The Apprenticeship Program trains individuals to operate all construction equipment, including but not limited to, dump trucks, belly trucks, water trucks, cement trucks, road repair equipment.

Qualification Information

 Applications are accepted year round. You can download an application here: Apprenticeship Program Application

  1. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Must be a high school graduate or have a GED diploma.
  3. Must be physically fit to perform the work of the trade and must pass a D.O.T. physical examination that will include a drug test upon acceptance into the program.
  4. Must possess a valid Minnesota/Wisconsin driver’s license with a clean driving record for the past 3 years.
  5. Interviews are held in Duluth and in the Twin city metro area, contact the coordinator for exact dates.

Selection Process

All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified and placed in the eligibility pool. Each eligible applicant will be interviewed, evaluated and scored by the JATC committee.

During the evaluation, the committee will determine the level of experience and competence and may require an applicant to have up to fifty hours of training from an authorized technical college.

The number of new apprentices to be accepted shall be determined before starting interviews. The number will be based on the needs of the industry.

Applicants will be placed in apprenticeship positions in ranking order. Applicants not selected will remain in an eligibility list for two years.

Program Information


  1. Must complete 180 hours of classroom and rodeo training per year for a total of 2 years consisting of 360 hours.
  2. Must serve a probationary period of not more than 500 hours and not extending over 4 months.
  3. Must work a Minimum of 2000 hours of on the job training.
  4. Training is at Dakota Technical College.
  5. All apprentice jobs are referred by the union.
  6. Apprentices are sent to work in ranking order.

Transportation requirements

Apprentices are responsible for their own transportation to work anywhere in the union’s jurisdiction.

Work hours

Work hours vary; they can consist of days or nights and range anywhere from eight-hour shifts to 15-hour shifts.


Apprentices start at 60% of the journeyworker wage and receive a 10% raise in each 500 hours worked. Full scale jorneyworker after 2000 hours on the job.


George McMahon, Apprenticeship Coordinator
Office 763-754-7878
Cell 612-581-3430
P.O. Box 48157
Coon Rapids, MN 55448