Apprentice Training for Operating Engineers


The Apprenticeship program is a combined effort between Operating Engineers Local No. 9, the International Union of Operating Engineers, The Department of Labor, and our Signatory Contractors. The program is designed to give inexperienced people the skills and knowledge to become successful in the trade. The Apprenticeship is a three-year program; during which time, an Apprentice will be required to attend safety and trade related classes, to receive hands on training in heavy equipment skills such as, grade checking, heavy equipment mechanics, maintenance, and welding; and be employed in the trade by a signatory contractor for 'PAID' on-the-job training. Apprentice wages start at 70% of a Journeyman's pay scale. As an Apprentice completes each stage of the training requirements, his or her wages increase by 5% for each step (there are six steps), until completion and graduation as a Journeyman Operating Engineer.


The Local No. 9 Apprenticeship has a 160-acre training site located east of Denver. There is a mechanics and welding shop, a classroom, and heavy equipment on site available for use in the training of all Local No. 9 members. This is paid for by a contract negotiated amount that is contributed to the Apprenticeship Fund, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to the members for the training. This site has classes and training for both Apprentices and Journeyman upgrade training. 

Please RSVP before attending instruction at the training site.


Kirk Jordan

Administrative Assistant:
Carol Kjorvestad

Jeff Nedjoika, Corey Thieman, Kyle Jorgenson

Office Assistant:
Galene Nedjoika

Contact Us:
•Administrator Email:
•Training Site: 303-644-3909
•Fax: 303-644-3905

Apprenticeship Opportunities

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TRADE OF OPERATING ENGINEER:  You will have the opportunity to learn to run Heavy Equipment and skills of the trade. We also have a mechanics instructor to teach mechanics for heavy equipment.


 You may email application documents to

PROGRAM SPONSOR: Operating Engineers Local No. 9, Colorado Journeyman and Apprentice Training CJAT (Reg. VIII-90858, Training for Operating Engineers)


Due to the COVID-19 Virus we are allowing the application online. You will need to turn in the required documents to  No physical application can picked up at the Training site at this time. You can find the application online by clicking the How to apply button below.


41801 E. Quincy
Bennett, CO, 80102
Phone: 303-644-3909

: State of Colorado

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