We Build Operating Engineers

Operating engineers are skilled tradespeople who work in a variety of industries, from construction to manufacturing. As an operating engineer, you'll be responsible for operating and maintaining heavy equipment, including bulldozers, cranes, backhoes, and excavators. You'll also need to know how to read blueprints, measure and grade land, and operate computerized equipment.

The job of an operating engineer is challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. You'll work on a wide variety of projects, from building roads and bridges to constructing high-rise buildings. You'll work outside in all kinds of weather conditions, and you'll need to be able to think on your feet and problem-solve quickly in order to keep your project on track.

If you're interested in becoming an operating engineer, you'll need to complete an apprenticeship program that typically lasts 4 years. During your apprenticeship, you'll learn the skills you need to operate heavy equipment safely and efficiently, as well as the math, science, and computer skills needed to succeed in this field. You'll also gain hands-on experience working on real-world projects under the guidance of experienced professionals. By the time you complete your apprenticeship, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an operating engineer in any industry.

How can I Prepare?

To increase the chances of acceptance into the Operating Engineers Apprenticeship program, applicants should focus on building a strong foundation in math, physics, and problem-solving skills. High school courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are also recommended. Good manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, and strong communication skills are also important for success as an operator. Participation in a high school building trades program or other vocational training can be helpful in preparing for a career as an operating engineer.


Apprenticeship Length

4 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Not Eligible for Ivy Tech Degree

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Local 150 Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Training Center
19800 West Arsenal Rd
Wilmington, IL 60481-8256
Phone: 815-722-3201

Application Period
Applications are accepted every November. 
Application Schedule for 2024 (Coming Soon)

Application Cost


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