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Get paid while earning yourself a Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering and work on real engineering projects! If you’ve completed Year 12, are under 24 years old and ready to step into a new career, our Engineering Associate Traineeship is for you.

What will I be doing?

Engineering associates play a pivotal role across Water Corporation. They apply their technical expertise to everything from asset design through to operation.

As part of the two-year traineeship, you will:

  • undertake paid, full-time work with Water Corporation
  • attend a two-week block at TAFE every semester, studying for a nationally-recognised Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering.

By combining study with on-the-job learning, you’ll be rolling up your sleeves to work across important assets including pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants, dams and desalination plants.

What’s in it for me?

  • Attractive salary over two years while attaining a nationally-recognised Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering
  • All course fees and books are paid by Water Corporation
  • Flexible work conditions, including 9-day fortnights
  • Exposure to a range of engineering projects, valuable experiences, and on-the-job training and mentoring
  • Opportunities to see our great state, with work available in metropolitan and regional areas
  • Undertake meaningful work that makes a difference to people all over the state.

Hear from previous trainees

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“During my time as a trainee, I was based primarily out of the Canning Vale Depot working in the project management space. I also had a six month opportunity to work in the South West region in a more engineering-focussed space. Everyone at Water Corporation was very welcoming and willing to spend time teaching me the skills I required to be an active member of the team I was in. If you’re a keen learner and have a passion for engineering, I highly recommend this traineeship.”Tom Singline, Advisor – Civil.

“I enjoyed being able to gain experience from a workplace whilst learning at the same time. There are always moments where you’ll learn a topic from your studies that you can demonstrate in your job, or vice versa. I was surprised by the flexibility offered between study and work and being able to create my own balance between the two. The best advice I can give is to not be shy and get to know the other EATS early on. I can guarantee you’ll make some great friends.” William Tompkin, Project Engineer – Contract Administration.

Who is eligible?

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals who have:

  • completed Year 12 studies with above average grades in Discrete Maths, Physics and English, or have completed a Certificate III in a Drafting or Engineering discipline
  • a C-class driver’s license
  • the ability to effectively communicate and possess great interpersonal skills
  • a willingness to learn in a team environment
  • basic computer skills.

Please note that all trainees will need to complete a pre-employment medical along with a drug and alcohol clearance. 

Where will I work?

We have several traineeship roles available in Perth metro and regional areas. Our traineeships are available in:

  • Shenton Park
  • Leederville
  • Osborne Park
  • Karratha

When do the traineeships start?

Trainees start in January 2025.

What happens after the traineeship?

Many of our former trainees have gone on to have rewarding careers with us. By completing your traineeship, your transferable skills could see you transition into roles in water supply planning, project management, new land development and fieldwork.

Future positions could include:

  • Process Coordinator
  • Project Advisor
  • Technical Advisor
  • Associate Planner
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Service Delivery Representative
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Operations Analyst

When can I apply?

Recruitment for the Engineering Associate Traineeship takes place every two years. Applications for the next intake will occur in late 2025 for a 2026 start.