IUOE & Built Robotics Partner for Training Programs
March 10, 2020
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), representing over
400,000 members across the United States and Canada who work as heavy
equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, welders, drivers, and
stationary engineers, and Built Robotics, provider of autonomous robotic
solutions for construction, have entered into a multi-year strategic
The partnership will establish a training program to prepare IUOE
members to oversee and manage robotic equipment, as well as work
alongside autonomously operating vehicles.
As part of the agreement, Built Robotics will provide its guidance
systems to the IUOE's state-of-the-art International Training &
Education Center (ITEC) near Houston, Texas. The ITEC offers IUOE
members a 265-acre campus, a full line-up of heavy equipment from
leading manufacturers, mechanics shops, vehicle simulators, and more.
The Built Robotics guidance systems will be the latest cutting-edge
technology to be added to the curriculum, and IUOE members will be
trained to install, operate, and repair robots in realistic job site
"This is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the IUOE and a
technology company, and it will enable our members access to programs
and training to keep them at the forefront of skilled craft work," said
James T. Callahan, General President of the IUOE. "We are proud to bring
Built Robotics technology to the ITEC and equip our members with the
skills they need to be successful in the 21st century."
addition to the ITEC training program, the IUOE and Built Robotics are
exhibiting Built's autonomous equipment at the CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2020
conference this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conference attendees can
visit Built's booth to remote control an autonomous excavator digging at
the ITEC facility thousands of miles away.
"We are honored to partner with the IUOE, one of the largest and most
historic labor organizations in North America," said Noah
Ready-Campbell, CEO of Built Robotics. "At the end of the day, robots
are just tools in the hands of skilled operators, and we believe that
the best-trained workers equipped with our technology will fundamentally
change the future of construction. Together we can build and maintain
the critical infrastructure our country needs," he continued.