Today we meet veteran and OE324 Apprentice Nick Abraham. Nick started operating heavy equipment while serving, and has carried it through to Operating Engineers 324 with the help of the Helmets to Hardhats program. We thank Nick, and all veterans, for their service, and welcome him to our brother and sisterhood.
Today we hear from OE324 apprentice and service veteran Amanda Karr. Amanda started her apprenticeship through the Helmets to Hardhats program, and has taken an active role in many OE324 activities. She was also recently part of a delegation that went to Lansing to speak to legislators about the importance of veterans in the skilled trades, and the protection of their jobs and wages. Thank you Amanda, for your service as a member and as part of the great brother and sisterhood of OE324! #OE324Serves #OE324Proud
Today we meet OE324 member and service veteran Randy Vadasy. Randy is an active member who participates in many OE324 activities, and was recently part of a delegation that went to Lansing to speak to legislators about the importance of veterans in the skilled trades, and the protection of their jobs and wages. Thank you Randy, for your service as a member and for your brotherhood in OE324! #OE324Serves #OE324Proud
Skilled Trades Veterans Speak Out for Prevailing Wage
In February 2018, a number of military veterans who belong to the skilled trades traveled to Lansing, Michigan to share the importance of Prevailing Wage with legislators. Veterans enter the skilled trades at a greater rate than any other group or career, and in Michigan, Prevailing Wage helps guarantee a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. Repeal of Prevailing Wage laws, pushed for by moneyed special interests, will impact veterans at a significant rate. Protect Michigan Veterans - Protect Prevailing Wage.
Apprenticeship Coordinator John Hartwell walks us through the steps and process to become a Heavy Equipment Operator or Technician Apprentice with OE324. Applications will be available starting June 11 – June 15, 2018. Visit www.OE324.org for more details on starting your career in this outstanding field!
We look back at our 2017 Retiree Picnic at the Sam T. Hart Construction Career Center. Our retirees are the foundation on which #OE324 was built, and we thank them for their years of service to our local and our state. This year's Chum & Evelyn Hall Retiree Picnic & Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 14. #OE324Strong #OE324Honors
Meet Jessica Knight, 15 Year Veteran and Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve and Operating Engineers 324 Apprentice. Jessica talks about her service, Helmets to Hardhats, and being an OE324 Apprentice.
US Army veteran and Operating Engineers 324 Apprentice Jessica Knight has served 15 years as an active reservist, including four tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, she puts those skilled she learned in combat zones to work rebuilding Michigan. So she's confused why Special Interests and Michigan Legislators want to lower her wages and damage the great work our state is doing by repealing Prevailing Wage.
Operating Engineers and Michigan Urban Search And Rescue - Partnership and Training
Operating Engineers 324 and the Michigan Urban Search and Rescue Foundation have a long-running and vital partnership. Together, they work to train Emergency first-responders to be prepared in the event disaster strikes. At the Operating Engineers 324 Construction Career Center in Howell, Michigan, these first responders come from all over the state and country to train with Operating Engineers in emergency skills like trench rescue, structure collapse, shoring, Confined Space training and Fire/Burning rescue. OE324 is proud to have members as part of the Michigan Task Force 1 (recently deployed to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma), and to continue a partnership with so many Emergency Response organizations.
Operating Engineers 324 Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeships
We are training the next generation of Heavy Equipment Technicians at the Operating Engineers 324 Construction Career Center in Howell, MI. Here, some of our apprentices and their instructors talk about the skills necessary, and the advantages and opportunities a career as a Heavy Equipment Tech can offer! #OE324
We look back at the Construction Science Expo 2017 from May. The Construction Science Expo is an annual event, held in late spring at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, during which high school students who have signed a drug-free pledge are invited to spend a day being exposed to careers in the engineering and construction fields through a variety of speakers and hands-on experiences. Operating Engineers 324 is a proud sponsor and participant, and the 2017 event was the best yet!
We take a look at the 2017 Construction Career Days, when thousands of high schools students from all over the state of Michigan visited the #OE324 Construction Career Center in Howell to learn about careers in the trades! The weather may have been less than ideal, but that didn't stop the students and volunteers from having a great time. Developing the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women is one of the most important challenges and opportunities we face, and OE324 is working hard daily to do just that. We're already looking forward to 2018!
Operating Engineers 324 Member Spotlight: Don Dybowski/Detroit Zoo
A look at OE324 Member Don Dybowski, Detroit Zoo Stationary Engineer. The Detroit Zoo relies on Don and OE324 to maintain complex climate control systems for the animals the Zoo is renowned for. This includes the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
A recap of the OE324 2017 Family Day, where members bring their families to the Construction Career Center in Howell, MI to see and use the equipment Operating Engineers work with daily! There is also a picnic, and the camaraderie as members meet each other's families and participate in this great event!
Stacy & Witbeck is the General Contractor and Construction Manager working on Detroit's M1-Rail project. They employ highly trained, skilled, productive, and safe OE 324 operators and contractors to get the job done right.
Many OE 324 members are working on the M1-Rail project as the 3.3 mile commuter rail line is being constructed. The QLINE will run on what was the first paved road in the country, connecting midtown to downtown to fuel the rebirth of Detroit.
Over the past three months, Operating Engineers have been hard at work building the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center. Throughout the project the Operators and Ironworkers have been interacting with the patients, waving back and forth with the children whose rooms overlook the construction project. This story has captured the hearts of OE 324, and we want to share it with you.
OE 324 celebrates its partnership with Michigan CAT and embraces all of the hard work that is being accomplished right here in Michigan. This video showcases the tremendous value of the partnership between OE 324 and Michigan CAT.
Tom Schlang, Chief Engineer at Joe Louis Arena, talks about the pride he feels to have built his career as an OE 324 member, to see his son follow in his footsteps, and what it means to work in one of Michigan’s most loved landmarks.
This video is dedicated to all of the hard working members of OE 324 who shaped this state and its landmarks into what we know and cherish today. Watch as beloved members celebrate another year of retirement.
This video examines the value of Union Training in the Construction Industry. "Priceless, invaluable, indispensable." These are just some of the words Ironworker and Operator apprentices use to describe the unique opportunity to work together on the five-story “Raising Gang” training structure at the OE 324 Construction Career Center in Howell, MI.
Since 2008, MICCD has been Michigan’s premiere construction career exploration event. MICCD provides Michigan’s young people a chance to experience construction up-close, getting the chance to use real tools, materials, and heavy equipment under the direct guidance of construction professionals from all sectors of the industry.