Becoming an Operating Engineer

What does a Operating Engineer do?

Operating Engineers operate heavy machines like cranes, dozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, tractor loader backhoes, excavators, forklifts, rollers, pavers, crushers, screening and washing plants, asphalt plants, concrete plants and mixers, and compressors.

Where does an Operating Engineer work?
  • Bridges
  • Commercial buildings
  • Highway construction
  • Dams
  • Sports stadiums
  • Large residential buildings
  • Plants that produce rock, sand & gravel
Contact


Operating Engineer

Statewide
Wisconsin Operating Engineers Training Center
W11584 State Road 21 | Coloma, WI 54930
p 715-228-4911

Am I qualified?
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to physically perform the work required
  • Must have a sincere interest in the trade
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
What can I expect while training?
  • Program requires 6,000 hours on the job
  • You must pass an aptitude test
  • Must attend an orientation
  • Some travel may be required
  • On-the-job training with an experienced Journeyman

Wage Rates 2021 – 2022 (Hourly)

Location
Wage
Fringe
Total
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$48.61
$24.79
$73.40
Northeastern Wisconsin
$44.25
$23.64
$67.89
Northern Wisconsin
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South Central Wisconsin
$41.36
$23.01
$64.37
Southern Wisconsin
$48.61
$24.80
$73.41
Western Wisconsin
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