Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship

Relevant CTE Program:

Architecture and Construction

Job Description:

As a Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice with Merit Apprenticeship Alliance, you will be provided classroom and on-the-job training over the course of 3 to 4 years in the Heavy Equipment Operator trade.

The OJT tasks involve physical labor on building, highway and heavy construction projects. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Apprentices will learn how to safely perform pre and post – operational checks, operate and maintain the following equipment:

Rollers and Compacting Machines
Tractors, Loaders
Trenching Machines
Shovels & Backhoes
Pavers (gutter, concrete)
Concrete saws, pavement breakers
Concrete, stone, asphalt spreaders, screed, finishing machines.
Pumps, Sewer pumps and related equipment.

The first assignment for this apprenticeship position will be a season-long heavy highway assignment in Hamilton County. This apprentice must be willing to travel to for the purpose of successfully completing on-the-job training through employment assignments and for related instruction.  Apprentice are expected to travel one way up to 60 miles to and from the jobsite or contractor office.  The Alliance will provide travel support for travel in excess of 60 miles one way.

Company Name:

Merit Apprenticeship Alliance, Inc.

Application Deadline:

Not listed


To apply, you must complete an online application. Apply online at http://meritalliance.org/our-apprentices/apprentice-application-2/.  Click on the apprenticeship which interests you, read the description, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to apply.

Carolyn Steinhauer, HR Coordinator

Merit Apprenticeship Alliance, Inc.

109 Twin Oaks Drive

Syracuse, New York 13206

Phone: 315-278-4467

Skills Needed:

Experience Required: None


Age Requirement:

Minimum Age: 18

Certification Or Education Required:

Education Level Required: High School Diploma or equivalent.

License Required: Valid Driver’s License. In addition, apprentices must provide their own reliable transportation to and from job sites and to all related instruction.

Apprentices are required as a condition of enrollment in the program, to pass a drug screen.  They are also subject to random drug testing in compliance with our drug-free Commitment.

Hourly Wage:

Salary: $14 per hour (on private work) in the first term. Wages increase based on the apprentices' successful completion of the OJT and classroom training. Wages on "public work" are approximately 20% higher.


Benefits: The Alliance provides all apprentices with a generous benefit package which includes an automatic 5% 401(k) contribution on fringe supplement contributions and health insurance.


Not listed

Full Time or Part Time:

Full Time