Most people think we wire houses. Residential wiring is work we perform; however most of our work is performed in industrial/commercial environments. Most work is performed outdoors where it is hot and cold. Electricians install conduit from ½ inch to 6 inches in diameter, which in the bigger sizes is just plain hard work. Electricians also perform work on some very high towers and in ditches where it may be very muddy and wet.
How are apprentices selected?
When your completed application, non-refundable application fee of $25.00, and all necessary paperwork are received by the JATC, you will be sent an invitation to take an aptitude test. This test is pass-fail. Passing the aptitude test qualifies you for an interview with the JATC Committee. The JATC Committee is comprised of six members, three of whom are IBEW Local 32 members and three are representatives of local electrical contractors. These individuals will conduct interviews and grade applicants.
Each member of the JATC Committee scores each applicant during the interview process and the six individual scores are averaged. Your averaged score determines your placement on the selection list and will remain on the list for two years, after which you will need to repeat the application process. There is a possibility that you may be asked by the JATC Committee to attend some classes or meetings before you start work or school.
How will I know if I pass the proficiency test?
All correspondence is done by mail so it is very important that you notify the JATC immediately of any change in address. You will receive notification in the mail of your test results and instructions on reapplying to the program if you do not pass the test. If any of your personal information changes such as your phone number or name you provided at the time of application, it is your responsibility to report the changes to the JATC office.
Is there a cost for the schooling apprentices receive?
No. All apprentices are required to sign a reverse student loan agreement. The reverse student loan agreement is a document stating that since we are providing you five years of apprenticeship schooling at little or no cost to you, we would like you to remain with us for at least five years after becoming a Journeyman. Should you decide to leave the program during your apprenticeship, if your apprenticeship is terminated, or you leave the program prior to five years after becoming a Journeyman, your reverse student loan agreement will be forfeited.
What are the additional costs for the apprenticeship program?
There are no additional costs. Both schooling and books are free.
What are the expectations of the LJACT during apprentice schooling?
The general expectations of the school are very strict. We expect you to maintain perfect attendance, earn passing grades, conduct yourself in a professional manner, and dress appropriately when attending class. The JATC monitors attendance, grades, work performance/technical ability, and conduct on a regular basis. Penalties are imposed on apprentices that fail to meet the criteria established by the JATC for program participants. Additionally, the JATC reserves the right to terminate any apprentice from the program at any time provided there is just cause to take such action.
Will I be paid for the hours I attend classes?
No, apprentices are not compensated for attending mandatory classes.
What if I have previous experience?
If you have prior experience, you may qualify for advanced placement. This information would need to be submitted to and reviewed by the JATC once you are selected to participate in the program.
Can I earn a degree if I complete the apprenticeship program?
Yes. The Ohio Board of Regents has determined the JATC apprenticeship curriculum meets college course requirements. You would be eligible to receive up to 45 college credits (quarter credits) for completing the five-year program. The credit is accepted and transferable by all public colleges and universities in Ohio. Apprentices are encouraged to pursue a two-year technical degree during the five-year program.
When do I become a union member?
After you have worked a minimum of 2,000 hours you will become a union member. When you become a union member you are required to pay an initiation fee and begin paying union dues. The first 2,000 hours or one year (whichever is greater) is a probationary period. During this time you can leave the program on your own or the JATC can terminate you from the program provided there is just cause to take such action.
Will the JATC conduct a background check?
There is a drug test, a background check, and a medical physical that need completed before you can be hired. The JATC pays for these. The medical physical from your physician is necessary to determine if you are able to perform the type work of our trade.