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For those considering applying to IUOE Local 77 to be an apprentice, the following information will be of value.

The term of Apprenticeship of the Program is a minimum of 3 years, or 6000 hours of work with a union contractor. In addition, 160 hours of classroom instruction and field training are also required at the JATC. Applicants who are selected to take part in the Apprenticeship Program will receive a combination of on-the-job training while assigned to employers and related field instruction by the Program’s instructors at IUOE Local 77’s Training Center: 2114 Fiddler lane, Accokeek MD, 20607.  Apprentices will be dispatched to Union contractors where they will work, and receive on the job training.  Four times a year (each quarter) the apprentice will be required to spend a week (40 hours) at our training center receiving training from our instructors. 

Nature of Work:
Members of IUOE Local 77 cover a variety of jobs classifications in industries such as highway and building construction, mining, and utility work such as water and sewer excavation.

Operating Engineers can be found on any project using construction equipment. "Heavy Equipment" is a blanket term for numerous types of machines: Cranes, bulldozers, front end loaders, rollers, backhoes, graders, dredges, hoists, drills, pumps, and compressors are just some of the equipment used by Operating Engineers.

In most cases, if you can push, pull, pump, or lift material, rolls on tires or crawls on tracks like a tank, it falls under the jurisdiction of the IUOE. Operating Engineers take pride in the fact that virtually all construction projects; they are the first workers on the job, and the last off.

Although each member has a favorite type of machinery to operate, Operating Engineers are masters of a variety of equipment. This versatility keeps them employable, since employers' needs vary from project to project.

Heavy Equipment mechanics are also very important contributors on any construction job, requiring a thorough knowledge of many types of equipment. Skilled mechanics are critical because if the equipment isn't running when needed, an entire project can come to a screeching halt.

Below are the qualifications for applying to Operating Engineers Local Union No. 77.  Applications are generally accepted once each year with one class entered per year and those dates will be posted at that time, you will have to report to 2114 Fiddler Lane Accokeek, MD 20607 to fill out the application process.

No application will be given at the time of registration unless all qualifications are met as listed on the Qualifications for Apprenticeship Program section.

If you have any questions please contact us at 301-283-3476.