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.
The Local 49/MNVA Operating Engineer Apprenticeship Readiness Pathway ebook provides an overview of this pathway.
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.