Applicant Information Section
Below you will find additional information on what to expect going forward now that the test results have been sent out.
Applicants that meet all eligibility requirements (which include passing the entrance examination) will be placed on the Accepted Applicants List. Placement on the list is based on the your overall examination score, e.g., higher scoring applicants receive higher priority on the list than lower scoring applicants.
When openings occur for apprenticeship positions (based on the availability of work in the field), the highest priority applicant(s) on the list will be contacted by telephone.
Please be patient and your coordinator will call you once they get to your placement on the list. Effective January 1, 2022, you will be on the Accepted Applicants list for one (1) year from the day you took your test.
Note: It is extremely important that all applicants on the Accepted Applicants List immediately inform the Operating Engineers Training Trust of any change in contact information, e.g., telephone number, address, etc. We must have the changes in writing and you may fill out a contact form below.
Upon initial entry into the program, an applicant will be asked to provide all of the required documents including: a valid state issued Driver's License, Certified copy of their birth certificate, Diploma or equivalent (GED) and/or College Degree, Social Security card, and documents allowing you to work in the United States legally. Applicants will then be administered a Substance Abuse Test prior to being assigned to a training site. Failure to provide required documents or the drug test may be cause for rejection from the program.
Once assigned to a training site, applicants will be expected to attend training at that location, Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm as often as possible.
Note: The applicant will NOT be paid during this initial training and evaluation period. Additionally, applicants may be dismissed from further continuance with the program for an inability to learn and employ appropriate safety skills in this training.
Upon successful completion of the initial training and evaluation program, an Apprentice Coordinator (a representative from the Operating Engineers Training Trust assigned to mentor and guide the applicant) will actively try to place the individual into a paid position with a union contractor. This can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, or more.
Upon being assigned to a job, the applicant will be indentured and officially become an apprentice. Indenturing is a State and Federally recognized procedure that essentially "binds" the apprentice to certain rules and procedures in order to remain in the Apprenticeship Program. All of this will be fully explained by the Apprentice Coordinator.