Electrical Apprenticeship Paths

Introduction to the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs

...you could go to work as a journeyman’s apprentice and start earning money on your very first day. Your classes are paid for by the very paycheck you earn while you learn.

The information about the two electrical apprenticeship programs on this website comes from the Cleveland Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Trade School. The program is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 38 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Greater Cleveland Chapter.

This information reflects apprenticeship training and wage specifics for Northeast Ohio. There are a total of 16 IBEW training centers located all over the state. For information about an electrical apprenticeship program in your area, visit: https://www.ibew.org

About Electrical Apprenticeships

The majority of our programs consist of training in the installation of wiring and equipment located on private property. 

What’s a day in the life of an electrical worker like? Every day is different – it’s one of the best things about this job. It’s a very flexible job with flexible hours!

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Program Benefits

  • Apprenticeship classes and training during the program are provided at no cost to the student. The student may be expected to cover the cost of registration and learning materials – normally less than $900/year. Some apprenticeships also qualify for college credit!
  • Earn from 30% to 80% of the journey-level wages negotiated under the Collective Bargaining Agreement apprenticeship program
  • Normally gain union benefits after 120 days in the program
  • Receive on-the-job training with experienced journeymen
  • Learn from seasoned instructors with years of field experience in their respective fields
  • Pursue a college degree during the apprenticeship program
  • Receive certification (State of Ohio registered electrical apprenticeship completion) in the particular course of study selected

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Five-Year Program Details

Your training will prepare you for different types of jobs that may include many new and different challenges, working with your hands and your mind. Much of the work involves:

  • Installing, assembling, testing, repairing and layout
  • Design of electrical wiring, fixtures, and apparatus used for power, light, heating, air conditioning, and many types of control systems

Telecommunication Apprenticeship Program Benefits

  • The three-year apprenticeship is divided into six periods. Advancement in period and increase in pay rate is based on satisfying the previous period’s requirements for on-the-job training hours, on-the-job performance, and related instruction.

  • Pay rates for apprentices are based on percentage of the Installer-Technician’s rate of pay, starting at 55 percent in the first period, then increasing each period up to 90 percent in the sixth period.

  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes health care and pension covers the apprentice once he or she becomes eligible.

Telecommunications Apprenticeship Three-Year Program Training

The work of Telecommunications Installer-Technicians can be divided into broad categories such as:

  • New construction
  • Remodeling
  • Maintenance and repair


What You Will DO

During a career as a Telecommunications Installer-Technician, you may be involved in many different types of job. Much of the work involves:

  • Installation
  • Assembling
  • Testing Repairing, and
  • Layout…

…of telecommunications equipment and apparatus used for voice, video, data, and many types of control systems.

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