​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Solid Waste Equipment Operator (SWEO) ​Apprentice​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Solid Waste Equipment Operator (SWEO) ​​Apprentice​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Dept: Public Works​ 

Job Description: 

This apprenticeship program was developed to attract and train individuals with the desire to earn their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and become a skilled SWEO. Apprentices provide trash ​and recycling collection services to more than 400,000 households within the city's 500+ square miles.  ​

Program Details: 

Apprentices must successfully and satisfactorily complete all assigned classroom and equipment training and 2,000 on-the-job training (OJT) hours and minimum 228 related training instruction hours. During this period of the program, apprentices will be non-classified and paid as a SWEO apprentice. After successful completion apprentice will promote into the SWEO classification and serve a 12-month probationary period. 


  • $21.00 / hour starting wage

  • After obtaining CDL Class A license receive +$3/hr

  • 1,000 OJT hours receive +$1/hr

  • $26.18 / hour after 2,000 OJT hours

Starting Pay Upon Graduation: $54,454 

City of Phoenix will assist apprentice to obtain while on the job: 

  • Secure a Class (A) Commercial Driver’s License Learning Permit 

  • Secure a Class (A) Commercial Driver’s License 

  • Complete All Required Solid Waste Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Academy Training and Transition to a Dedicated Training Assignment 

  • Graduate the SWEO Apprenticeship Program 

  • Earn State of Arizona Completion Certificate 

  • Earn Department of Labor Completion Certificate 

  • Promote to Solid Waste Equipment Operator 

Minimum Qualifications (these are subject to change per program requirements):

  • 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. 

  • 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 sitting​​/standing in one location, and/or walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces. 

  • Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) short distances (20 feet or less). 

  • Work early mornings and may be required to work mandatory overtime daily and/or weekly.

  • Work irregular hours, second and/or third shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings may be required.

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