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(Apprentice Level)

Hiring Salary: $13.06 per hour
$13.54 per hour upon completion of 12 month probation and attainment of ADEQ Certification


Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

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You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes. This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized for vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

The Maintenance Division of the Tucson Water Department is looking for qualified individuals to provide apprentice level multi-skilled maintenance services of the associated assets of the Tucson Water System. There are multiple vacancies approved for immediate fill.

Examples of essential duties may include:
  • Maintains water systems by providing routine installation, monitoring, maintenance and emergency service on specific parts or systems related to all water systems and water treatment plant facilities and systems

  • Monitors and services water systems by investigating and locating repair sites, collecting appropriate data, testing water quality as situations demand, assisting in determining job priorities, installing or repairing system components and/or initiating or terminating service

  • Provides customer/citizen service by resolving water service problems, monitoring and recording water usage and providing emergency service on an as-needed basis.

  • Participates in new construction and the excavation of buried assets by locating appropriate areas for digging, excavating trenches, determining the extent of repairs and installing new lines

  • Manages work requirements and inventory by determining equipment and supply needs, providing inventory services for parts and recommending replacements or purchases, confirming and implementing work orders and coordinating scheduling and supply needs with Planner Schedulers and Supervisors as appropriate

  • Provides maintenance and/or repairs by working on production facility equipment

  • Utilizes computers and computerized programs to retrieve work orders, input work completed, track/order materials and supplies, and enter timekeeping information

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

    The work performed can be very demanding, and involves after-hours and weekend work as needed. We have found that most of our successful candidates possess experience in one or more of these areas:
  • One year experience in the installation, maintenance or repair of any of the following:
  • Water distribution systems and components
  • Sewer lines and components
  • Gas pipelines and components
  • Underground electrical lines
  • One year experience installing or maintaining irrigation systems under the direction of a licensed contractor

  • One year of construction experience which involves pipe fitting or reading blueprints

  • A Grade 1 Water Distribution Certification from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality required within 12 months of hire date to pass probation.

    An equivalent combination of experience, education or construction apprenticeship program participation which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position may be considered.

    JULY 11 - JULY 27, 2014


    You must register and then apply online through the City of Tucson's website. If you are new to the City of Tucson job site, an online guide is available by clicking on "Employment Application Frequently Asked Questions" on the main employment page. After you have registered, log-in and click View Job Openings and apply for this position. The bottom left hand portion of each step will contain a link to Proceed to next step.

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    Applications that do not contain complete education and experience profile information and responses to all supplemental questions will not receive further consideration and will be deemed as an incomplete application.
    Examination results and current status will be communicated by email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

    Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience (including preferred qualifications) in their employment profile, and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Written Exam. Candidates who successfully pass the Written Exam will be invited to participate in a Practical Examination. The highest scoring candidates will then be invited to an Oral Board interview. Upon completion of all hurdle examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 5% of your rating for Education and Work Experience, 20% for the Written Exam, 40% for the Practical Exam, and 35% of your rating for the Oral Board.

    All examinations will be held in Tucson and the following tentative dates are provided for planning purposes. Candidates will be provided instructions via email if they are invited to participate in a particular examination:
    Written Exam - Friday, August 8, 2014; email invitations will be sent out to qualified candidates no later than August 4th.

    Practical Exam - August 21, 22, and September 3, 4, 2014
    (as needed)
    Position requires a satisfactory criminal background check, motor vehicle history report, and pre-employment physical. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.

    If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-791-4241 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled evaluation.

    Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points, you must submit your documentation at the Oral Board interviews. For DD 214's, it must be a copy that indicates characterization of service. Click here to read the definitions.

    All inquiries should be addressed to the below individual. Do not send emails to, because this is utilized only for outbound notifications.
    Roxie Escarcega, Lead HR Analyst,  (520) 837-4167 or email:

    Job Code: 4025/0714

    To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

    The City of Tucson is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify Program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. E-Verify, along with the Form I-9, protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers, improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting, and helps U.S employers maintain a legal workforce.

    Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to non-permanent employment.