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Program Number: 50-447-0
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Operating Engineer / Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this apprenticeship:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator

Average Median Wage



Want to learn to operate heavy equipment and work outdoors? This apprenticeship prepares you to operate cranes, dozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, tractor loader backhoes and more. As an operating engineer, you’ll work on construction projects such as commercial and residential developments, dams, roadways, etc. Or you could work in plants that produce rock, sand and gravel, or clean up hazardous waste sites. You’ll learn blueprint reading, how to maintain your equipment and safe work site procedures. This program requires you to first be employed before starting your on-the-job and classroom instruction.

Details and Requirements

  • 3-year program
  • 6,000 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Studies include blueprint reading; mathematics for layout work; the basics of structural erecting; ornamental erection; and assembling

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) may be required

Wisconsin Technical College Operating Engineer / Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice Programs

Operating Engineer / Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice
Fox Valley Operating Engineer Apprentice at Fox Valley
Nicolet College Heavy Equipment Operator at Nicolet College