Water to Work Career Pathway Application


Work as a part-time intern with the City of Grand Rapids Water Department, making $18.06/hr, while you take online courses through Bay Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. During the program you will be mentored by current and retired City of Grand Rapids employees. Completion of this program will aid you in receiving your certification in Michigan Drinking Water and Municipal Wastewater Michigan Licensing.

Potential job opportunities upon completion include:

  • Water Operator
  • Plant Assistant
  • Utility Maintenance Mechanic
  • Utility Aide
  • Utility Field Operator
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Water Service Worker
  • Meter Reader
  • Engineering Assistant Project Engineer
  • Industrial Pretreatment Program Inspector
  • Collection System Asset Technician

Courses included:
  • Aquatics and Bacteriology
  • Environmental analysis
  • Water analysis
  • Wastewater operations and management
  • Water operations and management
  • Water career preparation
  • Plus additional professional development conferences, trainings, and workshops

Participant eligibility requirements:
  • 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a background check
  • Take a GRCC math placement test

Community Partners
Bay College
The City of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Community College

Please note, submission of this application does not guarantee admission or enrollment in the program. You are also required to submit an application through the City of Grand Rapids using this link to be eligible for an interview.

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Course: CEPU 106-00
Term: 1493
Section Number: 1
Schedule Number: 23309
Instructor(s): Staff
Dates: Applications will be accepted until July 22, 2024
Program runs: Aug. 20, 2024 - Aug. 8, 2025; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7am - 3:30pm.
(College schedule TBA)
Units: Non-Credit
Contact Hours: 0.0 Contact Hours