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Online Application

The first step in applying for the Apprenticeship Program begins with having a valid e-mail address. Then you will be able to complete the online application, when available. Applications are only available online and accepted during specific opening periods. 

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 Apprenticeship Program works, please click on the below link and read before applying. It will answer most of the questions you may have. 

Please be advised on the Southern California Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program is now closed for applications. The next scheduled opening period will be announced on our website.

Applications will be available “online only” at during the announced opening period schedule.


Applications accepted will be limited to a pre-determined goal based on industry demand for each district and apprentice classification on a first come, first served basis.

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 1/2, 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 state issued Driver’s License upon entrance into the program;

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

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

  • Pass an entrance examination;

  • Pass a substance abuse test.

We are currently not accepting applications
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