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Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust

          The Training office will need a signed travel policy for our 302 members before submitting for classes. You can find the NEW Travel Policy under the NEW Travel Policy TAB.

Palmer Training Center
Backhoe and Mini Ex working together
Working in the dark
Excavator work before sunrise
Southern Region Apprentice Coordinator
Adam Ferguson in the loader
Dozer at Palmer Training Center
Sister Saunders running dozer
From the seat
How it looks when you are the operator...
2008 Tundra Bear/Steiger Training
Cruz Construction's donated equipment for classes
2007 Pipeline Training - Support Class
Leslie (Dunlap) Huff running grader
2013 Pipeline Training
Ray Holleman running sideboom
2014 Hydraulics Class
Stevie Reeves, Rico Blanchard, Devin Shook and Adam Allen - Apprentice Mechanics
Master Mechanic & Apprentice
Jay Hodges (Fairbanks) & Henry Madros (Nulato)
Driller Class
Johnathan Dayton in the seat, Corey Baxter (District 8 Rep) on the ground
2014 Delta Academy
Grigoriy Taranov running the blade
Graduate Apprentice Mechanic
Mike Holcomb (Administrator) & Nikolay Doroshenko
Helmets to Hardhards 2015
One of OUR Veterans running backhoe

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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