Heavy Equipment Operations
Heavy Equipment Operators control construction equipment such as heavy-duty trucks, cranes, bulldozers, pavers, rollers, trench excavators and many other kinds of equipment used in constructing buildings, dams, airports and highways.
The work is outdoors and varied, depending on the weather. Bad weather can shut down jobs and generally, the machinery is not operated in heavy snow or rain. Apprentices are sometimes required to commute long distances or to relocate for a few weeks or months to obtain employment. Apprentices must be flexible and adaptable to different environments, job sites and requirements.
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Length of Apprenticeship
Classroom Hours: A minimum of 160 hours per year for 4 years
On-the-Job Training: 8,000 hours (approx. 4 years)