Operating Engineers (Heavy Equipment)
Apprenticeship Vocational Training Program Overview
The Operating Engineers Apprenticeship program is a 6000-hour (approximately three
years and six months) on-the-job training program. In addition to the on-the-job training,
the program will include supplemental instruction through Allan Hancock College at
our off campus training facility located on Camp San Luis Reserve Base.
Training includes safe and productive work practices along with specific training
in the equipment operator, heavy-duty repair, rock sand and gravel operator, plant
equipment operator special inspector, and dredge operator classifications.
Admittance to the operating engineers apprenticeship program requires you to complete
an application and submit it along with the required documentation to the Operating
Engineers Training Trust main office. Applicants also must pass a written entrance
examination that consists of English comprehension, basic mathematical problems and
questions covering the relationship of physical forces and mechanical elements in
practical situations. The exam is administered at a location in your area. The college
has a contract through the Santa Barbara County Operating Engineers Trades Joint Apprenticeship
For more information or questions pick up an information booklet from the Local 12
Union Hall or contact:
Billy Ray, Coordinator, Operating Engineers Training
Local 12 Union Hall
700 Faeh Avenue
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: (805) 489-1533 or (213) 385-2889
Fax: (805) 489-0946
Operating Engineers Training Trust
2190 S. Pellissiers Place
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 695-0611
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