Los Angeles, Department of Water Resources

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These are jobs that the LADWP has deemed critical to daily operations:

  • Entry Level: Experience/Certification Required:
  • Electric Station Operator Trainee Electric Distribution Mechanic Trainee
  • Electrical Craft Helper Electric Distribution Mechanic
  • Electrical Mechanic trainee Electrical Mechanic
  • Maintenance and Construction Electrical Repairer
  • Helper (City of LA job) Electrical Tester
  • Steam Plant Assistant Load Dispatcher
  • Water Treatment Operator

Through the Student Worker Program (SWP), high school students are invited to learn about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and explore possible careers in utilities. The six-week summer program targets high school students in the City of Los Angeles (City) entering their junior or senior years or graduating in the Spring. Students work up to 30 hours per week in divisions throughout the entire LADWP performing office, field, technical, and skilled craft work.

The SWP offers participants a behind-the-scenes look at the infrastructure necessary to bring water to each faucet and electricity to each light switch in the City through field trips and facility tours. While learning about LADWP, students are exposed to new career possibilities and encouraged to explore their personal interests and career aspirations. Supervisors share life lessons, teach employable skills, and prepare students for future hiring through mock interviews and insight into the civil service hiring process.

In the program’s second year, LADWP received over 3,750 applications from interested students across the City, of which 120 were hired (only about 3% of applicants). Plans for expansion of the SWP include increasing to an eight-week program for the summer with a transition to a year-round program where students can work 40 hours a week during the summer and up to 15 hours a week throughout the school year.

The SWP relies heavily on the support of LADWP management and the generous volunteering of time by LADWP employees who mentor their Student Workers in addition to their normal duties. More than 100 LADWP employees volunteer to serve as mentors during the summer program. The SWP is overseen by a Joint Labor Management Committee comprised of representatives from the Power, Water, and Joint Systems, as well as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18.