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Kentucky Rural Water (KRWA) Apprenticeship Program
POSITION:  Apprentice—Systems Operations Specialist
SCHEDULE:  Full-time

KRWA has exciting and rewarding Apprenticeship opportunities available.  Earn while you learn!
The KRWA Apprenticeship Program offers two occupations:  Water Systems Operations Specialist and Wastewater Systems Operations Specialist.  Operations Specialists are the men and women who sustain our communities by operating drinking water and wastewater utilities.  Water and Wastewater Operations Specialists ensure the quality of Kentucky's water resources and protect public health, providing critical services to their communities.  

Our program requires 4,000 hours of paid On-the-Job Training (approximately 2 years) along with 288 hours of related technical instruction.  KRWA acts as the program sponsor and administrator.  Once an apprentice is matched with a utility, they will be assigned a mentor. They will work alongside this experienced technician for the duration of the program, and they will receive a well-rounded, holistic technical education.

Apprentices will be required to complete the identified on-the-job training and related technical instruction requirements AND must pass the Class certification level required by the State of Kentucky prior to program completion.  Completion of the KRWA Apprenticeship Program will result in at least one water or wastewater operator certification and a nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Some of the skills and knowledge to be gained from this program include:
• Water/wastewater system operations and maintenance
• Sample collection and reporting for Water/Wastewater regulatory compliance
• Drinking water disinfection and wastewater treatment techniques
• Mechanical and electrical troubleshooting
• Collaboration with operators, managers, board members and regulating agencies
• Security and emergency response procedures and planning
• Management and supervisory training

To meet minimum qualifications for apprenticeship, applicants must:
A. Age - must not be less than 18 year of age.  Proof of age is required.
B. Education - Possess a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) equivalency or other high school equivalency credential and provide proof.
Applicants must submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran and wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.
C. Physical - Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.
D. Drug screening- Apprentices will be required to take and pass a drug screening on acceptance into the program and prior to employment.
E.  Background Check- Applicants will be required to pass a qualifying background investigation upon selection into the apprenticeship program and prior to employment.
F.  Driver’s License - Apprentices must possess a valid state issued vehicle operator license and be insurable at normal commercial rates on acceptance into the program and prior to employment.
**  Availability Requirement:  Must be willing and able to be on call/respond to calls in emergency situations.

The applicant could receive credit towards the “On-the-Job Training” hours based on previous work experience, and/or credit towards related technical instruction based on previous courses taken.  To receive credit, the applicant’s previous work experience and/or education must be reviewed and approved by KRWA.

HOW TO APPLY:  Go to to learn more.  To apply, click on “Get Started.”  You will be prompted to create an account and complete the application.

CONTACT US:  If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact:
Heather Stevenson
Workforce Development Coordinator,
Kentucky Rural Water Association (e-mail)
270-843-2291 (office)


Tyler Gentry
Public Works Superintendent
City of Sturgis

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