Obtaining an Application

The first step in applying for the Apprenticeship Program begins with obtaining an application. Applications will be distributed, and accepted, only during specific times. 

State mandated regulations require the Apprenticeship Program to be open for new applications at least once every two years. 

If you have not read about how our Apprentice Program works please click on the below link and read before applying. It will answer 98% of the questions you have. 


The Southern California Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program will be open for new applications from January 13, 2020 through January 29, 2020 online below.

Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants must meet the following

entry requirements:

  • Be physically able to perform the work with or without reasonable accommodation;

  • Possess a high school diploma, GED equivalent or college degree;

  • An individual may submit an application at the age of 17, but acceptance into the program will not occur until the age of 18;

  • Be legal to work in the United States;

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License upon entrance into the program;

  • Must have suitable transportation to and from work and school;

  • Reside within the jurisdiction of Local 12 in Southern California;

  • Pass an entrance examination;

  • Pass a substance abuse test.

Written applications will be available at the Whittier Training Facility and all Dispatch Halls (except Pasadena) Wednesdays only, January 15, January 22 and January 29, 2020 between 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Written applications must be hand delivered to our Whittier office or sent by certified mail, postmarked on or before January 31, 2020.  We strongly urge you to apply online.