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Training Site

Inside look at Local 12 jatc training center

  1. Be physically able (with or without accommodations) to perform the work.  Physical requirements include adequate vision and hearing; the ability to bend and stoop; climb vertical ladders up to five feet in height; lift loads up to fifty pounds; pull/push levers with resistance up to five pounds; and the ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.

  2. Be a high school graduate or equivalent, e.g. successfully completed General Educational Development (GED).

  3. Be at least 18 years old when entering the program. Note: An individual may submit an application prior to reaching the age of 18, but acceptance into the program will not occur until the age of 18 is obtained.

  4. Be legal to work in the United States.

  5. Have reliable transportation. Travel to remote job and training sites, at various hours during the day and/or night, is required of all apprentices. Reliable transportation is essential. It is required that an applicant possess a valid California Driver's License prior to being accepted into the program.

  6. Pass an entrance examination. The entrance examination is designed to test basic verbal, math, and mechanical abilities that are essential for succeeding in the Apprenticeship Program.

    The entrance examination is given in English only.

  7. Pass a Substance Abuse Test. Prior to acceptance into the program, applicants must pass a Substance Abuse Test. This test will be provided by the Operating Engineers Training Trust.

    Note: Any required documents that are printed in a language other than English MUST be accompanied by a notarized English translation and must be provided upon receiving a conditional offer into the program at the time to the substance abuse test.

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Operating Engineers are highly trained, skilled professionals who...

  • Operate heavy construction equipment on high-rise buildings, roads and freeways, residential developments, dams, waterways, airports, and underground tunnels; or

  • Do specialized work operating cranes, concrete, pumpers, pile drivers, or drilling equipment; or

  • Perform inspections and testing during construction phase on such things as reinforced concrete, soils, structural masonry, prestressed concrete, structural steel, and welding; or

  • Repair and maintain heavy duty construction equipment, working in shops or on job sites where equipment has broken down; or

  • Work in plants that produce sand, gravel, asphalt, and concrete; or

  • Work on or near the water with dredging equipment; or

  • Survey and check the slopes and grade of the Earth

Work Conditions & Physical Demand

Operating Engineers must be physically able to perform rigorous work and be willing to accept as a normal part of the job…

  • Dirty, sometimes dangerous, conditions

  • Uncomfortably hot or cold weather

  • Work underground, in high places, and in close quarters

  • Long drives to job sites in remote areas and irregular hours

  • Heavy lifting and rough riding equipment

Despite the downside, tens of thousands of Operating Engineers will attest that the rewards of this work far outweigh its discomforts.


Operating Engineers enjoy

  • 20% - 30% rate higher than their non-union counter parts. 

  • Full Pension

  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Package for Member and Dependents 

  • Vacation & Holiday paid Benefits

  • 100% Funded Annuity from Local 12

  • Work Dispatch so work is found for you

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About the Union

Operating Engineers are the people who operate, maintain and repair heavy construction equipment. You will find Operating Engineers working on the freeways and other construction sites operating cranes and earthmoving equipment such as dozers, scrapers, compactors, backhoes, motor graders, etc. Operating Engineers also perform work as plant operators for rock plants, dredging equipment, and act as special inspectors verifying the quality of construction work.

Southern Nevada Operating Engineers Local 12