High school opportunities

With endless possibilities of what your future holds, we want to help high school students like yourself grow and provide opportunities to help kickstart your career.

School to Work program

Are you eager to learn and earn at the same time? Jump into the world of innovation with Oshkosh Corporation’s School to Work program. This exciting and fun program offers independent, driven high schoolers the opportunity to learn about manufacturing through real, hands-on work experience—and earn a paycheck along the way.

Earn your Diploma while Earning Money

Oshkosh offers a paid two-year experience for incoming high school juniors interested in developing technical and employability skills, allowing you to jumpstart your career in manufacturing while earning a high school diploma.

A day in the School to Work life

Students who participate in the program will attend class with other School to Work students at an Oshkosh Defense facility for part of the day. The rest of their day will be filled with on-the-job training within our facilities with the guidance of an Oshkosh Defense mentor.

Go to work while staying involved

While School to Work students are not attending class at their high school, if they are interested in participating in sports, clubs and other afterschool activities, they have the flexibility to still include that aspect of their high school experience.

Program locations

At this time, the School to Work program is offered to students in the Oshkosh Area School District, and we are excited to offer this experience to more school districts in the future.

It’s a great place to be, a great place to work. Great opportunity in the future. Honestly, you can only gain from being in this program.”

Brady Lairson, Production Apprentice

We hear stories about how trucks save soldiers’ lives. When they start telling me what they do and who they bring the trucks to, it gives me a sense of pride.”

Myha Rivas Toste, Production Apprentice

Continued education

Our goal is to continue helping students develop skills through our School to Work program. Students will continue working in our manufacturing facilities during the summer between their junior and senior years; however, class is not in session during this time. This valuable work experience helps prepare students for their senior year where they will begin working towards their Welding Certificate at Fox Valley Technical College, become a Certified Production Technician (CPT) through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and earn a Youth Apprenticeship Certificate from the State of Wisconsin.

High school student and production worker working on a truck tire

Interested in getting started?

Students who are interested in working in a fast-paced and innovative manufacturing environment should talk to their school guidance counselor and their parents/guardians about the School to Work program. Applications for the incoming Fall 2020 class will be available in early Spring 2020.

Youth Apprenticeship program

Real world engineering. Real work experience. Oshkosh’s engineering youth apprentices will explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers in a fast-paced 450-hour program for incoming high school seniors. Our students are intrigued by problem solving and fascinated with how to embrace innovation and technology. Through their experience they will understand the connection between what they’re learning in the classroom and what goes on at a Fortune 500 company while getting paid for the work they do.

About our program

The work-based program ensures that our engineer apprentices gain a well-rounded engineering experience that exposes them to a variety of disciplines. Apprentices will fill their days with value-added team projects, shadow Oshkosh engineers, attend field trips and listen to guest speakers to enhance their experience.

What you'll learn

Students are exposed to a variety of engineering disciplines during their experience including drafting, design, materials, mechanical, electrical and software engineering.

Invest in your future

Oshkosh Corporation invests in the future of our workforce. Industry professionals will guide you through real world applications of core technical engineering skills.

Earn school credit

Through hands-on projects over the course of the year, students will earn high school credit, in-state college credit, a Youth Apprenticeship Certificate from the State of Wisconsin and will increase their readiness for a university education.

If you are a student who is interested in this opportunity, talk to your school guidance counselor and your parents/guardians about the Youth Apprenticeship program. Applications are available in early Spring for the following school year. 

Ready to start your youth apprenticeship with Oshkosh?