CANLEY Heights resident Michael Ta has been accepted into Sydney Water's 2014 graduate program.
Mr Ta was one of 12 graduates, out of 1500 applicants, who qualified for the three-year program.
He said he was attracted to Sydney Water because he was interested in working in a field where he could use what he had learnt in his mechanical engineering degree at the University of NSW.
"It is a great program and it's really structured," the 23-year-old said.
"After university you need that sort of structure."
During the program he will work with project co-ordinators in managing maintenance projects within the Sydney Water network.
"In the program I will rotate to different divisions over the three years," Mr Ta said.
"I was trained in a camp to build a bond with the other graduates and make friends.
"Right now I am working in civil projects, where we plan and schedule maintenance on pipes.
"After the program I would love to work somewhere technical like this. In 18 months I can start applying for positions at Sydney Water."
Sydney Water managing director Kevin Young said the graduate program offered on-the-job experience and high quality training to university leavers, including a two- week induction period to ease the adjustment from university to full time work.
Applications for Sydney Water's 2015 graduate program close on April 16, 2014.