Job Description:
Operating Engineers are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of heavy construction equipment such as cranes, backhoes, loaders, scrapers, bulldozers, rollers, etc.Ö used in the construction of buildings, factories, roads, dams, power plants and bridges.

Working Conditions: 
Operating Engineers work outdoors in any kind of weather, under rough and sometimes hazardous conditions.
Public transportation is seldom available or suitable because of job location and varied working hours; therefore, dependable transportation and a valid driversí license are essential.

Interest and Temperament: Operating engineers should enjoy working with machines, be mechanically inclined, able to do routine, repetitive work as part of a team, able to learn correct safety habits and be self-disciplined.

Recommended High School Courses: 
General math, science, physics, reading

Terms of Apprenticeship:
4 years on-the-job training
minimum accumulation of 4000 on-the-job training hours
5 to 7 weeks each year classroom and training site time
apprentices will be paid at the negotiated apprenticeship rate for on-the-job training based on the class of machine being operated

Basic Requirements:
Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age at time of indenture.
Prior to final acceptance, a doctorís certificate of examination will be required. A certified drug test will be required before indenture, at the Programís expense.
Applicant must reside within the jurisdiction of Operating Engineers Local #66, and have been a resident for at least six (6) months.
Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED.
Applicant must have a valid PA or OH driversí license and have dependable transportation.
Applicant must submit a non-refundable processing and testing fee.

Applicant must pass all phases of various written and manual job-related tests as required. 

Local #25, Philadelphia Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers
Terms of Apprenticeship: 
4 year apprenticeship. On the job training. 192 hours of related classroom and shop instruction per year. Journeyman certificate upon completion.

Admission Requirementsof the J.A.C.:
Minimum age of 17.
High School diploma or equivalent.
Pass the qualifying math test.
Sponsored by union contractor.
Scholarship loan agreement.
Drug testing.

Operating Engineers Local Union No.
1375 Virginia Dr., Suite 101
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Mr. John Pine, Coordinator
Telephone (215) 591-5282
Fax (610) 834-0678

International Union of Operating Engineers

Terms of Apprenticeship: 
4 year apprenticeship.  On-the-job training.  Minimum of 144 hours of related classroom and shop instruction per year.  Journeyman certificate upon completion.  Credit at Community College of Allegheny County towards an Associate Degree in Construction Supervision or Construction Estimating.

Admission Requirement of the J.A.T.C.:
Minimum age of 18.
High School diploma or equivalent.
Pass the qualifying test.
Able to do 2 weeks of Pre-Job Training.
Doctors statement of physical ability.
Scholarship Loan Agreement.
Drug testing.
Valid drivers license.
Dependable transportation.

Western PA Operating Engineers JATC
107 Operators Way
New Alexanderia PA, 15670-9602

Mr. Steve Columbus, Apprentice Administrator
Telephone (724) 668-2244
Fax (724) 668-8146

For more information please visit the Western PA Operating Engineers website at: 

TEL: 215.501.0130 X17