Manufacturing and the Trades


Which pathways are offered?

Heavy Machine Operations Apprenticeship Readiness—This pathway prepares students to enter an apprenticeship training program to become a journeyman operating engineer in the construction industry. Operating engineers work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, or surveyors. They work with a variety of construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, front end loaders, and backhoes.

Who is Destinations partnering with for the Heavy Machine Operations Apprenticeship Readiness pathway?

This pathway is a cooperative effort with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Operating engineers of heavy equipment, including:
    • Cranes
    • Dozers
    • Scrapers
    • Loaders
    • Motor Graders
    • Tractor Loader Backhoes
    • Excavators
    • Rollers
    • Pavers
    • Concrete Plants and Mixes
    • Compressors
    • Pumps

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  •  Construction Equipment Operator—$48,160/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Tuesday, September 1,2020.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?

  • Heavy Machine Operators Pre-Apprenticeship Certification
  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)