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 individuals 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 Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is not just a job, but a career opportunity! It is occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices usually begin at half the salary of journey workers - those who have completed their training and have industry certification. Apprentices 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 industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves. 

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.

How do I receive my on-the-job training?
fter registering as an apprentice, you´ll be assigned to an employer who is registered as a training agent with the committee. Such "training agents" have promised to provide the on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards. The employer evaluates progress and makes recommendations to the apprenticeship committee regarding your advancement in the program. 

How do I apply for an apprenticeship program?
Individual apprenticeship committees take applications for their program. They advertise that they are accepting applications through an opening announcement. Announcements contain the details about the application process. When the Area 2 Inside Electrical program is open for applications, you can find the opening announcement, opening dates, and application here. 

How long must I wait for an opening to apply or add additional documentation to an existing application?
The waiting period from the date an application is filed to placement in an apprenticeship program varies by industry. It can last from two weeks to two years. This is a competitive process and it's not unusual for people to have to wait for an opening to apply or add documentation to existing file.

What is the selection process for applicants?
The apprenticeship committee reviews applications to make sure the applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the program. If an applicant is qualified, the application is ranked by an evaluation of past experience and education. The applicant is placed on a qualified list, called a pool of eligibles, in order of their ranking. If you do not meet the minimum qualifications or if your application ranks low on the pool of eligibles, contact the committee to find out what you can do to improve your chances and try again. Employers use the list to fill apprenticeship vacancies as they become available. Some committees allow direct entry into the program under certain circumstances. Information about a committee´s selection method is included on the opening announcement for the program.

Are there age limits for apprentices?
For acceptance into the Area 2 Inside Electrical program, an applicant must be 18 years of age within 45 days after the closing application date.

What are the minimal educational requirements for apprenticeship?
The Area 2 Inside Electrical program requires a high school diploma or GED Equivalency Certificate OR the completion of an Associate degree or higher from a state accredited educational institution. The program also requries the completion of one year of high school Algebra, Integrated Math II or an equivalent with a grade of C or higher OR the submission of equivalent math placement scores. You can read more about the program's educational requirements here. 

Can I use veterans' benefits as an apprentice?
If eligible, an apprentice may use veterans' benefits while registered in an apprenticeship program. Contact your local Veterans Administration office or call 1-888-442-4551 for more information.

If I already have an employer who wants to hire me, can I bypass the application process?
No, The JATC does not place individuals in the program based on intents to hire. All interested individuals must apply, and when your application gets into the Ready for Employment list, then the employer can hire you.

Can I start apprenticeship school while I am waiting to get into the apprenticeship program?
No, classes are for registered apprentices only.

For more information on apprenticeship and the State's definition of terms, please see our Apprenticeship Glossary.