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HRSD created the nation’s first wastewater industry apprenticeship program to perpetuate excellence in our workforce. Our eight apprenticeship programs are custom-designed to help individuals achieve the training and experience needed for a successful HRSD career. Some HRSD positions require completion of an apprenticeship program.
Candidates for HRSD’s apprenticeship programs must be:
- Hired by HRSD into an apprenticeship position
- At least 18 years old
- A high school or vocational school graduate or have a GED
- Physically able to perform the work
Eight Career Choices
HRSD’s eight apprenticeship programs are a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. All can be completed in four years. The number of job openings in each career determines the number of apprenticeship opportunities available. The duties of each job are summarized below.
Operates and controls various wastewater treatment plant processes and equipment. Performs field and laboratory tests. Collects, analyzes and records data on wastewater treatment samples. Operator apprentices obtain the skills and credits needed to earn their wastewater licenses and the accompanying bonuses.
Performs maintenance and repair activities for wastewater treatment facilities.
Maintains and repairs interceptor system force mains, gravity mains, pump stations and equipment such as pumps and compressors. Assures proper servicing and readiness of equipment. Maintains stocks of expendable tools, fittings, pipes and other materials.
Uses highly specialized tools, computers and testing equipment to install, maintain, repair and replace electronic equipment in wastewater treatment plants and pump stations. The equipment includes meters, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and distributed control systems. Troubleshoots malfunctioning mechanisms, performs maintenance and periodic inspections of all instruments in order to calibrate and adjust in accordance with industry standards.
Uses specialized tools, computers and testing equipment to install, maintain, repair and replace electrical equipment, motors and generators in wastewater treatment plant and pump station electrical systems.
Builds, repairs, alters and maintains wood structures, buildings and furnishings. Prepares and paints wood, metals, plaster and sheetrock surfaces.
Performs repairs and maintenance on automotive and engine-powered equipment used by HRSD. Troubleshoots and repairs gasoline, natural gas, propane and diesel engines.
Fabricates, rebuilds and repairs replacement parts for large mechanical equipment.
Apprenticeship Program Benefits
FREE Classroom training
PAID On-the-job training
REIMBURSEMENT for mileage
Regular training increases
Top-notch instructors including licensed professional engineers
Enhanced promotional opportunities throughout Hampton Roads and the Middle Peninsula
Recognized and/or approved by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Veterans’ benefits available for qualified participants
Exemptions for on-the-job training and/or prior related coursework may be approved by the Apprenticeship Committee.