Local 150's Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is situated on 300-plus acres in Wilmington, IL, about 50 miles south of Chicago. The center boasts 342,000 square feet of space housing an indoor training area, 30 classrooms, an auditorium, and much more. The indoor training arena is large enough to allow 18 pieces of equipment to operate simultaneously.The 200-seat auditorium provides a venue to hold various classes and equipment demonstrations. Network cabling is provided to allow students to download presentations onto their laptop computers. Screens on each side of the room enhance demonstrations of small equipment components.
Twenty-eight instructors are available to members six days a week, Monday through Saturday, except holidays. Local 150 accepts apprenticeship applications year-round.
Crane training is set up in 16 practice areas. 100-foot tall poles provide lighting during night training exercises.
For more information, visit Local 150's Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program here.