Seattle City Light is committed to training people for a variety of craft positions in the electrical utility industry. If you're at least 18 years old, looking for a challenging career, and have the right combination of education, skills, and physical abilities, you could be eligible for one of Seattle City Light's Apprenticeship Programs.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a system of education and training using a planned, closely supervised combination of hands-on, on-the-job training, and academic classroom-style education. Apprentices are paid incrementally while they learn progressively more demanding components of their craft. This helps apprentices become qualified journey-level workers when they successfully complete their training program.
The apprenticeship programs at Seattle City Light have four components. They are:
Apprentice training standards are carefully overseen by the City of Seattle Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) and our Apprenticeship Sub-Committees, which consist of experienced journey-level workers and SCL Apprenticeship Coordinators and management personnel. Our training programs are approved, registered and monitored by the City of Seattle and the State of Washington Labor and Industries Apprenticeship and Training Council. (www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/files/standards/0208.pdf)
- On-the-job Training: provides apprentices the opportunity to work with experienced crews and journey-level workers;
- Evaluations: apprentices work on actual crews and their work is evaluated by journey-level workers;
- Testing and Training: apprentices participate in hands-on training with equipment from their trades, and 6 months later are tested on the same skills;
- Related Supplemental Instruction (Night School): academic education in evening classes, studying the theoretical background for the work they do on the job. These classes are held weekly four hours per week from September – May.
Apprentices at SCL are required to join their appropriate craft's union.
After successfully completing all on-the-job training, academic related supplemental instruction (night school), receiving passing scores on crew evaluations from journey-level workers and then passing several city, union, and industry exams, the apprentice is awarded a Certificate of Completion and becomes a journey-level worker.
How the Apprenticeship Programs Work
During on-the-job training, apprentices are paid employees of Seattle City Light and work as a member of their assigned craft's crew, under the supervision of journey-level workers. Crew assignments are rotated to give an overall perspective of Seattle City Light's operations and a full, well-balanced knowledge of the craft. Evaluations are given to ensure that sufficient training is being provided and that each apprentice is progressing appropriately. This is the "earn while you learn" part of apprenticeship.
Academic Instruction - Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI) (Night School)
Apprentices attend academic classes to get in-depth instruction on the theory and practice of their craft. These classes allow apprentices to thoroughly understand what they do in the field and help them to progress on to more complex skills as they advance through their career. Apprentices attend a minimum of 144 hours of related supplemental academic instruction each year. Homework assignments, projects and preparation for tests usually require additional study time. The night school courses are taught by experienced craft workers. RSI class time and homework is done on your own time.
Apprentices in this program can look forward to:
- Excellent salaries: Utility Construction Worker apprentices’ pay starts at about $21/hour and progresses to $24/hour. Hydro-electric Maintenance Machinist salaries’ begin at around $24/hour and progress to $35/hour. Electrical Apprentice salaries' begin at about $25/hour and increase to about $38/hour by the end of their Apprenticeship training.
- Great benefits: Seattle City Light apprentices get medical, dental, vision, retirement, and have the option for getting deferred compensation benefits.
- Challenging, steady work: Apprentices are trained by and work with other motivated craft workers. Most SCL crews work regular shifts of 8 hours a day 5-days a week. Apprenticeship is a path that can lead towards opportunities for more personal growth and professional advancement.
SCL’s Apprenticeship programs are open to all candidates who meet our stringent qualifications. It’s our goal that SCL's apprentices reflect the diversity in the City's population. We are dedicated to increasing the number of women and minorities in our apprenticeships while providing opportunity for all qualified applicants.
Minimum Qualifications to Apply
Documented proof may be required. Failure to provide documentation may result in dismissal from the program and/or job termination.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal permission to be employed in the United States
- Must be at least 18 years of age by the time of hire
- Must have proof of minimal education: High School Diploma, Vocational School Graduation or Graduation Equivalency Diploma.
Note: for Utility Construction Worker Apprentices, the minimum requirement is successful completion of tenth grade of high school
- Apprentice applicants for Cable Splicer, Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist, Electrician Constructor, Generation Electrician Constructor, Meter Electrician, and Pre-apprentice Lineworker, must have successfully completed high school level Algebra, Geometry, or Trigonometry with a grade of "C" ( a score of 70%) or above.
- Must have a valid Washington State Driver's License by the time of hire.
- Must submit a Complete Driver’s Record from the Department of Licensing.
Additional Qualifications to Apply
In addition, for Cable Splicer, Electrician Constructor, Generation Electrician Constructor, and Meter Electrician Apprenticeships:
You must meet the Minimum Qualifications list above and also be able to answer "yes" to at least one of the items below:
In addition, for the Hydro-electric Maintenance Machinist Apprenticeship:
A. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) year of high school training in electrical theory? OR
B. Have you successfully completed at least one half (1/2) year of high school training installing, configuring, maintaining or repairing electrical equipment? OR
C. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in electrical theory? OR
D. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical or electrical utility equipment? OR
E. Do you have at least three (3) months prior experience (paid or volunteer) applying electrical theory or installing, configuring, maintaining or repairing electrical or electrical utility equipment? OR
F. Do you have at least four (4) months prior experience (paid or volunteer) handling or assisting in installing and/or configuring electrical equipment or electrical utility equipment?
You must meet the Minimum Qualifications list above and answer "yes" to at least one of the items below:
A. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) year of high school training in mechanical shop or machine shop? OR
B. Have you successfully completed at least one half (1/2) year technical school training in machine shop or metals fabrication trades? OR
C. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in a mechanical trade? OR
D. Have you successfully completed at least one (1) semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing mechanical equipment? OR
E. Do you have at least three (3) months prior experience (paid or volunteer) in applying machine shop theory or installing, configuring, maintaining or repairing mechanical equipment or hydro generation equipment? OR
F. Do you have at least four (4) months prior experience (paid or volunteer) handling or assisting in installing and/or configuring mechanical equipment?
Apprenticeship Hiring Process
When a job opening is announced, (Also Know As: when a job is "open"):
The application processes involve the following steps:
Fill out an Application - If you show that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you will be invited to the written test.
Those applicants who receive conditional job offers will be asked to pass a:
- Provide a Complete Driver’s Record
- This must be current, and complete. Obtain it from the State Department of Licensing.
- Written Test
- A typical paper and pencil test to measure your aptitude for working with mathematics, electrical theory, and mechanical reasoning. Basic reading ability and a worker attribute survey is also included.
- Working Test
- A hands-on, demonstration of what you can do. This test gives you a chance to show your mechanical aptitude, knowledge of tools and electrical equipment, typical working skills, safety, work speed, as well as, the ability to follow directions.
- Oral Panel Interview
- Applicants will answer questions from a panel of SCL workers representing their craft and management. Questions about work experience and a basic ability to handle typical work situations will be included.
- Reference check.
- After the interview, references for each of the most successful candidates are contacted.
- Pre-employment physical
- A medical examination of the candidate to determine whether he/she can perform the mental and physical functions of the job.
- Drug Test
– (Note: Only for apprenticeships requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)). Apprentices must have the ability to obtain a Class "A" CDL and under Federal Law they will be randomly drug tested throughout their career.
- Background Check
– Includes criminal history, driving record, education, and employment verification.
For Further Information:
To get Answers about SCL’s Apprenticeship Programs
For more information regarding the hiring process for apprenticeship and other job openings at Seattle City Light or the City of Seattle:
- Call: The Apprenticeship Program Office at 206-386-1603
- Write: SCL’s Apprenticeship Program Office
3613 - 4th AVE S. (We’re at the corner of 4th & Spokane Street)
Seattle, WA 98134
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
You can also obtain information about apprenticeship programs throughout the State of Washington by contacting the State Department of Labor and Industries:
||http://www.lni.wa.gov/scs/apprenticeship/ (Note, it's "LNI" in lowercase.)
||Department of Labor and Industries, Specialty Compliance Service Division, Apprenticeship Section, P.O. Box 44530, Olympia, WA 98504-4530