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Careers in Water
Careers in Water
No matter your skills or interests, there is a career for you in water.
It takes a variety of positions to help ensure Michiganders have clean water, and there is a substantial and immediate demand for workers in these fields. Careers in water operations are stable – there is always a need for water! – and offer competitive salaries and opportunities for growth. Providing a service to communities can also be very impactful and rewarding. Curious about how community water systems work? Visit our City/Community Residential Water page.
Some examples of fields and positions in the water profession are listed below. Work for Water provides an excellent overview of the positions listed below (along with many others), including a description of the position and what knowledge, skills, and education is useful or required.
Fields and Positions in Drinking Water & Wastewater
Drinking Water Treatment Operator
In this video, you'll learn what it takes to work as a Water Station Operator at a Michigan water supply. If you enjoy working with numbers and are interested in science, this could be the career for you.
Drinking Water Distribution Mechanic
In this video, you’ll learn what it takes to work in the water distribution field at a Michigan water supply. If you enjoy hands on work that pays a good salary this could be the career for you.
Some apprentice and educational programs in Michigan
- Flexible Schedules. All courses are offered online, with labs completed in collaboration with a local municipality near you so you don’t need to travel far.
- Work experience counts. Earn credit for approved work experience.
- Funding Opportunities. Water Program Scholarships are available, along with employer reimbursement options, apprenticeship programs, Michigan Reconnect funding, and Pell Grants.
- Post-Graduation Job Security. Graduates are highly sought after, as shown by their incredible 100% placement rate!
- Flexible Schedules. Their online, in-person, or hybrid classes are offered during the day, at night, and on weekends to work with your schedule. They also have three centers, so that you can take classes closer to home.
- Funding Opportunities. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids Community College, the City of Grand Rapids, and Bay College have partnered to offer Water & Wastewater Treatment apprentice and educational programs. This project is supported by a national $3.8 million EPA grant, and aims to introduce middle and high school students and adult learners from neighborhoods with high unemployment to opportunities in fresh water and wastewater utilities.
Great Lakes Water Authority
Great Lakes Water Authority’s (GLWA) Apprenticeship Program is a 3-year apprenticeship program that combines paid, on-the-job training; in-house educational course; and community college courses. Graduates are offered full-time positions at GLWA, which is a regional water and wastewater treatment service provider in Southeast Michigan.