PWD Electronics/Instrumentation Technician Apprenticeship

  • Full-time

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What we offer

  • Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 
  • Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

Agency Description

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) supplies drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater services to the citizens of the City of Philadelphia.  PWD employs over 2000 individuals across roughly 250 different job titles who are tasked with operating and maintaining the Department’s complex network of water mains, sewers, treatment facilities, and pumping stations.

Job Description

This position is part of PWD’s Apprenticeship Program.  Each apprenticeship starts with a 6-month period of temporary employment.  During this time, apprentices receive on-the-job and classroom training from experienced technicians.  Upon successful completion of the temporary employment period, the apprentice will become eligible to promote a permanent Civil Service title (Public Works Maintenance Trainee – 7H02).

Essential Functions

  • Assists in repair and maintenance of electronics and instrumentation equipment
  • Attends training to learn technical processes and manufacturer specifications
  • Takes measurements and makes adjustments to equipment
  • Learns to read schematics and drawings for installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of equipment
  • Learns to program PLCs, use proper tools and metering, etc.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of electricity, electronics, or instrumentation such as that provided by a pre-apprenticeship, work-readiness, or vocational school program
  • Familiarity with the proper use of hand tools, metering equipment, or standard computer software
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics up to first year algebra
  • Ability to read and write English


  • Education equivalent to completion of the 12th school grade
  • Prior electrical, electronics, or instrumentation knowledge preferred
  • Position may require minor physical exertion such as walking, lifting, or climbing
  • Valid PA driver’s license is required

Additional Information

TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a resume.

Hourly rate: $15/hr

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • 25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available

*The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected]

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