How to Become a Local 98 Apprentice



The Local 98 Engineers Joint Training, Retraining Skill Improvement, Safety Education, Apprenticeship & Training Fund Board of Trustees (the “Sponsor”) commits to the following Equal Opportunity Pledge: The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, will be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identify or pregnancy), sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information and/or disability. The Sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30, as amended, and M.G.L.c. 23 §§11E through 11W and 453 CMR 7.00 et seq.


You may come to the Southwick office and fill out an application for the Apprenticeship Program the next time it is open. Feel free to call our office to be put on the list to be notified for the next Apprenticeship Program. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to mail out applications to be filled out, it must be done in person, at our office.

Once all of the applications are in, we will then schedule a testing session for each of the applicants. The test is a standardized test consisting of Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Skills Aptitude sections. This is a general knowledge assessment test.

After the testing phase of the process is completed, we will ask the applicants to come back one more time to interview with the trustees. This is your chance to really tell them why you should be chosen for this program.

The entire process takes about 2 months and the economy does influence how many individuals we can take in at each program opening.


If you wish to join the Local 98 Apprenticeship and Training Program you must meet the following requirements. You must be/ have

  1. High School graduate, graduate equivalency diploma or a High School senior graduating in the current school year or someone obtaining a GED after one year in the apprentice program
  2. 17 years of age at time of application for high school seniors only – Must be 18 years old to be registered as an apprentice
  3. Physically capable of performing the work of the trade
  4. Successfully complete application and testing process
  5. Valid driver’s license
  6. Residency within the jurisdiction of Local 98
  7. Upon acceptance must pass physical in order to obtain DOT/CDL license requirements and must pass Drug Test which will both be paid for by the JAC
  8. You must bring the following documentation with you at time of application:
    1. Employment history with contact information (current & previous 2)
    2. Personal references
    3. Proof of employment eligibility
      1. U.S. Passport
      2. U.S. Social Security card issued by the Social Security Administration
      3. Certification of birth abroad issued by the Department of State
      4. Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a State, County, Municipal Authority, or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal
      5. A Native American tribal document
      6. U.S. Citizen I.D. card
      7. I.D. card for use of resident citizen in the United States; or
      8. Unexpired employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security
    4. Driver’s License
    5. Equivalency Diploma, GED Scores, or High School Transcript

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98 is mandated by the state of Massachusetts pertaining to the application process of our Apprenticeship Program.

If you wish to apply for this program you must call the Southwick office at 413-998-3230 and leave your name, address and telephone number.