Phoenix, AZ Full Time 1 week ago

The apprenticeship program for Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO) was developed to attract and train individuals with the desire to earn their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and become a skilled SWEO for the City of Phoenix. This program seeks to develop skilled operators through a detailed classroom and on-the-job training model, designed to educate apprentices in a safe, efficient, economical, and customer centered solid waste collection operations.

No experience is required and you do not need to have a CDL prior to starting the program. All required training is paid for and provided by the City of Phoenix while on the job and being paid.


  • Operating solid waste collection equipment in accordance with established organizational policies, procedures and administrative regulations, Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements, as well as all local, state and federal laws.
  • Performing daily pre-trip and post-trip inspections of assigned vehicles; to include seven (7) step air brake check.
  • Reading and understanding collection route maps and following designated routes.
  • Operating right-side driven equipment.
  • Navigating safely in both controlled and uncontrolled environments.
  • Reporting all unsafe situations or service related issues.
  • Attending and participating in training programs, briefings and meetings required by Management.
  • Reporting incidents, accidents, injuries, and property damage.
  • Using a GPS system.
  • Operating a two-way radio; communicating customer requests and service interruptions.
  • Identifying needed equipment repairs and making necessary equipment adjustments.
  • Climbing in and out of equipment.
  • Performing light manual labor.
  • Providing customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Meeting established performance standards.
  • Maneuvering a large vehicle through tight spaces and turns (alleyways and narrow streets with parked cars).
  • Up-righting overturned containers and cleaning up solid waste spills as needed.
  • Attending and participating in training programs, briefings, and meetings required by Management.
  • Reporting incidents, accidents, injuries, and property damage.
  • Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the outdoor elements.

Apprentices must successfully and satisfactorily complete all assigned classroom and equipment training and 2,000 OJT hours. During this period of the program, apprentices will be non-classified and paid as a SWEO apprentice. After successful completion apprentices will promote into the SWEO classification, and serve a 12-month probationary period.

Depending on availability, some candidates may be eligible for the pre-apprenticeship program which is approximately 90 days of on-the-job training and then the apprenticeship program begins with apprentices training to obtain their CDL and begin 2,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT).

TENTATIVE START DATE: Start date to begin July 2022


  • $16.75 / hour starting wage as an apprentice
  • $17.31 / hour after 90-days of successful performance as an apprentice
  • $18.47 / hour after 1,000 hours of OJT of successful performance as an apprentice
  • $20.69 / hour after 2,000 hours of OJT of successful performance as an apprentice, including promotion to SWEO


A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 12.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.

For more details, visit: Unit 001 Benefits, Pension Information


  • Must have High School Diploma or GED at the time of hire.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (the minimum age for a Commercial Driver’s License holder). In addition, prior to entering the apprenticeship program, an applicant must hold a Class D or equivalent license for one year and prove one year of driving experience in a vehicle other than a motorcycle.
  • Clean driving record.
  • Successfully pass City drug and background check.
  • Able to work early mornings and occasional Saturdays.
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
  • Comply with department’s policies and procedures while demonstrating superior seamless customer service, integrity, and commitment to innovation, efficiency, and fiscally responsible activity.
  • Requires working for prolonged periods standing in one location, and/or walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
  • Move heavy objects up to 50 pounds for short distances.
  • The city job description can be found here.
  • For information regarding pre-screening and driving positions, click here.
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.

The City of Phoenix has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling from a federal judge which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide. If the requirement is reinstated, the City of Phoenix may require new hires to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment. After a conditional offer has been extended, candidates may request a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.


Recruitment closes June 13, 2022. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked the following question:

  • In 100 words or fewer, please explain why you are interested in becoming a Solid Waste Equipment Operator, and if selected, what steps would you take to be successful as an apprentice.


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  • Please be aware that you may be required to wear a face covering or use other personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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General Apprentice - U1, JC:00010, ID# 45443, 05/13/2022, 6 mos, LW, Benefits: 001

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  • Posting Date:
    13th May 2022
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    13th Jun 2022
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