The outside line construction trade has an ongoing requirement for heavy equipment operators. The Operator Training Program is designed to instruct and train individuals on how to become a competent heavy equipment operator for the line trade. The training program is designed to be two years which involves on the job training, attending scheduled training classes one weekend a month, and acquiring and staying current on all required certifications. All aspects of the program will be monitored by Mountain States. Trainees will be expected to be employable during the period while a trainee.
The Trainee shall have a Class A CDL with air brakes endorsement and maintain the license throughout their training period.
Some of the equipment the Trainee will be trained on will be: trenchers, backhoes, excavators, dozers, boom trucks, digger derricks, and cranes. Trainees will also be instructed on how to install underground utilities and work with crews that build and maintain overhead power lines.
Trainees will enter the program as a Trainee Step 1. Trainees will advance every six months if all requirements have been met. Trainee pay is determined by step and calculated by a percentage of the Journeyman Equipment Operator Underground rate as outlined in the Colorado Statewide Collective Bargaining Agreement. Trainees entering the program with a current CDL will start at Step 2 wages.
Current Journeyman Wage: $35.26 (as of 9-1-21)
Trainee Step 1 = 60%
Trainee Step 2 = 70%
Trainee Step 3 = 80%
Trainee Step 4 = 90%
Applications are accepted February thru May every year.
In order to apply, a referral must be sent from one of these Local Unions:
After a referral has been received, our office will reach out to you for the application fee. At which point an application will be made available online to complete.
Interviews are held once a year during June.
Space is limited for the Operator Training Program.
An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and provide the following:
$25.00 application fee (non-refundable)
DMV Driving Record
As a Trainee, you’ll receive health insurance benefits for yourself and your dependent family, including health, dental and vision insurance. This insurance is provided 100% by the electrical industry and is not deducted from your paycheck. The health insurance plan provided allows you to see any doctor you wish, anywhere in the country.
In a time when most companies are cutting back on retirement benefits, the profession offers two outstanding retirement plans and NEBF benefits to ensure you and your family of a secure financial future.
Under the local agreements (IBEW locals 12, 111, 113) you will receive a retirement benefit for each hour you work. This amount is paid by the electrical contractors and is not deducted from your paycheck.
This multi-employer defined benefit plan provides monthly contributions of 3% of gross pay for Trainees associated with participating local unions of the IBEW. Trainees receive the benefit as part of their compensation package when they work for a contributing employer. Vesting in the fund takes just five years. Your benefit is secure once you have earned five service credits. Generally, you earn one service credit a year.