Hawaii Training Center

Want a career that takes you places? It all starts at one of the country’s most prestigious training centers, the Hawaii Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC), where apprentices train for free!

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The Local 3 Hawaii Training Center, otherwise known as the Kahuku Training Facility, provides training for Operating Engineers Local 3 apprentices and journeymen.

Hawaii Training Center


56-1160 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731



Training is provided for apprentices in three different branches:

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)
Construction Equipment Operator (CEO)

6,520 training hours are required, consisting of:

  • 6,000 on-the-job training hours
  • 520 hours of SRT
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 air reservations will be provided for these apprentices.

To become an apprentice, applicants must:



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



Be physically fit to perform the duties of the trade.



Be assessed and ranked by a general knowledge and hands-on test



Have a valid Hawaii driver’s license showing current address in the island for training


Have transportation to get to and from work site and classroom instruction

    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

    For additional information

    Call the Kahuku Training Facility

    (808) 232-2001

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