Water Pipe Worker

Seattle Public Utilities is not currently accepting applications for the Water Pipe Worker Apprenticeship Program.

Water Pipe Worker 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 environmental hazards, wear personal protective equipment and clothing, and follow strict safety regulations. The positions are represented by United Association Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local #32. View job description (pdf).

Under guidance from a journey-level employee, Water Pipe Worker 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.
  • Repair broken pipelines, install new service connections, perform routine maintenance, and respond to emergency situations within the water 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 by email, or by calling (360) 902-5320.

Testing 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.