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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.

What Do Electrical Workers Do?

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.
How Can I Become An Apprentice?

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).

  1. Minimum age 18
  2. High School Education
  3. One Year of High School Algebra
  4. Qualifying Score on an Aptitude Test  
  5. 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.

How Can I Get More Information?

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.
Cost: $10.00

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

To 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.


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