Nationwide Attack on Apprenticeship Programs The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced their proposed rule to deregulate apprenticeship programs across the United States. This proposed rule would create a track of apprenticeship that no longer has to go through the process of registering to the DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship or a State Apprenticeship Council. [...]
Local 49 Members, On behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 Training Center, we wanted to inform the membership about the sudden death of Local 49 member and Training Center instructor Adam Ritter. He passed away on February 19th, 2018. For those of you that had a working relationship with Adam [...]
Local 49 Training Center wants to send out a special thank you to Crest PreCast Products, from La Crescent, MN. They have generously donated "Jersey Barriers" to expand our Crane Classes skills advancement. Through generosity like this we are able to train our Union Members on the safest methods of working on construction sites. [...]
From the office to the outdoors – Local 49 member April Lee left her office job at United Health Group last year to pursue a career as an operating engineer. Lee worked for United Health Group for 10 years before leaving and credits her husband, who is a member of IUOE Local 232, for encouraging [...]
Kyle Bleeker has been around heavy equipment all his life, while he began his career in the industry as a Laborer, now he’s starting his journey as an operating engineer working at Lunda Construction and completing Phase I of the crane apprenticeship program at the Local 49 Training Center. “I started as a Laborer with [...]
The Local 49 Training Center was recently featured in Road Machinery & Supplies Co. publication. Click here to view the article.
Being part of the Crane Apprentice program at the Local 49 Training Center has been one of the greatest experiences in Dane Tolzmann’s career as an Operating Engineer. After graduating high school, Tolzmann attended college for a little over a year, but discovered that college was not for him. “I never thought about the trades [...]
Mitch Mclntyre - a 23-year-old Local 49 member from Cresco, Iowa - has been soaking up as much knowledge as he can at the Operating Engineers Local 49 Training Center during the off-season. So much so that he enrolled in the Training Center’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) class on a Monday and passed the CDL [...]