In addition to receiving skill training on the job, our apprentices are provided trade related classroom training that produces competency and pride that leads to true craftsmanship. Quite often, some local training committees provide special classes with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.
What Do Electrical Workers Do?
There are four specialty areas where you will find electrical workers. These four areas are best described by the type of work done in each of those areas.
Outside Linemen are the electrical workers who install the distribution and transmission lines, that move power from power plant to a factory, a business, or your home.
Inside Wiremen are electrical workers who install the power, lighting, controls and other electrical equipment in commercial and industrial buildings.
VDV Installer Technicians are electrical workers who install circuits and equipment for telephones, computer networks, video distribution systems, security and access control systems and other low voltage systems.
Residential Wiremen are electrical workers who specialize in installing all of the electrical systems in single-family and multi-family houses or dwellings.
How Can I Become An Apprentice?
Each of the four types of electrical work share common skills and knowledge. Each also has other skills and knowledge, which are specific to that particular area of work. Because of these differences, each type of work has a different apprenticeship program associated with it. Basic requirements for becoming an apprentice in any of the programs are similar, however. The following requirements are typical for individuals applying to be accepted into an IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) or IBEW/NECA Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJATC).
• Minimum age 18
• High School Education
• One Year of High School Algebra
• Qualifying Score on an Aptitude Test
• Drug Free
Each local JATC or AJATC may have additional requirements and provides training for electrical workers in a specific geographical area. Applications must be made to the JATC or AJATC in the area where you reside.
Contact the local JATC or AJATC in or close to the city where you live for information about their apprenticeship and training programs. They will tell you how to apply to the program, where and when you can pick up application forms, and any additional requirements that the local training program may have.
For more information, visit www.njatc.org