Public Utilities — Water

Water Utility Workers operate and maintain the systems that deliver drinking water to homes and businesses. Workers may be employed as pipefitters to install, maintain, and repair pipes, meters, fire hydrants, and other water system components. They may also be involved in drainage and wastewater treatment to keep people safe and protect the environment. See the programs listed below to find out what positions may be available.


Chelan County PUD

Apprenticeship Programs Offered:


  • Water Technician

Electrical *

  • Lineman
  • Power systems wireman
  • Meterman
  • Generation mechanic
  • Hydro operator
  • Generation wireman
  • Electric utility technician

* For Electrical Programs go to Chelan County PUD-Electrical apprenticeship page 

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • Valid driver's license
  • High School diploma, GED
  • Relevant education or technical experience
  • Click here for additional information on qualifications, job descriptions, and training process
Step 2: Apply
  • Submit application online during posted openings
      • Click here to learn how to apply
      • Create a Job Alert to receive notifications when job openings occur
      • Job openings are also available by calling the 24-hour Job Line: (509)661-8001 or 1-800-297-8074
Step 3: Start Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education completed evenings and weekends
  • Start at 74% of current journeyperson's rate.
  • Gain pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Estimated Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$30.00 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool


Calculate Starting Pay With GI Bill ®

Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 120 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% - 1-6 months
80% - 6-12 months
60% - 12-18 months
40% - 18-24 months
20% - 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.