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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.

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.

Mechanic at Pump 5 - ASRC
Apprentice Mechanic Peter Rasmussen working on a welding project
View of the Pipeline
Apprentice Colette Wiehl at Pump 5
Loading a Barge in Nome, AK
Braven Carter sent a pic of summer work with Orion Marine
Monte and Tyler fixing a boom section
Our welding instructor teaching an apprentice how to repair a damaged boom for a lattice boom
Apprentice Destry Lietz running Dozer for Secon
Work in Juneau
New Apprentice Operator Training
Ally Michener running the Backhoe
Shop Work - Palmer Training Center
Chris Rye (Instructor), Wes Kmiecik, Adam Ferguson (Coordinator) and Derek Vargason
Norcon Support
Jessie Gillespie working a stinger
Working in the dark
Excavator work before sunrise
Excavator with haul truck
2015 Welding Class
Welding students with their project
Overhead Crane Training 2016
Fairbanks NCCCO Overhead Crane Certification Class

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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