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September 02, 2014
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The 2014-2015 Training Schedule will be available August 15th on our website for Local 302 members.                                         HAVE A SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE SUMMER!!!                  


Heavy Equipment Operators & Mechanics

Applications will be available for pick up & turn in August 18th – 29th, 2014

 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at:

Alaska Operating Engineers Employers Training Trust

Palmer office:                                    Juneau office:                        Fairbanks office:

 5400 N. Cunningham Rd                      9309 Glacier Hwy                     3002 Lathrop Street

Palmer, AK 99645                                Bldg. A, Suite A105                  Fairbanks, AK 99701

907-746-3117/877-746-3117                  Juneau, AK 99801                    907-456-5421/866-456-5421


Alaska State Fair

Palmer, AK

Backhoe Rodeo

Official Rules:

These rules have been devised for your safety and in the interest of fair play.  Your cooperation in making this event a continued success by reading and following these rules is greatly appreciated.

  1. To participate, entrants must complete and mail or bring entry form to:  Events – Alaska State Fair, Events Department, 2075 Glenn Hwy., Palmer, AK  99645 or fax to 907-746-7154.  Please include your entry fee of $20. Checks are made payable to the Alaska State Fair.  Deadline for entry is Monday, August 25th, 2014.  
  2. Check in from 10 am – 11 am at the Pebble Corral on the day of the event.
  3. You must provide proof of competency as an operator of a backhoe with three (3) years of experience
  4. Proof of competency; Applicant must attach a letter from an employer or a letter of reference from an equipment manufacturer indicating experience.
  5. Please abide by the rules of the competition and obey the contest officials’ instructions.
  6. Please abide by safety rules.
  7. Only those contestants that have registered for the competition will be allowed to participate, there will be NO SUBSTITUTES for any contestant.
  8. A panel of four (4) judges will oversee the competition and their decisions will be final.  If any questions or discrepancies arise that are not covered in the rules, the panel of judges will make a decision that will be final.  There shall not be any liability to the Alaska State Fair or any other sponsor for any entry, decision or award which is or may be deemed irregular in any manner.
  9. If there are mechanical problems with the backhoe during the competition, that contestant may be allowed to start over.
  10. All competitors should conduct themselves as professionals.  Use of profanity will result in a ten (10) second penalty.  Unsportsmanlike behavior could result in disqualification.
  11. The top six scores from the Prelims will move on to the Finals.  Any ties for 6th place will also move on to the Finals. The accumulated time from the Preliminary events will be carried over to the Finals.

Schedule of Events


            9-10 am Set-up

            11am  Late entries accepted with $5.00 

                         late fee – no entries accepted before

                         11:00 or after 12:00.

             12pm  Preliminaries start

            Finals will start approx. 1hr after the completion of preliminaries.

Many Thanks!

Thank you Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust for all your hard work organizing this event.

Thank you Yukon Equipment for the wonderful prizes & backhoes!


Call the Alaska State Fair Events Office at 907-746-7195 or E-mail:

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.

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