Apprenticeship Program

Building Our 
Industry Workforce.

MRWA’s Apprenticeship Program is a nationally recognized program for candidates with limited or no experience. It is divided into two different tracks, Water and Wastewater. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor during their time in the program. Our staff will work with utilities to help select mentors, provide coaching, and create a nationally recognized schedule of work. We will also provide the apprentice with technical training, including certification prep for professional licensure.

Candidates can submit their information for the program
through this online application:


"We still recruit the old-fashioned ways: newspaper, career centers, 
word of mouth, but recently we have been working with Maine Rural 
Water and the process has gotten much easier. With their apprenticeship 
program we have found some great workers and folks that we believe
will be leading this utility someday."

- Jeff Day, Lincoln Water District Superintendent


1) Tools, Equipment, and Workplace Safety (approx. 240 hours)
2) Vehicles and Specialized Equipment (approx. 400 hours)
3) System Operations and Maintenance (approx. 1920 hours)
4) Quality Control (approx. 960 hours)
5) Logistics, Reports, and Supervision (approx. 480 hours)


System operators draw on vital knowledge of regulations and
technical skills, making them essential to the continued safety of
both the public and the environment. By joining the industry, you
are helping Water and Wastewater Utilities ensure communities
have access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (207) 737-4092  |

"The apprenticeship program gives me a chance to have more, and better, job opportunities in the future. It is a great program to learn new skills in an industry that will always be needed by our local communities."

- Dalton Pushard, MRWA Apprentice

The Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Maine Rural Water Association and the 
National Rural Water Association and is registered through the Maine Department of Labor.


The sponsor will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin,
sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a
disability or a person 40 years old or older. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship
and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.