Local 420

Training and Education

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.

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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.