On the job training

The Ziegler Apprenticeship Program offers on-the-job training with no prior experience or education required. As a Ziegler apprentice, you will build your skillset through hands-on and classroom training led by Ziegler technical instructors over the course of the 12-month program. The goal at the completion of the training period is for all apprentices to earn a career as a diesel repair technician at the Ziegler branch near them.

Consider This Program if You Are

  • Graduating from high school with an interest in becoming a diesel technician
  • Exiting the military
  • Looking for a career change

Program requirements

  • Desire for a career as a diesel mechanic
  • Commitment to the 12-month program
  • You must be 18+ and a high-school or GED graduate when the program begins (every July/August)
  • Ability to travel. Training courses are held at your local branch and other Ziegler locations (lodging provided).
  • Strong work ethic, ability to work well as part of a team, and mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to work cleanly and safely

Program Locations

Iowa: Altoona, Atlantic, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Grundy Center, Mason City, New Hampton, Postville, Sheldon, Sioux City

Wisconsin: DeForest and Dodgeville

Missouri: Chillicothe, Marshall, Maryville

Minnesota: Ada, Bemidji, Big Lake, Bloomington (Minneapolis), Brainerd, Buhl, Columbus, Crookston, Dayton, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Jackson, Madison, Mankato, Marshall, Rochester, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Willmar


Technician Apprenticeships at Ziegler CAT