Your Road to Success


Earn While You Learn! 

Become highly skilled and in demand

We produce conscientious, skilled journey persons who are well-rounded and proficient in operating and maintaining heavy equipment and who have industry-related safety credentials. 

To achieve this goal, we provide continuous learning opportunities for our apprentices and journey-level operators.

Nevada Training Center


Before applying, please be aware that apprentices must be prepared to travel anywhere in Northern Nevada for extended periods of time.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For more information, call the Nevada Apprenticeship and Training Center at (775) 575-2729.

Applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Shall be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age at time of application and provide proof of date of birth.
  2. Shall be a high school graduate or have successfully passed the GED and provide transcripts of school grades.
  3. Live in Northern Nevada.
  4. Produce a valid driver’s license prior to indenture.
  5. Fitness for essential work functions of the trade based upon aptitude, attitude and personnel characteristics will be evaluated by the JAC.
  6. Complete an Industry Entrance Test, which is administered by the Administration Office, and attend an oral interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
  7. Meet the Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Drug Testing Policy.

To request an application:

(775) 575-2729
[email protected]


Fill an application out at:

1290 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV.
555 West Silver Street, Suite #4, Elko, NV.



The Northern Nevada Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship Committee offers five different branches of apprenticeship training programs:

  • Crane Operator
  • Heavy Duty Repairman (mechanic)
  • Grading and Paving (operator)
  • Lubrication technician
  • Survey technician

Wages and benefits are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Operating Engineers Local 3 and signatory contractors, which provides good working conditions, wages and fringe benefits. The apprentice wage is based on a percentage of the journeymen wages. The wages increases with completion of each period of training, until you reach journeymen status.

Journeymen-level skills are acquired through on-the-job training with 6,000 hours in the grading and paving and crane operator classification, 8,000 hours in the heavy duty repairman classification, and 4,000 hours in the lubrication technician/survey technician. To make on-the-job training more meaningful, related training courses are conducted for apprentices. During these courses, you will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training from fully qualified instructors.

Journeymen Upgrades

The Nevada Training Center offers continuing education and training for journey-level operators.  Today’s  rapidly changing technology in the construction industry creates a need for constant training to learn new techniques and methods to improve existing skills.

Journey-Level-Upgrade Training Is Available On:

  • Dozers
  • Loaders
  • Backhoes
  • Cranes (conventional and hydraulic)
  • Forklifts
  • Excavators
  • Scrapers
  • Rollers
  • Haul trucks
  • GPS
  • Gradesetting
  • Pavers
  • Motorgraders

Industry-Related Safety Certifications / Classes Include:

  • Hazmat
  • MSHA
  • OSHA
  • First aid/CPR certification
  • Roadway safety
  • Natural gas safety
  • Commercial driver’s license
  • NCCCO crane
Improve your Skills

Construction Equipment Operator (CEO) Training Can Be Obtained On The Following Types Of Equipment:

  • Backhoe
  • Blade
  • Dozer
  • Loader
  • Scraper
  • Grade-checking and gradesetting GPS (at OE3 JATC and the districts)
  • Ompactors
  • Pavers
  • Rollers
  • Excavator
  • Vertical and horizontal drills
  • Srticulating dump truck
  • Support equipment
  • Equipment GPS
  • Hydro excavation truck
  • Hydro excavating trailer
  • Cranes

Ongoing HDR (Heavy Duty Repair) Classes Are Offered In The Following Areas:

  • Power train
  • Engines
  • Electronics
  • Welding and hydraulics
  • Lubrication technician
  • Air-conditioning (two-day course)
  • Advanced electronic (three-day course)
  • Air brakes (one-day course)
Training Schedules