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International Operating Engineer - Summer 2018

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers

Training & Education NTF

Training & Education NTF Job Corps Expands Offerings at Turner Center Georgia training site gives more young people a chance at career path providing students the experience to work in an industry that parallels their training. Students participating in work-based learning do not displace local union members. THE IUOE National Training Fund (NTF) Job Corps program has expanded at the Turner Job Corps Center in Albany, Georgia. The center will now be home to three NTF trade offerings and five NTF Job Corps instructors. Along with the Anaconda Job Corps Center in Anaconda, Montana, the Turner site has become the second location to house five programs, creating the largest presence the NTF has at any Job Corps training facility. Keith Taylor, Heavy Equipment Mechanics Instructor at Turner, has been instrumental in advancing the program to better equip his students to enter the workforce. The latest improvements include a state-of-the-art TUXCO hydraulic cylinder repair table, electronic diagnostic equipment, access to online databases for repair specifications and manuals, and several workbased-learning agreements with local mechanic shops at Flint Equipment Company and Dougherty County Department of Public Works. The student work-based component in Job Corps is a temporary assignment Turner Job Corps also houses a double Heavy Equipment Operations program, instructed by IUOE Local 474 members Bobby Barwick and Chad Gonzalez. Working with a class size of 12 students, the Heavy Equipment Operations programs utilizes a 30% classroom and 70% hands-on teaching approach, along with an updated equipment fleet, to prepare trainees to begin a career as an IUOE Local Union Apprentice or entry-level heavy equipment operator. Lastly, Turner Job Corps is home to the only NTF operated Advanced Asphalt Paving Program in the country. The Advanced program, a class of 10 full-time students and instructed by IUOE Local 474 member Courtney Turner, requires a more rigorous training and evaluation platform than any other heavy equipment-training program in Job Corps. Students enrolled in this program are required to complete performance testing on a minimum of three different types of heavy equipment, as well as earn a Georgia state-accredited Class B Commercial Drivers’ License prior to graduation. Over the past two years, the Advanced Asphalt Paving program has been able to place nine graduates into five different IUOE Local Apprenticeship Programs across the country. Job Corps is a voluntary program that prepares young people ages 16–24 with education and hands-on career training for entry-level positions that lead to careers in today’s job market. If you are interested in pursuing training with Job Corps, please contact: Zach Dixon, Coordinator – IUOE NTF Job Corps at zdixon@iuoe.org The expansion at Turner has doubled the Heavy Equipment Mechanics Program, from a class size of 8 to 16 students. The expansion is a direct result of maintaining training standards, building relationships, and placing graduates in registered apprenticeships. In turn, those Apprentices have found sustainable careers within the industry, increasing the overall performance of the Job Corps programs. NTF Job Corps continuously improves and updates equipment, tools, and curriculum in order to meet the training needs of the everchanging construction and mechanic industries. IUOE Local 474 member 6 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER SUMMER 2018 7

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