WISCONSIN OPERATING ENGINEERS SKILL IMPROVEMENT AND APPRENTICESHIP FUND, in conjunction with the following organizations, administers the oldest and most widely recognized apprenticeship program in the State of Wisconsin for Operating Engineers:

  • IUOE Local 139
  • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
  • Allied Construction Employers Association
  • Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Associated Earth Movers
  • Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

In addition to training apprentices, we offer continuing education to journeyworkers to keep their skills up-to-date and learn new and innovative methods. Safety is our top priority.

The training center is located on 380 acres near Coloma, Wisconsin in Waushara County.

In addition to the Administration and Training building, there is a classroom building and a shop. Skill Improvement training is conducted year-round. Apprenticeship training takes place from October to December and April to May with some courses running concurrent with the Skill Improvement Courses. Random training, performance testing and summer courses take place from June to October.

TELESCOPIC MATERIAL HANDLER/FORKLIFT safety courses are scheduled many times throughout the year. NCCCO (National Crane Certification) refreshers and testing are conducted quarterly. OSHA, MSHA, and HAZMAT courses normally take place during the winter months with occasional courses on an as-needed basis.


The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation,disability which can be reasonably accommodated, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States or this state. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, and all other applicable state laws.