Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program

The Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program is a collaboration between the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and AFSCME Local 100 to provide opportunities to high school graduates who want to pursue a career with Cleveland Water.

The program combines classroom studies and on-the-job training, allowing CMSD graduates to earn an income while learning how to work in our Pipe Repair, Hydraulics, and/or Meter Operations areas.

How Do I Become a Water Distribution Worker Apprentice?

In order to enter the Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program, interested students must complete and submit an application for Pre-Apprenticeship admission, as well as proof of parent(s) or guardian(s) approval, proof of GPA, a proof of attendance letter, and a letter of recommendation from a high school instructor and/or guidance counselor.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship portion of the program, which includes classroom work and on-the-job experiences, students will be hired into the Apprenticeship Program as full-time employees.

Successful applicants will be selected to enroll in the program based on their ability to learn and work in the apprentice occupation as determined by the organizational review and assessment.

What are the Minimum Qualifications for Applicants?

In order to enroll in the Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program, CMSD students:

  • Must be 18 years of age by August 1st of the year enrolled;
  • Must be a high school graduate or have obtained their GED;
  • High school graduates must have an overall grade point average of 2.0;
  • High school graduates must have an overall attendance rate of 90%; and
  • High school graduates must have a letter of recommendation from an instructor or guidance counselor.

GED recipients may also apply as long as they are 21 years of age or younger, are within a 12-month period from the date that the GED was received, and their last school of attendance was in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

How Do I Apply?

Download the Applicant Fact Sheet. For more information on the Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program, call 216.563.7879 or email waterapprentice@clevelandwater.com.

Learn more about the program by watching the 2019 Cleveland Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program Graduate video. Click here to see highlights of last year's program participants, instructor comments and demonstrations of apprenticeship work.