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IUOE Local 318 Application Window Closes March 8th

March 5, 2024


Are you fascinated with heavy equipment? Always had a desire to operate one of the powerful and fascinating machines you see working on building projects and construction zones – complex equipment like pavers, earthmovers, rollers, and bulldozers? 

Here’s your chance to sit at the controls of some of the most technological pieces of machinery working today, but you have to act fast – the opportunity is fleeting. Local 318 of the International Union of Operating Engineers – the labor group for the men and women who operate these machines – is now accepting applications for its four-year apprenticeship program, but the deadline to apply is Friday, March 8.


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3310 Water Tower Rd.,
Marion, IL 62959
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Through the program, accepted apprentices learn through classroom, training center, and on-the-job work to operate this equipment and gain access to high-paying, quality employers such as E.T. Simonds. “There’s plenty of work available, and we’re starting to get a little bit short-handed,” explains Jason Sissom, an instructor with Local 318. “Even if you’re just out of high school at 18 and meet all requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to work.” More information on the application process is available at the local’s website.
Applicants are required to submit a copy of their birth certificate, two personal reference letters, two work reference letters, a high school transcript, and a copy of their diploma or GED certificate. Additionally, apprentice applicants must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, be physically fit enough to do the work, and submit their application with a $20 application fee. All of this needs to be in by March 8, Sissom explains.
Copy of your birth certificate
Two personal reference letters
Two work reference letters
High school transcript
Copy of your diploma/GED certificate
Valid Illinois' driver's license 
$20 application fee
If selected, apprentices go through a four-year path of training and experiences, earning a portion of full union journeyman wages and receiving benefits. “You get the same benefits and insurance throughout the apprenticeship as the journeymen do,” he says. Coursework is usually scheduled in the wintertime – off-peak season for construction projects, he explains. The training center experiences are offset with 300 hours each year of actual on-the-job training. 

More information about applying for the apprenticeship program is available online at or by calling the local at (618) 993-0318. Applications must be turned in at the union hall, located at 3310 Water Tower Rd. in Marion.
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