Registered Apprenticeship

Earn while you learn!
A four year apprenticeship program with Wisconsin Operating Engineers prepares you for a rewarding career working with respected contractors throughout the State of Wisconsin. The best part of apprenticeship is that you EARN while you LEARN! Start building your future today!

Earn while you learn as an operating engineer apprentice:

  • 4-year training program
  • 6,000 hours paid on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • 250 hours unpaid related instruction
  • Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Transition-To-Trainer Course

Step 1: Do you qualify?

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or high school equivalency diploma
  • Pass the Job Skills test with a score of 70 or better
  • Physically able to meet the physical requirements of the job, which includes working in a variety of weather conditions and confined areas
  • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • U.S. Citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

  • Applications are only available during information sessions.
  • Advanced registration is not required.
  • Information sessions are held monthly.
  • Each session starts promptly at 9:00 am.
  • No one will be admitted after 9:00 am.
  • Visit for a schedule of information session and additional details
  • Information sessions are held at the Wisconsin Operating Engineers Training Center.
Coloma Training Facility
W11584 State Highway 21
Coloma, WI 54930

Step 3: Obtain Employment

  • Upon completion of application process, you will obtain a ‘letter of eligibility’ and a list of prospective employers.
  • Take ‘letter of eligibility’ to employers and secure employment as an Operating Engineer

Step 4: Attend Training

  • Training is held October-May at the Coloma Training Center as one and two week classes
  • Complete 160 hours of related instruction per year

Required 1st Year Courses (160 hours)

  • Construction Regulations (40 Hours)
  • Hazmat (40 Hours)
  • Intro and Applied  Basic Equipment (80 Hours)

Required 2nd Year Courses (160 hours)

  • Basic Grade (40 Hours)
  • Basic Maintenance (40 Hours)
  • Choice of Basic Excavating, Heavy Highway or Basic/Telescopic Crane (80 Hours)

Required 3rd Year Courses (80 hours)

  • 80 Hour Elective
  • Any course totaling 80 hours
  • Dozer, Lattice Crane, Advanced Grade, Load Charts, Welding, CDL, Etc.

To learn more about applying for apprenticeship with Wisconsin Operating Engineers, send an e-mail to:

Click here to learn more about apprenticeship in Wisconsin.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

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