Inside Electrical FAQs

What is an electrician?

An electrician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with the knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential and other types of building facilities.

Why become an electrician?
Electricians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.

What is the apprenticeship program for electricians?
The apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom and on the job training over a 4 year period of time.

The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary training to earn the status of electrician. For completion, 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on the job training hours are required.

Apprentices who satisfactorily complete the requirements will be certified by the JATC and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. This committee sponsors, supervises and regulates the program. At the end of the training, the apprentice receives a Completion Certificate and will be allowed to sit for the Oregon Journeyman Electrician's Exam.

What pay can an apprentice expect?
The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 40% of the hourly rate of pay for electricians. The rate is determined by the JATC through a survey of those contractors participating in the program. This wage is reviewed yearly.