Operating Engineers

Scope of Work

Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy and portable construction equipment. They are the men and women who run bulldozers and scrapers on highway projects, cranes on building projects, hydraulic backhoes on sewer and water line installations, as well as large machines like asphalt plants. Their work is often seasonal in nature with considerable exposure to weather, especially when their machinery has an open cab.

Length of Program

The apprenticeship program spans approximately four years with 6,000 hours on both “on-the-job” and classroom training. 


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Possess high school diploma or GED
  • Must be US citizen or legally emigrated alien living in Michigan
  • Live in the geographical area as specified for each individual training program conducted by their local
  • Applicants are expected to possess good reading and math skills, good mechanical skills and good hand-eye coordination 
  • Must be physically fit and pass a drug test, as well as pass an aptitude test and a series of interviews
  • They must also complete a two-week pre-apprenticeship program covering safety and preventative maintenance while also being provided a general industry overview

Contact Information

Detroit – Operating Career Center
1550 Howard St.
Detroit, MI 48216
Tel: (313) 532-5345
Toll Free: (888) 256-9610

Stationary Career Center
1550 Howard St
Detroit, MI 48216
Tel: (313) 532-5345
Toll Free: (313) 255-6448

Operating Engineers 324
802 Clark Dr
Gladestone MI 49837
Tel: (906) 225-7273