A qualified Candidate will be looking for a Career, not a Job.
A successful apprentice will learn on the job and in a classroom. The apprentice needs to learn the trade while being a productive member of the team by contributing to the success of the job. This includes but is not limited to:
- Anticipate what will be needed and take initiative – don’t always wait to be told what to do
- Work hard – but think; engage the body and mind
- Work with a limited amount of direction
- Be willing and able to ask questions if you are not sure what to do or the directions are not clear
- Find ways to be productive while you wait for further instruction or are unsure what else to do (if all else fails sweep, clean up, organize, etc.)
- Maintain safe working practices (if unsure of these – ask; If you feel unsafe – say so)
- Report unsafe work environments or practices to your supervisor
- Set goals each day and challenge yourself to improve
In this role you will:
- Participate in a Department of Labor approved Apprenticeship program consisting of on the job training and college courses and work towards obtaining your Journeyman’s license.
- Install conduit, wire, Romex and devices according to blueprints and shop drawings.
- Understand electrical theory and learn the electrical code.
- Install site and temporary lighting as well as fixtures.
- Work with control wiring, transformers, and equipment connections
- Learn how to install fire and security alarms.
- As you gain experience, you will be expected to take on more responsibility by completing tasks with less direction and supervision – to apply what you have learned. You will be asked to plan and organize your own work and may eventually begin to train and supervise others.
Upon successful completion of four years in the trade, apprenticeship schooling, and the required examination, journeyman status is obtained.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Have appropriate hand tools for the job (see tool list)
- Have dependable transportation to get to and between jobsites during the day
- Some travel may be required – we go where the work is, sometimes traveling 1-2 hours or further to get to a job
- Enroll in and successfully complete electrical apprenticeship classes
- Physical fitness and strength – ability to frequently carry at least 75 pounds of conduit and/or work materials.
- Able to work comfortably at heights – ladders, scissors lifts, etc.
- Have a high school education or GED
- Ability to see and identify colors; read signage; read and follow blueprints, mechanical drawings and written instructions; and hear job-related communication in loud environment
- Appearance appropriate for job site (no offensive exposed tattoos or clothing)
This position requires significant physical fitness, strength and hand strength including the ability to lift and move at least 75 pounds multiple times per day and operate the tools associated with the job. The candidate needs to be able to balance, stoop and bend, often working and lifting overhead. You will at times need to carry bulky, difficult to balance loads such as large ladders and large conduit, often up multiple flights of stairs or ladders. You are sometimes required to perform strenuous manual labor such as digging with pick ax and shovel. Significant hand strength is required, with twisting, gripping and sometimes repetitive motions, using tools such as screwdrivers, hand cutters and pliers. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position often requires work under difficult conditions including but not limited to: rugged environment (construction sites, outdoors in various types of weather, mechanical rooms, ovens, freezers, meat processing, sewage treatment and other plants), repetitious and at times menial work (digging, sweeping, installing light fixtures or electrical outlets), restrictive environments per customer requirements (for example: no smoking or tobacco products). You often need to work at heights, sometimes 25 feet or more, and on various types of ladders and lifts. The nature of construction jobsites and industrial plants is inherently dangerous and safety rules need to be learned and followed. The position requires working with multiple supervisors (moving from job to job or task to task) under various conditions.
While the physical requirements are demanding, this is a field with many positives. The work involves much variety, in type of work, locations and supervisors. This is a highly skilled field with many interesting challenges, room for advancement and tangible results. You spend most of your time in physical activity, often outdoors and working in a team environment. For those who are suited to this work, it is an exciting and fulfilling career.