Fairdale High School students shadowed Louisville Water crews as part of the Heavy Equipment Science Program.
Students watched as employees repaired an old water main and flushed hydrants.
The company donates safety gear to the program, including hard hats, vests, and safety glasses. Louisville Water also donates pipes so the students can practice their own real-world excavations.
Adam Carter, Local 1683 president, said the program gives students valuable hands-on training.
“We give them an idea on what to expect dealing with real-world heavy equipment labor. Once they graduate, it exposes them to opportunities for employment. If this is something that they are interested in, it shows them what we do on a daily basis.