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3174 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road
P.O. Box 93310
Rochester, N.Y. 14692
Phone: (585) 272-9890
Apprentice Coordinator: Dan Swauger

An Operating Engineer works as a heavy equipment operator, mechanic or surveyor. The Heavy Equipment Operator works on construction projects operating a variety of equipment such as bulldozer, loader, backhoe, earth roller, blacktop roller, forklift, crane, etc.

The Apprenticeship training program is 4100 hours in length, but because the work is seasonal, an Apprentice usually completes the training in 4 to 5 years. An Apprentice signs a legal apprenticeship agreement (indenture form) to learn the trade of Operating Engineer through a combined program of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Through the Apprenticeship Agreement, the Apprentice is also registered with the New York State Department of Labor.

To be eligible to apply for the position of Apprentice you must:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age. A copy of legal proof (driver’s license, birth certificate) must be submitted at time of at time of acceptance into the Apprenticeship Program.
  • Be a High School graduate or must have been awarded a high school equivalency diploma. A copy of HS diploma or GED must be submitted at time of acceptance into the Program.
  • Be a resident of one of the following counties within the jurisdiction of IUOE Local 832: Allegany, Livingston, Monroe,
  • Chemung, Ontario, Steuben, Wayne, Yates, Eastern part of Genesee including the City of Batavia
  • Be physically able to perform the work required as determined by a physician of the Applicant’s choice at the Applicant’s expense. Proof required: A physician’s statement of Applicant’s physical condition must be provided only if the Applicant is accepted into the Apprenticeship Program. A physician’s statement must be issued no more than six (6) months prior to the Applicant’s acceptance into the Apprenticeship Program.
  • Be willing to take and pass a drug test after acceptance into the Apprenticeship program. IUOE Local 832 will make arrangements.
  • Demonstrate ability and attain a minimum passing score in practical testing.
  • Have a valid NYS Driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation to and from classes and work sites.

Once an Apprentice successfully completes the Apprenticeship Program, the Apprentice becomes a Journey-Level Operating Engineer and continues as a member of IUOE Local 832. All members are encouraged to continue education throughout their careers by attending additional classes in safety and equipment operation offered by the Engineers Joint Training Fund.

For additional information, visit our website: http://www.iuoe832.com/

Operating Engineers Local 832 Apprenticeship Program

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