The PWD offers a paid internship program to allow students to gain real world engineering experience.
The goal is to have one to two engineering internships per year. Typical work for internships are GIS data collection, field inspection, flood plain data collection, and traffic studies. The goal of the internship is to provide opportunities for students and develop a local workforce to apply for open Engineer in Training (EIT) positions.
EIT employees will be mentored by the Public Works Director and assigned a rotation until the employee passes their Professional Engineer (P.E.) test. Each rotation will be 18 months and is designed to gain experience in transportation, engineering, and water/wastewater to assist the EIT in passing their P.E. exam. Employees must obtain their EIT license within 12 months of employment. Employees that pass the EIT exam are eligible for a pay increase.
There are two tracts that can be taken for engineers: technical or managerial route. If the employee strives to be a Public Works Director, then supervision, management, and some technical training will be developed for the employee. If the employee would like to stay focused on technical aspects of engineering, then they can be assigned technical training and will work in project design, operations of the wastewater plant or water systems, water and sewer modeling, or construction oversight.