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Apprentice Graduation & Service Award Ceremony 

The Apprentice Graduation & Service Award festivities were a huge success and memorable occassion. Click here to view the pictures!
Apprenticeship & Training

Interested in a Career as an Equipment Operator?

Have you ever wondered how to become one? When is the last time you priced a training course? Let us spare you from some discouraging facts. It is extremely difficult to break into and learn our craft. Mediocre, three week training programs are extremely expensive and hardly prepare you for what you will face. A mere fly-by-night crash certification course can’t possibly give you the hands on training needed to successfully thrive in our industry. People’s lives and wellbeing are at stake when working in the field, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars that can be lost on damaged equipment or material. You will not only lose your employment, but your credibility. That’s right; there is no quicker way to ruin a career than by being involved in an accident.

The I.U.O.E. Local #450 has an apprenticeship program that will surpasses existing training courses. Our curriculum exceeds any Regulatory Agency standards and is taught by our very own instructors. We offer a THREE YEAR, classroom and hands-on program, with 6000 hours of on the job training. You can earn up to 90% of Journeymen wages while in training! You will get paid to learn! All you need is the desire to advance your mechanical development and a commitment to become an Operating Engineer.


The training facility is equipped with various types of cranes and heavy equipment, this includes:

• Tower Crane 
• Crawler Crane
• Rough Terrain Swing Cabs
• Fixed Cab Cranes
• Excavator
• Back Hoe
• Track Hoe
• Bulldozers
• Extend Boom Forklift

You will get hands on training on all equipment accompanied with expert one-on-one attention to your development.

Upon graduating you will be NCCCO certified on: 

Tower Crane Crawler Crane / Small and Large Hydraulics / Level 1 & 2 Rigging and Signal Person

You will also have a:

Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License

Class “7” Telescopic Forklift certification


Basic Safety Council card

All the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in our industry.


Local 450 sets a high standard for our apprenticeship candidates.  These include:

  • DISA background check
  • Hair follicle drug screen
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.  
  • Valid state issued drivers' license

Being an Operator means more to us than running equipment. We are part of a tradition that is part of American History. I.U.O.E. members were there to build the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Panama Canal, Chicago’s Sears Tower, Toronto’s CN Tower and Sky Dome, New York’s Empire State Building and Holland Tunnel, the Statue of Liberty, Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, the Alaskan Pipeline, Hoover Dam, and new construction of the One World Trade Center in New York City.

Learn how to become an Operating Engineer, and become part of history.

Please contact our offices at: 936-258-5341

Page Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017 (10:48:40)
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