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Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Program

Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Program

The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program is a four year on-the-job training program consisting of five to seven weeks each year of classroom and training site time.

Terms of Apprenticeship:

  • Minimum accumulation of 4,000 on-the-job training hours
  • Apprentices will be paid at the negotiated apprenticeship rate for on-the-job training based on the class of machine being operated

Qualification Requirements of the Program:

  • Be at least 18 at the time of acceptance into the Program.
  • Reside in one of the 33 counties of Western Pennsylvania or Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties in Ohio.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $25 with each application.
  • Have dependable transportation.
  • Pass a Department of Transportation physical exam.
  • Pass a drug test - Drug use is not tolerated in the construction industry where safety is a life and death issue.

Western PA Operating Engineers JATC

457 Christopher Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670

Contact: Steve Columbus - Apprenticeship Administrator
Phone: (724) 668-2244
Website: www.wpaoperators.org

The training site is located in New Alexandria, PA. They have 48 pieces of equipment, with a value of $1.9 million, and 137 acres of land available for instructional purposes. Overall, the Operating Engineers spend $1.5 million per year on their apprentices & journeymen.

Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Program

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Operating Engineers Apprenticeship and Training Program


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