In this document, you will find information about
If you have any questions which are not answered here, please contact Local 99's
Training Coordinator Sam Redden at 202-337-0099 extension 24.
The International Union of Operating Engineers,
Local 99 Joint Apprenticeship Committee sponsors
an Apprenticeship Program. Applications are accepted
once per year, during the first full week of May 6-10, 2013, in person, from 9:30 a.m. to
There is no guarantee of acceptance into the program; generally,
over 200 individuals apply and only 25 to 30 are accepted each year.
This program is recognized and registered with the District of Columbia.
All persons interested in making application must submit to a
pre-admission drug screening. The cost of the drug screening is
$35.00, payable by credit card, check or money order made payable to the JAC.
Any applicant refusing to submit to the pre-admission drug screen will not be
permitted to advance to the next step in the screening process.
All pre-admission drug screenings must be done through an approved Pembrooke
provider. All drug screening is done through the JAC Office. No
appointments are necessary. Pre-admission applicants will be given the
laboratory paperwork and directions to the test center where the testing takes
place. The drug screening must be performed within 48 hours of making
payment and receiving all applicable paperwork. The drug screening results
are only good for 30 days. All costs for the initial drug screening test,
retesting, and subsequent follow up testing will be paid for by the applicant.
Any applicant whose test results reveal intoxicants at or above the allowable
limits will not be allowed admission. Those testing positive to the drug
screening will be notified of their inability to continue the application
process. Upon confirmation of a negative drug screening an applicant will
be eligible to complete the application process.
In addition, we require that the following documents be submitted to the Joint
Apprenticeship Program of Local 99, I.U.O.E., 2461 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007, in order for you to be considered for the
These forms must be submitted by close of business May 24, 2013.
Applicants must be 18 years of age by the date of application. It is beneficial for applicants
to have received instruction in mathematics, computers, mechanical drawing,
machine-shop practice, physics, and chemistry. Mechanical aptitude, manual
dexterity, and good physical condition are also important.
The Joint Apprenticeship Committee will send the applicant notification of acceptance
or denial of their application by letter; the successful applicant will then
be notified by phone of the employers' interview time and dates. Interviews
will be conducted by employers who have agreed to participate in the Local 99
The apprenticeship curriculum lasts four years. During those four years, the apprentices
must maintain at least a 70% grade average, pass all exams required by the International
Union of Operating Engineers, and continue to show competency on the job. In addition to
on-the-job training, apprentices receive classroom instruction in boiler operation and
maintenance, air conditioning and refrigeration, practical chemistry, elementary physics,
blueprint reading, applied electricity, instrumentation and controls, electronics,
welding, direct digital controls, air balancing, indoor air quality, and other technical
The core of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee training is approximately 8000 hours of
on-the-job training, in addition to 676 classroom hours. The four year classroom curriculum is outlined below.
Training is provided by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 99 Joint
Apprenticeship Committee. Certificates of Completion, final testing, and Certificates of
Competency are issued by representatives of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
Certificates of Competency are only available to Union members.
Year One - Steam Applications
1st Semester - Steam Application I - Wages are 50% of the site
The first semester provides apprentices with a basic knowledge of boiler operation.
2nd Semester - Steam Application II - Wages are 55% of the site
The second semester teaches apprentices how to draw, construct, and operate boiler room systems.
Year Two - Electricity
1st Semester - Basic Electricity I - Wages are 60% of the site
The first semester places strong emphasis on the principles of electricity and the associated
mathematical theorems. The definitions of current voltage, resistance, and power play an important
role in the class.
2nd Semester - Basic Electricity II - Wages are 65% of the site
The second semester teaches apprentices how to construct and repair motors,
generators, and transformers and teaches the theory supporting their operation.
Year Three - Refrigeration
1st Semester - HVACR I - Wages are 70% of the site
The first semester provides apprentices with a basic understanding of the
2nd Semester - HVACR II - Wages are 75% of the site
The second semester teaches apprentices how to identify, troubleshoot, service,
and repair refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and addresses system
evacuation (recover, recycle, and reclaim), electronic functions, and programmable controls.
1st Semester - Basic Instrumentation and Control - Wages are 80% of the site
This semester covers basic controls and operation and adjustment of pneumatic
and pneumatic-electric controls. Apprentices will be shown techniques to
assist them in operating energy-efficient air-handling systems.
2nd Semester - Refrigeration, Electricity, and Heating - Wages are 85% of the site
During the final semester of the apprenticeship, the instructor will review the
material covered in the first three and one-half years. The theory and application
of refrigeration, electricity, and heating will be reviewed in order to prepare
graduating apprentices for the District of Columbia 3rd Class License exam.