A wastewater treatment facility


Start your career pathway in the water industry!

Waterversity offers the first step toward living-wage employment in a recession- and pandemic-proof career in the areas of ecology, municipal wastewater, and industrial wastewater treatment.

What you get

Become certified as an operator in training

Learn critical job development skills in a high-paying industry

Understanding of the science and processes for water systems operator jobs

You may qualify to get paid while you train

An operator in training examines wastewater

Open the door to a high-paying industry

RAIN Incubator and Waterversity, in partnership with WorkSource Pierce, offers a career technical education program that will teach essential skills and will place graduates on the path to be recognized as Operators in Training in the Water Resource and Recovery Industry.

An estimated 1 in 5 of the field’s current workforce is heading into retirement, creating a projected shortage of essential workers. These high-paying job opportunities will be available to graduates of the Waterversity Program.

  • 30 hours of instructional workshops
  • Classes will be held twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at RAIN Incubator
  • Achieve the Association of Boards of Certification benchmark for competency in 28 States upon completion of the course

What you'll learn

Introduction to Water Resource and Recovery

  • Screening equipment and their purpose
  • Troubleshooting & common problems with equipment

Fundamentals of Biological Treatment

  • Primary treatment of wastewater and equipment
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating process control samples

Activated Sludge

  • Secondary treatment of wastewater and equipment
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating process control samples

Nutrient Removal

  • Biological treatment of commercial wastewater
  • Biological treatment of residential wastewater

Upcoming Waterversity sessions

Rain Incubator and Waterversity offer four Operator in Training sessions per year. Check here for future sessions.

FULL – January 23 – March 1

April 10 – May 17
Drinking Water

July 10 – August 16

October 2 – November 8
Drinking Water

Attend an information session

Join us at one of our online information sessions to learn more about the program and its benefits. Information sessions are available on the following dates:

Get in touch with us for more information

Contact us!

Use this form to contact us for enrollment information or any questions you have about the Waterversity Operator Training Program.

Loren Stow

(253) 238-0551

A partnership of
WorkForce Central, WorkSource Pierce, Career TEAM, Rain Incubator, Waterversity