Operating Engineers Local 701 Apprenticeship Programs and Journeyman Upgrade
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Operating Engineer, Heavy Duty Repairer and Technical Engineer

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

Heavy Equipment Operator Standards (DOC, 472kb)

What is a Heavy Equipment Operator
“Heavy Equipment” describes many types of machines used on a construction site, including cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, graders, front-end loaders and paving equipment. Learning to run the equipment is a small part of being an operator.  Journey level operators have a broad range of skills and experience in a variety of projects and production work that keeps operators employable from project to project.   An equipment operator must build a knowledge base in grades and stakes, health and safety, project organization and production tasks to meet the needs of the industry.

What does it take to be a successful apprentice operator? 
A successful apprentice operator must have a good work ethic and, since you will be working on expensive and potentially dangerous equipment, a responsible and safety conscious attitude.  You need to have an ability and desire to work outdoors in all conditions and be prepared to work the hours needed by the contractors.

Overtime is common since contractors often want to make the best of good weather conditions or want to stay on schedule, if not ahead of it.  Operators must often finish specific tasks before other trades can begin their work.  If you have children, this requirement makes reliable and flexible child-care essential.  Planning and an ability to deal with seasonal downtime (a fact of life in the construction industry) are critical considerations in choosing this career.

As an apprentice, you may be working for many different employers during your training and reliable transportation is very important. 

 

HEAVY DUTY REPAIRER

Heavy Duty Repairer

HDR Apprenticeship Standards (DOC, 450kb)

What is a Heavy Duty Repairer? 
Heavy Duty Repairer (HDR) is the title given to the Mechanics of the Construction Industry.  HDRs repair, rebuild and service the equipment and machinery that makes the Construction Industry run.  They work to keep the equipment productive and are usually responsible for fuel, changing oil and routine preventative maintenance on the heavy equipment and machinery.  Fabrication work, troubleshooting, and shop work are all involved in this occupation.

What does it take to be a successful apprentice HDR? 
A Heavy Duty Repairer must have a good work ethic and a responsible and safety conscious attitude.  HDRs often work outdoors in all conditions and you should be prepared to work the hours needed by the contractor.

Overtime is common for HDRs.  The construction project cannot move ahead if machinery or heavy equipment is broken down and not operating.  The repairs often will happen after the regular work crew has left for the day.  Routine fueling, lubricating and preventive maintenance is also done during non-production time.  If you have children, this requirement makes reliable and flexible child-care essential.  Planning and an ability to deal with seasonal downtime (a fact of life in the construction industry) are critical considerations in choosing this career.

As an apprentice, you may be working for many different employers during your training and reliable transportation is very important. 

 

TECHNICAL ENGINEER

Technical Engineer

Technical Engineer Apprenticeship Standards

What is a TECHNICAL ENGINEER? 
Technical Engineer (Tech) is the title given to journey level individuals who are the Construction Site Surveyors.  They are the professionals that lay out the construction project according to the specifications and details in the project plans.  Their responsibilities are to accurately setup, control and monitor these critical specifications for project completion.  Techs use state of the art equipment including satellite positioning, geodometers and laser to assure accuracy and precision.  This occupation is math intensive and requires attention to details.

What does it take to be a successful apprentice Tech?
A Technical Engineer must have a good work ethic, strong math skills, basic understanding of computers and a responsible and safety conscious attitude.  Techs often work outdoors in all conditions and you should be prepared to work the hours needed by the contractor.

Overtime is common for Techs.  The construction project cannot move until the Techs have determined that any earthmoving or construction is within the plan's tolerances. Plan reading and an understanding of metrics will become essential skills you will develop as a Tech.  Constant readings taken to ensure compliance with specifications happens during the work day as well as after the regular work crew has left for the day. If you have children, this requirement makes reliable and flexible child-care essential.  Planning and an ability to deal with seasonal downtime (a fact of life in the construction industry) are critical considerations in choosing this career.

As an apprentice, you may be working for many different employers during your training and reliable transportation is very important.