BAYWORK Instrument Tech Apprenticeship

Work in the Water Sector providing clean water to millions of people. At the end of this 4-year program you will be fully qualified to work as an Instrument Technician. 

No student loans and a full-time, well-paying job while you learn. Work at a major South Bay water agency and go to school at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA. Apprentices start at $30/hour and receive regular wage increases throughout the program

This is a rigorous program, at the end of which you have a highly paid career with excellent benefits and job security.


Learn about:

  • The trade and hear from current Instrument Techs
  • The program and what it takes to succeed
  • The application, testing and selection process

Application & Selection Process:

  • Register for our October XX information session
  • Application period will open in mid-October
  • Those who submit complete applications and meet minimum qualifications will be invited to take a written test
  • Those who pass the test will be considered for an interview

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Eligible applicants with complete applications will be invited to a phone interview
  3. Selected qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person or virtual interview
  4. Selected candidates must attend a mandatory orientation

Applications will be opening soon. Please fill out the interest form to be notified when applications open.

Who is Hiring Our Graduates?

City of Redwood, City and County of San Francisco, Oro Loma Sanitary District, SamTrans, FedEx

Our Utilities Team

Elizabeth Toups

Elizabeth Toups

Director of Utilities Programs

Elizabeth Toups has over 25 years of experience leading workforce education and training strategies, with particular expertise in the utilities and healthcare industries. In her role as Director of Utilities Training Programs, Elizabeth leads JVS’s efforts to build a more effective workforce pipeline leading to mission critical jobs in the public water/wastewater and transit sectors. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.

Mario Flores

Mario Flores

Senior Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mario has over 13 years of experience supporting students from underserved communities and helping them to enter their career pathways. He has extensive experience working with immigrants, economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. In his previous role, Mario helped develop a program connecting first-generation students with resources and supportive networks to help them achieve their academic goals. Now at JVS, he supports job seekers who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Coordinator, Utilities Programs

Mark prepared for the union and civil service exams by participating in the Laney College/JVS pilot math program, and he now mentors students who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “I get great satisfaction in my work here at JVS, and I enjoy seeing my students grow, achieve new levels of confidence, and become sought-after job seekers.”

Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner


Michael brings to JVS 16 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to serving as a manager on our Utilities team, Michael also serves as the manager of BAYWORK, a workforce consortium of over 35 water and wastewater utilities in the Greater Bay Area. Michael’s dual responsibilities are a reflection of the close cooperation between JVS and the utilities that make up BAYWORK. This collaboration gives the JVS Utilities team a high-level of access to leaders in the water sector, enhancing our ability to prepare clients for these well-paid and stable careers.


Program Duration:
January 2022 – January 2026

Apprentices work at a major South Bay water utility and go to school at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA


  • Age 18 or older by January 1, 2022
  • High School Diploma, GED, or CHSPE
  • California Drivers’ License
  • No prior experience required

Questions? Contact: Michael.Kushner@baywork.org