Working in Water

Each day, water utilities replenish homes, schools and businesses throughout California with safe, clean water. The people working in water understand that what they do is critical to each one of the 39 million people who live here, the continuing growth of the world’s eighth largest economy, and the sustainability of our rivers and ecosystems. If you want to do work that matters, you found it.

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Tuition

Entry Level Jobs

$18-28/hour

Health insurance

Paid time off

Retirement

Water's College Plan

You don’t need a college degree for most entry level jobs in water. However, since most water utilities in California will reimburse up to 100% of college tuition for their employees, working in water is a smart way to get your degree. It’s a three step plan.

Grade 1-2 certification
Take 2-3 community college courses to prepare for the grade 1 or 2 certification exam in water treatment or distribution. Pass the exam and apply for jobs.

Grade 3-5 certification

You get a raise each time you raise your certification level, so take advanced water courses. Finish 60 units of courses and you’re halfway to
a degree.

Bachelor's degree

Complete 60 units of university courses and earn a bachelor’s degree, just in time to move into a management role, engineering, IT or accounting.

Jobs Outlook

Baby Boomers are retiring.

30-50%

WILL RETIRE OVER THE NEXT 10-15 YEARS.

And water utilities are hiring.

41,000

CALIFORNIANS WORK IN WATER UTILITIES. 

Explore Career Pathways

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CONTACT US

Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca

Vanessa Murrell

Grant Manager

Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges

Cuyamaca College E112

900 Rancho San Diego Parkway

El Cajon, CA  92019

619-660-4574 Phone

Joseph Young

NSF Principal Investigator
Program Coordinator for Center for Water Studies

(619) 660-4789

Joseph.young@gcccd.edu

 

 

Barry Ayers

NSF Co-Principal Investigator
Center for Water Studies Faculty

Barry.ayers@gcccd.edu

Industry Association Partners

CWEA

ACWA

Cal/Nevada Section of AWWA 

The Center for Water Studies at Cuyamaca College

The Center for Water Studies, CWS, is the outcome of a grant from the California Community Colleges to scale training for the state’s water utilities. The program is based in San Diego at Cuyamaca College.

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