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California OE3 JATC

Want a career that takes you places? It all starts at one of the country’s most prestigious training centers, the California Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC), where apprentices train for free!

Or, are you interested in surveyors and construction inspection?

Northern California Technical Engineers JAC

If so, click the button below to go to the Technical Engineers Apprenticeship website.

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California OE3 JATC

Want a career that takes you places? It all starts at one of the country’s most prestigious training centers, the California Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC), where apprentices train for free!

Or

are you interested in the Technical Engineers Program? If so, click the button below to go to the Technical Engineers Apprenticeship website.

teapprenticeship.org

Located 22 miles southeast of Sacramento, the California OE3 JATC site consists of an 11-½-acre campus, with an additional 1,500 acres devoted to crane, heavy equipment, CDL and maintenance area, where hands-on training is conducted. The facilities are used to upgrade and multiply the equipment skills of members of the country’s largest construction union.

Instructors at OE3 JATC are required to attend new and advanced instructor training through the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) to ensure the continued quality of the program and the high standards established for the staff.

Instruction is on an ongoing basis at OE3 JATC during the eight-week Probationary Orientation Period (POP) for new apprentices. After the probationary period, apprentices are required to successfully complete 80 hours of Supplemental Related Training (SRT) for each step of the Apprenticeship Program, usually once a year.

OE3 JATC also 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.

14738 Cantova Way
Sloughhouse CA 95683

California Training Center

Address

14738 Cantova Way
Sloughhouse CA 95683

Office Number

916-354-2029

Located 22 miles southeast of Sacramento, the California OE3 JATC site consists of an 11-½-acre campus, with an additional 1,500 acres devoted to crane, heavy equipment, CDL and maintenance area, where hands-on training is conducted. The facilities are used to upgrade and multiply the equipment skills of members of the country’s largest construction union.

Instructors at OE3 JATC are required to attend new and advanced instructor training through the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) to ensure the continued quality of the program and the high standards established for the staff.

Instruction is on an ongoing basis at OE3 JATC during the eight-week Probationary Orientation Period (POP) for new apprentices. After the probationary period, apprentices are required to successfully complete 80 hours of Supplemental Related Training (SRT) for each step of the Apprenticeship Program, usually once a year.

OE3 JATC also 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.

Address

14738 Cantova Way
Sloughhouse CA 95683

Office Number

916-354-2029

Get started!

Your career begins now!

Remember: The training is at no cost to you, and once you complete the initial eight-week training, starting wages with an annual cost-of-living increase are $20.12 an hour. Our jurisdiction is from the Kern County line to the Oregon border. Any parties will need to be residing in our area to be considered for the program.

Application FAQ's

Remember: The training is at no cost to you, and once you complete the initial eight-week training, starting wages with an annual cost-of-living increase are $20.12 an hour. Our jurisdiction is from the Kern County line to the Oregon border. Any parties will need to be residing in our area to be considered for the program.

Application FAQ's

Some tips for applying:

1

Print, fill out, and mail application to the address on the last page of the application.

 

2

The only DMV printout that will be accepted is the one from an actual DMV office, not the one you can access online (short form is sufficient).

 

3

Once your application is received and processed (usually 2-4 weeks) you will receive a letter of confirmation.

 

4

A second letter will arrive 4-6 weeks later to provide the Assessment test date and time.

 

5

There is no need to call prior to or after your letters.

.

 

6

Any updates or changes to your application must be done in writing and mailed to:

14735 Canova Way
Sloughhouse, CA 95683

 

7

You will remain on the waiting list unless one of three actions take place:

  1. Applicant writes and requests name to be removed from waiting list.
  2. JATC tries to contact applicant (by phone) three times with no returned calls. We will assume applicant is no longer interested and remove from the waiting list.
  3. Applicant’s mail is returned or phone number is invalid.

Some tips for applying:

1

Print, fill out, and mail application to the address on the last page of the application.

 

2

The only DMV printout that will be accepted is the one from an actual DMV office, not the one you can access online (short form is sufficient).

 

3

Once your application is received and processed (usually 2-4 weeks) you will receive a letter of confirmation.

 

4

A second letter will arrive 4-6 weeks later to provide the Assessment test date and time.

 

5

There is no need to call prior to or after your letters.

.

 

6

Any updates or changes to your application must be done in writing and mailed to:

14735 Canova Way
Sloughhouse, CA 95683

 

7

You will remain on the waiting list unless one of three actions take place:

  1. Applicant writes and requests name to be removed from waiting list.
  2. JATC tries to contact applicant (by phone) three times with no returned calls. We will assume applicant is no longer interested and remove from the waiting list.
  3. Applicant’s mail is returned or phone number is invalid.

Advanced Apprentice Training

Advanced Training Applicants must submit an application for approval. Employers must submit an agreement for each journeyman applying for advanced apprentice training.

1

Everyone will be required to take a computerized assessment test.

 

2

There is no study material provided for this test.

 

3

All information will be explained prior to test.

 

4

This test consists of: a high school level of reading, math, comprehension, hand, eye, and foot coordination.

 

5

You may call to reschedule your test should the date and time given not work for you.

 

6

Information will be given at the assessment test in regards to what will happen after assessment is completed.

 

7

JATC personnel is not permitted to release any information regarding an applicant’s information or status to anyone but the applicant directly.

 

8

Applicants may use the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) as a study guide.

 

 

View Sample Test

1

Everyone will be required to take a computerized assessment test.

 

2

There is no study material provided for this test.

 

3

All information will be explained prior to test.

 

4

This test consists of: a high school level of reading, math, comprehension, hand, eye, and foot coordination.

 

5

You may call to reschedule your test should the date and time given not work for you.

 

6

Information will be given at the assessment test in regards to what will happen after assessment is completed.

 

7

JATC personnel is not permitted to release any information regarding an applicant’s information or status to anyone but the applicant directly.

 

8

Applicants may use the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) as a study guide.

 

 

View Sample Test

Already enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program?

More tips for current apprentices

Appropriate dress

Report to the training center in clothing appropriate for work on a jobsite. 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 apprentice and 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 OE3 JATC. The dorms are closed on weekends. 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.

Don’t forget to bring paper and pencil or pen!

Check-in

All students registered for class at the OE3 JATC 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 on Sunday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the registration office.

Drug test

Substance abuse-testing will take place first thing Monday morning during orientation. This requirement also applies to journey-level operators.

Classes

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, so students should bring pens, pencils and writing materials such as paper, tablets or notebooks with them.

The next steps

  • Upon successful completion of the eight-week Apprenticeship Program, one is required to join Operating Engineers Local 3, which includes an initiation fee and monthly dues.
  • The cost of the initiation and monthly dues can be obtained by a union representative at a local hall.
  • Once the applicant has completed the program, an OE3 JATC coordinator will seek employment opportunities for all new members (in your residential area) with a Local 3 employer.

Cancellations

If you register for a class but later find you are unable to attend, please notify OE3 JATC as soon as possible. There is usually a waiting list for journey-level-upgrade classes, and cancellations will be offered to other members. OE3 JATC 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.

Apprentice time cards

Download the instructions and the apprentice time cards below.

Apprentice time cards

Download the instructions and the apprentice time cards for California.

Hazmat Training

Is your Hazmat card about to expire?

If so, Hazmat Refresher Courses are being offered in your District Office again this year.

Beginning in Nov. 2016, classes in all locations will be held from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (with 1/2 hour for lunch).

Download flyer for more information

Want to improve your skills?

Click below for what we offer

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)
  • compactors
  • pavers
  • rollers
  • excavator
  • vertical and horizontal drills
  • articulating 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).

Certifications

In addition to upgrade instruction, Operating Engineers can earn certifications in hazardous materials, oil refinery safety, forklift, OSHA 10, MSHA, first aid and CPR. When a substantial number of bargaining unit members in any field require specialized training or education, OE3 JATC will develop a quality, custom-designed training program to meet their needs whenever possible.

Specialty Classes

Specialty classes are scheduled as determined by the union and based upon need and demand. These include: forklift, Northern California Certification for Crane Operators (NCCCO) practical and written exams, Class A, Safety/Hazmat, Diversity Awareness, Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Substance Abuse/Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations, Labor History, Organizing, Computer Lab and System Assessment Testing for a Group Exam (SAGE).

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Call the OE3 JATC at (916) 354-2029 for registration procedures or additional information.

NCCCO Certification (Also Called CCO)

NCCCO Recertification

Recertification classes are limited and fill up quickly. You are advised to reserve space immediately by contacting Miriam Ortiz at OE3 JATC at (916) 354-2029, ext. 7937.

NCCCO Tests For New Candidates

New CCO candidates and candidates who passed the written portion of the CCO exams should contact Miriam Ortiz at (916) 354-2029, ext. 7937, to schedule an appointment or obtain CCO information on the Practical Test dates.

  Questions

Please call (916) 354-2029, if you have any questions.  Click here for a map and directions.


It is important that you notify your dispatcher that you will be at OE3 JATC in case your name comes up on the out-of-work list.

  Questions

Please call (916) 354-2029, if you have any questions. Click here for a map and directions.


It is important that you notify your dispatcher that you will be at OE3 JATC in case your name comes up on the out-of-work list.

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