When you start off you really don’t know anything about maintenance or tools and the mechanics of everything that goes on in a plant…you get a good understanding of each plant and how they are all run totally different.

Terrell Dockery


The schooling that you go a lot of fun...[they're] not just going to teach you how it works, [they're] going to teach you why it works.

David Darrow


The Great Lakes Water Authority offers registered apprenticeship programs that provide opportunities for paid, work-based learning in the water sector!

We partner with local area community colleges and organizations to sponsor registered apprenticeship programs that are nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. These unique “earn to learn” opportunities provide a high-quality career pathway for individuals seeking to learn new skills while supporting the GLWA mission. Over the past six years, we have launched apprenticeships for Mechatronics/Instrumentation Technicians, Water Treatment Plant Operators (Water Technicians), Electricians, and Maintenance Technicians.

To request additional information and apply for one of our programs, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and a team member will respond within three business days.


Click the link below to learn more about our various apprenticeship programs!

David’s Story

David Darrow is an Electrical Instrumentation Control Technician and a graduate of GLWA’s apprenticeship program! Listen to David’s GLWA journey and learn more about our apprenticeship opportunities in the video below.

Apprenticeship Inquiries

Fill out the form below to receive more information about our apprenticeship opportunities. A GLWA team member will respond within three business days.

Contact GLWA


For more information regarding apprenticeships, reach out to our Organizational Development team.