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Operating Engineer

Operating Engineers Local #150
Apprenticeship & Skill Improvement Program
19800 W. South Arsenal Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
Phone (815) 722-3201

Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy construction equipment such as cranes, compressors, and hoists. They use this equipment to excavate, move, or grade earth, erect structural steel, and pour concrete or other hard surface paving materials.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have completed at least two full years of high school or have a high school diploma, or GED certificate.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of an Operating Engineer.

How to Apply

  • When you apply you will need to fill out their application.
  • Local # 150's jurisdiction includes areas in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.
  • Requests for an application package can be made at the following offices:
    • Countryside - 6200 Joliet Rd Joliet - 1050 N. I-55 E. Frontage Rd.
    • Lakemoor - 22874 Route 120 South Bend, IN - 1345 Northside Blvd.
    • Rockford - 4477 Linden Rd. Merrillville, IN - 2193 W 84th Place
    • Utica - 740 East U.S. Rt. 6 Rock Island - 3511 78th Ave. West
  • The application package itself, can only be obtained and completed applications submitted at
    • 19800 W. South Arsenal Road
      Wilmington, IL 60481
      Phone (815) 722-3201
  • Applications are available Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Take and pass a physical exam within 30 days of acceptance into the program.
  • Must meet basic requirements and pass an oral interview at time of five-day training site evaluation.


  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.
  • Must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Shop classes.

Work Experience

(Helpful but not necessary for acceptance)

  • Any experience working with heavy equipment or as a laborer.

Working Conditions

  • Operating Engineers work in all types of weather elements and the majority of work is performed outdoors.

Length of Apprenticeship

  • Four (4) years (approximately) - Minimum of 600 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must complete 240 classroom hours. (80 hours of classroom instruction for the first 3 years)
  • Apprentices must receive 64 site hours per year for first 3 years
  • Apprentices must pass a loader test, hoe test and dozer test

Wage Information 2013 (wages for districts 1,2,3 and 5)

  • 1st year $22.55
  • 2nd year $28.15
  • 1st half of 3rd year $32.50
  • 2nd half of 3rd year $34.65
  • 1st half of 4th year $36.80
  • 2nd half of 4th year $39.00

(Pay levels for Journeyman vary depending upon what type of machinery that is being operated).


  • Health & Welfare, Pension, Dental Insurance, Vacation Savings Plan