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Operating Engineers

The Work

Operating engineers operate heavy construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, pavers, trench excavators and many other kinds of equipment used for 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).

Working Conditions

The work is outdoors and can depend on the weather. Bad weather can shut down jobs; generally the machinery is not operated in heavy snow or rain. The average operator works 800 to 2,000 hours per year; some get less work, depending on their job skills. Apprentices are sometimes required to commute long distances or to relocate for a few weeks or months to obtain gainful employment. Apprentices must be flexible and adaptable to different environments, job sites, and requirements.

The Apprenticeship

The term of apprenticeship is 3-5 years and requires a total of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 9-11 weeks of classroom instruction per year.

Enrollment Period: Call the office for information on the enrollment period.

To Apply

Alaska Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Training
900 West Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 561-5044 (phone)
(907) 561-3672 (fax)

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