Similar to many industries, the drinking water and wastewater industry is facing a shortage of workers due to job growth and the retirement of the baby boomers. However, Idaho’s statistic is even worse than the national average. In 2016, 33% of Idaho’s licensed drinking water and wastewater operators were over 55 years of age. Another 29% were over age 45.
Many citizens and community leaders do not realize the time, knowledge and commitment needed to obtain the proper licensing to ensure our communities have access to clean, safe drinking water. It takes years of on the job experience as well as education to obtain the proper knowledge and licensure to properly operate a drinking water or wastewater utility. In addition, recent advancements in water treatment and supply technology have increased the skills and training needed to protect public health and the environment. The combination of on the job training and classroom education make the registered apprenticeship program an excellent fit for our industry.
Much of the theory, chemistry and mathematical concepts are best learned in the classroom. However, there is also knowledge to be gained from working in the field that cannot be gained from the classroom alone. For example, tasks like water line inspection, troubleshooting mechanical equipment and heavy equipment excavation are more likely to be mastered in the field than in the classroom.
Apprenticeship Program: Prepares apprentices to sit for class II testing at the completion of the 2 year program.
Advanced Apprenticeship Program: Prepares apprentices to sit for class III at the completion of the 2 year program.
Are you interested in apprenticeship?
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Click here to download the Employer Participation Agreement. Submit the completed form to Shelley Roberts to be considered for the program.
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