Improve Your Skills

What are the options for an Operating Engineer?

The sky really is the limit. Whether you need a certification update, a refresher course or want to know what’s available, we have you covered.

Hazmat Refresher Courses

Winter Safety Classes

Training Schedules

Construction Equipment Operator (CEO)

CEO training can be obtained on the following types of equipment:
  • backhoe
  • blade
  • dozer
  • loader
  • scraper
  • grade-checking and gradesetting GPS (at OE3 JATC and the districts)
  • compactors
  • pavers
  • rollers
  • excavator
  • vertical and horizontal drills
  • articulating dump truck
  • support equipment
  • equipment GPS
  • hydro excavation truck
  • hydro excavating trailer
  • cranes

Ongoing Heavy Duty Repair (HDR) Classes

HDR classes are offered in the following areas:
  • power train
  • engines
  • electronics
  • welding and hydraulics
  • lubrication technician
  • air-conditioning (two-day course)
  • advanced electronic (three-day course)
  • air brakes (one-day course)


Specialized training or education:

In addition to upgrade instruction, Operating Engineers can earn certifications in hazardous materials, oil refinery safety, forklift, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, MSHA, first aid and CPR. When a substantial number of bargaining unit members in any field require specialized training or education, OE3 JATC will develop a quality, custom-designed training program to meet their needs whenever possible.

Specialty Classes


Specialty classes are scheduled as determined by the union and based upon need and demand. These include: forklift, Northern California Certification for Crane Operators (NCCCO) practical and written exams, Class A, Safety/Hazmat, Diversity Awareness, Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Substance Abuse/Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations, Labor History, Organizing, Computer Lab and System Assessment Testing for a Group Exam (SAGE).

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Call the OE3 JATC at (916) 354-2029 for registration procedures or additional information.

NCCCO Certification (Also called CCO)

NCCCO recertification:

Recertification classes are limited and fill up quickly. You are advised to reserve space immediately by contacting Lisa Conway at OE3 JATC at (916) 354-2029, ext. 7939.

NCCCO Tests For New Candidates

New NCCCO candidates:

New CCO candidates and candidates who passed the written portion of the CCO exams should contact Lisa Conway at (916) 354-2029, ext. 7939, to schedule an appointment or obtain CCO information on the Practical Test dates.

More training available at the IUOE Training Center

Need some additional training or the classes at the OE3 JATC don’t fit your schedule? Try the free training at the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Training Center in Crosby, TX. See what classes work for you, and if accepted, training, room and board is free!

Contact the training center or your local district office for more information.

International Union of Operating Engineers

International Training and Education Center