Apprenticeship is not just a job, but a career opportunity! It is an occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices usually begin at half the salary of journey workers, and receive pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks. When they become journey workers, they increase their chances of finding a well-paying job in the electrical industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves. Apprentices can also earn credit towards an associate degree at a community college for classroom hours or for the completion of an apprenticeship program. At IEC of Oregon, we offer Area I Limited Energy and Area II Inside Electrical apprenticeship programs, which you can read about in more detail below. For more information on apprenticeship, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The Area I Limited Energy apprenticeship program is a 2- or 3-year program designed to give students the experience and training necessary to earn the status of "limited energy technician." It is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training gained through instruction at Clackamas Community College in Wilsonville, OR and work experience with approved training agents (employers).
This program covers the geographic area of Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill counties in the State of Oregon.
These standards also cover Clark County in the State of Washington for notification purposes under the terms and conditions of the reciprocal agreement.
This apprenticeship leads to the Limited Energy Class B Technician license. Limited Energy Class B Technicians install, maintain, replace and repair electrical systems and equipment of under 100 volt-amperes, including communications systems (data telecommunications, intercom and paging) and specialized control systems (HVAC, medical, boiler, clock and instrumentation).
This work is performed indoors and outdoors and requires standing, bending and reaching in cold, wet conditions, in confined crawl spaces and at heights. Tools include electrical metering devices, cable pulling devices, electrical hand tools, soldering tools, hammers, drills and side cutters.
This apprenticeship leads to the Limited Energy Class A Technician license. Limited energy Class A technicians install, maintain, replace and repair electrical systems and equipment of under 100 volt-amperes, including protective signaling systems (fire alarm, nurse call, security), communications systems (data telecommunications, intercom and paging) and specialized control systems (HVAC, medical, boiler, clock and instrumentation).
Limited energy electricians work indoors and outdoors. The work requires standing, bending and reaching in cold and wet conditions, and working either in confined crawl spaces or at heights. Tools used include: electrical metering devices, cable pulling devices, electrical hand tools, soldering tools, hammers, drills and side cutters.
This apprenticeship leads to the General Journeyman Electrician license. Inside electricians perform electrical installations, construction, maintenance, repair and service. They work on electrical construction projects ranging from single-family residences to state-of-the-art industrial plants. They install conduits and wire lighting, switches, converters, and complex computerized systems.
Electricians work outside in the mud, dirt, cold, sun, rain and snow; inside homes and climate-controlled modern offices; and in clean rooms in hospitals and manufacturing plants. The work requires standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling, and reaching and working in cramped spaces or on ladders and scaffolding. Hazards include falling, electric shocks, burns and falling objects.