Operating Engineers

Operating engineers operate and repair all types of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, motor graders, scrapers, front-end loaders, compressors and shovels. These men and women work behind the scenes to help shape the skylines we see in our communities today.

Compensation Information

Work Conditions

Outdoor, varying weather

Skills Needed

Strong math, mechanical ability, hand/eye/foot coordination, comfortable with heights

Relevant Classes

  • General math

  • Technology

  • English/communication

  • Shop classes

Education and Training

  • 4-year apprentice program

  • 6,000 hours of on-the-job training

  • 400 classroom hours

  • 400 unpaid hours

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