• Information Packet
    Updated On: Mar 06, 2019

    Are you Apprentice Ready?

    A good candidate for an apprenticeship has the following qualities:

    • Good work ethic
      • Shows up every day, on time, for work and school-no excuses!
      • Works hard at a steady pace.
    • Positive attitude
      • Listens and learns on the job and in school.
      • Works with others as a team to build the project.You need to be able to work with everyone in a crew, whether you like them or not.
      • Follows directions of crew leaders regardless of the manner in which they are given.
    • Aptitude for the trade/occupation and some work history-paid or unpaid
      • Has some experience doing construction, production, or other comparable work or transferable skills.
      • Has proven potential to be a good worker.Any continuous employment or training with a good attendance record can indicate this, even if not related to the trade/occupation.
    • Necessary physical condition 
      • Electrical work requires both physical strength and endurance.
      • Must be able to work in a physically demanding environment for extended periods of time in all weather conditions.
      • Can work at heights and in enclosed areas.
      • Is very safety conscious in all work.
    • Drug free
      • You will be required to take pre-hire and random substance abuse tests.
    • Valid state driver’s license and good driving record
      • Has reliable transportation.
      • Willing to drive to where the work is, which may be some distance.
    • Good basic algebra skills
      • Electricians use math in most aspects of the job.
    • Hand tool knowledge
      • Good basic knowledge of hand tools and how to use them safely.
    • Meets minimum requirements to apply

    Job Description

    The electrical construction trade requires physical effort on the part of the apprentice to do ladder and scaffold climbing, pulling, crawling, crouching, working in cramped or confined quarters and the lifting of 25 to 50 pound objects on a fairly constant schedule.  The individual must possess the comprehensive ability to follow specific instructions.  Depending on the job, the work may be performed either indoors or outdoors with the major portion of duties being indoors, semi-sheltered, or unfinished buildings.

    We offer 3 different apprenticeship programs: Inside, Limited Energ A, and Residential.

    INSIDE:  This is a 4 ½-year apprenticeship program which combines both on-the-job and related classroom training.  If accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will work for an electrical contractor for a minimum of 8,000 OJT hours.

    *A general description of work performed on the job includes the following categories:

    • Wiring of residences, duplexes, and small apartment buildings.
    • Wiring of public, commercial, schools and hospital buildings; the installation and repair of all equipment therein.
    • Wiring of all industrial buildings and equipment.
    • Wiring of systems which include sound, data transmission, telephone, fire alarm, fiber optics, energy management, closed circuit television, programmable controllers and nurse call.
    • Wiring of Green energy power systems; ie. wind power, electric vehicle charging stations and Solar Power Installation.

    LIMITED ENERGYThis is a 3-year apprenticeship program which combines both on-the-job and related classroom training.  If accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will work for an electrical contractor for a minimum of 6,000 OJT hours.

    *A general description of work performed on the job includes the following categories:

    • Fiber Optic Networks
    • Telephone Systems
    • Data Networks
    • Fire Alarm Systems
    • CCTV Systems
    • Nurse Call Systems
    • Security Systems

    RESIDENTIAL:  This is a 2-year apprenticeship program which combines both on-the-job and related classroom training.  If accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will work for an electrical contractor for a minimum of 4,000 OJT hours.

    *A general description of work performed on the job includes the following categories:

    • Wiring of outlets in single & multiple family residences
    • Wiring services, meters and distribution
    • Wiring and servicing appliances
    • Remodeling of residential buildings
    • Installation of music, intercom systems and antennas
    • Wiring and servicing electric heat systems
    • Wiring and servicing air conditioning systems
    • Wiring of Solar Power Installation

    Steps To Apply:

    The complete application consists of:

    1. Application for Apprenticeship-completed, signed and dated.
    2. High school transcripts from a school accredited by a state education agency, showing graduation date, all classes and an accumulated GPA of 2.00 or above -or- GED Certificate that shows a score of:
    • 255 for GED taken before December 31, 2001
    • 2550 for GED taken after December 31, 2001
    • 600 for GED taken after January 1, 2014; -or-

    College transcripts from an accredited college showing an associate’s degree or higher with graduation date and all classes taken.

    1. Proof of one (1) year of high school Algebra or one (1) term of college Algebra with a passing cumulative grade of “C” or better.

    OR

    1. A military veteran who completed a military technical training school in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) applicable to the electrical construction trade (as determined by the JATC) and can document a minimum of two (2) years of experience in that MOS

    Contact the Training Center for information regarding upgrading the GPA and Algebra requirements.

    Once we have received a complete application, and you are determined qualified, you will receive a letter stating as such.  At that time you will be invited to take the NJATC aptitude test.  You must receive a passing score on the aptitude test to move on to the interview.

    Interviews are conducted by a combination of contractors and journeymen.  Interviews last approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  You will have the opportunity to impress upon the interviewers why you are a good candidate for the apprenticeship.  Each candidate is scored on various criteria by each interviewer.  Interviews are held several times a year.

    Upon completion of the interviews, all interview scores are averaged and the candidate receives an overall score.  Once all applicants’ scores are compiled, a list is created placing the person with the highest score in the number 1 rank position.

    Each candidate will receive a letter after their interview stating their rank on our list.  This list determines the order in which candidates are offered apprenticeship positions.

    Applicants are offered apprenticeship positions based on industry need.  IBEW Local 280 contractors contact the Central Electrical JATC when an apprentice is needed on a crew.  If all current apprentices are working, the apprenticeship then calls the first person on the ranked applicant list and offers them an apprenticeship position.  Each year offers a unique situation and the number of applicants offered apprenticeships may vary from year to year.

    IF ACCEPTED:

    • You must pass a required substance abuse test.
    • Union requires an initiation fee upon dispatch.
    • Employer may require a Criminal Background Check.

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