Water Industry Career Paths
A Water Career Pathways education can be completed in as little as 1-2 years. Your education will prepare you for a high-demand, well-compensated career in the water industry. Get started by obtaining your Treatment (T1) or Distribution (D1) certification.
Training is available in the following careers that have been identified as mission critical for the Bay Area Region’s water industry.
electrical Electrician
Electricians and electrical workers install, repair, operate, and maintain electrical systems including wiring within a facility, security, and communications systems, high-voltage systems, pump stations, and generators.

mechanic Mechanic
Mechanics/machinists create, maintain, and repair mechanical equipment, including pumps, engines, and generators, using their knowledge of metals and skill with machine tools.

instrumentation Electronic Maintenance Technician
Electronic maintenance technicians (EMTs) and instrument technicians install, maintain, and repair electronic monitoring and communication equipment, such as pressure and level sensors and recorders, programmable logic controllers, relays, or computers.

distribution Water Distribution Operator
Water distribution operators monitor, control, and maintain drinking water distribution facilities, including pipelines, pump stations, and reservoirs. They also may service, repair, replace, calibrate, or maintain distribution system equipment, including pumps and valves.

treatment Water Treatment Operator
Water treatment operators operate, inspect, and maintain complex processes and equipment in water treatment systems. They are responsible for treating drinking water to meet state and federal standards before it is delivered to consumers.

wastewater Wastewater Treatment Operator
Wastewater treatment operators inspect, operate, and maintain a variety of processes and equipment that treat wastewater so it can be released to the environment without endangering human health or the environment.