Welcome to the West Michigan Electrical JATC Website!
The West Michigan Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is a collaborative effort between IBEW local 275 and the West Michigan Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
We offer a five (5) year apprenticeship which leads to the status of Journeyman Inside Wireman. During the apprenticeship each apprentice will attend a minimum of 900 hours of classroom instruction (180 hours per year) as well as accumulate 8000 hours of on-the-job experience and training.
We also offer a 4 year Construction Wireman (CW) program which is competency based. Most people will begin their apprenticeship in this program as selection is done throughout the year as demand for manpower requires. Those in the CW program may then request a transfer to the AIW program the next June. Those staying in the CW program will complete 8 competencies as they advance. Completion of this program leads to Construction Electrician status.
Both the Journeyman Inside Wireman and the Construction Electrician programs are registered with the United States Dept. of Labor. It is also possible to transfer between programs for those that qualify.
We also provide continuing education for our journeyman, such as Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure, Instrumentation, 1st Aid/CPR, and many more.
SEE APPLICATION SCHEDULE LINK ABOVE.
Applications must be done in person at our office. Applications are taken daily (Monday thru Friday) at the JATC office in the Local 275 office building in Coopersville. They are taken from 8:00 to 11:30 am, and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. There is a $25 application fee payable by cash or check only. Resumes are encouraged. Due to vacations, sick days, etc. it is always a good idea to call ahead to be sure the office is open on the day you would like to apply. PLeae note:
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a high school graduate or possess a GED (must provide proof-bring diploma or GED certificate at time of application), have a current Michigan driver's license (local residency required - be sure your license reflects your CURRENT address) and be physically capable of doing the job. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Those applying will be scheduled for an aptitude test which is given quarterly (March, June, September, and December). The test covers Algebra and Reading Comprehension. See the link below for more information regarding the test content.
Those passing the test will qualify for an interview with the Committee. The interviews are also held quarterly (January, April, July, and October).
Selection for our program is competitive. While it is only necessary to meet the minimum qualifications and pass the aptitude test to qualify for an interview, to score well during the interview you must stand out from the pack. If you are thinking of becoming an electrician, what have you done to prepare yourself?
Some of those interviewing have attended area Career Tech Centers while in High School and taken electrical or construction programs. Some have served in the military, many with electrical or electronic training and experience.
And others have prior electrical or construction work experience, union or non-union.
So, if you are just thinking of entering the trade, ask yourself what will make you stand out when interviewing? What have you done to demonstrate to our selection Committee that you are ready for a spot in our program?
Also, we need people that are RESPONSIBLE. That means individuals that can be at work every day (within reason) and on time. People that are self-motivated and hard working. You must also be able to work well in a team environment and follow directions. If you struggle in any of these areas, this will not be a good fit. On the other hand, if this is you (honestly) and you have set the table for yourself by demonstrating an aptitude for the trade, then we want to hear from you!
Inside Wireman job description
Preparing for the Aptitude Test
US Dept. of Labor Career Info-Electrician
It is the
sincere desire of the WMEJATC to present an up-to-date and superior program of training for all apprentices enrolled in our programs. The Committee functions with the knowledge that apprentices
who are being trained today are to become the journeyman of tomorrow.
The employers particpating with the WMEJATC are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, veteran status, disability or age in accordance with State or Federal laws.