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International Union of Operating Engineers National Training Fund

Principal Investigator / Institution

Jeffrey Vincent
Tel 202-778-2639
International Union of Operating Engineers National Training Fund
1125 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Program Description

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The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is a progressive, diversified trade union that primarily represents working men and women who operate heavy construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, trench excavators, pavers, and many other kinds of equipment used for constructing buildings and other structures, environmental cleanup, decontamination and decommissioning, demolition, and building and maintaining highways. The IUOE also represents stationary engineers who assist on cleanup projects and operate and maintain building complexes at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites.

Throughout the United States, the IUOE represents roughly 329,000 workers with approximately 100 local unions. All International Union-level training initiatives are consolidated under the coordination of the IUOE National Training Fund (NTF).

NIEHS/DOE Nuclear Worker Training Program

The overall objective of the NTF's DOE training program is to prevent work-related harm by training workers and instructors how to best protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during facility decommissioning and decontamination, demolition, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of contaminated facilities, or chemical emergency response.

Workers/trainees are trained in selected worker courses, including:

  • 8-, 24-, and 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • 16-Hour Confined Space Awareness
  • Adult CPR/Automated External Defibrillator
  • Basic First Aid
  • Radiological (RAD) Worker II
  • Several awareness courses

The NTF is primarily training at Hanford, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, but will reach out to additional DOE sites over time.

The training population can be divided into two categories:

  1. Peer trainers who are IUOE workers at a DOE site, appointed from their local union training programs, and are existing apprenticeship and journey-level trainers with adult education experience. The NTF also contracts with retired DOE training personnel to conduct training.
  2. Workers/trainees working at DOE sites or preparing to go to work at DOE sites.

Project Duration

  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2020 (DOE)

Grant Numbers

  • UH4 ES009763-25 (DOE)

Other Participating Organizations

  • None
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