Equip yourself to secure a highly specialized, reliable, local career. Water Operations Specialists are essential to their community for access to clean drinking water and to ensure wastewater effluent is returned to the environment properly.
The Water Systems Operation Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by the Delaware Rural Water Association (DRWA), is a two (2) year program that includes 4,000 OJL hours and 288 classroom hours.
Enrollment in the apprenticeship program will help you tap into the network of water and wastewater systems in Delaware for gainful employment. During classroom hours, you will learn the core principals of drinking water treatment, including Operator Basic Math; Plant Safety and Security; Disinfection & Lab Procedures; Laws & Regulations; Distribution Systems; Treatment; Distribution Operation & Maintenance and ASSE Backflow. On the job, you will cover Tools, Equipment, and Workplace Safety; Vehicles and Specialized Equipment; System Operations and Maintenance; Quality Control; Logistics, Reports and Supervision. If you are not already a Licensed Water Operator, this course will provide the resources to help you prepare for the exam.
Year 1: The is the first related training course in two-year Water Systems Operation Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program. Topics covered include confined spaces, water sources, small systems, storage facilities, distribution, drinking water laws and regulations, and more. Classes will be held at the Delaware Rural Water Association in Milford.
Year 2: The is the second related training course in two-year Water Systems Operation Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program. Topics covered include financial, technical, and managerial sustainability, capacity development, backflow administration, surveyors, and testers, and more. Classes will be held at the Delaware Rural Water Association in Milford.