Civil Service/Trades Pre-Apprenticeship

Are you interested in hands-on work? Union apprenticeships and careers at public agencies offer great benefits and opportunities for advancement. Learn about these career opportunities as a Machinist or Maintenance Mechanic in our 16-weeks program at Laney College. Women, BiPOC, Justice impacted and veterans are highly encouraged to apply. 


This part-time program provides:

  • Instruction in math, test-taking strategies, and spatial & mechanical reasoning
  • Job search skills, cover letter, and resume assistance
  • Site tours of potential employment sites at water and wastewater agencies
  • Introduction to trades job opportunities and the civil service process
  • Job placement services & referrals to job openings with Bay Area agencies
  • Referral to local apprenticeship and civil service testing opportunities
  • Assistance with transportation and safety equipment costs


Application Process:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Eligible applicants with complete applications will be invited for phone interview and virtual panel interview
  3. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation/welcome session

Applications are now 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.

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 24 – May 27, 2022

Online & In-person Classes:
Online Class: Tuesday 9am-12pm and Thursday 5-7pm
In-person Classes: M/W 9am-12pm

Laney College


  • Age 18 or older by February 28, 2022
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Access to a vehicle & willing to commute
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Interest in water sector/public agency jobs
  • Proof of GED or high school diploma
  • Must enroll at Laney College