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 Welcome to Track Worker Apprenticeship Program

Are you ready to lay the tracks for a fulfilling career in transportation? Look no further than our comprehensive 24-month apprenticeship program, a collaborative effort between the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265, and Mission College. Our mission is to equip aspiring track workers with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed to excel in the transit industry.

This program combines classroom education with immersive on-the-job training, providing a well-rounded learning experience that prepares you for success. We take pride in our partnership with Mission College, ensuring that our track workers receive industry-recognized certifications and a solid educational foundation.

As you embark on this journey, rest assured that your dedication and hard work will be recognized by both the Department of Labor and the Department of Apprenticeship Standards. Join us in building the future of transportation, one track at a time, and become a certified and skilled track worker with VTA!


After completion of the program, Graduates will receive 
  • Receive transferable college credits 

  • Certificate of Achievement from Mission College 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The US Department of Labor 

  • Apprenticeship Certificate from The California Division of Apprenticeships 


Managing Stress

As part of the core training process, JWI covers health, wellness and professional development. These activities emphasize mastering the “human element” of driving a bus and applying stress management/health and wellness techniques. New operators classroom debriefing after completing initial driving time. They discuss their experiences and whether or not they were able to “let go” of the stress that some situations may have caused them. The goal is to teach new operators how to manage on the job stress and make good judgments while alone.


The curriculum’s workbook introduces:

1.) Encounter,

2.) Defuse

3.) Recenter

4.) “Let Go” stress management model

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions, or comments regarding our program, please feel free to contact us.



Upon successful completion of 18.5 units of course requirements and 2000 hours of related work experience, graduates will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion: Track Worker Apprenticeship from the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

Graduates are employed as Track Workers, an entry level Way, Power, and Signal maintenance position in the mass transit field.

A Track Worker Mechanic working at a transit agency can train and promote to Senior Track Worker as the next step in the Way, Power, and Signal maintenance career path. Depending on qualifications, the Track Worker can also apply for a wide range of other transit occupations.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will perform inspection, maintenance and repair of major track components of a light rail system; and keep general track area clean and in good operational condition.

  • Students will demonstrate effective safety protocols in a high voltage rail system environment.

  • Students will interact effectively with a diverse community of coworkers in order to meet and exceed service delivery objectives.


Students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better.

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