Layne’s introduction to the trades came at the Staples, Minnesota Vocational Technical Center followed by working as a pipeline worker with Majestic Wiley until their operations moved to Canada. He’s worked with numerous contractors in various roles such as a Mechanic, Operator, Foreman, Superintendent, and Operations Manager. Before taking over the Training Center, Layne was at Enbridge Energy focusing on safety, which will shape his priorities at the Training & Apprenticeship Center ensuring that the professionals of IUOE Local 49 are the best trained, most reliable Operators available in the three-state region.
CDL, Forklift, CPR, PRO 10, OSHA Instructor
As the Assistant Training Director, Dave works closely with Director Layne Johnson in management of the Training Center staff and facilities. He is a CDL Instructor, Forklift Practical Examiner, Public Employee Instructor, a CPR-AED-First Aid, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, PRO-10, and Heavy Equipment Instructor. Dave has the responsibility of training journeymen and apprentices alike. His experience in the construction industry shows in his success rate with CDL candidates. Dave also helped to create our Forklift Practical Course.
Blade, Forklift, Equipment, MSHA, Grades & Stakes, OSHA, CPR, PRO 10, HAZMAT, Confined Space Instructor
Griz brings over 36 years of real world experience, as a Union Equipment Operator, to the Training Center. As an instructor, Griz enjoys sharing his operating skills and techniques with fellow Local 49 members. Other responsibilities include OSHA 10, OSHA 30, Confined Space, MSHA, HAZMAT, Grades & Stakes, Plan Reading, PRO 10 Labor History, and CPR-AED-First Aid.
Apprenticeship Administrative Assistant
Susie is responsible for apprenticeship tracking. She processes all apprentice paperwork, which includes setting up new files and entering their On The Job training timesheets, union meeting attendance, and Local 49 training. Susie also serves as backup receptionist.
As a graduate of the Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program, Brian knows full well what it takes to succeed in the apprenticeship program. He provides the link between the training center and sponsor contractors of the program. Brian has the overall responsibility of ensuring that apprentices attend classes, complete time cards, and follow through with their responsibilities to graduation. His experience as a part-time instructor for 18 years helps to guide apprentices in the right direction.
Office Administrator, Accounts Payable
As office coordinator, Mary Kay makes sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently. With a background in accounting and business she handles the payroll and accounts receivable. Mary Kay also coordinates office affairs and acts as a liaison between vendors and various agencies and organizations. Mary Kay assists the director on a daily basis.
Crane and Class Registrations / Administrative Assistant
Judy is responsible for scheduling classes, verifying classroom members, issuing certificate and I.D. Cards to attendees. She also schedules CCO (Crane) testing both written and practical exams, along with the processing the Federal paperwork. If you receive a class book or student manual there is a good chance it was prepared by Judy. When members receive the training schedule Judy’s work is evident in the preparation of this information booklet.
Equipment Mechanic along with Welding, CDL, and OSHA Instructor
Dan has been a field service mechanic for 21 years, working on road trucks as well as off road trucks. He has an extensive background working on heavy earth moving equipment, pavement profiling machines, and concrete overlay machines. Worked for two of metro’s largest highway heavy contractors. Certified DOT truck inspector since 1994. Certified stick welder in structural welding since 2006. Welding and CDL instructor.
HAZMAT, OSHA, MSHA, CPR, Asbestos Instructor
Tom has over 37 years of adult education experience that he brings to the Training Center. Starting with teaching Aerospace Physiology in the Air Force, teaching Hyperbaric Medicine, and prior to coming to the Training Center, he taught asbestos and lead certification courses. He has also been involved in HAZWOPER training and creating a modified HAZWOPER course for the airport emergency response teams Homeland Security requirements.
When the Local 49 Training Center was built in Hinckley, Steve was hired for the maintenance position at the site. His talent shows by the care of the grounds and the building. He is responsible for all mechanical and electrical components including the geo-thermal heating and cooling system. Steve is always willing to lend a hand in whatever capacity he can help in.
Steve was a graduate of the Heavy Equipment Program at Central Lakes College, and was a graduate of the Local 49 Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program. Steve is one of the links between the training center and sponsor contractors of the program. Steve has the overall responsibility of ensuring that apprentices attend classes, complete time cards, and follow through with their responsibilities to graduation. As a mentor, Steve takes great pride in passing on his life experiences in the trade to tomorrow’s generation of Operating Engineers.
Heavy Equipment, Forklift, Grades & Stakes, Plan Reading, OSHA, CPR, PRO 10 Instructor
Mike has been an Instructor at the Heavy Equipment Program at Central Lakes College for the last 7 years. He is happy to bringing his training and over 21 years of heavy equipment experience to the Training Center.
Local 49 Promotional Trailer Coordinator, CDL Instructor, and Equipment Transporter
Randy has 37 years in the construction and heavy equipment transportation industry. He is a third generation Local 49 Union member. He is looking forward to sharing his extensive heavy equipment transport knowledge with our members.
Ryan is a proud 15 year Local 49 member and crane operator. Ryan enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge of crane operations, and helping our members succeed and grow.
John Barnes was accepted into the crane apprenticeship program and completed his eight-thousand-hour apprenticeship at Truck Crane Service where he operated a variety of different cranes.
After his time at Truck Crane, he went to work at Vic’s Crane and Heavy Haul for six years. He began to operate a variety of mobile cranes doing daily rental work, and was exposed to a wide range of jobs.
Barnes shares his skills and knowledge to educate the next generation of crane operators, and to continue to build this already great training center.
Equipment and OSHA Instructor
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Nikki serves as the primary receptionist during the training season. She is also responsible for apparel sales and inventory. She orders training supplies and assembles training manuals that are used in all of our classes.
Hazmat, OSHA, Asbestos, CPR, Confined Space Instructor
Greg is a Navy veteran and comes to the Local 49 Training Center after 32 years with the US Postal Service. Greg was a straight mast forklift and heavy cargo forklift operator and Instructor for his first 23 years at the PO before moving into the position of Safety Specialist. As a Safety Specialist, Greg was responsible for OSHA compliance at the 900+ offices in the Post Offices Northland District including safety oversight on numerous small and large construction projects. Greg brings extensive experience in HAZWOPER, Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogens, OSHA Compliance and Recordkeeping, Industrial Safety and Hygiene, Accident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis to Local 49.
GPS, MSHA, Grades & Stakes, OSHA, Equipment Instructor
Bryan has years of experience in the dirt industry. He is a seasoned dozer operator who runs GPS. He has worked on small commercial sites to multi-million yard dirt jobs, working with scrapers and on/off road trucks. Along with his years of experience being a finish dozer operator he also runs all types of heavy equipment. His responsibilities as an instructor include hands-on GPS training, OSHA, MSHA, and working with the apprentices to teach them his “tricks” and “tips” for moving dirt.
Equipment and OSHA Instructor
Heavy Equipment Instructor
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Sewer & Water Instructor
- Retired: Roger Carlson – 2003, Training Director
- Retired: Rita Wolf – 2006, Office Administrator
- Retired: Gary Lindblad – 2012, Training Director
- Retired: Wayne Pederson – 2014, IUOE Master Instructor
- Retired: Jim DeLanghe – 2016, IUOE Master Instructor