About Our Program

The WMEJATC training program is a collaborative effort of IBEW Local 275 and the West Michigan Chapter of NECA, our signatory contractors.
 
We are part of a national training program through the Electrical Training ALLIANCE which is the oldest, largest, and best electrical training program in the country.
 
The apprentices in our program are assigned to an employer to work full time earning a good living while they attend school part-time to pursue their journeyman status.  Apprentices also have employer-paid healthcare and employer-paid pension contributions.
Though part-time, the school work is quite challenging and there are homework assignments that are done online as well as exams to prepare for.
 
Our Inside Wireman Program is a 5-year apprenticeship consisting of at least 8000 hours of on-the-job training and over 800 hours of classroom instruction.  Entry-level apprentices generally begin with at least 1000 hours as a Construction Wireman which gives them an opportunity to prove themselves prior to entering the next class as an Inside apprentice. 
 
It is a very rewarding career and a good alternative to college for those that are a good fit.  You must enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, be mechanically inclined, enjoy physical labor indoors and out, not be bothered by heat or cold, and be able to work off ladders and similar heights.
 
 
Above all, you must be dependable and able to commute anywhere in our jurisdiction to various job sites as needed.

Helpful Links

US Dept. of Labor Career Info-Electrician

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Construction-and-Extraction/Electricians.htm

 

 

Some information here may not apply directly to our program this is used as a general referance

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