OPERATING ENGINEER

Open Shop

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.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

Construction Industry Training Council

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Scheig Utility worker aptitude test
  • Current valid driver’s license
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Contact Bellevue Office to apply
  • 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
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview
  • Offered employment based on rank order 
Step 3: Start
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through training facility or local college
Wages
  • 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 1:  Western WA     $19.32
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 NAMECONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TNG COUNCIL

Inland Northwest AGC Apprenticeship

Region Covered
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Physically able
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Dependable transportation
  • Pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Submit application to training facility weekdays 0930-1500
  • Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education, driver’s license, and I-9 Documents
  • Complete interview
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on application and interview
  • Placed on ready-to-dispatch list
  • Complete 40-hour Safety & Orientation Training Class
Step 3: Start
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through Training Facility and   Spokane Community College
Wages
  • Start at 65% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% 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 Pay:
$16.71 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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NW College of Construction

Region Covered
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Pass drug screen test
  • May be required to possess valid driver’s license
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Apply at Training Facility during posted openings
  • Provide copy of DD-214, proof of education and age, and any supporting documents including work history and certifications
  • Complete an interview with the committee
  • Complete Orientation and Safety Training
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on interview, experience, and training
  • Placed on ready-to-dispatch list
Step 3: Start
Apprenticeship
  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year at Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 80% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 12 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Pay:
$22.48 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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Calculate Starting Pay With GI Bill ®

Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
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.