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California Training Center

Rancho Murieta, California

Tammy Castillo, Director of Apprenticeship

Find links to important documents for apprenticeship training, classes being offered and much more. Don't miss the new information about how to get ready for the assessment test.

Use the links below for our 2016 training schedules

Details on the training programs and application

  • Instructions for filling out the Apprenticeship Application (Read these instructions before filling out the application below.)
  • Apprenticeship application - fill it out and print on your computer
  • Click here for a detailed description of Operator Training
  • Click here for a detailed description of Mechanics Training

  • Apprentice Work Summary Time Cards

    Important - Read the instructions first, then fill out the appropriate time card and print the card and get your employers signature.


    The following forms are listed here for employers use. Please fill these forms out online and print them as appropriate.

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    Formal training for Operating Engineers in California happens at the Rancho Murieta Training Center, 22 miles southeast of Sacramento. Originally a 15-acre site that was formally dedicated in 1969, RMTC has continued to expand with regular additions, facility remodeling, an additional computer classroom, a mobile classroom and new equipment.

    Currently, the site consists of an eight-acre campus, with an additional 80 acres devoted to a crane training yard and maintenance area where hands-on training is conducted. Lease agreements with neighboring ranches for the next 10 years make an additional 18,000 acres available for training. The facilities are used to upgrade and multiply the equipment skills of members of the world’s largest construction union. New classrooms and a recreation center were recently completed following a refurbishing of the dormitories, showers and restrooms.

    In addition to apprenticeship training, RMTC offers continuing education and training for journey-level operators. Rapidly changing technology in the construction industry creates a need for continuous training to learn new techniques and methods and improve existing skills.

    The union is working on securing a lease agreement with BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to create a satellite training facility in the Yuba Goldfields for rock, sand and gravel operations and restoration projects for the BLM.

    Instructors at RMTC are required to obtain a vocational teaching credential to ensure the continued quality of the program and the high standards established for the staff. All of the instructors are credentialed or in the process of receiving their credentials, as a requirement of RMTC’s LEA (Licensed Educational Association) through the Sacramento County Office of Education.

    Instruction is provided on an ongoing basis at RMTC during the five-week probationary orientation period for new apprentices. After the probationary period, they are required to successfully complete 80 hours of SRT (supplemental related training) for each step of the apprenticeship program, usually once a year. CEO (Construction Equipment Operator) training can be obtained on the following types of equipment: backhoe, blade, dozer, loader, scraper, grade-checking (at RMTC and in the districts), gradesetting GPS, compactors, pavers, rollers, excavators, boring and cranes.

    Ongoing HDR (Heavy Duty Repair) classes are offered in the following areas: power train, engines, electronics, welding and hydraulics.

    In addition to upgrade instruction, Operating Engineers can earn certifications in hazardous materials, oil refinery safety, first aid and CPR. When a substantial number of bargaining unit members in any field require specialized training or education, RMTC will develop a quality, custom-designed program to meet their needs whenever possible.

    Specialty classes are scheduled as determined by the union based upon need and demand. Topics include forklift, NCCCO practical and written exams, Class A License, VOTE (Voice of the Engineer), Safety/Hazmat, Diversity Awareness, Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Substance Abuse/DOT Regulations, Labor History, Organizing, Computer Lab and SAGE Skills Assessment.

    Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Call RMTC at (916) 354-2029 for registration procedures or additional information.

    Information for RMTC students

    All students registered for class at the RMTC facility are required to check in no later than 7:30 a.m. on the Monday of the first class session. Students driving a long distance may check in Sunday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the registration office.

    Drug test
    All students must take and pass a mandatory substance abuse test sometime during the first week to complete the training session. This requirement also applies to journey-level operators.

    All supplemental related training and journey-level upgrade classes are two weeks long. Written and hands-on tests are used to assess progress and instruction. There is a small amount of classroom work, and students should bring pens, pencils and writing materials such as paper, tablets or notebooks with them.

    Appropriate dress
    Report to the training center in clothing appropriate for work on a job site. Work boots, hard-hats, vests, etc. are required. Hard-hats and vests are available. If you register for a crane class, please bring your own gloves. Students in grade-checking classes will be required to bring a simple calculator with square root and percentage functions. Mechanic students need to bring hood and gloves.

    Room and board
    Room and board are provided free of cost to all journey-level operators. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Thursday, but only breakfast and lunch will be served on Friday. Accommodations are dormitory style onsite at RMTC. The dorms are closed for the weekend. Please bring your own toiletries such as soap, shampoo, towels, etc. Sheets, blankets and pillows will be provided, but you must supply your own pillowcase. You may wish to bring a sleeping bag for added comfort.

    If you register for a class but later find you are unable to attend, please notify RMTC as soon as possible. There is usually a waiting list for journey-level upgrade classes, and cancellations will be offered to other members. RMTC has a No-Show Policy, which states that failure to attend your registered class session without giving proper notification may result in forfeiture of training eligibility for six months.

    Please call (916) 354-2029 if you have any questions or click here for a map and directions. Don't forget to bring paper and pencil or pen.

    **It is important that you notify your dispatcher that you will be at RMTC in case your name comes up on the out-of-work list.

    Crane Training

    CCO Recertification
    RMTC has acquired a tower crane to enable CCO testing onsite. Special classes are now scheduled for recertifying crane operators (CCO) whose certifications expire soon. To qualify for these classes, you must have a current certification that was received within the last five years.

    Recertification classes are limited and fill up quickly. You are advised to reserve space immediately by contacting Pauline McCullough at RMTC at (916) 354-2029, extension 232.

    Crane Simulator Classes
    RMTC continues to conduct onsite crane simulator demonstrations in the districts. Dates and locations will be based upon participation, and a training schedule will be released to the district offices as soon as it becomes available. Journey-level operators should contact their dispatchers or district representatives to reserve a space and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

    CCO Tests For New Candidates
    New CCO candidates and candidates who passed the written portion of the CCO exams should contact Pauline McCullough at (916) 354-2029, extension 232, to schedule an appointment or obtain CCO information on the Practical Test dates.

    Please call Pauline McCullough at (916) 354-2029, ext. 232, for additional information.

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