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Drainage and Waste Water - Careers Seattle Public Utilities is not currently accepting applications for the Drainage and Wastewater Apprenticeship Program.

Drainage and Wastewater apprentices are expected to work outside in all types of weather, terrain and environment, and at all hours. Safety is of the highest priority. All apprentices will be trained to work safely around worksite and environmental hazards, wear personal protective equipment and clothing, and follow strict safety regulations. The positions are represented by the Public Service and Industrial Employees, Local 1239. View job description (pdf)

Under guidance from a journey-level employee, Drainage and Wastewater apprentices will also learn and be expected to:

  • Operate tools and large equipment, and work around heavy equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks and excavators.
  • Work with a crew.
  • Perform work in confined spaces.
  • Work at heights, and climb in and out of deep structures.
  • Report to various work sites.
  • Clean catch basins, remove hazardous materials, clear debris from creeks, make repairs, and install infrastructure such as maintenance holes, catch basins, and pipes within the rain water drainage system.
  • Repair broken sewer pipelines, install new service connections, inspect sewer lines using a closed-circuit TV, and respond to emergency situations within the sewer system.
  • Investigate and resolve customer complaints.
  • Develop communication skills and play an active role in solving problems.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma, GED equivalency certificate, or vocational school degree.
  • Current driver’s license (from any state) at time of application.
  • Current State of Washington driver’s license on or before date of hire.
  • Able to obtain a State of Washington Commercial Class B driver’s license (CDL), with a tanker endorsement, and with the airbrake restriction removed. Apprentices will have four months from date of hire to obtain CDL. Training is provided during the apprenticeship.
  • Obtain your Complete Driving Record (pdf) (at a minimal cost) from the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) or your home state.
  • Willingness to work in the conditions described in the job description (pdf).
  • Willingness to attend evening classes throughout the apprenticeship.
  • Meet the conditions set forth in the Washington State Apprenticeship Standards. Complete standards are available online (pdf), by email, or by calling (360) 902-5320.

Testing of Applicants:

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will also have to pass both written and working tests:

  • The written test (pdf) includes reading comprehension, high school level math, and mechanical comprehension. No calculators are permitted.
  • The working test includes fitness, strength, endurance, mechanical ability, and map reading.