Printed on 10/21/2021
Operating Engineer Apprentice
Not Financial Aid Eligible
*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.
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- Demonstrate heavy equipment maintenance
- Maintain current OSHA/MSHA certifications and qualifications required by the WI Operating Engineers JAC
- Operate competently no less than three (3) types of heavy equipment
- Act professionally, with mutual respect
- Differentiate aspects of a site plan
- Implement safe practices
- Employ leverage, motion, and momentum during heavy equipment operation
- Relate grade to a given task
Your first step is to contact:
**Wisconsin Operating Engineers**
11584 State Hwy 21
Coloma WI 54930
Applications are issued by the trade committee. Entry requirements and testing vary by trade.
You must be employed by a company/organization that is willing to participate in an apprenticeship program.
2016-17 average wage for Operating Engineer Apprentice completers - $36.92 per hour/$76,792 annually.
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