The following are answers to some of the most common questions we've been asked about the Apprenticeship program

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.


FAQ: Residential Program

Starting wage is $14.40 with increases after the first year and 1,600 hours.


FAQ: Inside Program

Starting wage is $15.16 with increases every 6-month period.


Dispelling myths about the skilled trades

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the skilled trades. The keys to discerning fact from fiction are information and education. If you educate and inform yourself, you will be able to see through the fog of myth. Let us address some of the common misconceptions. Please do not hesitate to contact Youngstown area JATC regarding any questions and concerns.

MYTH - Skilled trades don't offer a viable career path


There are many career options within the electrical trade, including contractor, project manager, estimator, engineer and more!

Myth - The trades are for people who can't get into college


To succeed as an electrician you need to be very knowledgeable! You need to be proficient in math and science, have an eye for detail and have an extensive detailed knowledge for technology, machinery and more.

Did you know, that you earn college credits during the Apprenticeship?!

Myth - USkilled trades jobs don't pay much


Apprentices earn paycheck while they learn, plus health and retirement benefits after topping out.

Parents commonly discourage their children from pursuing trades work because they assume that in order to get a high-paying job, you need a degree from a college or university. The fact of the matter is that many trades jobs actually pay more than jobs that require a degree.

When you pursue trades work, you won’t have the massive amount of student loans many college students get shackled with, and get paid while you learn.

Myth - Skilled trades are only for men


While historically, this has been true, since throughout history, women have been barred from pursuing careers, and while it is true that the trades are a male-dominated industry, more and more, hiring practices within the trades are changing to be more inclusive and allow women the chance to pursue trades work.

Just like men, women have the capabilities to do any sort of work – including trades work.

Full time job experience + classroom education = Long Term Career Success

Do you want to learn more about training and apprenticeship, or have questions regarding our application procedures? Don't hesitate to ask!