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Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust
Attention Students/Members:
Due to the current MOA COVID mandates we are suspending all in-person classes located in Anchorage at this time. There will be limited classes held at FPTC please contact the Fairbanks office to schedule. We do have online or smaller in-person class options in Palmer. Please contact our office to schedule. Please check this website or our Facebook page for future updates. All CESCL certifications that are expiring 2020 are now valid until 2021.

Interested in the Apprenticeship???

Please check out the APPRENTICESHIP tab to see the latest list of required documents in order to apply to our Apprenticeship Program. 

Apprentice Operator - Leland Hartley
Working at Silver Gulch Quarry
2020 NEW Mechanics
Pulling transmission on our motorgrader
Apprentice Operator - Jazmine Jones
Working on Badger Rd for HC Contractors
Apprentice Operator - Lynsie Wyatt
Working on Elliott Hwy for HC Contractors
Apprentice Mechanic - Seth Schum
Seth working on rebuilding a screw air compressors main electric motor 250hp at MEA
Palmer Training
Crusher Operations
Dozer and Scraper
Two levels of dirt moving
Backhoe Work
Northern Region Apprentice Mechanic Class of 2019
Norris, Jess, Jake, Ryan, Abraham and Kody with their welding projects
Palmer Training Site
Excavator loading ADT
Apprentice Operator - Tate Harrell
Excavating material at Silver Gulch Quarry
Great Northwest Inc - Grade Checking
Graduated Apprentice MacKenzie Rohn
Apprentice Mechanic - Blake Valdrow
Blake working on a dragline at Exclusive Paving
Apprentice Operator - Sam Doroshenko
Sam cutting asphalt for Exclusive Paving

Alaska Operating Engineers chooses the brilliant MF102D-H-TSE Hydraulic Training System to teach Heavy-Duty Mechanics in Palmer, Alaska -
The AOE trains 20 to 25 new Heavy-Duty Mechanic Apprentices every year. The apprentices train for 13-weeks and then AOE’s coordinators find them employment with Union Contractors. AOE has 60 apprentices in the program and 70 operators and trains about 700 people per year. AOE’s guidelines stipulates that apprentices receive 500 - 700 hours of training in hydraulics before they become journeymen and/or journeywomen. 
The primary reasons why AOE chose the MF102D-H-TSE are:

  1. Strong desire to teach their members safe hydraulics.
  2. Have workers that are competent and efficient.
  3. MicroLeak detection: AOE wants to revolutionize troubleshooting in Alaska.
  4. Handcrafted with the utmost pride in America.

    The "brilliant" MF102D-H-TSE
    The "brilliant" MF102D-H-TSE
Training Center


The Alaska Operating Engineers Employers Training Center is located at 5400 N. Cunningham Road, mile 3.5 Palmer Fishhook Road and occupies 163 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Palmer, Alaska. We are recognized as one of the top training facilities in the state of Alaska.  

The Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust prepares Alaskan workers with the skills necessary to meet the ever-changing needs of the construction and related industries.  The AOEETT is committed to providing the highest quality training opportunities to all our members and apprentices.  This training is an excellent resource to learn new skills, upgrade on existing skills, and remain current on required certifications.

The largest obstacle for training in Alaska is the winter season, because of the frozen ground. A 16,000 sq. ft. (80’ x 200’) indoor training arena was designed with the specific intent of training on machines and grade checking from November to April where previously, heavy equipment training was nearly halted due to frozen ground. This is the only indoor training arena in the state of Alaska and we are proud to be able to provide our members with this benefit.

Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

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