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.