Manufacturing and 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 pathways are offered?
Heavy Machine Operations Pre-Apprenticeship—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.
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?*
Operating engineers of heavy equipment, including:
Tractor Loader Backhoes
Concrete Plants and Mixes
What is the salary outlook?*
Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample career salaries include:
- Construction Equipment Operator—$48,160/year
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)
*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.