Maryland’s water and wastewater treatment plants are among the most complex and cutting-edge plants in the United States.

Their phenomenal operators are the eyes and ears of the treatment plant. They make sure everything operates properly, monitor test results and water samples, protect the health of our communities and environment, and so much more!

There are more than 300 plants across the state and the demand for water and wastewater operators is going up daily.

Benefits of the Industry:

Career Pathways:

  • Operator-in-Training/Apprentice
  • Operator
  • Electrical/Mechanical Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Supervisor
  • Administrator

Rewards of Working in the Industry:

  • Growing Field
  • Advancement Potential
  • Positive environmental and local health impact
  • A career to be proud of

If you like being able to work in the field, then this is the career for you!

The EARN Project is funded by the State of Maryland’s EARN Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Clean Water, Healthy Lives

The Water and Wastewater Career Development Partnership for Central Maryland was formed by five public works departments and four diverse agencies: Anne Arundel Department of Public Works; Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation:  Calvert County Department of Public Works; Charles County Department of Public Works; Maryland Center for Environmental TrainingMaryland Environmental Service; St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission; Career Puppy; and the Maryland Rural Water Association.

Currently, these agencies are working together to assess their workforce while focusing on training their employees so they can pass the state certification exam.  Historically the pass rate for all exams taken for all classifications of the exam has been low, so this effort focused on identifying and addressing those skill gaps that affect the employee’s ability to pass the State certification exams. Our participants are operators-in-training, holders of temporary certification, working for the public works departments in the partnership.

That’s why our Partnership Training Program, developed and delivered by Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET), begins with a skills assessment, followed by specific training modules related to the industry, which results in a focused attempt at passing the certification exam. We call this Level 1.

WWCDP approach

Training continues with Level 2. There are two courses:

    • Applied Mathematics for Water and Wastewater Operators (Course length: 28 hours)
    • Maximizing Success: How to Prepare for and take the State Certification Exam. (Course length: 14 hours)

Many candidates have not taken an exam since high school.
Those not “exam-ready” have a 37% chance of passing.

Level 3 training are focused on the treatment processes and are tied to specific certification exams.

      • Certification Examination Preparation – Wastewater (Course length: 56 hours)
      • Certification Examination Preparation – Water (Course length: 48 hours)
      • Collection Systems Operation and Maintenance
      • Water Distribution

New Partners who have joined us include: