Manufacturing and the Trades

Which pathway is offered?

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin offers the Heavy Machine Operations Pre-Apprenticeship. This program prepares students to enter an apprenticeship training program to become a journeyman operating engineer in the construction industry. Operating engineers work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, or surveyors. They work with a variety of construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, front end loaders, and backhoes.

Want to see an excavator simulator? Watch this video from one of our events.

Who is Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin partnering with?

This pathway is a cooperative effort with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 and Fox Valley Technical College.

  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 139 is a statewide organization that serves all of Wisconsin's heavy operating equipment needs.
  • Fox Valley Technical College offers services from a variety of campus locations, regional centers, and training sites. Many online learning options are also available, plus blended options that combine online learning with hands-on instruction. Students may earn college credit for IUOE courses.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Operating engineers are the professional operators of heavy equipment, including:

  • Cranes
  • Dozers
  • Scrapers
  • Loaders
  • Motor Graders
  • Tractor Loader Backhoes
  • Excavators
  • Rollers
  • Pavers
  • Concrete Plants and Mixers
  • Compressors
  • Pumps

What is the salary outlook?*

The mean hourly wage for operating engineers and other construction equipment operators is $24.95 and the mean annual wage is $51,890.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017. Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.