Apprenticeship applications are not currently available.

How apprenticeship prepares you

An apprenticeship program with the Operating Engineers Local 825 will prepare you to work as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic in the construction industry.

The apprenticeship program is set up as a four-year program. There is a minimum of 144 hours of classroom and on-the-job, hands-on training each year. After the training, apprentices are available for work at the trade and must have approximately 1,500 hours of work experience each year before they can advance to the next level of apprenticeship.

The application process

Apprentice applications are given out as the need for new Operating Engineers is projected. Notice is made on our website and on social media.

Applications will be available online. A limited number will be accepted. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 at time of application
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Must have completed high school or equivalent program

Documents needed to apply:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • High school transcript and diploma, or GED and test scores
  • Veterans must provide a DD-214

All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, handicap, national origin or ethnic background.


Federal law protects your rights to join a union

Under federal law, you are entitled to join or form a union, select representatives and bargain collectively with your employer.

These rights are intended to balance the relationship between workers and employers, not to be adversarial. They encourage labor and management to negotiate agreements that benefit all parties. This enables contractors to offer more highly skilled and productive engineers while providing appropriate compensation in exchange for a higher level of productivity.

The union can help identify and resolve problems on the job before they escalate. And as a union member, you have a right to vote on your contract, giving you a voice your employer can’t ignore.