One of the more green jobs in the Air Force is the Utilities System Apprentice Career. You will work as an active participant in keeping a clean environment. Part of your job duties will be to help maintain, operate, inspect and repair water supply, water collection and water treatment facilities. You will deal with water treatment systems and plants, and wastewater plants and sewage treatment facilities. Water testing and analysis on wastewater and water samples to make sure that different Air Force facilities are complying with the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines will be part of your responsibilities.
You will work in the operation and setting up of field water purification kits as well as water and field water distributions systems and disposal and collection of wastewater. If you wanted to consider your civilian job equivalent it would be as plant operator for a wastewater or water treatment plant. You will have duties that include work similar to a plant operator as well as plumbing work such as fixing leaking faucets, replacing washers, and value seals. You will work on sewer and water lines, water mains and exterior and interior water lines and water wells.
You will start out your Air Force Career with nine weeks of basic Training. After your basic training where you learn about the basics of the Air force, you will attend advanced Individual Technical Training in Texas, at Sheppard Air Force Base. You will study basic water theory, and theories of water treatment and wastewater management. You will learn and study principals of sewer and water lines, as well as sinks, traps, drains and commodes. Principals of construction and operation of backflow systems and backflow prevention will be examined, as well as fire suppression systems and natural gas distribution systems.
Following graduation you will be assigned to a typical large Air Force base to continue your training with other more experiences members of the Utilities Systems Apprentice Field. After you have served at your first duty station and worked as a member of a Utilities System team, you may be assigned to a smaller base, where you will eventually qualify to lead a shop or duty section. Working in this field may allow you to gain apprenticeship credit through the Air Force Apprenticeship program. You can earn up to ½ of the necessary civilian experience potentially using your military service.