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Kahuku Training Center, Oahu, Hawaii

Dan Reding, President and Officer in Charge of Hawaii

Mitchell Kealoha Jr., Apprenticeship Administrator

Following the official site dedication on Dec. 11, 2004, workers began pouring concrete for the foundation of the administration and classroom building at the Kahuku Training Center. Now more than 10 years later, the Kahuku Center is on 100 acres of land isolated and surrounded by U.S. government (Army) property. “Kahuku” is Hawaiian for “the projection” and is the name of the town on Oahu’s north shore where the center is located. The Local 3 site begins 1 mile in from the highway at an elevation of 300 feet. The natural topography of the land was incorporated into the planning when the physical training areas were decided.

Equipment operations that normally create a large amount of dust, such as loaders or excavators loading trucks, train in areas that are blocked from the naturally windy conditions, according to the topography of the site. Maintaining a good relationship with the site’s neighbors is important to the Hawaii operation. The Kahuku Training Center laid a water system for domestic use and fire control, which included placing a 63,000-gallon water tank on the site. The combination office and classroom building is a two-story structure tucked into the hillside. The upper level includes offices and a conference room with the bottom floor housing the classrooms and open bay.

Due to the geography of the Hawaii District, students from the outer islands stay at a hotel adjacent to the Honolulu Airport. Kahuku Training Center instructors provide transportation to the center and back to the hotel each afternoon. Local students make the daily commute. Apprenticeship classes run for nine hours Monday through Thursday and for four hours on Fridays. Graduation requires 440 hours over a three-year period – well above the one-year, 144 hours of state-required training in Hawaii.

Kahuku Training Center staff

The Kahuku Center staff instructors provide certified training in forklift operation, first aid/CPR, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 500/501 and Hazmat. One of the instructors is a certified examiner for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

All staff members of the Kahuku Training Center have taken Honolulu Community College courses in Apprenticeship Teacher and Metric System for Operating Engineers. All have participated in the Maintain a Drug-Free Workplace Program.

In addition to apprenticeship training, the center offers ongoing journey-level-upgrade instruction to improve and hone existing skills. Operators also have the opportunity to earn certifications in hazardous materials, emergency response, disaster-site-worker certification, construction safety OSHA 500/501, first aid and CPR. When a substantial number of bargaining-unit members in any field require specialized training or education, the center will develop a quality, custom-designed program to meet their needs whenever possible.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For additional information on training-class schedules and locations or to learn more about the apprenticeship program, call the Hawaii Joint Apprenticeship Center (JAC) at (808) 847-5523 or the Kahuku Training Center at (808) 232-2001.

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