Built By Pros

Built By Pros

Operating Engineers

Built By Pros in Eastern Iowa


Operating Engineers

Apprenticeship: Three-year apprenticeship

Operating engineer apprentices learn safe and productive operation on all kinds of heavy machinery such as cranes, forklifts, excavators, motor graders, dozers, scrapers, loaders, and more on jobsites with general machine maintenance.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Physical fit for nature of work
  • Successfully pass a drug screen
  • Able to travel throughout the State of Iowa
  • Construction experience is preferred, but not mandatory

Apprenticeship Training

Apprentices will undergo 6,000 hours of training on the job as well as 144 hours of supplemental training each year. Apprentices will be trained on the following:

  • Operate equipment in a safe and productive manner
  • Perform general inspections and maintenance on equipment
  • Blueprint reading, staking and grading of projects
  • Perform safe rigging

Earn While You Learn

Built by Pros is a pipeline to the skilled trades workforce. We provide registered apprenticeships for long-term careers with competitive salary, benefits, and no student debt. In our program, you will work with Union professionals and certified instructors and enjoy these rewards:

  • Paychecks and benefits
  • Hands-on career training
  • Debt-free education
  • National industry certification
  • Pathway to a rewarding and successful career

For more information or to apply for this apprenticeship program contact:

Operating Engineers Local #234

Jason Copple & Nick Norton

(319) 369-2050

Brian Vaske

(563) 451-0126


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