Facilities Operations Mechanic (HVAC Mechanic) – Tacoma Venues & Events

City of Tacoma, WA
November 2, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description
The Tacoma Venues & Events Department (TVE) is looking for a skilled facilities operations mechanic (HVAC Mechanic) to join our Operations Department at the Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention Center on a full-time basis.

At TVE, we are more than just a department. We are a community that prioritizes safety, inclusivity, and creativity. We are seeking a mechanic who shares our passion for creating welcoming spaces for over 800,000 guests annually. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborating with a team and ensuring every detail is just right. We are all about creating legendary experiences that enrich lives every day!

As an mechanic at TVE, you will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems in special purpose facilities. But more than that, you'll be part of a team that's committed to making every event great.

Essential Duties

  • Operate, maintain and repair building heating and A/C equipment including pneumatic controls equipment, compressors, heat exchangers, coils, air ducts, thermostats, filters, and plumbing
  • Maintain a variety of mechanical equipment such as passenger and freight elevators, pumps, dishwashers, fans and boilers
  • Perform welding, plumbing and pipe repair work
  • Maintain and repair electrical and mechanical equipment and facilities; perform welding and fabricating duties
  • Operate and maintain a variety of tools common to the trade including meters, leak detectors, pressure gauges, arc and gas welding equipment, brazing and soldering torches, burning equipment and other related equipment
  • Install, test and repair new and existing electrical circuits
  • Maintain logs and records and prepare standard reports
  • Assist in set-up and tear-down of tables, chairs, risers, stages and other related equipment associated with the various facilities
  • Operate a variety of tools, equipment, and machinery such as forklifts, trucks, electric carts, and small hand tools
  • Related duties as assigned

The Community
Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, combined with the vitality of downtown, have made it one of the most-sought after housing markets in the country. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

The 23,000 capacity iconic Tacoma Dome is a high-demand venue for the largest names in the entertainment industry. The Greater Tacoma Convention Center is an award-winning venue with over 117,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space. The City owns two historic theaters, the recently renovated Pantages and the Rialto, and Theater on the Square, and Cheney Stadium, home to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers, and OL Reign and Tacoma Defiance football clubs.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family; paid holidays and personal time off; participation in Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities. For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package, feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits .

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences, because we know that Tacoma'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 most important goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves, and this goal is in service of our greater vision for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
An equivalent combination to: graduation from high school supplemented by training in mechanical and electrical work. AND

One year journey-level experience in mechanical maintenance work, including experience in heating and air conditioning.


  • May be required to obtain and maintain Class III Operating Engineer Certificate
  • Universal EPA Certification desired

Working Conditions
Work is performed in indoor and outdoor environments at multiple sport and entertainment venues and is subject to adverse weather conditions, fumes/chemicals, lifting up to 75 pounds, standing, walking, stooping, crawling, and climbing a variety of equipment.

Work Hours:
Non-traditional work hours are required for this position. This position requires the employee to work on a variety of shifts, including day, swing and graveyard. Employees must be available and willing to work on any shift, and on any day of the week (including weekends and holidays).
Knowledge & Skills

  • Common practices, materials and tools utilized in the operation and maintenance of heating and air conditioning equipment used in large buildings
  • Methods, materials and tools used in the maintenance of a variety of mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Applicable building, electrical, plumbing and safety codes and regulations.
  • Requirements of maintaining buildings in a safe, clean and orderly condition.
  • Ability to perform welding, plumbing and pipe repair duties.
  • Ability to read blueprint and pneumatic diagrams.
  • Ability to meet schedules and timelines.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
Examination Process:This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire scored as the experience and training (E&T) test which will be used to establish an eligibility list for this job classification. Applicants who pass the exam will be placed on an Eligible List for potential interview and hiring consideration. Those who closely meet the business needs of the department may be invited to participate in the interview process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application , to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check, a pre-employment medical exam, and a drug screen.
This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between The City of Tacoma and the Teamsters Local Union no. 117, Public Assembly Facilities (Tacoma Venues & Events) Unit. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Recruitment Communication from the City of Tacoma
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com 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 email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NeoGov application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please contact the Human Resources office at 253-591-5400 by 4:00pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow time to assist you before the job announcement closes. ( For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system , call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00am and 5:00pm Pacific Time.)

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at www.cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 11/21/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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