Operating Engineers Local 487
Operating Engineers Local 487

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Apprentice & Training

Apprentice and Training Program

Job Description

Operating and maintaining heavy construction equipment such as cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, front-end loaders, forklifts, concrete pumps, etc. Operating Engineers represent operators, mechanics, oilers, fuel trucks drivers, lowboy drivers, riggers, signal persons, and a variety of other skilled trades.

Salary Range

Apprentice wages vary from 50% to 85% of journeymen's wages. After a three-month probation apprentices may qualify for benefits such as family health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, dental, and eye care.


Copy of Birth certificate.
D.O.T. physical examination and drug test results.
Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate.
Two reference letters.
Copy of DD-214 service record (if applicable)
A valid Florida Class A commercial driver's license.
Completed aptitude test (given by the State of Florida Employment service).

Training Description

This is a four-year nationally recognized training program. It is registered with the Florida Dept. of Education. The program includes four years (8000 hrs.) on the job training, (300 hrs.) of classroom training, and (300 hrs.) hands-on training. The program is non-discriminatory regarding both race and gender. Note: there are no fees charged for this program.


If you have an interest in operating or maintaining heavy equipment, have a responsible attitude and a good work ethic, and don't mind working outside in hot dusty or even greasy conditions, then becoming an Operating Engineers is the trade for you. Skilled operators earn very good wages and benefits.

Page Last Updated: Aug 12, 2021 (07:30:00)
Operating Engineers Local 487
1425 NW 36th St.
Miami, FL 33142
  (305) 634-3419

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