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International Operating Engineer - Spring 2017

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Education & Training

Education & Training Local Instructors Dig the OSHA Excavation Class Construction Industry Gathers for CONEXPO 2017 HAZMAT THIRTEEN INSTRUCTORS FROM nine different IUOE Locals attended the OSHA 3015 Excavation, Trenching, and Soil Mechanics class in April. The class was held at Local 12’s OETT training site in Devore, California. The instructors gained knowledge in the OSHA Excavation Standard, soil mechanics and classification, duties of a competent person, requirements for sloping and benching, and shore protection systems. Exercises included visual and manual tests for soil classification, evaluating existing trenches for compliance, and hands-on experience excavating a trench and moving a trench box. Attendees traveled from across the United States and included James Haitz Local 66, John Hopcus Local 12, Jeffery Legan Local 12, Jesse Lindgren Local 48, Louis Loupias Local 12, Dennis Manown Local 66, Rick Means Local 101, Shannon Ridgeway Local 9, Steven Rogers Local 57, Richard Rose Local 12, Jason Smoot Local 12, Michael Strunk Local 3, and Chris Trolson Local 12. Instructors conducting the course were Robert Seman, Local 18: Tim Manning Local 280, and Patrick Bell IUOE NTF National HAZMAT Program. CONEXPO 2017, the top construction equipment show in North America, was held March 7-11 in Las Vegas. Over 128,000 attendees came to view a record 2.8 million-plus net square feet of exhibit space. The IUOE booth had a prime display spot in the Grand Lobby and was visited by over 500 proud members and their families during the five day exhibition. The booth showcased the IUOE’s history, members’ skills and training, and it’s future in the construction and building management industries. The display also included a John Deere Excavator simulator where enthusiastic attendees could practice and demonstrate their excavator operation skills. Local 68 Training School Graduates New Class of Journeymen IN APRIL, LOCAL 68 of West Caldwell and Atlantic City, New Jersey held its annual training school graduation. Over 37 members received completion certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor indicating their status as Journeymen. In addition, each graduate received a completion certificate from the New Jersey Department of Vocational Education. To obtain their completion certificates, all graduates completed a 4-year program. These courses included a curriculum in steam, refrigeration, electricity, plumbing, welding and controls. Thomas P. Giblin, I.U.O.E Local 68 Business Manager, addressed the 175 attendees stating, “Graduation is only the beginning of a life-long learning experience in becoming the most confident and well-trained engineer possible. With constant change in the workplace, it is not a choice but a ‘must’ to keep up with technology.” Edward P. Boylan, I.U.O.E Local 68 President, cited the need for trained and qualified members in order to meet to the needs of our employers. He noted that labor and management must work together in concert to maintain well-paying jobs that provide security and a future. 6 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER SPRING 2017 7

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