Apprentice Course Descriptions

Apprentices must complete a minimum of five weeks of scheduled training and 300 hours of on-the-job training during each year of apprenticeship. Classroom (scheduled) training for apprentices is held at the Operating Engineers Training Center at Silex, Missouri and includes, but is not limited to the following:

Order of classes from application to graduation with the descriptions below: 

Apply in Person

Orientation/Pre-Apprentice Meeting

Pre-Apprentice Week

1st Year 2nd Year                        3rd Year

Indenture Week

Scraper Class- 3 week Backhoe/Highlift Class - 3 week
Crane and CDL- 3 week class Grading Class - 2 week class Reiview - 2 week class- (1week crane refresher/1 week Excavator/Dozer/Blade etc.)
Skid-steer and backhoe -2 week class Hazmat Refresher - 8 hour class Hazmat Refresher - 8 hr class
40 hour Hazmat - 1 week   Radiological Worker II -  8 hour class
Radiological Worker II - 8 hour class    

 

1st Year Apprentice Training

Title: Orientation/Pre-Apprentice Meeting (4 hrs)

Description: This meeting is the start of the selection process to become an apprentice. This meeting is approx. 4 hours spent turning in required paperwork and taking the written assessment.  Applicants must pass the written assessment with a score of 70% or higher.

Title: Pre-Apprentice Week

Description: One-week course in which the applicant is evaluated for punctuality, attitude,  ability to take and understand instructions, ability to work with others, motivation and manual dexterity.  Applicants must score 70% or higher on the evaluations.

Title: Indenture Week

Description: One-week course for 1st Year apprentices including but not limited to, OSHA 10-Hr construction, written portion of Forklift Certification,  Aerial Lift training and instruction of duties of an apprentice on the job.  Apprentices will complete papwerwork to become registered apprentices with the Department of Labor.

Title:  Crane and CDL

Description:  Three-week course for 1st Apprentices consisting of approximately 40 percent classroom and 60 percent hands-on instruction and practice performing tasks with a crane; similar to working on jobsite.  The classroom portion includes, but is not limited to, instruction and testing on basic craning principles, crane hand signals, wire rope and rigging, equipment nomenclature, proper setup and maintenance of the equipment, performance test is given at the end of the course.  Apprentices must pass the class with a score of 70% or higher.  This course will also consists of instruction and hands-on performance in safe and proper operation of either a Class A CDL or Class B with Airbrakes.

Title:  Skid-steer and Backhoe

Description:  Two-week course for 1st Year Apprentices consisting of one week skid-steer training including but not limited to instruction and hands-on practice of safe and proper operation of skid-steer loaders.  One week of backhoe training including but not limited to, instruction and hands-on practice of safe and proper operation of a backhoe.

 

Title:  40 Hour Hazmat

Description:  Forty hour course presenting safe and proper handling and disposal of Hazardous Waste/Materials in accordance with O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120.  A written test must be passed to obtain certification (valid for one year).  Certified Emergency First Aid/CPR instruction is included in this course. 

 

Title:  Radiological Worker II

Description:  One day Department of Energy standardized core training course in accordance with requirements set forth in 10CFR 835, presenting safe and proper handling and disposal of radiation contaminated (radioactive) materials.  A written test must be passed to obtain RAD II Certification.

 

2nd Year Apprentice Training

Title:  Scraper Class

Description:  Three-Week course for 2nd Year Apprentices consisting of approximately 20 percent classroom and 80 percent hands-on instruction and practice performing tasks with a scraper; similar to working on a  jobsite.  The classroom portion includes, but is not limited to, instruction and testing on equipment, nomenclature, walk-around inspection and maintenance of equipment, excavation hand signals, grade stake identification and abbreviation, grade checking and slope identification.  A performance test is given at the end of the course.  Apprentices must score a 70% or higher to pass.

 

 

Title:  Grading Class

Description:  Two-Week course for 2nd Year Apprentices consisting of one week skid-steer training, one week backhoe training and one week highlift/dozer/excavator training.  Skid-steer training will consist of instruction and hands-on practice in safe and proper operation of skid-steer loaders; similar to working on a jobsite.  Backhoe Training will consist of instruction and hands-on practice in safe and proper operation of a backhoe.  Grading training will consist of instruction and hands-on practice in safe and proper operation of highlift, dozer and excavator.  Apprentices must score a 70% or higher.

 

Title:  Hazmat Refresher

Description:  Eight hour course required annually to maintain Hazmat Certification.  Eight hour class meets requirements of O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120. 

 

3rd Year Apprentice Training

 

Title:  Backhoe/Highlift Class

Description:  Three week course for 3rd Year Apprentices consisting of excavation and backfilling ditches.  This course consists of approximately 20 percent classroom and 80 percent hands-on instruction and practice performing tasks with a backhoe; similar to working on a jobsite.  Classroom portion includes, but is not limited to, instruction and testing on equipment, nomenclature, walk-around inspection of equipment, excavation hand signals, engineer’s rule, grade stakes identification and abbreviations, grade checking and slope identification.  A performance test is given at the end of the course.  Apprentices must score a 70% or higher.

 

Title:  Review

Description:  Two-week course for 3rd Year Apprentices consisting of one week crane refresher and one week refresher training of safe and proper operation of excavator, dozer and or blade training. 

 

Title:  Hazmat Refresher

Description:  Eight hour course required annually to maintain Hazmat Certification.  Eight hour class meets requirements of O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120. 

 

Title:  Radiological Worker II

Description:  One day Department of Energy standardized core training course in accordance with requirements set forth in 10CFR 835, presenting safe and proper handling and disposal of radiation contaminated (radioactive) materials.  A written test must be passed to obtain RAD II Certification.

 

 

 

Title:  Welding

Apprentices will receive 20 hours of welding training during the apprenticeship program.   This includes proper set up of oxygen and acetylene for welding and cutting metals, instruction in types of metals, and hands-on instruction and practice in proper setup and use of welding equipment, heating, burning/cutting, stick and wire-feed welding. 

Journeyman Course Descriptions

Operating Engineers Training Program offers the following classes to IUOE Local 513 members at various times throughout the year at the Operating Engineers Training Center at Silex, Missouri:

Title:  O.S.H.A. 10 Hour Construction Outreach Course

Description:  2 day class in construction occupational safety and health standards and policy given in accordance with O.S.H.A. Outreach Training Program Guidelines.  Course completion card issued by O.S.H.A. Required of all apprentices.

 

Title:  30 Hour O.S.H.A. Class

Description:  4 day class needed for jobsite Supervisor qualification.

 

Title:  Forklift Certification Class

Description:  One day course of instruction in safe and proper operation of powered industrial trucks in accordance with O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178.  Must pass a written and hands-on test to obtain certification (valid for 3 years).  Required for all apprentices.

 

Title:  Forklift Re-Certification Class

Description:  Refresher training and evaluation for re-certification in operation of powered industrial trucks in accordance with O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178.  Must pass a hands-on test for re-certification (valid for 3 years).

 

Title:  40 Hour Hazardous Waste/Materials (Hazmat) Certification Class

Description:  Forty hour course presenting safe and proper handling and disposal of Hazardous Waste/Materials in accordance with O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120.  A written test must be passed to obtain certification (valid for one year).  Certified Emergency First Aid/CPR instruction is included in this course.  Required for all apprentices.

 

Title:  8 Hour Hazmat Refresher Class

Description:  Required annually to maintain Hazmat Certification. Eight hour class meets requirements of O.S.H.A. Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120.  Valid for one year.  Required for all apprentices.

 

Title:  M.S.H.A.  24 Hour Surface Mining Training

Description:  3 day partial training course in surface mining occupational safety and health standards and policy given in accordance with M.S.H.A. training guidelines.  Required for workers on certain jobsites.

 

Title:  8 Hour M.S.H.A. Refresher

Description:  8 hour refresher course needed to keep 24 hr. M.S.H.A.  certification valid.

 

Title:  Radiological Worker II (RADII) Certification Class

Description:  One day Department of Energy standardized core training course in accordance with requirements set forth in 10 CFR 835, presenting safe and proper handling and disposal of radiation contaminated (radioacitve) materials.  A written test must be passed to obtain RAD II Certification (valid 2 years).  Required for all apprentices.

 

Title:  40 Hr. Introduction to Crane Class

Description:  5 day class designed for those with little or no experience on cranes; approximately 50/50 classroom and hands-on practice on cranes.  Topics covered in classroom include basic craning principles, proper set up and maintenance of the equipment, hand signals, rigging, load charts and estimating load weights.  Hands-on time allows student to become familiar with the machine and to learn and practice basic craning skills (Not available to first term apprentices).

 

Title:  Crane Certification (CCO)  Written Test Prep Classes

Description:  Recommended for all candidates planning to take the CCO Written Test, which is the initial step toward CCO certification as a crane operator.  Course consists of 16 hours of instruction covering subject matter in all categories of the written exam developed by the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators.  Written test consists of an exam on general knowledge of craning (core), and exams for six separate crane specialties-large and small hydraulic cranes, lattice-boom crawler and lattice-boom truck cranes, tower cranes and overhead cranes.  Test candidates must meet medical requirements, comply with CCO's substance abuse policy, and submit application and test fees for the written test.  Must pass written test and practical exam for CCO certification.  Not available to first term apprentices.

 

Title:  Practical Exam for CCO Crane Certification

Description:  Hands-on test of essential skills in crane operation developed by the NCCCO for six crane specialties, and given by Operating Engineers Training Program instructors who have been accredited by CCO as CCO Practical Examiners.  Passing scores on the core and at least one specialty of the CCO written text are prerequisite to taking the CCO Practical Exam.  Candidates must submit test fees with application.  All CCO tests are scored and certifications issued (or denied) by the administrating agency for the CCO Certification Program.  CCO certification is valid for 5 years.  Not available to first term apprentices.

 

Title:  CCO Signalperson Certification

Description:  Issued to candidates who pass both the written and practical exams designed for signalpersons who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in operation of all types of cranes.  The signalperson practical exam requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in giving both hand and voice commands.  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, comply with CCO's Substance Abuse Policy and the NCCCO Code of Ethics, and submit the required application and test fees.  All CCO Signalperson exams are scored by and certification issued (or denied) by the administrating agency for the CCO Certification Program.  Prep class(es) consisting of 8 or more hours are offered by Local 513 Training Program to candidates for the Signalperson exams.  Certification is valid for 5 years.

 

Title:  CCO Basic Rigger Certification

Description:  Issued to candidates who pass both the written and practical exams designed for riggers who are trained in the essential skills needed to perform safe rigging duties. The Rigger practical exam requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in correctly spotting defective equipment and ability to secure loads correctly.   Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, comply with CCO's Substance Abuse Policy and the NCCCO Code of Ethics, and submit the required application and test fees. All CCO Rigger written and practical exams are scored by and certification issued (or denied) by the administrating agency for the CCO Certification Program. Prep class(es) consisting of 8 or more hours are offered by Local 513 Training Program to candidates for the Rigger exams. Certification is valid for 5 years.

 

Title:  Qualified Rigger

Description:  Issued to candidates who pass both the written and practical exams designed for riggers who are trained in the essential skills needed to perform safe rigging duties. The Rigger practical exam requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in correctly spotting defective equipment and ability to secure loads correctly.

 

Title:  Qualifed Signal person

Description: Issued to candidates who pass both the written and practical exams designed for signalpersons who are trained and who will use hand and voice signals in operation of all types of cranes.  The signalperson practical exam requires the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in giving both hand and voice commands.

 

Title:  JLG & Scissor Lift Training

Description:  4 hour class on the orientation and safe operation of various booms and scissor lifts and their controls.

 

Title:  8 Hr Grade Stake Class

Description:  One day course of instruction in grade stake abbreviations and identification, grade checking, proper use of laser and conventional transits.

 

Title:  8 Hr Blueprint (Dirt Plan) Class

Description:  One day course of instruction in contour line, profile and cross-section prints, and slope drafting; must be able to read grade stakes to attend.

 

Title:  First Aid/CPR Class

Description:  Basic First Aide and CPR Class (one day)

 

Title:  Preparation for Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test

Description:  One day session of instruction and practice for walk-around and driving portion of the CDL test (Class A or Class B License with Air Brakes).  Additional practice time may be scheduled as needed.  CDL Permit required prior to attending.

 

Title:   Skills Improvement Training (Voluntary Training)

Description: Hands-on training offered to Local 513 members desiring to update or acquire new skills with instruction and practice in safe and proper operation of equipment of member's choice, on a first come, first served basis.  Most sessions offered on Saturdays; may be scheduled on weekdays by appointment.

 

**SPECIAL CLASSES offered periodically 

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