Architecture and Construction

Which pathway is offered?

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin offers the Operating Engineer Pre-apprenticeship Program. 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.

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.

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? *

Salaries in the Operating Engineer Pathway range widely but usually fall between $20–$30/hour.


* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition