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Water & Wastewater Operations Specialist Apprenticeship Programs

Water and Wastewater Operations Specialists are imperative to your community for access to clean drinking water and to ensure wastewater effluent is returned to the environment properly. But with close to 50% retiring in the next five years, communities will fail to prosper or eventually even exist if replacements aren’t put in place AND properly trained. A growing population and increased demand for water and wastewater treatment services plus an aging workforce will drive employment growth and qualified, certified Operations Systems Specialists will be in high demand.




Our nationally recognized training program was developed in response to the industry’s need to train the next generation of skilled workers and standardize training across the state of Indiana.  Once an Apprentice completes this 2 year program and passes an aptitude test given by the State of Indiana, he or she is considered a journey worker and can do tasks unsupervised making this person employable as a Systems Operations Specialist in the Water / Wastewater Industry.  View video...

Apprentice Benefits
  • Earn While You Learn
  • Make A Real Difference In The Community
  • Gain Practical Skills You Can Take Anywhere
  • Train Alongside An Experienced Technician (2 year program)
  • Every community is required to have a certified water / wastewater operations specialist
  • Stable / Non-fluctuating Industry

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Apprentice Application

Utility Benefits
  • Proven solution to recruit, train, & retain employees
  • Replace retiring workforce
  • Transfer knowledge from experienced technicians to new apprentice
  • 2 years of hands-on training alongside an experienced technician
  • Build a relationship with the apprentice
  • Ensure well-rounded, highly trained employee is produced

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Non-Discrimination Policy

The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.