International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 612, Tacoma, Washington

Training and Apprenticeships

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612

Basic Information

  • Apprenticeship Minimum Qualifications: You must be least 18 years old. Current valid Washington driver’s license with dependable transportation. High school diploma or GED; waiver can be granted if special conditions are met. Applicants for the Mechanics program must have 2 years of vocational training in diesel mechanics or equivalent work experience. Score 80% or higher on a math and reading test administered by the program. Physical capable to do the work of the trade. Able to speak and write in the English language.
  • Apprentice Programs offered: Construction Equipment Operator (CEO); Heavy Duty Repairperson (HDR); Hoisting Engineer (HE) Grade Technician (GT)
  • Apply online using application at
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Operating Engineers Regional Training Program

16921 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg, WA  98926

Telephone:  (509) 968-3203 - Fax:  (509) 968-4422

Hello 612 Brothers and Sisters

I hope your summer is off to a great start. I want to thank all who came over and attended courses at the Training Center throughout the season.  The staff at the Training Center feel very fortunate to have such a supportive membership that takes advantage of some of the best training in the country.  We are committed to making this facility a comfortable and fun place to enjoy while upgrading and adding skills to your chosen profession.

Please keep in mind when the training season kicks off again in November that we will have new classes starting every two weeks.  You can visit the website,, to view the training course schedule or call the office to receive a printed copy in the mail. If you find yourself out of work, please don't hesitate to call the Training Center Office and take advantage of the wide variety of free training courses.  We understand that our membership leads busy lives and are committed to being opportunistic when it comes to training.  Even if classes are full, we will add you to the wait list in case a seat opens up. We've had huge success filling last minute spots due to dispatches and illnesses with the wait list along with regular phone calls checking in every week or two.

It's a pleasure to serve you. Best wishes to you and your family.


Ole Fjellstad

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612