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OPERATING ENGINEER
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Operating Engineers, Technical Engineers, Heavy Duty Repairer and Light Grading and Paving Operator 

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Job Description
Operating and Technical Engineers operate construction equipment such as heavy-duty trucks, cranes, bulldozers, pavers, rollers, trench excavators and many other kinds of equipment used in constructing buildings, dams, airports and highways. Apprentices may also work as heavy-duty truck and equipment mechanics (Heavy Duty Repairer ) and as technical engineer surveyors.
 
Working Conditions
The work is outdoors and varied, depending on the weather. Bad weather can shut down jobs and the machinery is generally not operated in heavy snow or rain. The average operator works 1,200 to 1,500 hours per year; some get less work, depending on their skills. Apprentices are sometimes required to commute long distances or to relocate for a few weeks or months to obtain employment. Apprentices must be flexible and adaptable to different environments, job sites and requirements. 
  

 
Apprenticeship Committees 

 

MA# 1041 

Union 

OR SW-WA IUOE LOCAL #701 & AGC JATC

Phone: 503-650-7701
Emaill: admin@oetraining.org
Website: www.oetraining.org

Statewide

MA# 1175

Non-Union 

OR/Columbia Heavy Equip Operator JATC

Phone: 503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442
Email: info@nwcoc.com
Website: www.nwcoc.com
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Statewide:

Operating Engineer

View our March 16 - 17, 2015 Opening Notice

MA# 2035

 
Non-Union

Knife River Oregon JAC

Phone: 503-928-6491

Area 2:

Light Grading and Paving Operator​

 
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