Local132's Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is conveniently located north of Charleston, West Virginia off Interstate 77 at the Medina Exit #154. With 165 acres of mountainous terrain it is ideally suited for training. Four full-time instructors and one part-time instructor guide both apprentices and journeymen through training on various pieces of equipment.
The administration building contains the offices and a shop for equipment repairs on the first floor and a dormitory, kitchen, and classrooms upstairs. Meals are also provided during scheduled classes to keep the members expenses as low as possible.
Maintaining almost three miles of roads connecting the training areas, provides ideal training on the motor graders.
A 165-ton Grove crane, one of only six manufactured, is used during crane training classes and in CCO (Certified Crane Operator) Practical exams and West Virginia Crane Certification. We also use seven hydraulic cranes ranging from 7 V2 ton to 165 ton and four lattice boom cranes ranging from 12 V2 ton to 65 ton for crane training.
During Hazmat training, participants are required to receive practical experience in the use of respiratory equipment. Shown above are two operators on supplied air operating an excavator with a barrel handler and an excavator with a bucket.
Local 132 was the first location in the country to host an N.C.C.C.O. (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) practical exam. West Virginia is one of the first states to require CCO certification in their crane certification law.
Members taking the International Pipeline class have to be accomplished equipment operators prior to enrolling in the training because of the difficulty of tasks involved and the short duration of the classes.
Our classroom training includes grades and plans, load chart comprehension, Hazmat, First-Aid, C.P.R. and 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety.
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