FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I get credit for previous electrical training?

A: In short, yes. Candidates with prior electrical training can get some credit toward their union apprenticeship. Include documentation of your experience within your application packet and your case will be reviewed by the training committee.

Q: Can women apply?
A: Absolutely. We’ve had many successful women apprentices over the years, and we encourage women to apply.

Q: Does any one part of the application process weigh any heavier than the others? (example: interview, aptitude test, etc.)?
A: We’re looking to hire apprentices who are “all in” and see the electrical apprentice program as the foundation of a life-long career in the trade. That said, while all parts of the application process are factored into hiring decisions, the interview can oftentimes separate one candidate from another.

Q: Who should the letters of recommendation be from?
A: The greatest value from letters of recommendation are when they’re from teachers, professors, supervisors, commanding officers for our military candidates, or others you consider as mentors. Parents and family friends should be avoided.

Q. If I do not score well on the tests, can I take them again?
A: Yes, you may retake the test after a period of six (6) months has elapsed from your last test date.

Q. Are there any penalties for guessing on the test?
A: No, there are no penalties for guessing. Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly.

Q. Should I study to do better on the test?
A: You should review the sample questions, which can be found in the Aptitdue Test link under the 'How to Apply' tab. It is suggested that you “brush up” on your Algebra and basic computation skills before taking the test. There is no need to memorize formulas or factual material in order to do well on the test. A good preparation tool would be the GED test preparation book which you can borrow from any public library. Applying for our apprenticeships, you are required to get a qualifying score on our aptitude test to be interviewed (unless you have documented proof of 4,000 hours of previous electrical construction experience).

If you feel you may struggle on either the math or reading comprehension subjects, the Electricprep online courses may be a useful tool to help you prepare. FYI: By purchasing this test prep product in no way automatically gives you advance standing or extra consideration over any other applicant. It should give you added knowledge on what the test will cover and the confidence that you are prepared when you actually take the test. GOOD LUCK!!

Q. If I do not complete the test, can I complete it another day?
A: No. If you do not complete all of the test, your score will be based on the questions you do complete. You will not be able to reschedule to take the test again for another six months.

Q. Will I receive a report of my score?
A: You will be informed whether or not you have received a qualifying score. Exact scores are not provided.

Q: If I am chosen when do I start to work?

A: We accept applications year-round, and generally do our interviewing and hiring in the summer and fall. In some situations we can start your on-the-job training soon after you accept the position.

Q: When do classes begin?
A: Classes typically form in the fall of each year.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Residential Program

  • What it the starting wage? Starting wage is $ 11.08 with a 10% increase after the first year and 1,600 hours.
     
  • What type of benefit package is available? First year NEBF pension, Health & Welfare after 142 accrued hours. After the 1000-hour probationary period is achieved local pension and profit sharing will be paid on the individuals’ behalf.
     
  • What will the apprenticeship program cost be to the individual? Approximately $1300.00 for the first year of apprenticeship, will includes tools, books and tuition,.
     
  • What does the apprenticeship training entail? Apprenticeship training includes a minimum of 4800 hours of on-the-job training assignments prepared by the JATC office with contractors’ signatory to our program. Work hours are not guaranteed at a 40-hour work week; however, the JATC Committee makes every effort to keep all apprentices employed all year around.
    *Classroom training starts and ends like a regular academic school year. Classes are held at the JATC Training Center generally one to two nights a week for 3 hours per night totaling 180 hours  minimum per year. A lap top computer with internet access is a requirement.
     
  • How and when is a class selected? After the interview process is complete, The JATC Committee chooses individuals from a pool of eligible ranked applicants. This typically happens in late Spring to early Summer.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions: Commerical Program

 

  • What it the starting wage? Starting wage is $12.64 with 5% increases every 6-month period.
     
  • What type of benefit package is available? First year NEBF pension, Health & Welfare after 142 accrued hours. After the 2000-hour probationary period is achieved local pension and profit sharing will be paid on the individuals’ behalf.
     
  • What will the apprenticeship program cost be to the individual? Approximately $1385.00 for the first year of apprenticeship, which includes tools, books, and administration fees.
     
  • What does the apprenticeship training entail? Apprenticeship training includes a minimum of 8000 hours of on-the-job training assignments prepared by the JATC office with contractors’ signatory to our program. Work hours are not guaranteed at a 40-hour work week; however, the JATC Committee makes every effort to keep all apprentices employed all year around.
    *Classroom training starts and ends like a regular academic school year. Classes are held at the JATC Training Center generally one to two nights a week for 3 hours per night totaling 180 hours  minimum per year. A lap top computer with internet access is a requirement.
  • How and when is a class selected? After the interview process is complete, The JATC Committee chooses individuals from a pool of eligible ranked applicants. This typically happens in late Spring to early Summer.

 

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