Control Systems Operations Division

Recruitment #2309-5755-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride in Service.”

The Control Systems Section of the Tucson Water Maintenance Division is seeking an Industrial Electrician to perform skilled maintenance, repair, troubleshoot, and installation of industrial electrical and controls for 3-phase motors, for water production facilities. This position requires periodic work schedules that may include holidays, shift work and on-call status. 

The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees. Some of those benefits include:

  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more


Your Security and Future

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable


Your Peace of Mind

  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays)
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving

For a full description of benefits offered to eligible employees, or to inquire further about the City of Tucson's benefits options, please visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hr/employee-benefit-snapshot

General Description

Industrial Electricians work independently or as a team to perform skilled journeyman electrical work in the installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of low, medium, and high voltage electrical systems, equipment, and fixtures in accordance with standards and practices in the electrical trade.

Essential Functions

  • Troubleshoots, maintains, and performs repairs to motor control centers for 3 phase 480v booster pumps and deep wells up to 700. Troubleshoots and has the ability to diagnose and connect 3 phase and single phase motors
  • Troubleshoots and repairs energized 480-volt circuits on Soft Starts , Variable Frequency Drives, and magnetic Motor Starters to determine causes of equipment malfunction.
  • Performs cable splicing for submersible 480v 3 phase motors up to 200HP
  • Installs electrical systems with or without blueprints, performs calculations involved in the proper sizing of conduit , transformers , electrical starters, and circuits in accordance with National Electrical Code standards and Regulations (NEC), OSHA and industry standards.
  • Able to read and interpret ladder logic & one-line motor control diagrams
  • Has the ability to perform Blue Stakes to locate underground utilities and service equipment
  • Maintains electrical equipment and industrial controls, AC/DC variable speed motors , variable frequency drives , and soft starts motor control centers
  • Makes recommendations on modifications to existing or new equipment and can coordinate with engineers and contractors required to make modifications to new or existing equipment
  • Organizes work orders and completes maintenance schedules; Performs scheduled inspections and performs proper preventative maintenance on all electrical equipment.
  • Performs calculations to determine parameter values for electronic start motor equipment as variable frequency drives, soft starts, and protection relays.
  • Diagnose cause of faulty operation, making necessary repairs and improvements to ensure system requirements of operation. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 month post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years maintaining electrical equipment and control systems, at the skilled journey level

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Special Job Requirements

Some positions may require Certification to Service and Maintain Compactor Equipment and/or Commercial Contractor Examination for Electrical (commercial) L-11.

Positions at the Department of Transportation require a Class B CDL.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidates will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as have relevant experience in the areas of:

  • Repair and installation of industrial electrical and controls, troubleshooting 3-phase motors for water production facilities
  • At least 3 years maintaining electrical equipment and control systems, of at least 480v at the skilled journey level

Selection Plan

*** You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.***

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an in person Oral Board interview.   

  • In Person Oral Board Interviews will be held October 24, 2023  

Upon completion of all 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:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water within the next 6 months.

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 preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email it to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov or upload your documentation as part of the application process. The DD 214 must be a member 2 copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at (520) 837-2138 or Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

50 Lb Lift Test. If P&R then, 75Lb Lift Test

If in DOT, then also: CDL Physical and NIDA Drug Test

If on A-Team, then also: Asbestos Physical

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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 hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, 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 eligibility of workers.

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 a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.