WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA OPERATING ENGINEERS JOINT APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING PROGRAM
The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is a non-profit educational training program organized for the purpose of providing qualified Heavy Equipment Operators and Mechanic Technicians to employers in the construction industry by utilizing two related but separate apprenticeship courses: a Heavy Equipment Operator course and a Heavy Equipment Mechanic Technician course. Each course is 4 years in length and combines training at their site in New Alexandria, PA with actual on-the-job experience.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR PROGRAM
The Heavy Equipment Operator Program teaches the safe, efficient operation and basic maintenance of construction equipment. During field training apprentices are assigned to a specific machine and under the supervision of a skilled and experienced instructor. Over the course of the program, field training includes instruction on at least 5 major types of heavy equipment. During classroom instruction apprentices receive training in safety, equipment maintenance, mechanical systems and GPS machine-control systems, as well as techniques used in the operation of various machines.
Apprentices must attend five to seven weeks of Classroom and Hands-On classes at the Training Site each year. The term of apprenticeship is a minimum of four years and 4,000 hours of on-the-job-training.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
Apprentices in the Heavy Equipment Mechanic Technician Program develop the skills necessary to maintain, troubleshoot and perform repairs of various mechanical systems on a wide range of equipment. This includes everything from engines and transmissions on backhoes and bulldozers to hydraulic and electrical systems on cranes and graders. While attending classes at the Training Site Mechanic Technician apprentices receive both classroom and hands-on instruction in the latest methods of equipment maintenance and repair. The term of apprenticeship in the Mechanic Technician program is 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and from five to seven weeks of instruction per year at the Training Site.
CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAINING FOR JOURNEYMEN
A wide range of industry-necessary training and certification classes are available to journeymen. The classes range from basic safety training to mandatory certification courses that are required to operate certain machines. Courses are also offered on new technology in the construction industry. The following Continuing Education classes are available to journeymen and apprentices:
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators – Training and testing for the following:
- Mobile Cranes
- Tower Cranes
- Overhead Cranes
- OSHA Construction Outreach
- Forklift Safety
- Mine Safety & Health Administration 24-Hour New Miner Training
- Mine Safety & Health Administration Annual Refresher
- Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Certification
- Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Annual Re-Certification
- SafeLand USA
- Infection Control Risk Assessment
- Department of Transportation Pipeline Operator Qualification
- Crane Operator Training
- Backhoe/Loader/Dozer Operator Training
- Commercial Driver License Training and Testing
- Class 7 Vehicle Inspection Certification
- Air Conditioning Diagnostic Safety Class
- International Union of Operating Engineers Regional Pipeline Training
Online Training Courses
- Green Construction Practices in Stormwater Management
- Green Construction 101
- Biodiesel Fleet Conversion
- RedZone Robotics Solo Deployment