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Apprenticeship Training

Earn while you learn
If you're interested in a career as a professional electrician, this five-year program is for you. An electrical apprentice learns the skills of the trade through:

  • On-the-job training, working alongside an experienced journeyman. And you earn a wage while you do it.
  • Quality classroom instruction on your way to becoming a true craftsman.

Invaluable on-the-job training
On-the-job training is with a local contractor, working a regular 40-hour week or more.

  • Wages start above $14 an hour for first-day, first hour apprentices.
  • 5% wage increase after your first 1,000 hours of on-the-job experience
  • 10% wage increase for each year of training you've completed.

Better wages and great benefits
Each step of the apprenticeship program is based on a percentage of the Journeyman Wireman wage rate. Upon completion of five years of training, you will receive the Journeyman rate, which is over $29 an hour.

From the moment you start your apprenticeship, your employer pays into a family health insurance plan and a national pension plan. At the beginning of the second year, you qualify for an additional defined contribution pension plan.

Progressive program
The Waterloo Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee administers this program - the largest electrical training program in Iowa. The JATC has won national acclaim for its level of training above all other programs and providing the most productive construction electricians across our country.

Minimal investment
The only cost for the apprentice is for books each year. Book fees run from $500 the first year to $500 for each following year.

Quality classroom training
Local 288 sends its apprentices to a training center throughout the five-year program. The employer-paid training program pays for a hotel and meals while you're at the training center.