CAREER AND COLLEGE PREP
Manufacturing & the Trades
Build a Bright Future
From robotics to engineering, the world of manufacturing is filled with in-demand professions focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Prepare to enter this high-tech world straight out of high school.
Which pathway is offered?
Heavy Machine Operations—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.
The Local 49/MNVA Operating Engineer Apprenticeship Readiness Pathway ebook provides an overview of this pathway.
Who is Career and College Prep 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.
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 is a statewide organization that serves all of Minnesota’s heavy operating equipment needs.
What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*
Some of the jobs include:
- Facility maintenance manager
- Industrial equipment mechanic
- Automotive mechanic
- Power plant mechanic
- Mobile equipment maintenance manager
- Service technician
- Bicycle repairer
*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.
What could my future look like in this career field?**
**Data is from Lightcast and is updated frequently.
Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?
Heavy Machine Operators Pre-Apprenticeship Certification
ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)