WHAT THEY DO:
Operating Engineers are the workers that operate and maintain various types of power-driven construction machines. Such machinery will include endloaders, graders, scrapers, bobcats, and bulldozers, which dig, scrape and move large amounts of earth; cranes, derricks, cherrypickers or forklifts that hoist materials and supplies; or widening machines, grinders, pavers and rollers that rebuild existing highways.
Operation of these machines require the engineer to maintain accurate and consistent control by use of hand, foot and eye coordination.
Operating Engineers also service, maintain, and repair all of the equipment they operate.
- Age – minimum 18 years
- Must be dependable, and have a dependable vehicle to travel to various job sites. Must have a telephone where they can be reached.
- Physically able to perform the work of the trade, must enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE:
- High school transcript
- Diploma or equivalency certificate
- Battery of tests administered by outside agency
- Interview by contractors and union
- 120 hour familiarization course
TERMS OF APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:
- Length – 4 years
- 160 hours per year minimum of related instruction
- Training hours are in 4 – forty hour blocks
- Indentured to the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSES:
- General Math English
- Computer basics Shop Courses
Related work experience with automobiles, trucks or farm machinery.
More Apprenticeship Info
- Apprenticeship Programs
- Introduction To The World Of Construction - By And Through Apprenticeship And Training
- Apprentices Receive Regular Wage Increases
- How To Enter Apprenticeship (Selection Procedure)
- Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
- Terms Of Apprenticeship
- What Is A Construction Apprentice?