Heavy Equipment Mechanic


What is it?

Morrison Industrial Equipment and Compass Military Services have partnered to develop a nationally approved Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship to become Heavy Equipment/Diesel Mechanics

  • Available to military veterans and non-veterans (civilians)
  • Combination of paid On-the-Job Training and classroom study
  • Wages are paid for On-the-Job Training hours
  • Regularly scheduled wage increases through length of program
  • No tuition costs
  • Allows for access to GI Bill benefits for eligible veterans

Mix of Training

Theory (online or classroom study) = 144 hrs

PAID On-The-Job Training = 1,936 hrs

Total hours = 2,080 hrs (approximately 1 year)

GI-Bill: Monthly Stipends

If you are a veteran and/or qualify for GI-Bill benefits, you may be eligible to receive monthly stipends through the Veterans Administration (VA) while you are in the apprenticeship program.

Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship program, Compass Military Services will provide you with the documentation, VA contact information, application requirements and summary of process steps to access the monthly stipends, as well as assistance with allocation of the funding to the training expenses.

  • Stipends are equal to Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) (level of E-5, with dependents) for Post 9/11 GI-Bill eligible veterans based on your zip code
  • Stipend amount decreases by 20% every 6 months as wages increase
  • Montgomery GI-Bill eligible veterans are subject to differing stipends based upon varying eligibility levels
  • Stipends are based on monthly OJT hours worked

Branch Locations

Morrison has 12 branches that have been approved for the apprenticeship program. Apprentices will be hired based on the needs of each individual branch.

Michigan                                       Indiana

Grand Rapids                                  Elkhart

Holland                                             South Bend

Battle Creek


Traverse City





  1. Submit application
  2. Interview and take aptitude test with Compass Military Services
  3. Interview at Morrison
  4. Accept job offer
  5. DOL Apprenticeship agreement is initiated
  6. GI-Bill benefits eligibility process begins
  7. Start your work/study program!
  8. 6 month review
  9. 1 year review