HERC Operator Apprentice Program

Join the trades! Take classes at Minneapolis College while working as an Apprentice at Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). This opportunity provides experience in OSHA certification, heavy machinery training, and other great technical skills!
HERC Apprentices cohort 1

About the Program

How does the Earn & Learn model work?

Apprentices will join the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) as Operator Apprentices, working 3 days onsite a total of 28 hours. The other two days will be spent attending hybrid coursework with your Career Specialist and Minneapolis College instructors. The combination of 28 hours onsite at HERC and 12 hours in the classroom allow Apprentices to earn $27 per hour at 40 hours per week!

What credentials will I earn?

During the training you will have the opportunity to gain 4 credentials!

  • National Retail Federation Customer Service
  • Mental Health & First Aid
  • OSHA 30
  • Special Boiler's License

What experiences & opportunities will I get?

Explore heavy machinery at the Extreme Sandbox! Gain an introduction and training on heavy machinery that you will use onsite at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center. 

What's HERC?


PPL is proud to partner with these organizations to make this program possible:

Qualifications for Participation

High school diploma or GED

At least 18 years of age

Legal to work in the United States