Why Join?

Why Join the Apprenticeship Program?

Joining the IUOE Local 450 apprenticeship program gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn at no cost you. Our apprentices receive classroom training with our experienced certified instructors and on-the-job training from qualified journeymen. In addition to earning your hourly wage there will also be a contribution on behalf from your employer for your health care.

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    Benefits to Local 450 Members


    By becoming a member of Local 450, you also have access to our Apprenticeship and Training site. There, you have the availability to work 1-on-1 with our instructors to make sure your skill set is growing and staying sharp. You can also maintain your certifications and add new certifications to your existing ones at NO COST. We’re committed to continuing education and training to make you the most desirable workforce in the industry. You will also have access to the International Training and Education Center in Crosby, TX Learn more about the ITEC here.

    Health Insurance

    The Southern Operators Health Fund is one of the top multi-employer health plans. It is a nationwide health plan that offers participants a comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision benefits. The Fund is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of both labor and management who design the plan and provide families with the tools, information, and programs participants need to take control of their health. These health benefits do not come out of your negotiated hourly wage, but they are an additional benefit. How much did you spend out of your pocket just to have insurance last year? You can eliminate that cost. Learn more about the Southern Operators Health Plan here.

    Central Pension Fund

    The Central Pension Fund is the second largest labor-management pension fund in the nation and it is a fully funded pension fund. By becoming a member of Local 450 will be in the IUOE pension plan. Your retirement savings do not come out of your wages, they are paid for by your employer, above and beyond your wages. You will have added peace of mind knowing that you will not have to worry about whether or not you will be able to sustain yourself and your family at retirement. Learn more about the Central Pension Fund here.