The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 673 began its training program in 1964.  Many of today’s retirees came through the program in those early days, which gave them the necessary tools to become highly skilled operating engineers and the ability to provide a better way of life for themselves and their families.

Training Session

Over the years the North Central Florida Operating Engineers, JATC has continued to improve to where it is today.  Which includes a four-year state and federal registered apprenticeship program.  as well as journeymen upgrades and certifications needed to provide our signatory contractors with a skilled workforce throughout the 24 county jurisdiction that local 673 covers in the State of Florida.

The North  Central Florida Operating Engineers, JATC has training sites in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida, and has experienced instructors qualified to teach heavy equipment apprenticeship, all OSHA safety classes, and NCCCO certification training classes in Mobile, Tower, Signalperson and Rigger level 1.  Two NCCCO accredited  practical examiners are available for practical exams in all of these areas.  Practical exams are conducted at both Jacksonville and Orlando training sites.  On Mobile cranes provided by the North Central Florida Operating Engineers, JATC.  The North Central FLorida Operating Engineers, JATC and Local 673 prides itself in joint training with others trades as well as the partnership with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue USAR Team, where the USAR Team is provided necessary training in crane signaling and rigging and the proper use of heavy equipment in catastrophic events.

Click the following links for PDF versions of the training schedules:

Apprentice Brochure

Application Links below:

The application packet & documents can be emailed back to, faxed to 904-695-1214, hard copy mailed or dropped off in person in between M-F 8am-3pm. 

1-2020 Apprenticeship Req overview.pdf
2-Apprenticeship Application NEW.pdf
3-Applicant Voluntary Disclosure Form.pdf
4-App-Voluntary Disability form.pdf