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Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust

          NSTC UPDATE*** The updated book will be available starting in our January 2018 classes. Please sign up for class today!

Interested in the Apprenticeship???

We hold an application process when taking apprentices for our program. Typically it is held once a year in the late summer. We suggest checking our website in the early summer for applications dates and times and to check on any updates to the list of required documents.

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

2017 Pipeline Training
Apprentice Matt Mongold and Nic Varas-Bayless working on a dozer
2017 Apprentice Sideboom class
Three apprentices in line with a piece of pipe
Apprentice Destry Lietz running Dozer for Secon
Work in Juneau
Excavator with haul truck
Fairbanks Shop
Back when we didn't have anything in it...
D5 Undercarriage Rebuild Class
Michael, Andrew and Jason
Loading a Barge in Nome, AK
Braven Carter sent a pic of summer work with Orion Marine
Dalton Highway
Sam Doroshenko running dozer
HC Contractors at Clear AFB
Michael Sutton running grader
2017 Pipeline Training
Crane Class with Laborers and Teamsters
2017 Summer Work
Great Northwest earth moving

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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