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New York State Department of Labor

Operating Engineers Recruit Apprentices

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Whitestone, NY (December 16, 2019) -

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Operating Engineers, Local Union #30, will conduct a recruitment from January 27, 2020 through February 07, 2020 for 25 Stationary Engineer apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today.

Applications can be obtained at Local Union #30, 16-16 Whitestone Expressway, Whitestone, NY between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Applications must be returned via U.S. Postal Service certified mail and postmarked no later than March 1, 2020.

Note: Local #30 will administer a Comprehensive Math exam to all applicants who successfully file an application. A score of less than 85% on the comprehensive math exam will disqualify the applicant from entry into the program. The highest scoring 60 applicants on the Comprehensive Math exam will be offered the opportunity to take the Specific Aptitude Test Battery (SATB) administered by the New York State Department of Labor. Dates for all testing will be provided after applications are received.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Proof will be required after selection and prior to enrollment in apprenticeship.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts including weekends and holidays.
  • Must sign a statement indicating that they are physically able to perform the work of a Stationary Engineer. This trade often includes work environments that are dangerous. The work itself may require a Stationary Engineer to be able to perform work under physically challenging and difficult conditions. Duties include but not limited to:
    • Climbing and working off of stairs and ladders and to access boiler room equipment, sometimes in closed or confined spaces (e.g. accessing steam drums and fire boxes) or heating and ventilating rooms (e.g. air handlers and plenums) which may be dusty and dark with varying degrees of extreme temperatures.
    • Prolonged upright standing.
    • Using vision to read small numbers and/or markings on gauges and equipment.
    • Using vision and hearing to avoid injury from overhead piping and rotating machinery.
    • Communicating in loud working conditions.
    • Working in areas containing gases from the combustion process and strong odors from grease, lubricants or solvents.
    • Lifting heavy metal objects.
    • Working with alkaline and acidic chemicals used in boiler water treatment.
    • Working in extreme temperatures.
    • Walking over wet and slippery concrete surfaces.
    • Working around hazardous materials, such as asbestos and infectious waste.
    • Wearing personal protective equipment including but not limited to respirators, face shield and hearing protection.
  • Must provide DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, if applicable, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to operate company vehicles.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work and required classes at the approved school.

For further information, applicants should contact Local Union #30 at (718) 847-8484. Additional job search assistance can be obtained at your local New York State Department of Labor Career Center (see: https://www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator/location-list-all.php).

Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.


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