Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship Opportunity (One-year Program)

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
Carrboro, NC

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) is seeking individuals interested in acquiring training, skills, and certifications as a Water or Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. This opportunity prepares individuals for a rewarding career in the water or wastewater industry. This one-year program consists of on-the-job training, mentorship, and classroom instruction resulting in preparation for professional certifications in the water or wastewater field.   


While in the program, apprentices commit to a 40-hour weekly schedule and are considered a temporary employee. The expectation is once the program is complete, the apprentice will be eligible to become certified as an operator in either a water or wastewater system and have knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive as an industry professional.  Completion of the Apprenticeship program does not guarantee a full-time position with OWASA. 

Pay and Benefits: 

  • Salary is $20.43 per hour 

  • Participation in the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System 

  • Employer paid medical premiums for Apprentice; 50% paid toward dependent coverage 

  • 12 paid Holidays 

  • Monthly vacation and sick leave  

  • Monthly cell phone stipend 

  • Employer provided uniforms 

  • Safety shoe reimbursement 

Qualifications include: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age 

  • Maintain a valid NC Driver’s License 

  • Have high school diploma or GED 

  • Ability to frequently exert up to 50 pounds   

  • Successful completion of drug screen, physical, background check, and apprenticeship agreement 

OWASA does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in administration of its programs or activities, or employment decisions.  We are proud to be a Certified Orange County Living Wage Employer.   

Apply online at www.owasa.org; apply by February 20, 2023.