By Cassie McClure
Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/02/2020.
It’s early in the morning and the contractor is thrilled to see the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) truck pull up. LCU Intern Omar Muñoz is there to relocate a water line so a water meter can be installed at a new house. In two short months, Muñoz has learned enough of the ropes, and of the pipes, to help bring water to new homes in Las Cruces.
“Water, for our area, is incredibly important,” said Muñoz. “I’m learning to dig a line but also learning to make a difference in the community I live in.”
Muñoz is part of the LCU Internship Program (LCUIP), a competitive program that awards paid internships to students wishing to pursue, or who currently are pursuing, an associate degree in water technology at Doña Ana Community College (DACC). The intern graduates will work at LCU in the Water, Wastewater, or Regulatory Environmental Services lines of business.
LCUIP pays for tuition and other reasonable education-related expenses, including a monthly stipend and paid on-the-job training to assist with educational and living expenses. That’s in exchange for up to 20 hours of work per week during semesters and 40 hours per week maximum during academic breaks. In return, interns commit to working four to eight years with LCU as an operator or lab technician after graduation.
“The end goal is to provide good jobs for Las Cruces residents as part of the LCU workforce,” said LCU Deputy Director Water, Adrienne L. Widmer, P.E., “It’s our people who keep the city utilities running. Joining LCU grows your skills with our diverse, multi-cultural workforce. We strive to provide the most effective solutions for the growing population.”
It’s not just the internship positions that need filling, but jobs throughout the LCU system in natural gas, water, wastewater, solid waste, engineering, technology, and customer services. With a job at LCU, associates become part of providing 100,000 residents and businesses with safe natural gas, clean water, dependable wastewater, and clean removal of waste.
Learn more at: http://www.las-cruces.org/2001/Work-For-Us
LCU can be reached at 575-528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.
PHOTO 1: Intern Omar Muñoz is getting his degree through DACC and working part time at LCU. Join as an intern or apply for one of the other jobs that LCU, which may provide training.