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Obtaining an Application

The first step in applying for the Apprenticeship Program begins with completing the online application. Applications will only be available online and accepted 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 Apprenticeship Program works, please click on the below link and read before applying. It will answer most of the questions you may have. 

The Southern California Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program is currently closed for applications. Future openings for applications to be announced on our website when scheduled.

Applications will be available “online only” at


Applications accepted will be limited to a pre-determined number 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.

Applications are now Closed
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