The NJATC’s goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the mostly highly trained, certified, and highly skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the NJATC develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today’s global market economy.
In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to
true craftsmanship. Quite often some local training committees provide special classes
with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.
There are four specialty areas where you will find electrical workers. These four
areas are best described by the type of work done in each of those areas.
- Outside Linemen are
the electrical workers who install the distribution and transmission lines, that
move power from power plant to a factory, a business, or your home.
- Inside Wireman are electrical
workers who install the power, lighting, controls and other electrical equipment
in commercial and industrial buildings.
- VDV Installer Technicians
are electrical workers who install circuits and equipment for telephones, computer
networks, video distribution systems, security and access control systems and other
low voltage systems.
- Residential Wiremen
are electrical workers who specialize in installing all of the electrical systems
in single-family and multi-family houses or dwellings.
Each of the four types of electrical work share common skills and knowledge. Each
also has other skills and knowledge, which are specific to that particular area
of work. Because of these differences, each type of work has a different apprenticeship
program associated with it. Basic requirements for becoming an apprentice in any
of the programs are similar, however. The following requirements are typical for
individuals applying to be accepted into an IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training
Program (JATC) or IBEW/NECA Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJATC).
- Minimum age 18
- High School Education
- One Year of High School Algebra
Qualifying Score on an Aptitude Test
- Drug Free
Each local JATC or AJATC may have additional requirements and provides training
for electrical workers in a specific geographical area. Applications must be
made to the JATC or AJATC in the area where you reside.
The NJATC has developed an interactive CD-ROM and four video tapes, which provide
additional information about the four areas of training in the IBEW/NECA apprenticeship
programs. Click here for more information,
to view portions of these items or to order these items.
The CD-ROM includes
video clips showing basic qualifications, completion requirements, on-the-job training,
classroom training, typical job sites and career opportunities. You can also get
information about the aptitude test, used by many JATCs; and the interview, which
will provide you with the opportunity to meet the committee and enter the program.
Each of the four video tapes
focuses on a particular area of work. There are video tapes for Outside Lineman,
Inside Wireman, Installer Technician and Residential Wireman. Each of these tapes
not only shows examples of work being done, but also includes information about
opportunities in electrical construction, and information about how you can apply
for an apprenticeship position.
Cost: $15.00 per tape
order your copy of the CD-ROM or any of the four video tapes, please click here to download the PDF format order form
and mail your check or money order to the NJATC with the completed form.
Training centers are located throughout the USA & Canada.
Click the link below to search your area.