Operating Engineers

Operating Engineers operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, put up structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement.

Skills Needed

Strong math skills, hand-eye-foot coordination, mechanical skills, comfort with heights

Relevant Classes

Math, English and technical education and shop classes

Education & Training

Operating Engineers learn the trade through an apprenticeship program

Work Environment

Expect to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and locations

Job Wages


Average Hourly Wage*

Entry Level






*Compare to Wisconsin minimum wage $7.25/hr

Job Outlook


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Jobs Expected


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Data source - Wisconsin Worknet 2013

Train for the Trade As An Apprentice

Operating Engineers train through an apprenticeship program consisting of at least 6,000 hours of on the job training and 400 hours of classroom instruction.

Next Steps