Operating engineers operate and maintain heavy and portable construction equipment including bulldozers, excavators, scrapers, graders, loaders and cranes. They use this equipment as they dig, haul and level operations to build roads; excavate materials for basements and footings; excavate sewer, pipelines and utility trenches; unload heavy material on building projects; and maintain machinery.
LENGTH of Apprenticeship - 6,000 hours
MARKET FORECAST for Metro Detroit Area - 88 openings a year
WAGES for Metro Detroit Area
APPRENTICESHIP SCHOOL Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund, Inc. 275 East Highland Road Howell, Michigan 48843
Contact John Hartwell, Apprentice Coordinator (517) 546-9610 oe324.org
Applicant Requirements Apprentice applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be 18 or older at the time of application. Michigan residency is required. Applicants must have reliable transportation and possess a Michigan driver’s license. They also must pass a physical examination, meet drug screening requirements and take a written aptitude test.
The application process is online at OE324.org/application