Local 49 Training Center Instructor Passes Away

2018-02-21T14:29:49+00:00 February 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

Thank you to Crest PreCast Products

2017-10-11T15:37:18+00:00 October 9th, 2017|

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. [...]

April Lee

2017-06-22T13:35:17+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|

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

2017-06-05T08:58:48+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

Dane Tolzmann

2017-05-26T10:40:22+00:00 May 26th, 2017|

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

2017-03-28T13:35:09+00:00 March 28th, 2017|

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 [...]

Jesse Lindgren

2017-03-22T09:07:02+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|

Jesse Lindgren has more than 20 years experience in the underground construction industry before being brought on part-time as the Sewer and Water Instructor at the Local 49 Training Center. After graduating high school, Lindgren went into the construction industry and says he’s always worked in some type of underground construction. “My buddy’s dad owned [...]

Fritz Panek

2017-03-17T10:11:28+00:00 March 17th, 2017|

Fritz Panek has more than 40 years experience in the construction industry before being brought on part-time as the large heavy equipment instructor at the Operating Engineers Local 49 Training Center. “I can run any piece of equipment when it comes to dirt work,” said Panek. Panek grew up on a dairy farm, and graduated [...]