GREAT OPPORTUNITY AHEAD
It is an opportunity to make a living while earning a degree, gaining knowledge, and developing real-world applicable skills. It is a four-year Apprenticeship program registered through the Kentucky Department of Labor that consists of two components of training. On-the-job training is completed by the Apprentice working full-time with one of our contractors, and Related Training is completed through classroom and hands-on lab education. Your Apprenticeship will prepare you for a lifelong career in the Electrical Industry as an IBEW Journeyman Electrician.
Anyone who meets the basic requirements and qualifications of the program regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or age (a person 40 years old).
Yes. A felony will not exclude you from applying, or being selected for the apprenticeship. A felony may limit some employment opportunities such as schools, or government facilities.
Online applications are open periodically throughout the year. You will need a debit or credit card to pay the $35 processing/testing fee, a valid driver’s license, and a copy of your official high school transcripts or GED scores in PDF format. Application notice will be posted on the LEJATC website: loujatc.com.
When applications are OPEN, you will click the link on the application link on the homepage and follow the instructions
1 – Applicant completes online application form.
2 – Applicant submits required documentation within 30 days.
3 – Applicant is scheduled to take the Aptitude Test.
4 – Applicant is scheduled for an interview.
5 – Applicants are placed on a ranking list.
6 – Job placements are made as openings occur from the top of the eligibility list.
You need to be 17 years of age to open an application. To be accepted into the program you must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate or have your G.E.D., be able to document one full credit of basic high school algebra or higher math course with a passing grade of C or better and possess a valid driver’s license.
It will take 2-3 months to navigate the application process: application, aptitude test, and interview. After your interview, we place you on the ranked list of eligible-to-hire applicants. Holidays, economic conditions, and the demand for apprentices in the electrical industry also affect this process.
No experience in the electrical field is required to apply for the program. If you do have work experience or a trade school education in the electrical field, you should submit paperwork documenting this, and the JATC will evaluate your experience and possibly award credit towards your apprenticeship.
The Aptitude Test is a test instrument that measures an applicant’s ability in Algebra and Functions and Reading Comprehension which are essential to perform well as an electrician. Extensive research and actual Apprentice and Journeyman experience and data was employed into the development and ongoing validation of this test which is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Labor ETA, OATELS. The Algebra and Functions portion is a test of your ability to solve problems using algebra. The test has 33 questions with 46 minutes allotted to complete them. The Reading Comprehension portion is a test to measure your ability to obtain information from written passages. It contains four separate passages with a total of 36 questions. You are allotted 51 minutes to complete this portion of the test.
The JATC does not provide study material for the aptitude test, but our national training center does offer refresher courses. If you feel you may struggle on either the math or reading comprehension subjects, the Electric Prep online courses may be a useful tool to help you prepare. See the website for more information. http://www.electricprep.com
You may take the aptitude test again after a minimum period of six months has elapsed from your most recent test date as scheduled by the JATC. A new application must be filled out to be eligible for another test.
It is a ten to fifteen-minute interview in front of a panel of representatives from IBEW Local 369, the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center, and the National Electrical Contractors Association. Bring anything you would like the interview committee to consider. For example: cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, photos of your projects, etc. They will review your transcripts/documents and will ask you to answer four or five interview questions.
Once applicants are interviewed and placed on the ranked list, they shall remain active and subject to selection for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of the interview, unless they decline an offer, request to be removed from the list, fail to meet post-selection requirements or they are approved for a re-interview.
The number selected depends on the demand and attrition of the workforce. Classes have been as large as 220.
All applications are checked to verify compliance with minimum requirements. Those who qualify and who have submitted the required documents on time are eligible to take the aptitude test. Those who achieve qualifying scores are scheduled for an interview with the Apprenticeship Committee. Once interviewed, applicants will be given an adjusted (interview) score. Their score will be properly recorded in the record book where it shall remain fixed for a period of one full calendar year — unless they are properly ranked and selected at some time prior to the end of that year.
As work and jobs are available.
If you are accepted into the apprenticeship program, the JATC will place you with one of our sponsoring contractors when jobs become available. (Jurisdiction information)
Currently, there is no tuition, and books are covered as long as certain requirements are met. The JATC spends between $7,000 and $10,000 per year to train each apprentice. The Louisville Electrical Training Center is a non-profit organization. We are not in the business of making money from student payments. We are in the business of training the best Qualified Electrical Workers in the industry. An apprentice is, however, responsible for their school supplies, computer, work attire, boots, and tools.
The Trustees reserve the right to change or modify this policy at any time depending on the financial state of the fund.
If you are a Registered Apprentice in another IBEW/NECA Electrical Apprenticeship you can request a transfer by submitting a written request for transfer describing in detail the needs and reasons upon which the request is based to both your local JATC Committee and the Kentuckiana Electrical JATC Committee. The local Committee must approve the request, and our Committee must agree to accept the transfer. Send your request to your local Training Director and [email protected].
Yes. You would work a full-time 40-hour workweek, year-round with occasional overtime work available. You would also attend class one day every other week, 8 hours during the day, from August to June. Some modifications occasionally occur.
An apprentice is paid a percentage of what a Journeyman earns. The percentage is determined by the apprentice’s progress in training. Starting pay for electrical apprentices is currently $15.57 per hour for the first six months. Each Apprentice will receive a substantial pay raise after the successful completion of each year of the program. There are 6 raises during the program. At the completion of the apprenticeship, the graduate will advance to the journeyman level and be paid the full wage scale.
All apprentices are covered under the same health insurance and retirement pensions as Journeymen. Health insurance currently takes effect after approximately 211 working hours as an indentured apprentice
We have two facilities, one in Louisville and one in Lexington. Apprentices attend school one day every other week, for 8 hours during the day.
The electrical program covers the spectrum of residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installations. The curriculum includes areas such as Electrical Theory, Print Reading, Grounding, Controls, Communication Equipment, Testing Equipment, Pipe Bending, Structured Cabling, Voice and Data, and The National Electrical Code. Job Safety, First Aid, Job Site Management, and Supervision are also covered. The curriculum is registered with the State of Kentucky and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The curriculum is fully developed and constantly updated by a full-time staff at the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA). Each section of the curriculum is written and monitored by ETA personnel with actual experience and expertise in that particular field. The ETA is in constant contact with all the local JATC electrical apprenticeship programs throughout the United States & Canada in order to maintain and continue to improve the curriculum.
Yes, an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Ivy Tech is awarded after successful completion of apprenticeship plus additional General Education classes.
You must maintain a 75% GPA. Each case will be evaluated based on all circumstances. Apprentices that do not make reasonable progress are in danger of being terminated from the program.
Yes. Our School Certifying Official will work closely with the apprenticeship to submit all necessary paperwork.
Yes. Our participating employers require their workers to be tested (both scheduled and random) for substance abuse. Failing a drug test will result in serious penalties up to and including being terminated from the program.
Yes. We will help the apprentice process the required forms for any approved reimbursement expenses.
Wiremen and linemen work in different settings and environments. A wireman performs most of their duties inside buildings or homes. Their responsibilities may include working outside, or even without a roof if they are wiring a new home, but most wiremen spend the majority of their time indoors. They focus on individual power needs for residential homes or commercial buildings.
A lineman typically services an entire community or area at one time. They often work off the ground at great heights preparing towers and lines, although they can work in underground vaults installing telecommunications systems.
For more information about the Outside Lineman program, please call Chis Spivey with Local Union 369 at 859-252-8872.
In short, yes. Candidates with prior electrical training can get some credit toward their union apprenticeship. Include documentation of your experience within your application packet and your case will be reviewed by the training committee.