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June 18, 2024

What to Expect From An Electrician Apprenticeship

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An electrician apprentice is a student and a professional combined as they complete their education while on the job. This approach is necessary so apprentices can learn from industry experts, such as master electricians and journeymen. Here is more information about what to expect from an electrician apprenticeship:

Electrician Apprenticeship Program Options

Electrical work is complex and requires training that takes approximately four years. Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) in the Greater Cincinnati area offers certified, accredited electrician apprenticeship programs. Only programs that are government-certified can certify someone as an electrician. Employers typically pay apprentices for their hours worked or cover their program costs while enrolled. IEC offers evening classes so apprentices can maintain their on-the-job training schedule during the day.

IEC of Greater Cincinnati also offers a youth program where high school students can get a head start on their electrician careers. Students must be at least 16 years old and obtain their school counselor’s approval. If your school offers a work-based learning program, discuss your options with your counselor.

Apprenticeship courses can include common code violations and compliance, electrical calculations and assessments, business structure and assets, and other electrical training. IEC’s programs provide over 144 classroom hours each year in addition to your on-the-job training hours. An apprentice can transfer earned credits to a college if they decide to continue their education in a collegiate setting. Accepted hours will depend on the institution you choose. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that IEC apprentice graduates earn up to 46 semester hours of college credit upon completion. This may help make earning a college degree more affordable, and it emphasizes IEC’s dedication to lifelong learning.

Program Requirements

Requirements to get into the apprenticeship program include submitting an application on the website, taking and passing the math assessment, and getting hired by an IEC member contractor. Prior experience is not required to enter the apprenticeship program, but you will need your high school transcript or GED certificate and a valid driver’s license. Tuition costs are generally covered by the contractor you are working for, but apprentices are expected to cover textbook expenses.

Career Opportunities After an Apprenticeship

Almost everyone entering the professional electrical field will start out as an apprentice. The path you take after apprenticeship completion is up to you. Some common career path options include:

  • Journeyman Electrician/Master Electrician
  • Safety Manager/OSHA Compliance Facilitator
  • Administration/HR/Office Management
  • IEC Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Foreman/Mentor
  • Field Superintendent
  • Business Owner/Entrepreneur
  • Estimating and Pre-construction
  • Educational/Training

Electrician careers may offer benefits in addition to a paid apprenticeship. Depending on the company you work for, these benefits can include paid vacation, healthcare, retirement plans, and performance incentives. Your benefits may also cover continuing education opportunities.

Become an Electrician

The demand for electricians is double the average for other jobs, meaning going into an electrician apprenticeship can help promote job security. IEC can get your apprenticeship started with hands-on training, connections to contractors in the area, and certified programs recognized nationwide. If you’re interested in a career in electrical work, discover how IEC’s network and training can help you achieve your goals.