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, maintainance, 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 Journeymans 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.
A prospective Apprentice may apply in person Tuesday though Friday at the Training Site in Watkins from 9:00am to 3:00pm. An apprentice must be 18 years of age or older, posses and maintain a valid drivers license, have a valid social secutiry card and High School Diploma, GED or equivilant. Apprentice applicants must have these documents with them at time of application. Applicants can also apply In Pueblo and Grand Junction. Pueblo by appointment only, call 719-543-3369. For Grand Junction call 303-644-4615 for details. To be accepted into the training program, all qualified applicants must take the Industry Entrance Examinations which consist of tests in basic math and language skills, mechanical aptitude and the ability to understand and follow verbal directions. The applicant will be rated on the applicant list by the test score he or she achieves; there is no pass or fail just a ranking on the list. The applicant will start the Apprenticeship when he or she is called for a job by the Apprenticeship as work becomes available.
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.
- Mike Smith
- Rebecca Smith
- Office: 303-644-4615
- Sandy Crouse
- John Serrano
- Shannon Ridgway
- Administrator Email: Mike Smith
- Training Site: 303-644-3909
- Fax: 303-644-3905