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International Union of Operating Engineers and Built Robotics renew training partnership

Built Robotics, the inventor of the Exosystem, which is said to convert excavators into robots, has renewed its partnership with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

The renewal extends the strategic partnership through 2026, and will continue to put union members in the driver’s seat of construction automation.

James Callahan, general president of the IUOE, says: “Together with Built Robotics, we have pioneered a model of engagement between the Union and advanced technology providers to give our members continued opportunities to learn and develop their careers.

“Our partnership with Built has and continues to receive very positive feedback, and we are excited to renew this agreement to provide our over 400,000 members with the advanced training that keeps them at the forefront of the industry.”

As part of the agreement, the IUOE and Built will continue training Robotic Equipment Operators (REOs) on Built’s autonomous construction equipment.

Built will also be supporting the next generation of IUOE members through its matching program: for each hour of work performed by one of Built’s robots, the company contributes $1 to the IUOE National Training Fund.

Since the partnership began in 2020, the IUOE and Built have hosted a number of in-person demonstrations, educational seminars, and media events at the ITEC and locals throughout the country.

As a result, IUOE members have experienced greater opportunity, and demand for the partnership has grown.

Noah Ready-Campbell, founder and CEO of Built Robotics, says: “Skilled craft workers built America.

“It’s an honor to partner with an historic organization like the IUOE, and it’s an opportunity for us not only to train new operators on our technology, but also to learn from the veterans to make our tech that much better.”

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