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Apprenticeship Trades
Updated On: Aug 27, 2018

 Construction Equipment Operator

The CEO apprentice operates a variety of heavy equipment (dozers, loaders, backhoes, excavators, scrapers, and much more). They will also have a good understanding of grade checking and possibly do some service or rig oiling (act as an assistant or helper to the operator by fueling, greasing, and maintaining the equipment). CEOs are a very diverse group of people.  By the end of the apprenticeship, our graduates are highly skilled professionals who can problem solve and work in any number of challenging situations with the ability to operate a minimum of several pieces of equipment in a very competent way.

 It's not all fun and games. It is very physically, emotionally, and financially satisfying work, especially if you like to work as part of a team building things and be able to see actual physical progress as the result of the work you do each day. 

 Hoisting Engineer

The HE Program is for those who want their career path to lead them to mainly operating cranes. It is a very challenging and rewarding career path. It is a smaller program and very competitive to get into. It is often rigorous and sometimes involves extensive travel throughout our territory (Western & Central Washington State) as many of the on the job training opportunities are in the crane rental end of our industry.   Getting your CDL right away and having a good driving record is very important as the work often involves driving the big cranes from job to job or back to the shop or yard.   It also requires a comfort with mathematics as figuring the weight of a load to be picked and the capacity of the crane to pick it are an integral part of this career path. By the time an apprentice graduates from the HE apprenticeship, they must have passed the NCCCO tests (both written and practical) on at least one type of crane.


 Heavy Duty Repair / Mechanic

 If running the equipment isn't what you want to do...  or you'd rather wrench on them instead, we have an apprenticeship program to teach you how to safely and effectively maintain and repair heavy equipment.

Applicants to the Heavy Duty Repair/Mechanic program must complete a physical capacity evaluation. In addition to their related training, the apprentice will attend advanced classes - workshops provided by The Operating Engineers Regional Training Program.

Many of our mechanic apprentices get their first dispatches as a service oiler. This involves preventive maintenance to the equipment as well as minor repairs, fueling and greasing the equipment on a daily basis. Many of these jobs require a CDL license with tank and hazardous materials endorsements. So if you don't currently have one, you will be required to get one within the first year of your apprenticeship.  It is very helpful on the initial dispatch for the applicant to already have their CDL.

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