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Apprenticeship Program

Betty Green - VRWA Workforce Coordinator

434-390-3757  
bgreen@vrwa.org

 

 

Water and Wastewater Systems Operation Specialists are in HIGH DEMAND


The program is open to anyone currently employed or seeking employment in the water or wastewater service industry.

This new two-year program covers 4,000 on-the-job learning (OJL) hours and 288 related classroom instruction hours. Apprentices must be employed by a Virginia water utility to satisfy OJL hours.  

Applications for the Water or Wastewater Systems Operation Specialist Apprenticeship will be accepted on a rolling, year-round basis. 

 

 

 

 

 

Highly skilled wastewater professionals are responsible for removing pollutants and other harmful materials from wastewater, making it safe to return to the environment and protecting the health of the community.  Well-trained specialists are needed to keep up with stringent regulatory standards and to maintain and replace standards and to maintain and replace aging infrastructure.

Wastewater System Operation Specialist Related Classroom Instruction Includes:

Introduction to wastewater training
Operators mathematics
Safety
Preliminary, primary and secondary wastewater treatment
Disinfection
Lagoon systems
Laboratory procedures and chemistry
Plant maintenance and safety
Utility management certification
Activated sludge
SCADA computer systems
Analysis and presentation of data
Solids management
Odor control

Wastewater reclamation and reuse






 

Highly skilled water professionals are responsible for the supply of safe drinking water, meeting stringent regulatory standards, replacing aging infrastructure and responding to and recovering from disasters.

Water System Operation Specialist Related Classroom Instruction Includes:

Orientation and professional requirements
Operators mathematics
Safety
Security and emergency response
Laws and regulations
Distribution systems
Distribution O&M
Sources of water
Water treatment
Utility management certification
ASSE backflow 




 


  

For more information, contact -

 

Betty Green
Workforce Coordinator
434-390-3757
bgreen@vrwa.org
 

Minimum Qualifications

Age - 18yrs or older

Education - high school diploma or equivalency

Physical - physically capable of performing essential functions with or without reasonable accomodations and without threat to health and safety of self or others

 

Upon acceptance to program and prior to employment

Drug screening - take and pass drug screening 

Background check - pass a qualifying background investigation

Driver’s license - must possess a valid state issued vehicle operator license and be insurable at normal commercial rates