Apprentice Operators learn safe and productive operation on all types of heavy machinery such as: cranes, forklifts, excavators, motor graders, dozers, scrapers, loaders, etc. on construction sites along with general machine maintenance.



  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Physically fit to perform work
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen
  • Must be able and willing to travel anywhere in the State of Iowa
  • Experience in construction helpful, but not mandatory


In addition to 6,000 hours of training received on the job, an apprentice will attend 144 hours per year of related training at our training facility. The related training will consist of, but will not be limited to:

  • Operate equipment in a safe, productive
  • Perform general inspections and maintenance on equipment.
  • Blueprint reading along with staking and grading of projects.
  • Perform safe rigging and hand sginals for crane operations.


Apprentice starting wages vary by local union contract but are a percentage of the journeyworker wage package, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive such benefits as health insurance and pension.


Our application process is open on a year-round basis. Applications are available online at under the Apprenticeship and Training tab or you may stop by our office to pick one up.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local #234

4880 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Phone: (515) 265-1657

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