About 520 JATC


The primary purpose of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) and staff of the Training Department is to provide continuing education and training to Local 520 Journeypersons, Apprentices, and Referrals.

The certification classes and in-seat training provide Local 520 Operators with certifications required to meet construction regulations and practical experience that allows them to remain highly skilled in the craft.

The J.A.T.C. and staff of the Training Department also oversee the Local 520 Apprenticeship Program.

This program is an excellent tool for training new individuals in the craft.

The Apprenticeship Program provides continued growth of the Local by supplying the Local with new qualified and skilled Operators.

The Training Department reaches out to the area's junior high and high school students by attending various Construction Expositions.  The students are provided with information on the craft of operating engineers and given guidance on courses to take in high school to improve their application to the Apprenticeship Program.

In addition, the Training Department and J.A.T.C. work with signatory contractors in determining the types of training the industry needs, capital development board certification, and apprentice field relations.

"Training for a Better Tomorrow"

Apprentice Application Process

Apprentice Application Process

When Do You Accept Applications?

We will be accepting requests for the Apprenticeship Program

starting Monday, March 21st through Saturday, March 26th, 2022, from 7:30am – 3pm

How Do I Apply?

An individual must apply in person at the Training Department located at 1969 Triad Road, St. Jacob, IL, on the above mentioned dates, and bring his or her valid Illinois driver's license to request to take the Apprentice Evaluation Test. Requests will not be taken at the Local 520 Hall in Granite City.

What are the Minimum Qualifications Needed to Apply?

Age: All applicants must be at least 18 years of age; proof of age is required.

Driver's License: All applicants must possess a valid Illinois driver's license and maintain such for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Education: All applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certification and be able to provide a copy of the transcripts.

Geographic Residence: All applicants must be a resident of one of the following Illinois counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Fayette, Green, Jefferson, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison (includes both sides of the Mississippi River), Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph (includes Kaskaskia Island, Horse Island and Crane Island), St. Clair, and Washington.

Legal Residency: All applicants must be a legal resident of the United States, and, if not a citizen of the United States, you must be actively pursuing steps to secure such citizenship. You must be able to provide a copy of your birth certificate.

Physical Ability: All applicants must have the necessary physical ability to do the manual work of the trade. All applicants must pass a physical examination and drug screening by a licensed facility, after selection and prior to placement on the job.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Apprentice Program

Is there an Application Fee?

There is no application fee to apply to the apprenticeship program.

How long is my application good for?

Your apprentice application is good for two (2) years.

How long is the Apprenticeship Program?

The Apprenticeship Program is four (4) years long.

How much is an Apprentice Paid?

A first year apprentice will be paid for the on-the-job training at a rate of 50% of the Journeyperson scale. Pay increases will be given throughout the apprenticeship program based on work hours, training hours, and tests completed. The in-seat and classroom training is unpaid however; the apprentice does not pay to receive the training.

Will I Receive Benefits?

Apprentices receive the same benefits as Journeyperson Operators. These benefits include: pension, annuity, vacation, and health insurance (must meet initial eligibility requirements prior to receiving health insurance).

What are the Graduation Requirements for Completion of the Program?

Apprentices must remain in the program for at least 4 years, work 6,000 work hours, pass 3 in-seat proficiency exams on equipment, and complete 576 hours (144 hours per year) of related classroom/in-seat training in order to graduate the program.