Become an instrumental part of a team looking after one of life’s essentials in a global organisation

You’ll be part of a team that will stretch you, grow your problem solving skills and connect us with communities across the UK.

What you’ll be doing

Having completed an intensive residential period of on-the-job training, where you’ll have gained a high level of technical knowledge to support your transition into operational placements, you’ll have the opportunity to start putting your skills to use. Our Assistant Water Network Technicians perform vital problem solving on our network to ensure we find consumption and detect leaks ensuring the network runs efficiently and safely, as well as supporting other disciplines.

Examples of some activities are:

Leakage Detection

You’ll get to grips with core theory and principles of identifying non-visible underground leaks, turning detective by using different tools, techniques and technologies to track down and pinpoint leaks. Working outside in all weathers on the highway you’ll learn how to arrange for the safe repair of the leaks by considering the risks and requirements of the repair and maintenance crews that need to excavate and repair them.

Network Data

You’ll find out about the data required to understand water leakage and water consumption and the equipment in the ground used to capture that data. You’ll learn how to problem solve faults on meters and loggers, repairing faults and wiring up loggers to ensure the data keeps flowing into our data centres to ensure we have visibility of what’s happening on the water network.

Operating the Water Network

Working outside in all weathers you’ll learn how to safely operate the water network, ensuring that water is always on and good to drink for our customers. Working on the highways and footways of our communities. Operative valves and

Learning & Development

As an Assistant Water Network Technician Apprentice, you’ll be completing the Water Process Technician apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship candidates will normally have 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C (including mathematics and English), or equivalent qualifications.

For more details of the core technical knowledge, skills and behaviours that are included, see the link below

As an apprentice focussing on leakage, you’ll develop knowledge of working safely in a variety of locations and environments, some of which may be remote locations.

In addition, you’ll –

  • Use technical knowledge to identify areas that require further investigation due to leakage deciding on the most appropriate methods to identify and locate sources of leakage.
  • Use technical knowledge to operate electronic location equipment, identify and locate underground water mains and services.
  • Use hydraulic theories, principles and carry out valve operations to set-up, test, maintain or alter district meter areas
  • Use industry principles and measurement to estimate volumes of water lost through leakage
  • Programme, deploy, retrieve and interpret data from data logging equipment
  • Apply procedures and their control measures to the network to minimise the risk of interruption of supplies to customers

For more details about the apprenticeship standard, please click here.

  • Various UK Locations