Craig Maley Apprentice of the year, listed left to right: Ryan Garbarino, Trustee; Gerald Simpson, Training Director; Craig Maley, Apprentice of the year 2020; Brady Horne, Business Manager; Matt Baker, Assistant Training Director

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Instructor of the Year Lacy Park with Gerald Simpson Training


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:
Gerald Simpson, Training Director | Office: 804-991-4555 | Cell: 804-836-4707
Matt Baker, Assistant Training Director

Masks are REQUIRED for the meetings.

To: All Apprentices

As of December 1, 2021, the COVID Vaccination Mandate at the Local 147 Training Center will be lifted. This is due to the statewide numbers decreasing over the last few weeks. We will return to the regular school schedule with the first-year apprentices on Dec. 4-5 and 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, year apprentices Dec. 11-12. Also, there is an OSHA 10 class scheduled for Dec. 18-19, if you would like to sign up, please let us know at least a week before.

Furthermore, a Union Meeting will be held on Dec. 3. Due to tree damage at the meeting hall, this meeting will take place at the Training Center. Due to this meeting following a holiday weekend, masks will be required at this meeting. Please help us spread the word to our Union Brothers and Sisters.

Brady Horne, Gerald Simpson, Matt Baker

2022 Training Schedule


January 22-23, 2022 Rigging & Signal Person Class (Must Attend Both Days)
January 29-30, 2022 NCCCO Overhead Written Study and Practical Exams
February 19-20, 2022 NCCCO Mobile Crane Written Test Study Days 1 and 2
February 26-27, 2022 NCCCO Mobile Crane Test Review and Test Day

You must sign up in advance for each class if you plan to attend due to training material needed and classroom seating.

Class schedule for March, April and May of 2022 will be determined at a later date.

Morning refreshments are provided, please bring your lunch.

All classes will be held at

Disputanta, VA 23842


Attention Members of IUOE 147:

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Department will be accepting resumes for the position of Assistant Training Director starting Friday, October 1, 2021.

Call Gerald Simpson if you have any questions at 804-991-4555 (office) or 804-836-4707 (mobile).

Applicants must have the following credentials to apply for this position:

  • IUOE member in good standing.
  • Class A CDL drivers license and a good driving record.
  • Current NCCCO Certification with the following endorsements, TLL,TSS and either LBT or LBC.
  • Willing to teach and instruct apprentices and journeymen in field operations and classroom setting

The deadline for submitting a resume is Friday, December 31, 2021.

Resumes can be mailed to the training site or emailed to


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New Overhead Crane

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2017 Apprentice-of-the-Year Tyler Thompson

Injured Workers Law Firm Scholarship 2019
$5000 Scholarship for Trade or Vocational Students

At the Injured Workers Law Firm, we believe in our community and in education. We understand the importance of giving back, which is why our firm is a proud sponsor of a number of charitable organizations throughout the Richmond area.

As Richmond workers compensation lawyers, we advocate for employees throughout Virginia who have been injured or developed an illness at work. We have seen firsthand the strength of Virginia workers, particularly those in the trades, and how they form the backbone of our economy.

According to firm founder Michele Lewane, “We know that there is a demand for highly skilled workers in the trades, particularly in Virginia. These workers bring so much value to our state, and help to ensure that our communities thrive.”  Across the nation, high-paying skilled trade jobs are unfilled, while many students with bachelor’s degrees are unable to find jobs.

For this reason, the Injured Workers Law Firm has decided to offer a $5,000 trade school scholarship. The scholarship is available to ALL VIRGINIA STUDENTS who have been accepted to an accredited vocational or trade school, and who meet the qualifications as described below.

Scholarship Rules

To apply for the Injured Workers Law Firm Scholarship 2019, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States
  • Accepted and will be attending a two or four-year trade school in the fall of 2019
  • Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate or high school cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resident of Virginia

A full list of the scholarship eligibility requirements can be found here.

As an integral part of its commitment to provide highly skilled heavy equipment operators and stationary/facilities engineers to the construction, stationary and environmental industries, the International Union of Operating Engineers developed and implemented comprehensive training programs that are widely recognized as the best in those industries.

IUOE local unions throughout the U. S. and Canada , with extensive support and input from the International Union, administer the training programs.

Additionally, the IUOE has cooperative working agreements with the U. S. Department of Energy to administer and operate the nation’s foremost hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training program and the International Environmental Technology and Training Center , both located at the IUOE National Hazmat Project in Beckley, WV.

The IUOE also participates in the Job Corps program, a training program for young people, age 16 – 24. The IUOE has training agreements with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture to administer and operate pre-apprenticeship training programs at various Job Corps training centers throughout the U.S.