Apprenticeship has been the preferred method of passing essential skill sets from generation to generation since the beginning of history. Apprenticeships, like society, have changed and evolved along with technology. Modern exceptional quality apprenticeship programs bring not only highly recognized industry specific credentials but also college degrees. Lima Electrical JATC apprenticeship programs are a joint effort between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Modern apprenticeship consists of two key and equally important elements: On-the-job training under the watchful eye of a master craftsman; and related classroom instruction performed by skilled, qualified instructors delivering a meaningful curriculum in a nurturing environment.
On the job training provides the apprentice with the skills required to become a master craftsman. The Lima Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee places an apprentice in a carefully monitored on the job training assignment with an employer. On the job, the apprentice is teamed with a journeyman, one who has the skills, knowledge and attitude to impart all critical skill sets. The apprentice’s scope of work is virtually unlimited; if it involves the practical use and application of electricity, it is fair game.
Related classroom training provides a strong foundation in safety, construction theory, electrical theory, codes and systems. This education provides the apprentice with skills and knowledge to have a working understanding of all electrical systems. With the many rapid advances in technology, this course work furnishes a firm footing toward comprehending and mastering the myriad new systems, equipment and apparatus that continues to challenge today’s electrician. The curriculum is rigorous and based on a national award winning program developed by the electrical training ALLIANCE.
Lima JATC’s apprenticeship program is highly structured, highly recognized, in high demand, and has clearly demonstrated that it is the most cost effective way to train qualified craft workers.