The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Operating Engineers, Local Union #30, is conducting a recruitment for 25 Stationary Engineer apprentices through Feb. 5. Depending on the jobs and companies involved, salaries are varied but begin at $15 an hour.
Path for Mechanics, Too
The Training Program provides successful graduates with marketable skills to find employment as Mechanics or Engineers in the field of Stationary Engineering.
Through a series of courses, students are equipped with an understanding of the industry and mechanical and physical theories necessary to operate machinery, as well as knowledge of the technical issues dealing with the operation and maintenance of industrial and commercial properties.
The Committee requires that applicants be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma and be legally able to work in the United States.
Applicants also sign a statement indicating that they are physically able to perform the work of a Stationary Engineer, which often includes work environments that are dangerous. The work itself may require a Stationary Engineer to be able to perform work under physically challenging and difficult conditions. They also must be willing to work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.
Apprentices must climb stairs, ladders and other means to access boiler-room equipment, sometimes in confined spaces, or heating and ventilating rooms, which may be dusty and dark with varying degrees of extreme temperatures. They also must stand for extended periods of time, read small numbers and/or markings on gauges and equipment, use vision and hearing to avoid injury from overhead piping and rotating machinery, and communicate verbally in noisy working conditions.
They also must work in areas containing gases from the combustion process and strong odors from grease, lubricants or solvents, lift heavy metal objects and work with alkaline and acidic chemicals used in boiler water treatment and handling chemicals.
Apprentices work around hazardous materials, such as asbestos and infectious waste and wear personal protective equipment, including but not limited to respirators, face shields and hearing protection.
They must provide relevant documentation of Discharge from Active Duty, if applicable, after selection and prior to enrollment, have a valid driver’s license to operate company vehicles, and have reliable means of transportation to and from various job sites and required classes at the approved school.
Candidates will be scheduled to take a comprehensive math exam and score at least 85 percent.
For further information, applicants should contact Local Union 30 at (718) 847-8484. Additional job-search assistance can be obtained at your local state Department of Labor Career Center at www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php.
Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs.
Applications can be obtained at Operating Engineers Local Union #30, 16-16 Whitestone Expressway, Whitestone, Queens between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period.
Applications must be returned via U.S. Postal Service certified mail and postmarked no later than March 1.
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