Looking for an exciting career? Apply for HVAC tech, stationary engineer apprenticeships Sept. 26-Sept. 30
DETROIT – Operating Engineers 324 is inviting jobseekers who want good-paying careers as stationary engineers and HVAC technicians to apply for apprenticeships in these in-demand careers during OE324’s open application period Monday, Sept. 26 – Friday, Sept. 30. Interested jobseekers can apply at OE324’s website, www.OE324.org, and click on “apprenticeship application.” Applicants can also view requirements, including Workkeys test scores, on the site. Applications are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
“Operating Engineers 324 invites anyone looking for a rewarding, good-paying and in-demand career to apply for our Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships and get the training and education that can help make them the best prepared skilled trades professionals around,” said OE324 Training Director John Osika. “Michigan needs skilled workers who can help us meet continuing high demand, and Operating Engineers 324 is excited to help connect men and women with good-paying careers as stationary engineers and HVAC technicians. An apprenticeship with Operating Engineers 324 is a great way for folks to earn while they learn and take a big step toward an exciting and lucrative career without student debt.”
- Applicants must choose apprenticeships in either HVAC or stationary engineering. Requirements to apply for an apprenticeship include:
- Must be at least 17 years of age at the time of application
- Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED Certificate at the time of application\
- U.S. citizen or legal immigrant, and residing in the State of Michigan
- Physically able to perform the work of the trade, and willing to take a physical
- Meet drug screening requirements if selected
- Provide Workkeys scores/tests (segments)
- Have a valid Michigan driver’s license to complete an application
- Reliable transportation
“Apprentices work on real sites, like Little Caesars Arena, Detroit Metro Airport, the Renaissance Center and other high profile buildings, and receive good wages and benefits, including healthcare, during their training,” said Matt Closs, OE324 Stationary Training and Apprentice Coordinator. “Careers in skilled jobs such as stationary engineers and HVAC technicians start with apprenticeships that involve rigorous training and education programs, which help prepare apprentices to be the best in the field.”
Applicants who submit a completed application and the required supporting documents will be scheduled for an in-person evaluation. Successful applicants must be willing to travel to job assignments throughout Michigan. Registered Apprenticeships for HVAC technicians and stationary engineers last four years and 8,000 hours. Programs include supervised work experience and related school instruction.
Starting wages for OE324 apprentices are more than $22 per hour and can go to more than $28 per hour because of demand for construction jobs. Wage packages for apprentices also include extensive benefits, from healthcare to pensions and retirement. At the end of an apprenticeship, OE324 members work in jobs that lead to rewarding careers, paying high wages and good benefits: Operating engineers at OE324 can earn more than $100,000 a year with experience and updated skills and certifications.
Stationary engineers are responsible for the operation, maintenance, renovation and repair of boiler systems and all other mechanical systems in a facility. They work in schools, hospitals, hotels, apartment buildings, shopping malls, airports, power plants, industrial and manufacturing plants, breweries, co-generation plants, petro-chemical plants, office and commercial buildings, government facilities and other workplaces. HVAC operators are responsible for running heating and cooling systems in large buildings. Michigan is looking to fill hundreds of positions in these two areas.