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On-the-Job Training (OJT) / Apprenticeship
OJT / Apprenticeship Program

Mission Statement

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to training the future highway construction workers that will be needed to fill vacancies left by retirement and normal attrition.


  • Training and upgrading minorities and women in highway construction trades
  • OJT may be used as an affirmative action tool to assist contractors in meeting their Equal Employment Opportunity obligations
  • OJT may lead workers into the apprenticeship system and result in journey level status and a career in highway construction

Who Benefits?

EMPLOYEES benefit by having an opportunity to learn and gain experience in the construction trades in order to prepare for a career - not just a job. Trainees who go on to complete standardized apprenticeship training can make a living anywhere, and may eventually become construction business owners themselves.
EMPLOYERS benefit by developing a highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future and the opportunity to diversify their workforce. Employers may pay registered apprentices a reduced hourly wage during training. In-House OJT trainees shall be paid full prevailing wage for the type of work performed.
THE PUBLIC benefits from family wage jobs that add to the economic health of the community while making improvements to Oregon's roads.


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