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International Union of Operating Engineers





We are the Training Program for the Heavy Equipment Operators. We cover all of Western Washington in the jurisdictions of IUOE Locals 302 & 612 since 1972. We offer four (4) different Apprenticeship programs as well as Journey-level skill improvement courses. If you already have at least two (2) years experience in either Construction Equipment Operation, Surveying or Heavy Duty Equipment repair (as used in Heavy Highway and commercial buildings) you may qualify to join as a journey-level Operating Engineer.



The Operating Engineers' Apprenticeship Program is sponsored by the International Union of Operating Engineers in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors, for the purpose of recruiting and training people who are interested in a career in operating and maintaining heavy equipment and doing construction surveying.  We currently accept approximately 40-60 apprentices per year, depending on conditions in the job market. The apprenticeship program is an "Earn While You Learn" type of program with wages starting around $19.78 per hour plus a good benefit package on top of that. The union is a full-referral union, which means you don't have to look for a job--that's what we do for you. Once you reach Journey level status at over $28.91 per hour, opportunities across the nation will open up to you!

Construction Equipment Operator (CEO)

The CEO apprentice operates a variety of heavy equipment.

Heavy Duty Repairperson/Mechanic (HDR)

The HDR apprentice repairs and maintains equipment.  Candidates must have two (2) years of vocational training in diesel repair, or the equivalent experience.  It is helpful to have a CDL with endorsements for these positions.

Hoisting Engineer (HE)

The HE apprentice works exclusively with the crane industry.

Grade Tech (GT)

The GT apprentice works exclusively in the grade and survey industry.


To apply you will need to send the information listed below to the Training Center:   1)  Completed Application (available online at or call the Training Center Office) 2)  Resume/Work History 3)  Letter of Recommendation        4)  Copy of  Diploma/GED**  5)  Copy of WA Driver’s License  6)  Copy of Social Security Card          7)  Copy of Birth Certificate **if you are under 18 years old you will need to apply for a waiver if you can supply verification of two (2)  or more  years experience within the construction industry.



16921 Vantage Highway    

Ellensburg, WA  98926

(509) 968-3203        

(509) 968-4422 Fax



James Agnew, Director

Tami St. Paul, Training Coordinator         

Sandy Winter, Training Coordinator


Operating Engineers Local 612

1555 S Fawcett Ave

Tacoma, WA  98402


253-591-9882 Fax


Operating Engineers Local 302

18701 – 120th Ave NE

Bothell, WA  98011


425-806-0030 Fax


Operating Engineers Local 370



Local 370 of the International Union of the Operating Engineers was chartered in May of 1936.  In December of 1938 our charter was expanded to include apprenticeship and junior engineers.  In May of 1949 Local 285 of Southern Idaho merged with Local 370.  This currently makes 370’s jurisdiction the entire State of Idaho and Washington East of the 120th Meridian.  Local 370 currently have 1975 members.


During the late 60’s and early 70’s Local 370 membership was approximately 4,500.  This influx of membership was due to large amounts of work on the Columbia River and Snake River projects.  These projects included the Dworshack Dam on the Clearwater, railroad relocation down stream from Lewiston, and the Lewiston Levees.  Our members have been instrumental in the construction and additions to the largest concrete structure in the U.S., the Grand Coulee Dam, which the original portion was finished in 1942.


The International Union of Operating Engineers has a proud history of helping build and maintain the hi-ways, bi-ways, bridges and buildings throughout the country. Our members operate a variety of heavy equipment.  These could include road graders, cranes, excavators, paving machines, rollers or forklifts.  Some of our members are also mechanics that repair and maintain these machines and grade checkers set the elevations for these projects.



Local 370’s Apprenticeship training facility is located on sixty acres in Spangle Washington.  It has over 30 pieces of heavy equipment, class rooms, dorm facilities, huge shop (for equipment repair and mechanic apprentice training), RV parking and other amenities.  This facility is used for journeymen upgrades and apprenticeship related training.  The Apprentice program is 8,000 of hours on the job training in conjunction with an annual 160 hours of related training.  Between the on the job training and the related training the goal is to produce qualified journeymen that will perpetuate our craft, while making a living wages with medical and pension benefits. 


Every year the apprentice program of Local 370 tries to do a community service project.  These have included work for Habitat for Humanity, City of Spangle. Spokane Police Department and numerous other projects.



Mark Wagar, Training Director                                 

Western States Operating Engineers                          

P.O. Box 210                                                              

Spangle, WA 99031-0210                                          


509-235-9395 Fax                                                                                               


Curt Koegen, Business Manager

IUOE Local 370

510 S. Elm

P.O. Box 3386

Spokane, WA 99220


509-624-5554 Fax



Mike Noble, Organizer

IUOE Local 370

510 S. Elm

P.O. Box 3386

Spokane, WA 99220

509-624-5365 Office

509-624-5554 Fax






Chartered on September 18, 1918, the Operating Engineers Local 701 has a total of 4,300 members.  Its jurisdiction includes all of Oregon and five and one-half counties in Southwestern Washington.



Christmas in April and Local 701 Cheer-A-Child gift collection for Albertina Kerr Foundation.



  • Paving and Grading Operator apply concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways.  They operate equipment used for compacting gravel, dirt or other materials.
  • Excavating and Loading Machine Operators tend machinery with scoops, shovels, or buckets to dig and load loose materials.
  • Grader, Bulldozer and Scraper Operators remove, distribute, level or grade earth.
  • Logging Tractor Operators drive tractors equipped with bulldozer blade, frontal hydraulic shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack or crane boom to fell trees, skid, load and unload, stack logs, pull stumps or clear brush.
  • Operators also control and maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heathers, filters and chlorinators that supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, and auxiliary power for turbines, generators, boilers, and other power-generating plant facilities. 
  • Crane Operators run mechanical boom or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines or products.
  • Crushing, Grinding, Mixing and Blending Machine Operators tend machines that crush, grind or polish a wide variety of materials including coal, glass, rock, etc.
  • Earth Drillers include core, well and foundation drill operators and horizontal and earth boring machine operators.  They operate drills to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, remove core samples for mineral exploration or soil testing and facilitate use of explosives in mining or construction.
  • Floating Equipment Operators run floating equipment such as floating crane, derrick barge, floating clamshell and dredges.
  • Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators use gasoline or electric-powered industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklift, elevated platform or trailer hitch to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site or similar location.
  • Guardrail Installers use guardrail punch or guardrail auger to install posts for mounting protective barriers.
  • Hazardous Waste Removal Operators run remote controlled and robotic equipment and power machinery to remove hazardous waste.  Jobs include oiler (assistant to the engineer), incinerator control board operator and assistant, temporary heating plant operator, surface heater and planer operator.
  • Machinery Maintenance (Mechanics) change parts, lubricate machinery and perform other routine machinery maintenance.



Apprentices participate in 6,000 hours on-the-job training and 488 hours of related training.



Journeyman candidates must pass training standard performance (TSP) evaluations on three specific pieces of equipment.



Journeyman upgrading classes include equipment specific curricula on occupational safety and health issues, productivity and competency improvement in the operation of heavy equipment.  Advanced courses in related fields include supervisory training, CPR/First Aid, grade checking and competent persons training.



Mark Holliday, Business Manager

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701

555 East First Street

Gladstone, OR  97027


503-650-7715 Fax


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