Apprenticeship programs provide structured on-the-job training that is supplemented with classroom instruction. These programs provide individuals with the ability to progress from entry-level to fully qualified journey-level workers.

During on-the-job training, apprentices work as a member of a crew in the craft of your apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a journey-level worker.

Classroom instruction starts in September and ends in April. Class time is after normal work hours and/or on Saturdays. Homework assignments will require additional study. An apprentice may be required to complete class work and homework on their own time.

Grays Harbor PUD offers apprenticeships in four areas:

  • Lineman
    • 36-month apprenticeship
  • Meterman
    • 36-month apprenticeship
  • Utility Wireman
    • 48-month apprenticeship
  • System Dispatcher
    • 24-month appreticeship

Apprenticeships are Union positions, represented by IBEW Local 77. Ninety-nine percent of the time they are filled by current PUD employees through the seniority bidding process.

Entry-level positions that may lead to a future apprenticeship through the internal bidding process include:

  • Flagger/Operations Trainee
  • Garage Helper
  • Electrical Helper
  • Groundman
  • Meter Reader
  • Customer Service Suppor

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for these and other positions as they become available. The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship is without discrimination because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or as otherwise specified.

Minimum qualifications for an apprenticeship position include:

  • Education
    • Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED with a recommendation of at least one year of high school algebra or the equivalent.
  • Physical
    • Able to meet the requirements of the trade.
  • Other
    • Applicants must have ability and aptitude to learn correct practices and the ability to use tools and equipment of the trade. Must possess a valid Washington State Driver License. Individual apprenticeship positions may require an applicant to possess a valid Washington State Commercial Driver License with Class A Endorsement, current first aid and CPR certifications and/or current flagger certification.

Candidates interested in apprenticeship positions must successfully pass the written NJATC apprenticeship Algebra and Functions and Reading Comprehension and a physical abilities tests.

To learn more about the NJATC comprehension tests, visit the Electrical Training Alliance website at . Review testing information and sample questions by clicking the links on the left side menu under "Preparing for the Test".