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BECOME A STATIONARY ENGINEER:
To become a Stationary Engineer one would need an interest in highly technical subjects like boiler operation and maintenance, air conditioning and refrigeration, practical chemistry and electronics; a determination to update your skills as technology changes and a willingness to work shifts.
BECOME A LOCAL 17S (STATIONARY ENGINEER) MEMBER:
To become a Local 17S (Stationary Engineer) Member, an individual would have to seek employment with one of the 21 Employers that Local 17S has a Collective Bargaining Agreement with. For information on Employers that are hiring, you can call one of the Local 17S Business Representatives. (Marty Burchalewski 716- 481-3383 or Steve Palmeri 716-474-9356).
THE DUTIES OF AN OPERATING ENGINEER
Operating Engineers operate various types of heavy equipment such as bulldozers, loaders, graders, rollers, compactors, track and wheel type excavators, crawler, truck and tower cranes, concrete curb and gutter machines, pile drivers, brooms, tractors, backhoes, etc. Engineers use these and other types of equipment to perform a variety of tasks that include the construction of roads, bridges and buildings. They also do site preparation such as tree and stump removal, stripping of vegetation and overgrowth, plus the removal of topsoil and grading of land areas. In addition, Operating Engineers do excavation work for the installation of utilities, building foundations and demolition work.
This trade requires extensive exposure to sunlight and heat over long periods of time. Usual working conditions would likely be very problematic for anyone having skin sensitivities or experiencing breathing problems, due to the constant high temperature, radiant heat from road surfaces or asphalt fumes. Upon acceptance, you will be required to pass a DOT 19A, crane and respiratory physical.
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PERIOD
This is a four (4) year program with a minimum of 5,000 hours. The apprentice will receive 1000 hours per year at the Training Site operating heavy equipment and related studies in classroom and shop. There is no pay while at the Training Site. This program consists of one week of on-the-job training when work is available. The apprentice is paid by the contractor. The following week the apprentice is in school training. The apprentice attends classes Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., each day of his/her school week. The wage an apprentice will receive will be the current contracted rate. Each apprentice will work for a contractor for approximately 400 hours, and then will change to a new contractor in order to obtain diversified experience.
• You must be at least 18 years old.
• Have a high school diploma or GED.
• Take the Operating Engineers Local 17 Aptitude Test.
• Have a valid NYS COL-A or B w/Air Brakes drivers license and a means of transportation.
• You must be a citizen of the U.S.A. or legally entitled to work here.
• Reside within Local 17 jurisdiction, which includes the counties of Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Orleans, and the Western part of Genesee (excluding Batavia).
Family Health Care
Health Reimbursement Account Pension/Retirement Plan Training • Advancement
You will serve a probationary period in which time you will be required to take and pass a drug test.
Please call for dates and times to receive application.
TRAINING CENTER (716) 627-2311