How To Join The IBEW Electrician Apprenticeship Program?

Ever wonder what it takes to be an IBEW electrician? Well, you’re in luck! You’ve come across the perfect blog post for that very question. In this article, I’ll go over some of the steps to joining the IBEW electrician apprenticeship program and getting your journey started on becoming a master electrician!

The IBEW electrician apprenticeship program is designed to teach young people the trade of an electrician. The program offers a comprehensive education in electrical theory and application and training in related crafts such as carpentry, plumbing, and HVAC installation.

IBEW Basics

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a labor union representing about 775,000 workers in the electrical industry. Their apprenticeship program provides you with on-the-job training and classroom instruction to help prepare for an exciting career that could take off! 

You’ll be trained by professionals who can show you all aspects of craftsmanship associated with this trade from start to finish. This route may not seem as easy, but it’s certainly worth exploring if becoming one of IBEWs members seems like your ultimate goal.

What Is an Electrician Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a long-term training program. These are generally run by professional organizations combining work and instruction. 

You must perform a specific amount of hours in classroom instruction and hands-on training to complete the apprenticeship, which usually takes about 4 1/2 – 5 years depending on your choice for completion: you can apply to an organization offering such programs or attend electrician school as an electrical assistant with requirement participation before applying for an apprentice position within that field.

The Hybrid Electrical Training Program you receive at InterCoast College provides a well-rounded education with hands-on instruction, simulated projects, and online assignments that can be completed from home. 

Students are active in labs completing actual-world practice one day per week while still attending school for only 1 year! You will graduate quickly with an ET card, allowing you to work during your studies as well.

Organizing Training Program

Every jurisdiction establishes its requirements for electrician training by local laws and licensing regulations, which can vary from state to state. 

Local JATCs develop their programs specifically to meet this requirements-which take between four and six years on average-to include:

  • Between 576 and 1,000 hours of classroom instruction 
  • Between 8,000 – 10,000 hours of experience working as an apprentice or “journeyman” before receiving a license

You can expect to learn a lot of different things during your apprenticeship. From the classroom and on-the-job training, you will be able to do both safety-related tasks and learn about electrical theory. 

Depending on where you are located at the JATC office, there may or may not be classes held at that location for specific days designated by your jurisdiction. However, most programs include some classwork, regardless if it is through an online course or direct instruction with other students who have already completed their required hours before being admitted into a program like yours.

A good place starter would depend entirely upon what kind of job one might imagine doing within this field but usually includes taking courses that teach how electricity works while also teaching.

Things To Learn from Electrician Apprenticeship Training Program

Transitioning from the classroom into a workplace is exciting. As you begin on-the-job training, don’t forget to start with basics tasks like stripping wires and bending conduit by week’s end – but not before quickly getting more technical than that!

The range of skills you learn as part of your apprenticeship and training program is essential to ensure safety, dependability, and efficiency. You will install residential wiring systems – commercial -industrial electrical machinery-voltmeters-ammeters-, ohmmeters! 

These tools allow a trainee or apprentice in their trade to read blueprints for different types of buildings to understand how circuits work inside these structures. 

A high-level electrician is expected by law to look at installed electrical equipment even if it has been done incorrectly with the correct procedures followed when installing them initially. 

When there’s an emergency on-site where power needs to be shut off quickly due to lightning striking nearby, then using fuses/circuit breakers

Your on-the-job training will take place in a wide variety of settings, including city utility companies and construction companies. You’ll also be trained at aviation companies, military contractors, manufacturing factories, and internet/telephone providers. 

In addition to these locations, you may have the opportunity for hands-on experience with hospitals or prisons, so you must be open-minded about what kind of work environment might suit your needs best!

As you progress through your apprenticeship program, becoming more technical and complex with the skills that you’ve learned before, it will all be worth it in the end. 

Your classroom-based training is divided into segments to help better prepare for what lies ahead of on-the-job training, which covers everything needed to pass your journeyman examination.

How To Join IBEW Apprenticeship

Decide Which Program Is Right For You

First of all, you’ll need to find an IBEW apprenticeship and see what programs they offer. A few options depending on your desired career path: technician (sound & communication), residential wireman, inside wireman, or outside lineman. 

For example, in the Puget Sound Electrical JATC in Renton, WA, there is a Residential program and sound and comm techs who work with technicians for maintenance staff throughout Seattle’s metro area – that can’t be found at every apprentice school! 

Outside linemen only have training centers explicitly designed for them because it takes much longer than any other field to properly learn how to do this job. Still, if you think about it from both perspectives- electrical engineering requires knowledge mainly focused on building wiring.

In the first year, you can earn about 50% of what a journeyman makes. However, every 6 to 12 months, wages may increase or complete 1000 hours of work on an apprenticeship. 

The amount varies from one IBEW union to another and in different regions like West Coast and Upper East Coast where living costs are higher than Southern Union states with lower living costs that offer more favorable rates for apprentice pay – but less income over time as they will not receive any raise after their first few years there unless they move up into Journeymen Pay!

IBEW Apprenticeship Application Form

There are many online resources to find apprenticeships, but you will have to fill out paperwork. You need your high school and college transcripts as well as four addresses from when you’ve lived there before. 

Ensure that all of the information is written in good handwriting since it can be difficult for others if they cannot read it or comprehend what has been written on paper with poor penmanship, such as yourself. 

If this turns out not being possible, consult a representative at the training center about where else these documents could be submitted instead, so everyone involved knows precisely who said them initially without any question marks surrounding their validity.

It’s always a good idea to consult with the people who will be reviewing your application. To qualify for some programs, you’ll need:

  • At least 18 years old. 
  • A high school diploma or GED, or an Associate’s Degree or higher.; and 
  • Completed high school algebra course (or post-high school math) with at least passing grade; in addition, most schools require official transcripts of all previous education records such as those from before completion of high school, including diplomas/GED certificates & on up through any degree earned after completing college-level courses.

Preparing for the IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test

You should do your best and make a high score on the aptitude test. Applicants are ranked from highest to lowest, so those with the highest scores will be invited to interview first. The aptitude test covers two parts: reading comprehension and algebra in functions which take approximately 2 hours each, but there is a break between them.

Waiting For Your Interview

The most nerve-wracking and frustrating part of the process can be finding out if you got accepted. With many apprenticeships, applicants are only given one or two opportunities to apply per year resulting in long periods without knowing your status with a company. 

This is why it’s important not to call repeatedly for an answer because they would notify you when selected. Hence, as not waste their time too often by sending messages back that way which will make them more likely to overlook potential recruits like yourself who might have otherwise been overlooked due to any number of reasons from being unavailable during work hours or unable to talk on the phone even just shyness about calling someone up rather than emailing or texting etcetera So don’t panic! Be patient because

The Interview

Members from the local union office, NECA, are on the interview panel.

A director of the apprenticeship may be there too.

During the interview, you may be asked the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be part of this program?
  • Do you work better as a team or alone? Why?
  • What kind of electrical experience do you have?
  • If you’ve been involved with a conflict, tell us how you resolved it?
  • Tell us a situation when you had to complete a project where you didn’t have the necessary tools to finish it?
  • Describe a time when you did a project from start to finish?

A few tips for the interview: 

  • Give straightforward answers to questions. Stay on topic and avoid filler words like um, uh, etc. 
  • Don’t cross your arms or clench your hands together too tight but clasp them loosely in front of you with a smile (don’t be afraid :)). 
  • Take time before speaking; don’t rush into it! Maintain a positive attitude – stay professional ~ you can wear jeans if they’re nice ones 😉
  • To be successful in an interview, you need a good night’s sleep and should feel fresh. 
  • When meeting the interviewer, hold eye contact with them – this will help make your point more memorable for them. 
  • Be honest about why they are interviewing you so that there is no confusion and show off any skills or interests of yours that seem relevant. 
  • If it seems like a long shot, then don’t go into too much detail, but if not close, try to use connections from previous employers or other people who know something about your strengths (friends). 
  • Finally, shake hands firmly at all times since first impressions count!

Being a laborer can be rewarding when you know that your work is making an impact. You may have to set up scaffolding and ladders, dig trenches, carry materials, or crawl in dirty dark places but safety should always come first! Keep this in mind if someone asks what it takes to get the job done safely, for example, by saying “what it takes.”

Post Interview

You can’t slack off after an interview because you’ll be on the eligibility list for two years. Your name will only stay at the top of that list if your score is better than anyone else’s, and there are a lot of people applying to become apprentices in IBEW!

The Road Becoming an Electrician Today

It’s time to make your future electrician. The sooner you start, the more high school credits and apprenticeship hours you will accumulate before graduation! Intercoast College offers full-time courses for college credit while in high school so that all of those math, shop, mechanical drawing classes can count towards a degree after graduating from college with an Electricians Training Card (ET card). 

All the experience, as well as knowledge, is necessary to pursue becoming an electrical – it does not matter if it is working on motors or wiring home appliances; either way, they’ll get plenty of hands-on work experience along their journey too.

About Blake Sutton

Blake has worked as an electrician for over 10 years, receiving his Journeyman Electrician license in 1998. Looking to take his professional electrical career further, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas in Austin. Blake now works full time as an electrical engineer, specializing in power systems.