What Is The IBEW Apprenticeship Program?
The IBEW electrical apprenticeship is a joint program between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Apprenticeship programs are designed to have students work and go to school at the same time. This allows students to make a living, learn valuable on-the-job experience, and complete the education requirements needed to become a Journeyman Wireman.
What do our electrical apprentices do?
Electrical apprentices will plan, assemble and install all electrical apparatuses, equipment, fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems for maintenance, renovation and new construction projects. Other tasks may include installation, connecting and troubleshooting of electrical machinery, control devices, industrial equipment and signal communications systems.
Wages and benefits
The collective bargaining agreement determines the Journeyman pay rate. All apprentice pay rates are based on a percentage of the Journeyman rate at the time of indenture.
The collective bargaining agreement provides a national pension and healthcare at the time of indenture. Upon completion of probationary period, a local pension and profit-sharing plan will become effective.
Wondering is you have the skills and abilities electricians need?
Let’s kick off with simple abilities and personal likes/dislikes that can affect your contentment in the electrical trade.
Can you say YES to the following?
- have good eyesight and can see colors clearly
- don’t mind driving to various locations during the day
- will be able to work in heat, cold, rain, or snow
- can grasp, manipulate, and assemble small objects
- don’t mind heights and can work on a ladder or aerial lift
- am comfortable enough in tight places such as attics or crawl spaces
- can lift and move heavy objects
- have a mechanical aptitude
- can work both independently and as part of a team
The work can be strenuous with long days on your feet. Because there’s a risk of burns, cuts, electrical shocks, and falls from ladders or scaffolding, you will be required to comply with strict safety guidelines. Working as an electrician requires a strong work ethic and a positive attitude to be successful.
Hear from other apprentices
Our apprentice programs are comprised of individuals from all types of backgrounds, and each of them has their own story about what interested them in becoming a union electrician.
Learn from experts
If you’re looking for a meaningful career in the electrical construction industry – one that builds character and pride and offers a bright future – apply today!