An Operating Engineer
is a journey of lifelong learning

Local 18 members must complete extensive training, beginning with a four-year apprenticeship program. Our instruction, which includes ongoing education for journeypersons, is offered in partnership with the Ohio Contractors Association and the Ohio Building Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

Local 18 spends $12 million a year giving Operating
Engineers the skills they need to build Ohio.

Local 18 provides state-of-the art training in four all-weather, state-of-the-art facilities in Cygnet, Logan, Miamisburg and Richfield, Ohio. This is where Local 18 offers one of the best apprenticeship and training programs within IUOE.

More than 200,000 training hours were logged in 2022 in nearly 50 courses.

What to Expect

Once you become a Local 18 member, you’ll join other members at one of our four training sites throughout the state to begin your classroom education and learn how to begin operating heavy machinery.


No need to stop your education when you become an Operating Engineer. Members and their dependents may be eligible for scholarships that pay for tuition, fees and books. Learn while you earn as an Operating Engineer.

Apprenticeship Program

The IUOE’s apprenticeship program is a paid, four-year, full-time commitment leading to journeyperson status at a full union wage. An apprentice must:

  • Complete 160 hours at the training site each year for four years.
  • Obtain a commercial driver’s license during first year of apprenticeship.
  • Demonstrate proficiency on one machine per year in each year of the program.
  • Complete 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Find the Local 18 training site closest to you. Call us today for more information.

Richfield Training Site
4675 Newton Road
Richfield, OH 44286
Fax: 330-659-9785

Cygnet Training Site
9435 Cygnet Road
Cygnet, OH 43413
Fax: 419-655-3290

Logan Training Site
30410 Strawn Road
Logan, OH 43138
Fax: 740-385-7285

Miamisburg Training Site
4250 Soldiers Home-Miamisburg Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Fax: 937-859-5901

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Start a new career with Local 18.

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