|We offer training to journeyman and apprentice electricians and others in the Electrical Industry in Northwest Washington. Individuals who want to take any of the Electrical Continuing Education courses that we offer should visit our Journeyman Classes page. Participation in our apprenticeship programs is only for registered apprentices. Individals who are interested in applying for an apprenticeship must go through an application and selection process.
Applicants who want to better prepare themselves for the tasks to be evaluated for entrance into the apprenticeship program can take online classes to do so at ElectricPrep.com .
Listed below are apprenticeship programs we currently offer, along with guidelines for the application and selection process:
INSIDE WIREMAN - 5 YEAR, 8,000 HOUR PROGRAM
Inside Wiremen perform the installation and maintenance of electrical systems for commercial buildings such as schools, offices, retail stores, medical centers and warehouses; industrial projects such as oil refineries, paper mills, power plants, and manufacturing plants; as well as public works projects such as street lighting and water treatment plants.
Types of system installations include: electrical power and lighting, power distribution and metering , motor control, instrumentation and process control, building automation and energy management, and power generation - both conventional and alternative/renewable energy.
Requirements to complete the program are a minimum of 8,000 hours of supervised on the job training, satsfactory completion of the five (5) year Inside Wireman course material and acquisition of a Washington State General Journeyman Electrician license.
The classroom training is held during the day for forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday, in 1 week sessions spaced throughout the school year of September through July. First Year apprentices attend 5 class sessions and Second through Fifth Year attend 6 class sessions per school year. First Year apprentices also attend a 2 week "Boot Camp" session soon after registration, in which they learn the fundamentals of the trade. The apprentices can receive unemployment benefits while attending day school from the Employment Security Department. Dormitory facilities located at the Mount Vernon training center are provided for Wenatchee area Inside Wireman apprentices while attending classroom training at no charge.
LIMITED ENERGY / SOUND & COMMUNICATION TECHNICIAN - 3 YEAR, 4,800 HOUR PROGRAM
These technicians perform the installation and maintenance for all voice, data and video systems in commercial buildings such as schools, offices, retail stores and medical centers, as well as industrial projects.
Types of system installations include: telephone , fiber optic networks, data networks, fire alarm, nurse call, CCTV and security.
Requirements to complete the program are 4,800 hours of supervised on the job training and satisfactory completion of the three (3) year Telecommunications Installer/Technician course material.
The schooling is generally held on week nights from September through May, with a minmum of 165 hours per year .
RESIDENTIAL WIREMAN - 2 YEAR, 4,000 HOUR PROGRAM
Residential Wiremen perform the installation, maintenance and integration of various systems for the residential market in single and multi family dwelling units.
System installations include power and lighting, climate control, home automation, as well as telephone, computer, security, fire alarm and television wiring.
Requirements to complete the program include 4,000 hours of supervised on the job training, satisfactory completion of two (2) years of Residential Wireman course material and acquisition of a Washington State Journeyman Residential Electrician license.
The schooling is generally held on week nights from September through May, with a minimum of 165 hours per year.
MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN, NEON SIGNMAN AND SHOP ELECTRICAN - 4 YEAR, 8,000 HOURS
These specialized programs are provided based on employer need. Applicants generally are referred to the program by the employers. Apprentices in these programs attend the first four years of the Inside Wireman classroom training, along with other specialized training as needed.
NECESSARY ABILITIES TO BE AN APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN:
Must be physically and mentally able to safely perform, or learn to safely perform, essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accomodations.
Must be able to climb and work from ladders, scaffolds, poles and towers of various heights.
Must be able to crawl and work in confined spaces such as attics, manholes and crawlspaces.
Must be able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings.
Must be able to get to and from work at job sites anywhere within the geographical area that this apprenticeship program covers.
Must be able and willing to attend all related classroom training required to complete the apprenticeship. Applicants for Inside Wireman apprenticeship, if selected, will need to own a laptop computer, running MS Windows XP or above, and have access to the internet while away from the JATC training center in order to be able to access and complete the web-based learning components of their related classroom training.
Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL CLASSIFICATIONS:
Must be 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit.
Must be a high school graduate, or have a GED with a minimum score of 2,500 (250 under old testing method) or two (2) year associates degree or higher.
Must have taken at least one full credit of high school algebra, or its equivalent, and received a grade of "C" or better, or one post-high school algebra course equivalent to one full credit of high school algebra (General Math for Residential Wireman) or provide evidence of completing the NJATC Technical Math online course with a minimum score of 75%.
Provide documentation to verify legal working status, a condition of employment, per I-9 requirements.
Possess a valid driver's license.
Submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran.
Must reside in the geographic area of the apprenticeship program at the time of the application which covers the following counties in Northwest Washington: Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Okanogan Counties.
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Applicants for the Inside Wireman and Limited Energy/Sound&Communication Technician who have met all the above minimum qualifications will then be scheduled to take the NJATC-developed Aptitude Test for the Electrical Trades, which tests mathematics, reading comprehension and problem solving abilities. The test is generally given every other month in Mount Vernon and as necessary in Wenatchee. Applicants must score a minimum of 4 on a scale of 0-9 in order to be eligible for an oral interview by the JATC.
Applicants for Inside Wireman who can verify that they have worked a minimum of 4,000 hours specifically in the electrical construction industry, or who have received an Associates Degree in the fields of Commercial or Industrial Electrical or Instrumentation, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, issued by a public Community or Technical College in the State of Washington, will not be required to meet the educational and aptitude test minimum score requirements listed above.
Applicants for Inside Wireman who can verify that they have worked a minimum of 2,000 hours specifically in the electrical construction industry will not be required to meet the educational requirements listed above.
Applicants for Residential Wireman who can verify that they have a minimum of 2,400 hours of residential wiring work experience or have completed a Jobs Corp training program in the occupation of electrical construction will not be required to meet the educational requirements listed above.
Applicants for Sound & Communication Technician who can verify that they have a minimum of 2,400 hours of limited energy / sound and communication work experience will not be required to meet the educational and testing requirements listed above.
Applicants for Sound & Communication Technician who have completed a Jobs Corp training program in the occupation of telecommunications will not be required to meet the educational requirements listed above.
Applicants who are honorably discharged military veterans who have completed military technical training school in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) applicable to the electrical construction trade and can document at least 2 years of military experience in that MOS will not be required to meet the education and aptitude test minimum score requirements listed above.(must apply within 5 years from MOS experience)
HOW TO APPLY:
There is a required application fee of $50.00.
If you meet the above minimum qualifications, you may apply in person at the JATC training center located at 306 Anderson Road, Mt. Vernon, WA. Applications are accepted on Wednesdays only at the Mount Vernon JATC office at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. (excluding holidays)
If you meet the above minimum qualifications and are a resident of Chelan, Douglas, Grant or Okanogan County you may pick up an application request form at the offices of IBEW Local Union No. 191 in the Wenatchee Labor Temple located at 27 N. Chelan Street in Wenatchee, (509) 663-1163, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). You must then return the completed application request form, supplemental information sheet and application fee to the JATC Training Center at 306 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Upon receipt of the properly completed forms and application fee, the JATC will mail the application to you.
Applicants have sixty (60) days to provide all transcripts and any other documentation, required by the JATC, to qualify for an interview.
INTERVIEW AND SELECTION:
All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the occupation that they have applied for will be afforded an oral interview by the JATC. The interview committee wil be made up of representatives of labor and management. Each applicant interviewed will be given a numeric score based on the interview committee's judgement of the results of their interview and a review of the applicant's education, work history and test results. Interviews are generally held every other month in Mount Vernon and as necessary in Wenatchee, although special interviews may be scheduled based on need.
All interviewed applicants will be placed on an applicant holding list for the occupation and area for which they have applied, ranked by numeric score. Applicants will be offered apprenticeship off of these lists as the need for apprentices is determined by the committee, beginning with the highest score. Applicants will remain on the holding list for a period of two years from the date of interview, unless they accept or decline an offer of apprenticeship or ask to be removed, after which time they will be dropped from the list. They may reapply after this, or after 90 days, if they qualify for reinterview by taking at least two post-secondary industry related classes or working at least 450 hours in the electrical construction industry.
All applicants offered apprenticeship must first pass a drug and alcohol screen test, paid for by the JATC, prior to being registered as an apprentice in the program. All applicants for Inside Wireman who are offered apprenticeship must also first pass a physical examination, paid for by the JATC, prior to being registered as an apprentice in the program. Applicants who fail either of these tests will not be registered as apprentices and will be removed from the applicant holding list.
DOCUMENTATION OF PREVIOUS ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE:
In order to prove previous electrical work experience to qualify for an exception, or to request credit of hours of experience towards their apprenticeship, applicants must submit documentation of their trainee hours information from the Electrical Section of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or age, except the applicant must be at least 18 years of age to apply. The JATC does not, and will not, discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under applicable law and lawful regulations issued thereunder.