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Operating Engineers Local 841
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Tom Ridge
President, Business Mgr
Phone 812-299-1177

Kevin Buenker
Corresponding Secretary
Phone 812-299-1177

Brian Gilham
Vice President
Phone 812-299-1177

Bill Sharp
Financial Secretary
Phone 812-299-1177

Mike Wombles
Phone 812-299-1177

Operating Engineers operate bulldozers, cranes, excavators, and any type of motorized equipment used on construction sites. In most cases, if it can push, pull, pump, or lift material, rolls on tires or crawls on tracks like a tank, it falls under the jurisdiction of the I.U.O.E.

Operating engineers work in a variety of job classifications in highway and building construction, mining, tollways, tunnels, slag, landscaping, power plants, refineries, railroads, quarries, plants that produce rock, sand and gravel, logging, and utility work such as gas, water, and sewer excavation. 

Members are on major infrastructure projects including:

  • 1-69 (new interstate from Evansville to Indianapolis)

  • 641 bypass (new construction in Vigo County)

  • Margaret Avenue widening project (Terre Haute)

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant (Terre Haute)

  • Combined sewer overflow upgrades (Clinton)

  • Edwardsport Powerhouse

  • Merom Powerhouse

Local 841 represents 2,347 active members in 17 counties in west central Indiana, and 19 counties in east central Illinois.

Members utilize a referral hall, with the main office in Terre Haute and branch offices located in Oakwood, IL, and Vincennes, IN.


Benefits include group health insurance including HRA
and prescription drug plan, pension plans, annuity fund, and

P.O. Box 2157 Terre Haute, IN 47802
Phone: 812-299-1177 / Fax: 812-299-9311
Operating Engineers
Apprentice Program
Contact: Bill Sharp Phone 765-828-1102

A state-of-art training facility located in Universal, IN, is open 5 days a week for the use of members to train and upgrade their skills. The equipment at the site is the same type of equipment members operate on the job site.

The instructors at the site are all Operating Engineers and teach the fundamentals of operating and maintaining heavy equipment including bulldozers, cranes, excavators, asphalt and concrete paving equipment, and other heavy equipment used in the construction industry.

Apprentices also learn welding, grade stakes, GPS, rigging and signal safety and operations. Local 841 accepts a new class of 30 to 50 apprentices one time per year in January.

Applications are available at the training site and at local offices in Oakwood and Vincennes. 

Apprentices can also earn certifications from Ivy Tech and an Associate Degree in Applied Science. They participate in career days at local high schools. College students are encouraged to observe and participate in certain classes.

Journeyman training is available in certification on cranes and fork lifts, hazmat, OHSA and MSHA certifications, CPR and first aid.

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