Water to Work Career Pathway Application


Work as a part-time intern with the City of Grand Rapids Water Department, making $17.71/hr, while you take online courses through Bay De Noc 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 you will lead towards certification in Michigan Drinking Water and Municipal Wastewater Michigan Licensing.

Potential job opportunities:

  • 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:
  • Wastewater Operations and Management
  • Water Operations and Management
  • Water Career Preparation
  • Utility Management and Business
  • Other relevant courses
  • Plus additional professional development workshops

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

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

** Submission of this application does not guarantee admission or enrollment in the program.**
This course is not currently scheduled. Please email us at workforcetraining@grcc.edu for information about the next offering or if you are a business looking for customized training.