Distance Education of Apprentice Classes

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

To all Apprentices,

In an effort to continue the education of our Apprentices and Journeyperson members, the Operating Engineers Training Trust is gearing up to provide distant learning (online alternative) for all required classes. This will allow apprentices to continue moving forward with their related and supplemental instruction as required by the State of California, Division of Apprenticeship Standards. It will also allow some journeypersons to participate in their continuing education with certain classes offered to maintain or obtain required certifications.

Although it has not been confirmed as of today, we anticipate that many of the regularly scheduled classes will be ready to continue as soon as this Saturday, April 4, 2020. It is imperative that you check your email regularly for notification and instructions on getting started. Keep in mind, these classes are not optional for apprentices and your participation will be required as soon as our online classes are available, and you have been notified. Failure to comply with the prescribed classes will result in disciplinary action from the Sub- JAC and possibly postponing your upgrades and apprenticeship completion.

In preparation for the online classes there are certain items that you should obtain so that upon notification of the start date you are ready to go. Below is a list of devices that work best for Blackboard and Zoom online service systems:

The Best: PC or Mac based Computer. Linux OS (Chromebooks) computers seem to work well.

Compatible with a few reservations: iPad, Fire HD Tablets, Android OS based tablets.

Difficult, at best: Personal Cell Phones; all OS Platforms.

Because of the content displayed on the screen, a personal computer is recommended for use with the above online systems. Tablets seem to work, but the screen content will be condensed, allowing proper scaling for the small screen. Access to electronic documents on the device can be confusing. Phones will have issues with usable scaling of the screen to allow viewing of the content displayed from the Learning Management System.

We realize that these are unusual times that we are faced with and we apologize for the added burden that this option may place on our members. We are striving to get our training programs back to a normal type of operation as soon as it is practical to do so. However, as you know, actions taken in an effort to defeat the COVID-19 virus are out of our control.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your coordinator for more details.


Larry L. Hopkins

Director of Training