Local 420

Training and Education


Thank you for your patience during this challenging time due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Due to ongoing changes and the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, it is difficult to determine exact dates for our next class sessions. Our hopes were to have the next sessions take place in the Fall, but this could be extended. To be placed on our CALL LIST, please click the registration tab. We will notify you when the next session will start. No down payment is required at this time. Thank you for your understanding. (Updated 7.15.20)


We are currently working with the students enrolled in classes that had been suspended the last few months. 

The next new session of classes for Low Pressure, High Pressure, Refrigeration, and Power Plant Licensing should start in September.  More information will follow soon on our September class schedule.

Please note, that for everyone’s health and safety at this time, masks are required to be worn and social distancing is in effect. If you have your own mask, please bring it with you to class.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Local 420 is committed to developing and providing training to our members.
Local 420 conducts training classes on a regular basis. These classes are held at our union office and are available to members and the public. Additionally, the union sponsors the Power Engineering program at Milwaukee Area Technical College-South Campus where a full diploma program is offered. Power Engineering is a field that requires skills in a variety of fields including boiler operation, equipment repair, industrial maintenance, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, energy conservation and other areas.

Register NOW for Upcoming Classes!


Rich Curley

Having over 26 years of experience working in various power plants, Rich’s expertise includes: operating and maintaining boilers, turbines, generators, air compressors, pumps, HVACR, and many other functions involving the production of steam and electricity.

In 2005 Rich was hired full time as an instructor of Power Engineering at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Rich’s curriculum includes: Blueprint reading, Instruments and Controls, Electricity, High and Low Pressure Boilers, Renewable Energy, Industrial Maintenance, and Math. Rich was instrumental in creating the Local 420 training program and is the lead instructor for the Union.

Rich holds a license for Chief Engineer from the American Society of Power Engineers. He has licenses in Refrigeration, Forklift, and Cranes, and certificates in Renewable Energy, Site Assessment, and Boiler Operation.
Rich is currently the President of the National Association of Power Engineers, Milwaukee Chapter, and is an accredited, licensed teacher for the State of Wisconsin.