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Apprenticeship Program Opening: February 2023 Application Period

Updated: Jan 18

The Southern California Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program will be open for applications beginning February 20, 2023, at 7:00 am through March 3, 2023, closing at 3:30 pm.

Applications will be available “online only” at

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

Please refer to our website at for complete details of the application process. (see 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 ½, 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 Local 12 in Southern California;

  • Pass an entrance examination;

  • Pass a substance abuse test.

For more information about our Apprenticeship program including Applicant processes, please visit our website at The program information contained in the "Apprenticeship" tab of our website should provide answers to most of your questions. Please visit our website frequently for any news on when the application process begins, including relevant information that is necessary for the opening. It is not necessary to call/contact our office at this time for more information.

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