Website Knife River
Interested in learning how to operate heavy equipment, but not sure where to start? Our Light Grading & Paving Apprentice Operator Program is for you! This on the job, 4 year training program will leave you with advanced knowledge of the construction industry, as well as expert skills in the safe operation of a variety of tools and equipment.
***Applications Available May 18th through June 5th ONLY***
3 Geographical Areas for the Apprenticeship Program:
South Region – Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Douglas Counties
North Region – Clackamas, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill Counties
East Region – Deschutes, Jefferson, Grant, Harney, Wasco, Wheeler & Malheur Counties
**A Pool of Eligibles will be established for each geographical area**
Job Description: Grading and Paving operators provide grading and paving construction services to homeowners, commercial businesses and State and Federal agencies. Job sizes range from installing a private home driveway to constructing large expanses of interstate highway. You will be responsible for the safe operation of a variety of tools and equipment, including rollers, excavators, motor graders, dozers, trucks, paving machines, screeds, backhoes and pickup machines. You will also use a wide range of powered and nonpowered small tools including shovels, rakes, hand controlled compaction machines, paving breakers/jack hammers, pumper and generators. As an apprentice, you will be directly involved in job site layout, as a grade checker and traffic control (flagger). CDL prep courses and trucking driving are a training requirement for the apprenticeship program, and will required having a valid driver’s license.
Program Duration: 3775 Hours of on-the-job training (usually 4 years), and related training (academic/classroom training). A minimum of 144 hours of related training shall be required during each year for each of the first two (2) years of the program, and a minimum of 40 hours of related training shall be required during any subsequent years.
Seasonal: Work in this trade is usually active April through November (weather dependent) and the classroom training usually falls sometime in the “off-season” (December – March).
Hours: Hours will vary depending on workload, but all apprentices must be able to work overtime, if necessary.
Wage Range: Sliding scale beginning at 80% of a fully qualified Journey Level Operator’s base rate of $28.34 per hour. Pay increases and program advancement is evaluated every six months and is based on the ability to satisfactory complete competency assessments.
Required Skills: Must be a motivated self-starter with a positive attitude and have the ability to work well with others. Willingness to learn and be able to follow directions is vital. Must be able to bend, stoop, lift, push, pull and be on your feet for long periods of time, in all weather conditions. General knowledge of highway construction is helpful, but not necessary.
Selection Process: Applicants will be placed in an initial Pool of Eligibles based on a Point System. Each Geographic Work area will have a separate Pool. The top 10 applicants from each Pool of Eligibles will be scheduled for an oral interview. The application and interview scores will be combined to determined placement in the Ranked Pool of Eligibles. Apprentices will be selected in order from the Ranked Pool. For specific details regarding the Point System, please see the application packet.
Supportive Services: The BOLI/ODOT Heavy Highway Workforce Development Program (HHWDP) offers support services to Apprentices. Details regarding the supportive services can be found at www.coopercm.com/hhwdp, and will be included in the application packet.
This program is registered with the Oregon State Apprenticeship & Training Council and recognized by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
-Seventeen (17) years of age at the time of application and eighteen (18) years of age at the time of placement into the apprenticeship program.
-Must be a high school graduate with a diploma or have a GED certificate or be in the last term/semester of high school (diploma will be required before placement into apprenticeship program
How To Apply
**Applications Available May 18th through June 5th Only**
Application packets will be available at the following locations only and must be picked up in person between the dates of May 18th to June 5th. Receipt acknowledgement required.
• Tangent Main Office, 32260 Old Hwy 34 in Tangent – 541-918-5100
• Portland Metro Main Office, 12222 NW Marina Way in Portland – 503-944-3500
• Gresham Sand & Gravel Office, 1339 NW Eastwood Ave. in Gresham– 503-944-3500
• Coffee Lake Office, 11911 SW Waldo Way in Sherwood – 503-944-3500
• Central Oregon Main Office, 64500 OB Riley Road in Bend – 541-388-0445
Completed applications must be mailed to: 32260 Old Hwy 34, Tangent, OR 97389 Attn: Amanda Bewley
*applications due by the end of business day on June 5th*
Knife River is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state/federal law.
Subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check.
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