Accepted Applicant List
All applicants that complete the oral interview will be placed on an Accepted Applicants List. Each job classification will have a separate Accepted Applicants List. Placement on the lists is based on the applicant’s overall score, i.e., higher scoring applicants receive higher priority on their respective classification list than lower scoring applicants.
When openings occur for apprenticeship positions (based on the availability of work in the industry), the highest priority applicant(s) on the applicable list will be contacted by telephone.
Upon initial entry into the program, an applicant will be administered a Substance Abuse Test prior to being assigned for training. Failure of this test may be cause for rejection from the program.
Once assigned for training, an applicant will be expected to report to the William C. Waggoner Training Center, Tuesday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for at least four (4) days of safety training. Note: The applicant will not be paid during this initial training period. During this time, an Apprentice Coordinator (a representative from the Southern Nevada Operating Engineers Journeyman & Apprentice Training Committee assigned to mentor and guide the applicant) will actively try to place the applicant into a paid position with a union contractor. This can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, or more. An applicant cannot refuse to be placed in a paid position. Failure to accept the position will result in the removal of the applicant from the Accepted Applicants List.
Upon being assigned to a job, the applicant will be indentured and officially become an apprentice. Indenturing is a State-recognized procedure that essentially “binds” the apprentice to certain rules and procedures in order to remain in the Apprenticeship Program. An apprentice retains the right to terminate the indenture agreement and withdraw from the program at any time. All of this will be fully explained by the Apprentice Coordinator.
Conditions of the Program
Once indentured, an apprentice will typically spend approximately three (3) to four (4) years in the Apprenticeship Program. During this time, the apprentice will be guided by the assigned Apprentice Coordinator who will work with the apprentice to ensure proper training is taking place; that the apprentice is attending required classes and following all rules of the program; and most importantly that the apprentice is earning income working for a signatory contractor while receiving on-the-job training.
On-the-job training positions are paid positions. Beginning apprentices will initially earn 60 percent (40 percent for beginning Surveyor apprentices) of journeyperson scale with pay increases as on-the-job experience progresses. After 6,000 hours of on-the-job experience (8,000 hours for Surveyors and General Machinist Operators), in addition to completing all required related and supplemental instruction, an apprentice will graduate from the program, be released from the indenture agreement, and henceforth be classified as a journeyperson.