1st Year Apprentice, Operating Engineers Local #66
A Pittsburgh native, Simeon was working in South Florida in a warehouse distribution job. A desire to build a career, and to return home, led him to the Operating Engineers training program.
“I took the entrance exam for another trade and passed, but I was not in any way prepared for the interview process,” he said. “People need to know that just applying does not get you into the trades. It’s truly a profession and the trades are very thorough in screening applicants.”
Simeon entered the “Intro to the Trades Program” at the Energy Innovation Center and credits that program with exposing him to other trades, as well as preparing him for the interview process and improving his interpersonal communication skills.
“The EIC program made all the difference,” he said. “And the training I’m receiving here at Local 66 is just really incredible.”