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The Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program is a collaboration between the City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and AFSCME Local 100 to provide opportunities to high school graduates who want to pursue a career with Cleveland Water.

The program combines classroom studies and on-the-job training, allowing CMSD graduates to earn an income while learning how to work in our Pipe Repair, Hydraulics, and/or Meter Operations areas.

Apprenticeship Brochure

How Do I Become a Water Distribution Worker Apprentice?

In order to enter the Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program, interested students must complete and submit an application and supporting materials including a copy of high school transcripts, diploma, or GED certificate; a copy of a valid Driver's License or State ID; and a letter of recommendation.

Successful applicants will be selected to enroll in the program based on their ability to learn and work in the apprentice occupation as determined by the organizational review and assessment.

What are the Minimum Qualifications for Applicants?

In order to enroll in the Water Distribution Worker Apprenticeship Program, interested participants:

  • Must be between 18 and 21 years of age by July 1
  • Must be a recent Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high school graduate or have obtained a GED
  • High school graduates must have:
    • an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above,
    • a satisfactory attendance rate, and
    • a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.
  • GED recipients must:
    • have a letter of recommendation from a former teacher, guidance counselor, or employer, and
    • have attended a CMSD school prior to obtaining a GED.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the 2023 Apprenticeship Program are closed. Check back for more information on the 2024 program.

For questions or more information, call 216-563-7879 or email