Apprenticeship Stories

Nick Tangen - Nick Tangen credits his father, a Local 49 operator for 30 years, for getting him interested in the industry. “My dad often told me it’s not always easy work, but it’s the best union to be a part of, raise a family on and know you’re secure,” said Tangen who has been in the Local . . . Continue Reading -->
Steve Tuhy - Steve Tuhy has transitioned from being an apprentice at the Operating Engineers Local 49 Training Center, to landing a job as an instructor/mechanic at the Training Center to now being their Apprenticeship Coordinator. However Tuhy grew up on a farm and has been around equipment his entire life, so it was only natural that he . . . Continue Reading -->
Russell Rask - Local 49 member, Russell Rask of Gilbert, MN, has been a part of the Operating Engineers Local 49 Apprenticeship Program for a year, and will shortly begin Phase II of the program. While an unfortunate event brought Rask to the Training Center, he now says this has been a positive experience. “I got laid off . . . Continue Reading -->
Lisa Klankowski - Lisa Klankowski, a five-year member of Local 49 and current apprentice at the Operating Engineers Local 49 Training Center, has worked her way up from operating small equipment doing dirt work to now operating cranes at the St. Croix River Crossing Bridge project for Lunda Construction Co. However, prior to her time as a heavy . . . Continue Reading -->