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Printed on 9/23/2019

Operating Engineer Apprentice

50-447-1 Apprenticeship (A) 11.75 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Wautoma

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Want to learn to operate heavy equipment and work outdoors? This apprenticeship prepares you to operate cranes, dozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, tractor loader backhoes and more. As an operating engineer, you’ll work on construction projects such as commercial and residential developments, dams, roadways, etc. Or you could work in plants that produce rock, sand and gravel, or clean up hazardous waste sites. You’ll learn blueprint reading, how to maintain your equipment and safe work site procedures. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (11.75 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Construction Regulations
50-447-592
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Incorporates OSHA 10+, MSHA – New Miner and First Aid/CPR into one 40-hour class. Some of the topics covered: Blood-borne pathogens, confined space entry, demolition, electrical safety, excavations & trenching, fall protection, fire protection & hot-work, hazard communication, lockout/tag-out, material handling, hoists, cranes & rigging, motor vehicles & motorized equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), power industrial trucks, Process Safety Management (PSM), scaffolds, lifts, ladders & stairways, signs, signals, & barricades.
40-Hour Hazmat
50-447-593
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Provides basic information needed to protect HAZWOPER site workers from health, physical, and biological hazards. This course meets the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 (Permit Required Confined Space). Instruction is a combination of both hands-on and classroom instruction.
Basic Grade
50-447-584
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Covers instruction in working with the engineers ruler using tenths and hundredths, how to calculate basic quantities, working with elevations, figuring cut and fill to finish grade and sub-grade. Topics also include interpreting and working with grade stakes while learning the basic grade setting and staking process. In the field students will be trained how to use lasers, eye levels, standard rods and lenker rods. Also includes a basic introduction to plan reading.
Basic Maintenance
50-447-536
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Will introduce students to basic mobile equipment maintenance. Students will be instructed in maintaining engines, hydraulics, electrical systems, lubricants, and machine undercarriages with an emphasis on the use of the operator manual maintenance sections. Shop and field maintenance safety will be daily topics as well as proper use and identification of hand tools and shop tooling.
Operating Engineers Intro to Basic Equipment
50-447-543
1Credit
36
0
N/A
36 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Introduces student to heavy equipment used in the construction industry. Students will also be instructed on basic safety, maintenance, and communication methods that operating engineers may be exposed to.
Operating Engineers Applied Basic Equipment
50-447-544
1.25Credit
44
0
N/A
44 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Provides students with specialized instruction and valuable experience on basic heavy construction equipment. Emphasis will be geared toward practical exercises on safety, efficiency, and skill development.
Select a total of 4.5 credits from these options
Op Eng-Basic Paving
50-447-515
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students on the basics of paving and patching roadways and parking lots. Focuses on the safe and productive operation of pavers, compactors, motor graders, and other related paving equipment.
Basic/Telescopic Crane
50-447-531
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students at introductory level, to hoisting operations with mobile cranes. Key concepts are operator responsibility, principles of operation, terms/definitions and manufacturers' instructions.
Op Eng Dozer
50-447-520
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students on the smaller finish dozers. They will learn how to work around obstacles like culverts, manholes, etc. They will be instructed how to work on slopes using the newest technology in automated grading systems. Students will work on the developing of skills to be a finish operator.
Op Eng Motor Grader
50-447-521
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students on working with the newest automated control systems and working with finish graders.
Op Eng Advanced Excavating
50-447-522
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students in planning mass excavations, deep trenches, wet trenches, dredging and other advanced skills.
Op Eng-Lattice Crane
50-447-532
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students in the pre-op inspection, assembly, setup and use of cranes utilizing lattice boom design. Students also receive instruction in basic rigging, regulations, hoisting processes and multi-line operation.
Advanced Crane
50-447-524
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students in specializing driving and extraction of piling and sheeting. They will work on standing up hammer and leads, capping piling, battering piling, and students will have the opportunity to drive piling to bearings. They will also be driving and extracting sheeting walls and bearings. Students must have taken the Friction Crane course or have equivalent experience.
CDL Training and Testing
50-447-526
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Prepares students to take the practical CDL road test. They will learn all aspects of moving heavy equipment, along with pre-trip inspection and in-seat practice in a truck with a trailer. Students will take the State of Wisconsin CDL road test with a licensed examiner. Individuals should have their DOT physical before attending this class.
Op Eng-Telescopic Crane
50-447-533
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students in the pre-op inspection, setup and use of cranes utilizing telescoping boom design. Students will also receive instruction in basic rigging, regulations and hoisting processes.
Asphalt Paving
50-447-558
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Prepares Operating Engineers to work in the asphalt paving industry by examining the various processes involved in producing a finished product. The class will also demonstrate the processes and introduce the automatic controls used in the industry.
Directional Drilling
50-447-560
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Explains that working this horizontal drilling (HDD) program as a new hire with little to no experience is the first step a worker can make to become successful in this field. This HDD program entails drilling safety, set up, operation of equipment, and also detailed knowledge of how each area works. There is extensive hands-on training during this course.
Scraper
50-447-512
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students on the basics of moving dirt on road building and sitework projects. Focuses on the safe and productive operation of bulldozers, motor scrapers, compactors and other related earthmoving equipment.
Op Eng-Basic Excavating
50-447-513
2.25Credit
80
0
N/A
80 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Instructs students on the basics of excavating dirt for building construction, underground utilities and sitework projects. Focuses on the safe and productive operation of backhoes, front-end loader, and other related excavating equipment.
Dozer-Advanced
50-447-538
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Will be offered to operators with previous experience in Dozer. Operators will study advanced techniques of "finish" dozer work such as sloping, gravel spreading, curb grading, and ditching.
Excavating-Advanced
50-447-539
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Will be offered to operators with previous experience in excavating. Students will study the concepts of efficient cycle times, truck loading, mass excavations, undercutting roadways, and foundation excavations.
Scraper-Advanced
50-447-545
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Involves advanced techniques in sloping, grading, and ditching, as well as time spent working on the skills needed to be a finish operator.
Load Charts & Regulations
50-447-546
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a one week course with the goal of informing the student in the OSHA/ASME hoisting and mobile crane regulations and the intricacies of the proper use of various crane manufacturers capacity charts. Students can expect to spend a great deal of time using various charts to calculate capacities.
Motor Grader-Advanced
50-447-547
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Can be tailored for any level of experience or geared to provide evaluations for more experienced operators. Topics covered include safety aspects, preventive maintenance, operating techniques, and proper procedures for using motor graders in both classroom and hands-on simulations.
Welding Basics
50-447-548
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Focuses on welding safety, equipment set-up and operation, electrode selection, gas selection, and basic metallurgy when welding steel using both stick and wire feed methods. Repair welding with torch set-up and operation, air arc operation, and plasma cutting are also emphasized.
Advanced Grade-Machine Control-Trimble
50-447-568
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Provides training exclusively dedicated to the corresponding GPS Trimble machine control. Instruction will include off-setting grade horizontally and vertically from surfaces. Students can also expect to create simple designs using the control box as well as recording data for office use.
Accelerated Machine Control
50-447-569
0.5Credit
16
0
N/A
16 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a two day course which will focus on machine control emulator software in a classroom setting. Students will navigate through menus, simulate machine control activities and troubleshoot issues.
Advanced Grade - Rover
50-447-570
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Provides training exclusively on the corresponding Topcon or Trimble equipped rovers. Training will revolve around the data collector and the different ways to lay out projects and record data. The Topcon course will utilize Topcon 3-D Office. The Trimble course will utilize Trimble Office Synchronizer and SCS Report Utility.
Advanced Grade-Business Center
50-447-571
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is designed for the foreman/lead operator with the computer experience necessary to progress to the next level, this course will focus on understanding work flow guides and the functions of Business Center—HCE.
Intro to UAV (Drone) Operation
50-447-572
0.25Credit
8
0
N/A
8 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a one day course which will stress FAA regulations that comply with commercial UAV operations. Weather permitting, students will take part in construction site mapping using a UAV to obtain geographically obtained images. UAV data will be exported and processed using PIX4D software to achieve earthwork volume calculations.
Adv Electrical/Hydraulic Troubleshooting
50-447-573
0.75Credit
24
0
N/A
24 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Explores comprehensive techniques for troubleshooting modern control systems on later model equipment such as components, schematics, digital multi-meter use and applied theory. Prior experience & knowledge of basic and electrical hydraulic systems is preferred.
Air Conditioning Certification
50-447-574
0.25Credit
4
0
N/A
4 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a 4-hour workshop which will be devoted to MACS 609 Technician and Certification Training. Technicians need Federal EPA 609 Technician and Certification to work on vehicle/heavy equipment air conditioning systems.
Competent Person
50-447-575
0.25Credit
8
0
N/A
8 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is training which is required of at least one person on every excavating crew, and every excavator operator should know the information taught in this one-day course. Certification is good for 5 years.
Demolition
50-447-576
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Trains operators to discover how to recognize hazardous material, locate utilities, and read work plans while covering site specific safety necessary to razing a structure. Students will prepare and dismantle structures of varying materials (concrete, steel, wood, etc.) to manageable sizes for disposal or redistribution.
OSHA 30 - Operating Engineers
50-447-577
1Credit
32
0
N/A
32 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a four-day in-depth OSHA safety course. This comprehensive training is designed for safety professionals and provides a variety of in-depth instruction on OSHA Construction Industry Standards for worker health and safety. Meets OSHA Standard CFR 1926.
Overhead Crane
50-447-578
0.25Credit
8
0
N/A
8 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Introduces students to the basics of overhead crane safety. Topics will include: terminology, inspection, operational safety, and rigging. Emphasis will be placed on the various regulations that apply to hoisting using this type of machinery. Primarily classroom related, there may be some practical field exercise.
Skidsteer Safety
50-447-579
0.25Credit
8
0
N/A
8 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Focuses primarily on safety in and around a skidsteer. Basic skidsteer operation will be taught in addition to general maintenance.
Tele-Handler/Forklift Safety
50-447-580
0.25Credit
8
0
N/A
8 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Utilizes telescopic material handler and rough terrain forklifts, giving students an understanding of forklift and tele-handler operation, safety, and inspection. Covers OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 standards. Re-certification is required every 3 years.
Tele-Handler/Forklift Re-Cert
50-447-581
0.25Credit
4
0
N/A
4 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is for operators with a CURRENT certification, this course will update you on existing policies and procedures as well as renew your knowledge in the safety requirements for telescopic material handlers. Telescopic material handlers and rough terrain forklifts are utilized in this class. Re-certification is required every 3 years.
Qualified Traffic Flagger
50-447-583
0.25Credit
4
0
N/A
4 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Is a 4-hr. class, in which the student will learn about the risks and proper flagging techniques involved in safely controlling traffic in our construction zones. While not yet required by WISDOT, the qualification is beneficial to those individuals who may be engaged in controlling traffic. Some of the topics covered are: sign placement, risk, communication (with 2nd flagger), proper technique, and courtesy. Completion of this class will result in a student qualification.
Electrical Maintenance
50-447-585
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Introduces the learner to basic electrical theory and mobile machine electrical maintenance. Training in electrical schematics, test equipment, component identification, and operator level equipment repairs will be the emphasis of this 40-hour course.
Powertrain Maintenance
50-447-586
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Introduces the student to basic powertrain systems. The learner will be engaged in theory and hands-on activity in power flow, schematics, component identification and system maintenance in this course.
Hydraulic Maintenance
50-447-587
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Introduces the learner to basic hydraulic theory, hydraulic components, basic schematics, operator level function checks and testing. An emphasis will be on control functions and actuators as well as hydraulic system maintenance.
Intermediate Grade
50-447-588
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Covers how to read and understand site grading, road grading, paving and foundation plans and specifications. New technology is introduced including GPS.
Geo-Thermal
50-447-589
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Presents the advantages of going green. The class will perform laying out and digging the excavation of a typical horizontal geo-thermal heating/cooling installation.
Wind Turbine
50-447-590
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Presents the advantages of going green. The class will utilize simulation and actual crane operations to set the tower, nacelle and rotor.
Concrete Pumping
50-447-591
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Includes topics of general requirements, PPE, setting a pre-pour plan, selecting the right size and type of equipment required to make the pour, the concrete pumping system, and where to locate the pump in the safest position.
Advanced Grade - Machine Control - Topcon
50-447-594
1.25Credit
40
0
N/A
40 hours in class and estimate 0 hours outside of class. Provides training exclusively dedicated to the corresponding GPS Topcon machine control. Instruction will include off setting grade horizontally and vertically from surfaces. You can also expect to create simple designs using the control box as well as recording data for office use.

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