The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program is a four year on-the-job training program consisting of five to seven weeks each year of classroom and training site time.

The training site is located in New Alexandria, PA. They have 90 pieces of equipment, with a value of $5 million, and 256 acres of land available for instructional purposes. Overall, the Operating Engineers spend $5 million per year on their apprentices & journeymen.

As an Operating Engineer apprentice,
you will receive instruction on some of the following:

  • Construction Safety
  • First Aid/CPR Training
  • Signaling
  • Fuels, Lubricants, and Coolants
  • Earthmoving Equipment Operation Principles and Techniques for Dozers, Loaders, Graders, Scrapers, and Excavators
  • Crane Operation Principles and Techniques

Terms Of Apprenticeship

  • Minimum accumulation of 4,000 on-the-job training hours
  • Apprentices will be paid at the negotiated apprenticeship rate for on-the-job training based on the class of machine being operated

Qualification Requirements Of The Program

  • Be at least 18 at the time of acceptance into the program
  • Reside in one of the 33 counties of Western Pennsylvania or Columbiana, Mahoning or Trumbull counties in Ohio
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $25 with each application
  • Have dependable transportation
  • Pass a Department of Transportation physical exam
  • Pass a drug test – drug use is not tolerated in the construction industry, where safety is a life and death issue


457 Christopher Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670

Contact: Neil Marisa– Administrative Manager
Telephone: (724) 668-2244 x302

Contact: Dennis Manown– Coordinator
Telephone: (724) 668-2244 x303


FRB Apprentice Spotlight

Meet Angela Miller, a 2nd Year Apprentice, and Nathan Cortez, a 3rd Year Apprentice, with the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program.

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