Apprenticeships & Internships

Apprenticeship & Internship Programs

Opening Doors

The apprentice-to-employee pipeline is real at Metropolitan. Apprentices who complete Metropolitan’s four-and-a-half-year program (which includes a six-month probation period) earn a journey level certificate, 26 hours of college credit applicable toward an associate degree, and an offer of full-time employment at Metropolitan. The program, geared for mechanical and electrical operations technicians, uses a combination of on-the-job experiences, classroom instruction and home study. It is certified by the state of California and overseen by a joint group of Metropolitan managers and labor representatives. It’s considered to be a model apprenticeship program. The truth behind that statement is found in the stories of dozens of employees throughout the organization who began in the apprenticeship program and built on their careers at Metropolitan.

Metropolitan’s internship program is designed to enhance students’ academic curriculum along with work experience. Learn more about our internship program.

Current Opportunities 

Participation in Metropolitan’s Apprenticeship Program is competitive. We are not accepting applications at this time. If you are interested in our current job openings, please visit Employment Opportunities

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate.
  • Pass a qualifying exam, physical abilities assessment and interview
  • Successfully complete the six-month trial period 

Here’s an Overview of Apprentice Work Scopes:

Install, maintain and repair mechanical equipment and piping systems related to water treatment plants, pumping plants and other facilities throughout the distribution system. This equipment includes pumps, valves, mechanical drives, water filtration systems and chemical feed systems.


List of Potential Work Locations

Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and systems. This includes pumps, motors, motor controls, transformers, circuit breakers, electrically operated valves, switchgear, speed drives, programmable logic controllers, emergency generator systems, power system and lighting systems.


Metropolitan Coursework

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Worker at Tunnel

An Insider’s View: Metropolitan’s Internship Program 

Metropolitan’s internship program is companywide. The experience is hands-on and multi-faceted.  Some of the tasks that interns might be involved with are: 

  • Participating on project teams
  • Assisting with planning, conducting studies and research, data acquisition
  • Preparing summary documents and reports
  • Collecting and analyzing statistical data, generating and maintaining records and report findings, and making recommendations
  • Helping to prepare educational materials, contribute to web and social media content, and archiving historical images 

Specialized Internships: A Co-Op Program with Engineering & Water Quality

Paid internships are offered, summer and year-round. Participants may work at Metropolitan’s downtown headquarters and other district sites. Summer interns work full-time. Year-round interns work full time in the summer and 20 hours per week maximum during the academic year. Students can apply for either or both internships.
To ensure school credit is provided, Metropolitan partners with Cal Poly Pomona to administer this internship.

View our internship positions for July 1, 2022 - March 30, 2023. Application deadline is February 15, 2022.

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Questions: Email Linda Skinner

Students typically begin the Co-Op program in their sophomore or junior year and can work through graduation. The program is year-round and takes place at our Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne. To ensure school credit is provided, Metropolitan partners with Cal Poly Pomona to administer this internship. To find out more enrollment information, visit the Cal Poly Pomona webpage. You also can email for more information.