training facility is conveniently located north of Charleston, West
Virginia off Interstate 77 at the Medina Exit #154, containing 165 acres
of mountainous terrain that is ideally suited for training. The
facility has four full-time instructors and one part-time instructor who
guide both apprentices and journeymen through training on various pieces
of equipment. West Virginia was one of the first states to require
CCO certification in their crane certification law and Local 132 was the
first location in the country to host an N.C.C.C.O. (National Commission
for the Certification of Crane Operators) practical exam.
Classroom training includes grades and plans, load chart comprehension,
Hazmat, First-Aid, C.P.R. and 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety.
During Hazmat training, participants are required to receive practical
experience in the use of respiratory equipment.
What the Operating Engineer Does
The men and women
of the Operating Engineers operate and maintain various types of power-driven
construction machines, such as bulldozers, cranes, pile drivers, power shovels,
derricks, earth graders, loaders, and tractors which dig, scrape and move great
amounts of earth or hoist large quantities of building supplies. Some
machines require the operators to turn valves, adjust hand wheels and press
pedals to drive the machines and control the attachments. Other machines,
such as cranes, require the constant use of both hands and both feet.
Operating Engineers may also be required to service their machines and move the
machine from one construction site to another.
- Age: must be a least 18 years of age
- Education: High School graduate or GED
- Must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade
- Must pass a test given by the WV Employment Security Office
- Must be a resident of the state of West Virginia for at least one year
prior to making application for apprenticeship
- Must have a valid WV Drivers' License
- Must pass a drug test
Recommended High School Courses:
- General Math
- Shop Courses (such as mechanics and welding)
Admission Requirements of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Transcripts of school records and a copy of High School
Diploma or GED. Each applicant is required to provide the Joint
Apprenticeship Committee with a copy of their birth certificate and valid West
Virginia Drivers License.
Terms of Apprenticeship Training
The length of Apprenticeship is three (3) years. Five
weeks of training are required each year at the Training Site located near
Ravenswood, West Virginia. 1,000 OJT hours are required each year to
be advanced to the next year.
Apprentices must be able to travel and be available to work
throughout the state of West Virginia.
Apprentices are not paid during training weeks or when they
are on job layoff. They are paid only when working on the job.
Applications are taken through the West Virginia Employment Security Offices
when we have apprenticeship openings (typically every two or three years).
For more information you may contact us at:
Apprenticeship Training School
3377 Medina Road
Ravenswood, West Virginia 26164-5264
By telephone at
(304) 273-4852 or
Charles A. Parker