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Construction Equipment Operators operate heavy construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, scrapers, compactors and many  other kinds of equipment used in constructing buildings, dams, airports, and highways They also work in quarries and plants that produce rock, sand and gravel. Construction Equipment Operators drive, maneuver, or control heavy machinery used to construct roads, bridges, buildings, and  other structures. They also excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement.

Length27 months/51 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker
and dependants after 360 consecutive hours
in 3 months. The Pension is a 5 year vesting period.
Annuity and Vacation & Holiday pay benefits are
vested upon one (1) contribution to the plan(s).
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduation or GED/Equivalent desired
but not required chances for acceptance by approved Laborers JATC
Certification availableOSHA 10
Fork lift certification
First Aid/CPR
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks and activities
related to trade; spatial recognition; mechanical, eye,
and hand/foot coordination aptitude test.
Additional requirementsValid California Driver’s License
original current DMV print out Social Security Card
Written or oral entry examsPanel Oral Interview
Subjects studied by ApprenticesGradesetting,
Excavator ,
Paving Operations,
Fork Lift,
Motor Grader,
Gradesetting GPS


Contact:  Joint Apprenticeship Committee For Operating Engineers for the 46, Northern Counties In California, 14738 Cantova Way, Sloughhouse, CA 95683, contact receptionist.

Applications:  Must be a resident of Local 3’s jurisdiction, Applications accepted at address provided Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm.

How do new apprentices get their first job?  Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list.

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