OPERATING ENGINEER

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 (surveyor).

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Operating Engineers Union Local 302

Occupational Objectives:
  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Technical Engineer
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Pass math and reading test
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation
  • Must pass drug screen test
  • Applicants for the Heavy Duty Repair Mechanic program must have 2 years of vocational training in diesel mechanics or equivalent work experience.
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Submit application at training facility within posted deadline
  • Provide copies of DD-214, diploma(s), resume, letters of recommendation, I-9 Documents driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Take math and reading tests
  • Complete interview
  • Attend one week Safety and Orientation Training
  • Ranked based on work experience, training, test scores, and interview
  • Top applicants attend 10-weeks of pre-apprenticeship training
  • Placed on Eligible for Dispatch List
Step 3: Start with local 302
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local training facility
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:
$26.19 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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Operating Engineers Union Local 612

Occupational Objectives:
  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Technical Engineer
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Pass math and reading test
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation
  • Must pass drug screen test
  • Applicants for the Heavy Duty Repair Mechanic program must have 2 years of vocational training in diesel mechanics or equivalent work experience.
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Submit application at training facility within posted deadline
  • Provide copies of DD-214, diploma(s), resume, letters of recommendation, I-9 Documents driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Take math and reading tests
  • Complete interview
  • Attend one week Safety and Orientation Training
  • Ranked based on work experience, training, test scores, and interview
  • Top applicants attend 10-weeks of pre-apprenticeship training
  • Placed on Eligible for Dispatch List
Step 3: Start with local 612
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local training facility
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:
$26.19 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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Operating Engineers Union Local 370

Occupational Objectives:
  • Construction Equipment Operator
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Technical Engineer
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Pass math and reading test
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and dependable transportation
  • Must pass drug screen test
  • Applicants for the Heavy Duty Repair Mechanic program must have 2 years of vocational training in diesel mechanics or equivalent work experience.
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Contact training facility to request application
  • Return completed application to within 30 days of receipt
  • Provide copies of diploma, transcripts, DD-214, proof of reliable transportation, and I-9 Documents: driver’s license, and social security card, and birth certificate
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Take math and reading test
  • Complete interview
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work experience, training, test scores, and interview
  • Attend 6-week Safety and Orientation class
  • Placed on Eligible for Dispatch List
Step 3: Start with local 370
Apprenticeship
  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local training facility
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 Base Rate:
$18.62 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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Operating Engineers Union Local 701

Occupational Objectives:
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Technical Engineer
  • Operating Engineer
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Submit application to the local training facility during posted openings: typically the last two weeks of February.
  • Provide copies of diploma, transcripts, DD-214, and I-9 Documents: photo ID, and social security card, or birth certificate
    * Veterans can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Complete interview
  • Ranked based on work experience, training, interview, and veterans’ preference
  • Attend Pre-employment Training
  • Placed on Eligible for Dispatch List
Step 3: Start with local 701
Apprenticeship

Heavy Duty Repair Mechanic and Technical Engineer

  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training

Operating Engineer

  • 8,000 hours / 4 years on-the-job training

All Programs

  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local training facility
Wages
  • Start at 80% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-12 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:

1. Heavy Duty Mechanic
$27.62 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
2. Technical Engineer and Operating Engineer
$25.04 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance

Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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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.