our assets is accurate and in a useful format. The intern will also support our Asset Knowledge Management efforts to capture knowledge on our maintenance activities by meeting with field staff, compiling the information they provide, and inputting it into SAP. In addition, the intern may participate in our Risk Identification efforts to understand our risk on certain assets. Finally, the intern will participate in our Wood Pole research by compiling survey information on new wood pole and treatment types. The intern may also perform a variety of technical research and create documentation on a variety of assets and processes. The intern can expect to gain a broad understanding of electric utility system design, operation, and insight into financial analysis and decision-making.


Enrollment in a college-level engineering program designed to result in a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Desired Qualifications

Completion of a three-phase power course.

LICENSING, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

  • Depending upon assignment a WA driver's license may be required.
  • Individuals may have to pass a background check depending upon assignment. Knowledge & Skills

Research Effectively identify, collect, organize, and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis and investigation. Understanding of principles and practices of engineering, use of computers, various office equipment and computer software.

Analysis Use data and information in a clear and rational though process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions and make decisions.

Effective Communication Effectively convey ideas and information using correct language and customer service etiquette and techniques; interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop productive relationships and provide quality customer service.

Workload Management Effectively organize multiple assignments to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time including the compilation of reports and records; planning and organizing work, and analyzing situations to develop a course of action; conducting assignments in a professional, independent, confidential, and timely manner; remaining current on applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain, 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.

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.

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: Power

Job Number: 8028-21B

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