Operating engineers operate heavy construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, pavers, trench excavators and many other kinds of equipment used in constructing buildings, dams, airports and highways. They also work in the sand and gravel, cement and asphalt industries; in the shipyards; on the water with dredges, oil refineries, oil pipelines, sewer and water construction, ports of major cities, municipal work with cities and counties, landscaping, scrap metal work, and the forest products industry. Operating engineer apprentices can also work in the mechanical field as heavy-duty truck and equipment mechanics and in the field of technical engineer.
Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education and age
Complete interview * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship. * Veterans may qualify for direct entry and immediate placement in ranked pool of eligible applicants
Placed in pool of eligible applicants
Ranked based on interview
Offered employment based on rank order
Step 3: Start
6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through training facility or local college
Start at 65% of current journeyperson’s rate.
Gain 5-10% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
1. Minimum Base Rate
Region 1A: Western WA $19.56
Region 1B: Western WA $17.71
Region 2: Eastern WA $16.03
Region 3: Southern WA $16.03
Region 4: Central WA $16.03 Map of regions here 2. Plus GI Bill® Housing Allowance Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool
SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TNG COUNCIL
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.
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