updated December 19, 2017

Manufacturers Sought as Partners on Equipment Operator Training Complex

The union that represents 400,000 North American equipment operators, mechanics, welders, surveyors and stationary engineers wants to revolutionize how the workforce gets trained on new technology, and is forming creative partnerships with equipment manufacturers as they prepare to open a massive training complex outside of Houston.

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) is launching the training center and entering into partnership agreements with several prominent members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Brands like Tadano, Manitowoc, Grove, Potain, Link-Belt, Terex AWP and Genie will provide heavy equipment on which workers will receive training at the center. Discussions are also underway with other prominent manufacturers.

“It’s to everyone’s benefit to expand the pool of highly-trained, technologically-savvy equipment operators,” says IUOE President James T. Callahan. “We have heard the appeals of employers all around the country who are having a hard time getting enough qualified workers on their job sites, and the only way to meet that demand is by creating new, cutting edge opportunities to receive training.”

Scheduled for completion early in 2018 and a grand opening in the spring, the IUOE Training and Conference Center is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive training complex. It features 235 acres of rugged Texas back country as a venue for IUOE members to learn how to operate the latest technology in the heavy equipment, crane, pipeline, surveying and stationary plant domains.

While the partnerships and training programs are still being finalized, union chief of staff Joe Giacin says equipment manufacturers who partner on the project can benefit by growing the pool of workers who are qualified to operate their individual brands of heavy equipment. He welcomes inquiries from companies that might be interested in getting involved at

“The manufacturers partnering with us see the value in the exposure that their equipment will get with students,” Giacin says. “Contractors listen to their crews when they’re buying new equipment, and if the workers are more familiar with certain brands, that’s going to increase the likelihood that those brands will be on the job site.”

Workforce Training Meeting the Needs of an Evolving Industry

One common thread will run through every piece of curriculum the IUOE offers at the center—the emphasis on training operators, engineers and mechanics to be highly-skilled technicians capable of putting modern heavy equipment’s on-board suite of advanced computer technology to its fullest, most efficient use.

“If you spend your whole life working on Microsoft software, and somebody hands you an Apple computer, you don’t know where to start,” Giacin says. “Our operators today are faced with similar issues. Typically, the average crane operator can be asked to operate a dozen different manufacturers’ machines with just as many different computerized control systems.”

But the IUOE and its partners are not only developing curriculum to orient workers on modern GPS guidance, computer control and electronic safety systems, all while keeping crews safe on the job site. They are also tailoring their training so that workers of all experience levels can benefit.

Apprentices will be able to learn new skills and gain an entry into trades work. Veteran crew members will be able to hone their skills and learn new technology. And more than 1,000 IUOE training instructors from across North America will receive standardized instruction on how best to offer training at a local level.

When the facility opens its doors to the first wave of operator trainees this spring, Callahan says it will represent the completion of the IUOE’s largest investment in worker training in its 122-year history.

“It is a huge investment, funded solely by the IUOE and its affiliated locals,” Callahan says. “It’s well north of $100 million.”

A Modern Worker Training Facility

Located in the Houston suburb of Crosby, the complex will include 227 dorm rooms to provide on-site housing for visiting trainees from across North America, along with cafeteria and conference facilities.

The IUOE already operates worker training facilities at many of its more than 120 local unions throughout the United States and Canada. But Giacin says the new IUOE Training and Conference Center will offer something that’s hard to come by anywhere else—immediate access to the most current products and technology available in today’s market.

Training programs on the center’s 235-acre range will run anywhere from a few days to many months, depending on the experience level and needs of the trainees in question.

“We can’t put a bulldozer or a crane inside a classroom,” Giacin says. “We need property in a climate where we can adequately train our folks year round.”

With the help of corporate partners, Callahan says the comprehensive equipment operator training ground will be capable of preparing the next generation of workers to meet the needs of the future workforce. For a union that’s long placed an emphasis on training its people, Callahan says the IUOE Training and Conference Center is the next step in the evolution of worker education.

“We’re breaking new ground here,” Giacin says. “We’ve never done anything like this before.”


The TSSA, IPE and IUOE Local 772 are continuing to work to address the looming shortage of Operating Engineers in Ontario. One of the fixes that we can all improve upon is acceptance of OE college students for their practical experience towards their qualifying steam time.

Please refer to the attached letter here for more information on the issue and how you can help.


The last General Membership Meeting took place Saturday October 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM at the Local's head office located at 1030 Upper James Street, Unit 401, Hamilton, ON. 

The meeting is open to all IUOE Local 772 members and is an opportunity to learn about the Local’s initiatives and business strategy for the next six months. The next meeting will be taking place in Spring 2018. 



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Autumn 2017 COMING SOON!

Autumn 2017 COMING SOON!



View Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's video here.


Regulatory Proposal Regarding Updates for the Operating Engineers Regulation

The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking your input regarding potential amendments to the Operating Engineers regulation (O. Reg. 219/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. This is the first public step towards renewing the Act & Regulations for Operating Engineers.

The registry allows members of the public to participate in developing regulations by providing comments on regulatory proposals. The ministry will be taking the input it receives into consideration when bringing forward the final regulation for approval. The comment period will close on September 26.

We encourage you to provide feedback on the regulatory proposals available at the following link:

What are the Potential Changes?

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), in collaboration with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), established a 15-member panel of representative Operating Engineers (OE) stakeholders. The purpose of the industry panel was to make recommendations to government on how to modernize the OE regulation while maintaining high-levels of public safety.

The panel reached consensus on 23 out of the 25 recommendations they proposed, which are aimed at achieving the following key outcomes:

Some of the key recommendations the panel proposed include the following:


The 25 recommendations are contained in the “Operating Engineers Regulatory Review Findings and Recommendations Report”, which is now available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry. We encourage you to provide feedback on all recommendations using the following link:

Read more here.



The TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams delivers discussions about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector. 

In this episode of Safety Matters, TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams joins host Greg Kerr to talk about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector. Watch the video here:


The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking your input on proposed amendments to the Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPV) regulation (O. Reg. 220/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. Information about the regulatory proposals is now posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry  for public feedback. The comment period will close on July 17, 2017.
The Registry allows members of the public to participate in developing regulations by providing comments on regulatory proposals. The ministry will be taking the feedback it receives into consideration when bringing forward the final regulation for approval.
We encourage you to provide feedback on the regulatory proposals available at the following link:

Who will be impacted? 

  1. Building Owners and Managers
  2. Dry Cleaners
  3. Hospitals
  4. Insurers and Third-Party Inspectors
  5. Manufacturers and Processors
  6. Municipalities
  7. Operating Plants, including power plants, heating and cooling plants
  8. Schools
  9. Universities and Colleges

What are the changes?
In February 2016, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, in collaboration with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), established a 14-member expert panel of BPV industry stakeholders with representation from insurance companies, third-party inspectors, and BPV owners and manufacturers. The purpose of the consultation was for the panel to make recommendations to government that would assist in addressing long-standing challenges associated with the operationalization of the BPV regulation.
The ministry has developed proposed regulatory amendments to support the implementation of the BPV panel’s recommendations as well as other changes to improve the effectiveness of TSSA’s BPV Safety Program. They include: 

  1. Upon insurer’s periodic inspection of a boiler or pressure vessel, the owner or operator of the device would be required to apply for authorization from TSSA to operate their device (Certificate of Inspection) with the payment of a fee and a copy of the Record of Inspection. 
  2. Insurers to submit device inspection information and attest to the accuracy of this information in the form and frequency specified by TSSA.
  3. Insurers to file information and to attest to the accuracy of that information. Insurers could be subject to an audit by TSSA to verify information provided by insurers as well as determine compliance with regulatory requirements.
  4. Provide flexibility for TSSA to differentiate between high-risk and low-risk piping and fittings based on research and analysis conducted through a standards development organization.
  5. Additional draft regulation proposals to improve the effectiveness of TSSA’s BPV Safety Program (please refer to regulatory registry posting for more information). 

The regulatory oversight of boilers and pressure vessels is addressed through the BPV regulation (O. Reg. 220/01) and the Operating Engineers regulation (O. Reg. 219/01), both of which are made under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. The Operating Engineers regulation is not the focus of this consultation.
The BPV regulation governs device safety including design, manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning. TSSA is an arms-length, not-for-profit, self-financed administrative authority that is responsible for administering the act and regulations. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is responsible for bringing forward any changes to the act or regulations and for overseeing the performance of TSSA.
BPVs are equipment that produce and distribute hot water, steam, compressed air, liquids, and gases, as well as refrigerants. They are used in a wide-variety of industries in Ontario, including power generation, manufacturing, agri-food, forestry, and dry cleaning. They also provide refrigeration and heating services for a variety of buildings and institutions. TSSA enforces the regulation through its BPV Safety Program. BPVs in Ontario have a strong safety record and incidents related to this type of equipment are rare.

Submitting your feedback
The ministry appreciates hearing from affected stakeholders while considering regulatory changes. We also ask that you please share this email with any other organization or individual that you believe would be interested in providing feedback on the proposed amendments.

Should you have any questions regarding these proposals, please email and a staff member will contact you.


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There is financial assistance available to the dependents of IUOE 772 members who are or will be entering post-secondary education. For more information, please read the applications found at the following links:

Local 772 Education Bursary Application

Canadian Conference Bursary Application

Hamilton and District Labour Council Scholarship Application - Please call 905-547-2944 or email


Local 772 provides an all-encompassing training session for Shop Stewards that includes the grievance process, arbitrations and human rights with guest speakers. 

Any Stewards interested in attending an upcoming session that have not attended a previous session are asked to contact us at 905-527-5250 (Hamilton) or 613-748-0546 (Ottawa).


The TSSA’s Director of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Mike Adams delivers discussions about new developments and current issues in the BPV/OE sector. Find links to the video blogs here:


Meet Justin Wedderburn, a graduate of the Hammerheads program and a proud member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793. Justin is a young father who credits the changes in his life and his new-found passion for the trades to the mentorship and support he received through the Hammerheads program of the Central Ontario Building Trades. It is an employment-based training program offering apprenticeship career opportunities to the youth of under-resourced neighbourhoods in our communities. Justin’s early life was rocked by turbulent events. He lost his mother at the age of 14 and after finishing school was living day by day, paying the bills by taking on unsteady and precarious work with no benefits. Justin changed his attitude after realizing he was going to be a father. He wanted a different future for his son and family. Through the Hammerheads program, his personal and professional skills were developed and he was exposed to the diversity of trades. He made plenty of friends during the program. His group motivated each other and supported each other to be successful. After graduation, he still kept in contact with other graduates. Justin decided to pursue a career as a crane operator. It required in-school training at the Operating Engineers training centre as well as on the job experience. He had to work hard to qualify for graduation from the training centre and be certified as an operator. Justin credits his success to the mentorship and support he received from his brothers and sisters at IUOE Local 793 who accepted and supported him as he transitioned from precarious agency employment to a unionized good paying job. Justin was introduced to the labour movement and was inspired by its collective accomplishments. “When you join a Union, you join a community. I feel like I am part of a real brotherhood – people see my 793 hat and come over to introduce themselves. I have access to benefits and opportunities that I could only dream of. It’s nice to know I can take my son for an eye exam, as well as get great wages”. Justin wants other young people to consider the trades because he is confident that they will succeed if they gave it a chance. He recalls how he never considered construction because it seemed to have a bad reputation, but that is far from the truth. He was pleasantly surprised by the level of wages and the benefits union members enjoy. Through the Hammerheads program, he received professional support for two years that changed his outlook of life. He now loves construction and is hungry to learn and develop more skills. “I am happy, because I am doing something that I love, I have a job and a career. I see a lot of guys who are good with their hands but are wasting their talent. Now I am helping people and contributing to society. It’s definitely been a blessing. I know my mom would be proud of me”. Finally, Justin has become an ambassador for the Hammerheads program in his community because of the opportunities that he was exposed to in the trades. It is important for society for diversity in the workplace, it opens doors to conversations and relationships that can challenge closed minds in society. He is grateful that he found many friends in his Union family at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793 who are invested in his success. He is grateful for his family who have supported him unconditionally and whom he loves very much. A veteran union member once told him that the reward for hard work and the construction schedule was being able to spend quality time with his family. That’s why he wants those in precarious employment to seriously consider a career in the trades. His has been a wonderful journey exploring a career in the construction trades, an opportunity that he hopes others would not take for granted. - story provided by Labour Action magazine, Fall 2016

Justin Wedderburn


A Stationary Engineer - The Beginning of a Lifelong Passion and Career by Jody Piette

It all began in 1993. I wasn’t sure after leaving school in 1991, just what I wanted to do for money or a career. I worked at a variety of seasonal positions which left me ice fishing all winter but knew I needed to start a career in something. A person can only ice fish for so long! So I decided to contact the local college in Ottawa to explore different career options. To my luck, I was directed to the Coordinator for Trades, Tim Breton, who took the time to answer questions, provide guidance and explore the options available. My future was clear. I enrolled in the Power Engineering program. With an aptitude in math, physics and mechanics, my quest for a career was over. As a Power Engineer, l was on my way to a career that provided daily challenges that I enjoy to this day with a superior wage, pension and benefits. 

During the summer holidays and weekdays, I completed the “on-the-job training” at Queensway-Carleton Hospital and I graduated with honours in June 1996. With a break in my career for personal reasons, then working two jobs and applications for full time employment in August 1998, I was hired on  as a Fourth-Class Engineer and I continue to this day my career as a Stationary Engineer at the Hospital. I was set for life. The best of all was that I had already worked at the Hospital through college and had the opportunity to blueprint the entire HVAC system while doing my on the job training as well as become a permanent team member of the guys at the plant. 

My first year I was the preventative maintenance guy servicing all of the equipment. This was great hands-on experience. The second year entailed working on the Y2K project in anticipating a major catastrophe of computer shutdowns (and now it's funny 15 years later). 

Next, there were hospital expansions and equipment changes. After the emergency building expansion, the main boiler room retrofit included the installation of a co-generating plant and the operation of a V20 engine, and learning how to get the most of a co-generation system. A new chiller system was added in 2009. From 1994 with a building size of 680,000 square feet, the plant is responsible for over 1,200,000 square feet, doubling in size and a state of the art facility with full computer control for all facilities.

With the growth of the hospital, equipment and plant, so has my career, personal and professional growth. A 4th Class Engineer in 1998, Lead Hand in 2006 and now the Building and Systems Chief Operator. I am fortunate in that I can look back from the beginning on my career decision, growth and the satisfaction of making a difference, being part of the Union, enjoying the daily challenges and leading a team. 


The Queensway-Carleton Hospital Operations department.



TSSA approved operating (power) engineer training providers

The TSSA has compiled a list of Ontario providers offering training, examination and certification. Find details here.





IUOE Engineer RaiseS Awareness and Funds for Cancer RESEARCH

Allan Hager, Maintenance Engineer at the University of Ottawa does his part in raising money for cancer research. Besides giving all his hair, a pizza lunch with the Engineers also raised money in support of Allan shaving it all off. In total, over $30,000 was raised at the University!






Congratulations to Joshua Diluca for being awarded a Hamilton and District Labour Council scholarship! Joshua is the son of IUOE 772 member Rob Diluca and is currently taking the Cyber Security University program at Sheridan College. To qualify, Joshua wrote an essay on the topic of how belonging to a union household has improved his life. He stated that the Unions his parents work for help give a better quality of life for him and his sister. He sees first-hand how Unions fight not only for the unionized workers but they also bring awareness of a lack of funding and cuts to government programs that most citizens would not normally hear about. The scholarship is open to students whose parent or recognized guardian is a member of a union affiliated to the Hamilton and District Labour Council. Applications for the scholarship can be found here.



A not-for-profit entity called Canadians United for Change (CUC) was formed as a result of a resolution that was passed unanimously at the 57th Canadian Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers held in 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The organization ran a political campaign during the 2015 federal election and will also run campaigns during future elections. Click here to visit the Canadians United for Change website or click here for their Facebook page.




Local 772 wishes to extend its condolences to the families of Local 772 members who have passed away recently:

- Patricia Lawrence

- Arthur Packwood 




 Education Designed for Workers! This program gives working people the opportunity to understand and change the problems they  face as workers. Discussion includes how work is changing, how government policies effect workers, and the role of the labour  movement today. Classes are small and based on a positive and comfortable learning environment. McMaster will schedule around  shift work, overtime and family obligations. Most courses are in the evening or on weekends. For more info, visit



IUOE Local 772 members employed as Operating Engineers at York University participate in a huge, $40 million energy savings initiative that has already cut energy costs by 25%. This was a bold undertaking given scarce resources and aging infrastructure. The engineers persevered and the new, steam driven chiller is paying dividends. The IUOE , management and contractors working together for a better tomorrow! Read more here:


Two Shop Stewards Take their hair for cancer fundraiser

Two of Kemptville District Hospital nurses, Shop Steward Erin Devereaux and Cathy Coville started a Relay For Life team to support Erin's cousin and Cathy’s best friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Erin's fellow Shop Stewards, Anita Baker and Harold Westendorp volunteered to shave their heads if $1500 was raised. The challenge was posted around the Hospital and a total of $2031 was raised for the Relay For Life! 











IUOE supports co-op students and apprentices in training the new generation of Operating Engineers!





The Broadbent Institute has released Haves and Have-Nots, a new report that shows the extent of wealth inequality in  Canada. The  top 10% own nearly half of all wealth in the country -- but the bottom 30% of Canadians account for less than 1%,  and  the bottom  half  accounts for less than 6% of all wealth.




The TSSA had a real concern – a critical shortage of power engineers which meant shutting down vital components of our society. So a recruitment video was produced that would be shown to high school students across the province to show our young audience what a power engineer really does in an informative, dynamic, and relevant way. View the video here.




The Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities (MCTU) has approved the advancement of an Operating Engineers "Apprenticeship-like" training program for Ontario after a 12 year struggle!

Legislation - Bill C-377 Union Financial Public Disclosure Act - against all odds with a heavily weighted conservative senate the act has been amended to exclude unions with less than 50,000 membership meaning we will not have extra burdens of costly financial reporting !

Temporary Foreign Workers - The IUOE has worked tirelessly to expose the exploitation of legislation to protect Canadian workers from employers opting to utilize foreign workers. The good news - the efforts have paid dividends with further tightening of our laws restricting mining corporations and RBC from eliminating good paying Canadian jobs !



Why is this important?

In a major step forward for trade unions today, the Supreme Court of Canada has clearly recognized that freedom of association guaranteed in s. 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of unions to bargain collectively. The very restrictive interpretation that had been given by the Supreme Court in the initial trilogy of cases on freedom of association under the Charter has been overruled.


Together We Can Save More Lives: The IUOE Joins Life-Saving Program

The International Union of Operating Engineers is proud to announce that we have partnered with Canadian Blood Services and joined Partners for Life - a national program for organizations that are committed to giving blood and saving lives! Since one blood donation can help save three patients in need, just imagine the lifesaving impact that the IUOE will make annually! Call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to find a blood donor clinic near you.


THE SECOND GENERATION…following in my dad’s footsteps by Marcel Lamoureux, IUOE Local 772 Member, Natrel - A Division of Agropur

In 1970, my father, Paul Lamoureux, started his career with Sealtest Dairy in Ottawa as a proud Operating Engineer. In 1971, with only a year in the Company, my Father was elected as the new IUOE Shop Steward which lasted up until 1982. In 1985, he was promoted as Chief Engineer of the Plant.

When I was younger, I had the pleasure of visiting my father at work. I was so inspired by all of the machinery and the complexity of the Plant. To my Father’s delight, because I was so intrigued with his work and the Plant, he suggested I go into the same field as he, which I did. I finished school in 1983 with an Engineer Certificate and with a Refrigeration course.

From 1985 to 1990 I worked with my Father in the same Dairy Plant in Montreal. The Plant was enormous, producing all kinds of dairy products including milk, yogurt, ice cream and more. When I started out in my on the job training, as a little joke, they gave me an ice cream bar at -20C. Of course at -20C, the bar stuck to my mouth and I had to use hot water to get it unstuck.

In 1990 I was transferred to downtown to the Ottawa Sealtest Plant which was located on Cooper Street, at that time.

Looking back, I think of how fortunate I was to work with my Father. I learned all the tricks of the trade, as a Mechanical Operator, from pumping down systems, overhauling ammonia compressors and taking everything apart from A to Z. Great hands on experience, that has stayed with me throughout my career.

I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to work closely with my Father, bringing us close with a bond between Father and Son…sometimes too close as he would say. My Father was old school, “If you aren’t fast enough to do the job, then I’ll do it”. He was a very hard worker, dedicated and you could count on one hand the days he took off sick while working for the Company.

In 1993, the Plant in Ottawa, was transferred to Orleans on Dairy Drive, now called Agropur Division of Natrel. Another chapter in our careers. A new challenge for both of us, my Father and I. The Plant was a state of the art facility. No more mechanical control and manual operation. Everything was computerized and PLC programmed which made it easier to make changes and fine-tune the Plant.

In 2004, my Father decided to retire and enjoy his pension after 35 years of service. He loved his work and every summer for a couple of months he comes back to replace us while we are on vacation. Every time I see him he wants to know the news from work and he really likes to hear the current gossip and give his comments.

In 2007, I became the alternate Shop Steward, in the good hands of the International Union of Operating Engineer. In 2007, promoted as Chief Engineer, with the help of the Union, I’m still going strong after 25 years service for the same Dairy.