Maintenance and Operations Specialist - Water Department

Tukwila WA | Tukwila, WA

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Posted Date 7/06/2022

Salary: $65,952.00 - $80,196.00 Annually

The Public Works Department creates a foundation for high quality of life in Tukwila by protecting the health and safety of residents, visitors, and businesses. The Department designs and maintains the City's essential transportation, water, sewer, and surface water infrastructure. Public Works also supports other departments through the purchase and upkeep of the City's vehicles and facilities.

The Maintenance and Operations Specialist performs journey level activities in the water division.

Operates equipment which requires a Class-A Commercial Driver's License. 

Driving record verification will take place at the time of interview. 

This position is represented by the Teamsters Local Union #763.

This position will remain open continuously. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

We currently have two (2) vacancies available


The assigned shift for both positions will be Tuesday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A cover letter and resume must be attached to your on-line application to be considered complete. Please note that you cannot attach these items to your application after it has been submitted.

Our Mission: 
To provide superior services that support a safe, inviting, healthy environment for our residents, businesses and guests.

All potential team members are evaluated on the following values:
Caring - We support the diverse community we serve with compassion, empathy and kindness.
Professional – We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and act with integrity and transparency. We are respectful and courteous with all.
Responsive – We are timely and effective in the delivery of great customer service. We continually strive to find innovative ways to improve.

The City of Tukwila is an equal opportunity employer and strives to employ a diverse workforce reflective of the community it serves. Qualified applicants with multicultural experience and/or backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Veteran's Preference: City of Tukwila follows the guidance given by the State of Washington regarding applying Veteran's Preference under provisions of RCW 73.16.010 and WAC357.16.110 (2). Please attach a copy of your DD214 or NGB Form 22 to your online application if you are eligible to claim Veterans Preference. Character of service should reflect as being Honorable. General discharge under Honorable Condition does not qualify.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing, and interviewing. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Performs a variety of skilled activities in maintaining and repairing City infrastructures, to include sewer, surface water, water, bridges, roads, right of ways, and easements.  Duties may include installing, repairing, and maintaining mains, pipes, catch basins, ditches, valves, hydrants, stations, pumps, and meters; maintaining and repairing road surfaces, shoulders, and bridges; installing and maintaining pavement markings and traffic control devices; sweeping; and fabricating and repairing traffic signs.

Performs maintenance and safety inspections of facilities, equipment, and systems requiring skilled knowledge in order to determine need for repair and to identify problems.

Responds to inquiries, complaints, and service requests to include marking location of lines, detecting leaks, billing, and water quality.

Operates a variety of equipment such as trucks, boom trucks, front-end loaders, backhoes, vactor trucks, and forklifts.  Performs operational checks and preventive maintenance activities and reports needed equipment repairs.

Performs site maintenance activities such as applying pesticides; mowing, trimming, pruning, removing, and planting vegetation; painting; and litter control.

May operate, maintain, and repair specialized equipment, instruments, electrical panels and meters, water meters, and cross connection control devices.

Directs and controls traffic, to include placing traffic cones and signs; flagging traffic; and closing lanes and streets.

Maintains reasonable, predictable, and regular attendance during the standard work week.

Responds to emergency events and situations, to include snow, ice, power outages, and flooding.

May serve as lead on projects to seasonal employees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):

  • Maintenance and repair methods and techniques in area of assignment;
  • Basic operations and equipment maintenance techniques;  
  • Safety precautions applicable to area of assignment;  
  • Tools and equipment used in area of assignment;    
  • Laws and regulations applicable to area of assignment; and
  • Troubleshooting and diagnostic procedures related to systems maintained.

SKILLS (position requirements at entry):

  • Performing skilled maintenance activities related to area of assignment;
  • Troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing equipment used; 
  • Using hand and power tools;    
  • Applying traffic control techniques;    
  • Mowing right of ways and easements and trimming trees and shrubs;
  • Applying customer service techniques;    
  • Reading and recording information from gauges and meters;
  • Constructing and repairing piping, valves, mains, hydrants, and meters;
  • Operating vehicles requiring a commercial driver's license;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public; and    
  • Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Education, Experience and Other Requirements



High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and three years of general maintenance or operations experience in area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.           

  • Valid Driver's License with applicable endorsements;
  • First Aid and CPR certification; and    
  • Flagging Card.    

Must obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with a tanker endorsement within six (6) months of hire. The City will provide training.
Some positions may require additional licensing such as Washington State Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's license, Waste Water Certificate I, Water Distribution Manager I.T, or Water Distribution Specialist Certificate. If required, must obtain within six (6) months of hire.


Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, mobility, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.       
Heavy Work:  Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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