Facilities Management Engineer Apprenticeship Training Program

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Facilities Management Engineer Trainee Program (Apprenticeship) was approved by the Cook County Board in 2022 to train selected candidates in real-life operational and stationary engineering. This workforce development program, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among the trainees, is in partnership with Local 399 Operating Engineers and provides hands-on experience to prepare for a career in engineering. By giving participants direct experience working in the buildings and grounds of the facilities, trainees leave the program well-prepared for the work of an operating engineer. Within three years candidates obtain an Engineering License and can then seek gainful employment with wages over $100,000 annually. The program is designed to help trainees build the necessary skills in a real work environment to meet entry qualifications and successfully test for licensing.