Your Road to Success


Earn While You Learn! 

Become highly skilled and in demand

We produce conscientious, skilled journey persons who are well-rounded and proficient in operating and maintaining heavy equipment and who have industry-related safety credentials. 

To achieve this goal, we provide continuous learning opportunities for our apprentices and journey-level operators.

Hawaii Training Center


56-1160 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731

Office Number

Apprenriceship Office
(808) 232-2001
[email protected]


To become an apprentice, applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a high school graduate or have successfully passed the GED or C-Base test and provide a transcript of high school grades with the application
  3. Be physically fit to perform the duties of the trade.
  4. Be assessed and ranked by a general knowledge and hands-on test
  5. Have a valid Hawaii driver’s license showing current address in the island for training
  6. Have transportation to get to and from work site and classroom instruction
What you need to know while training
  • Appropriate Dress
    Report to the training center in clothing appropriate for work on a jobsite. Work boots, hard-hats, vests, face mask, etc. are required. Hard-hats and vests are NOT available, you must provide your own. If you register for a crane class, please bring your own gloves. Students in grade-checking classes will be required to bring a simple calculator with square root and percentage functions. Mechanic students need to bring welding hood and gloves.
  • Room and Board
    Room and board are provided free of cost to all apprentice and journey-level operators. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Thursday, but only breakfast and lunch will be served on Friday. Accommodations are dormitory style onsite at OE3 JATC. The dorms are closed on weekends. Please bring your own toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, towels, etc. Sheets and blankets will be provided. Pillows are NOT provided, you may wish to bring your own pillow and extra blankets for added comfort.
  • Check-In
    day of All students registered for class at the OE3 JATC facility are required to check-in no later than 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the first class. Students driving a long distance may check-in to our dorms on Sunday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. with the security officer.
  • Drug Test
    Substance abuse testing will take place first thing Monday morning during orientation. This requirement also applies to journey-level operators.
  • Classes
    All supplemental-related training and journey-level-upgrade classes are two weeks long. Written and hands-on tests are used to assess progress and instruction. There is a small amount of classroom work, so students should bring pens, pencils and writing materials such as paper, tablets or notebooks with them
  • Apprentice time card instructions
  • Cancelations
    If you register for a class but later find you are unable to attend, please notify OE3 JATC as soon as possible. There is usually a waiting list for journey-level-upgrade classes, and cancellations will be offered to other members. OE3 JATC has a No-Show Policy, which states that failure to attend your registered class session without giving proper notification may result in forfeiture of training eligibility for six months.
Branches of Training

Training is provided for apprentices in three different branches:

1. Heavy Duty Repairer (HDR) And Welder
  • 8,520 training hours are required, consisting of:
    • 8,000 on-the-job training hours
    • 520 hours of Supplemental Related Training (SRT)
2. Construction Equipment Operator (CEO)
  • 6,520 training hours are required, consisting of:
    • 6,000 on-the-job training hours
      • 520 hours of SRT
3. Paving Equipment Operator (PEO)
  • 4,440 training hours are required, consisting of:
    • 4,000 on-the-job training hours
    • 440 hours of SRT

Applications for the Apprenticeship Program are only accepted during scheduled dates. Oahu and the neighbor islands are scheduled for intakes every other year. When intake dates are set, they will be posted here, in the Engineers News and at the Hall.

Applicants must apply for the island they are a resident of. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants go through a series of steps during the application process and will then be ranked and placed on a waitlist. The waitlist will be valid for two years. The number of applicants and when an apprenticeship class will start is determined by industry need.

When applicants are selected to start the Apprenticeship Program, they must attend a four-week Probationary Orientation Period (POP) Class at the Kahuku Training Facility. (Applicants are not paid during trainings.) After completing their POP class, apprentices are dispatched to a signatory company for on-the-job training. Apprentices return to the Kahuku Training Facility after 1,000 hours of on-the-job training for two weeks of SRT to be tested and to monitor their improvement.

Apprentices for the neighbor islands complete their POP class at the Kahuku Training Facility for four weeks. They then return to their home island to complete their on-the-job training. Their SRT for two weeks will also be completed at the Kahuku Training Facility. Meal allowance, housing and flight reservations will be provided for these apprentices.

For Journeymen

Besides apprenticeship training, the Kahuku Training Facility provides training to Local 3 journeymen who are in good standing and have 350 work hours with Local 3. The Hawaii Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) instructors assist each other with training, but each instructor has a specialty.

We offer classes in:
  • Equipment
  • Crane
  • Gradesetting
  • Paving
  • Mechanic and commercial driver’s license (CDL)
Certifications are available in:
  • Forklift
  • Hazardous materials; disaster-site worker
  • Construction safety OSHA 500/501
  • MSHA
  • First aid CPR/AED