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Apprenticeship & Training

The Local 139 apprenticeship program accommodates both prospective heavy equipment operators and those with limited experience. With a total of 6000 hours of on the job training for the entry-level operator, the experience levels are broken down to four, 1500-hour pay periods. This allows applicants with limited experience to be placed at a level in accordance with the amount of prior experience they may have.

The Joseph J. Goetz training site in Coloma consists of nearly 400 acres of rolling Kettle Moraine hills and services every member from the beginning apprentice to the accomplished journey worker looking to either diversify themselves in our trade, or to hone the skills they have already acquired in the field. Held during the off season, the skill improvement courses are typically three weeks long, with a majority of the class being held outside either hands-on or in the seat, depending on which class you attend (and the weather). In-seat training is conducted with a generous supply of current, late model equipment acquired through the equipment loan program in which contractors and heavy equipment dealers work with our training and safety programs by donating the necessary tools we need to further our skills and heighten our safety awareness. Certifications that are required in our craft are also available through our training programs.

What makes our training site one of the finest in the country? That can be attributed to any number of things. A great training staff, the participation of concerned contractors and equipment dealers, or the ideal location of the site itself. There's no question that it is a combination of things, but the strongest ingredient is the strong support of our membership. The active members of Local 139 allocate money out of their negotiated pay-raise to fund this program and to assure that state of the art training is made available for both apprenticeship and journey worker training. The dividends for their investment? A well trained, safe and proficient workforce that makes it easier to strive towards better working conditions with great economic packages!

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