LOOKING FOR A GREAT CAREER?
Receive low-cost training and get started on a lifetime career in the water and wastewater industry.
| Students talk with District staff about careers in the water/wastewater industry at a BAYWORK career fair.
Nearly 50% of water and wastewater treatment plant operators across the country are expected to retire over the next 10 years, opening up positions that pay as much as $50,000 per year at entry level.
Treatment plant operators protect public health and the environment by ensuring that clean water standards are met 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They do essential, recession-proof jobs in every community earning excellent pay, benefits, and opportunities for promotion.
To attract new men and women to the field, Dublin San Ramon Services District and other Bay Area agencies offer hands-on training and classroom instruction for prospective treatment plant operators. These programs can lead to a great entry level job right after high school. They also provide pathways from other fields and to advance in the water industry.
Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education (BACCWE) and Gavilan College
For: High school graduates and adults
Location: Wastewater treatment plants throughout the East Bay
Tuition: Tuition and books paid by participating water/wastewater agencies
Bay Area Consortium for Clean Water Education (BACCWE) has teamed up with Gavilan College to offer college-level training in water and wastewater operations. The evening courses are taught at treatment plants throughout the East Bay, including DSRSD’s facility in Pleasanton. In addition to bringing the training to satellite locations, the 19-agency partnership pays for students’ tuition and books and provides working professionals as instructors. Courses offered through the program prepare students to take state certification exams. Students can take additional general education classes at the college to earn an associate of science degree.
Bay Area Water/Wastewater Workforce Reliability
BAYWORK is a consortium of Bay Area water and wastewater utilities working together to ensure that they will have the reliable workforce necessary to serve their customers and to protect the environment.
The BAYWORK site provides information regarding training and career opportunities for those interested in working in the water and wastewater industry.