Apprenticeship Programs

What is Apprenticeship?

The apprentice learns the skills of the trade through on the job training, working alongside an experienced journeyman who passes on the skills that he or she has learned over the years. In addition to the on the job training, the apprentice receives related classroom instruction that produces competency and pride that leads to becoming a true craftsman.

Another true advantage to apprenticeship is you earn while you learn. Apprentices start earning a livable wage as soon as they start working. They receive pay advancements throughout their apprenticeship based on performance.

The Portsmouth JATC Electrical Training Center offers a five-year apprenticeship program that includes training for commercial and industrial; teledata; and residential markets. 

Why become a Union Electrical Worker?

  • Earn while you learn
    Why pay high tuition costs when you can earn while you learn! Apprentices start earning a livable wage as soon as they start working. They receive pay advancements throughout their apprenticeship.
  • Great employment opportunities
    The industry employs over 650,000 electrical workers and 70,000 electrical contracting firms and produces an annual volume of over $95 billion.
  • State-of-the-art training
    Our goal is to provide the highest quality training in the electrical industry. Apprentices are provided trade related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. And, Union programs graduate about three times as many apprentices to journeyman status as do non-union programs.
  • Equal opportunity for all
    Enrollment of minorities in union apprentice programs is about three times the number enrolled in non-union programs, and there are four times as many women enrolled in union training. Graduation rates of minorities and women from union apprentice programs are three times that of non-union programs. The all-trades graduation rate for union apprentice programs is 82.2 percent, compared with 17.8 percent for non-union programs.

Career Opportunities

Inside Wireman

The Inside Wireman's job is to distribute and connect the customer's electrical equipment to an outside power source. The Inside Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. This equipment may be lighting and receptacles, to motors, to heating equipment, to systems that control the operation of all of a facility's energy usage.

The Inside Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panel boards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.

The work of an Inside Wireman can vary. One day the Inside Wireman could be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit in a ditch on the outside of the building. Inside Wireman also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary for an individual to perform these tasks in a professional manner while helping the individual to sharpen his or her skills and abilities to be the best workers in the electrical construction and maintenance industry.

Teledata Work

In addition, you will acquire teledata skills that include the installation of low voltage cabling that is used for video, voice and data or other low voltage signaling.

While most installations are in buildings that are partially or fully enclosed to protect from sun, wind and rain; these installations are often installed before air conditioning, heat or permanent light fixtures have been installed in the buildings. Many jobs, however, are in existing buildings or offices; and some work may be outside under varying weather conditions.

Backbone voice and data cables are routed between the entrance facility, where communications signals enter a building: to equipment rooms and telephone rooms. Voice and data horizontal cables are routed between telephone rooms or equipment rooms and individual workstations throughout the building.

Equipment rooms often contain energized equipment such as hubs, file servers or telephone switches. These devices are configured and connected to the communications network that serves the building, and must not be interrupted as a result of work performed by unqualified workers or those only partially trained.

You will learn to install voice and data outlets at workstations. In addition, you will install punch down blocks and cross connects in telephone rooms. These may be wall mounted or rack mounted, and must be grouped and identified according to specific installation standards. Whether the work is in new construction or in existing office or manufacturing space, the IBEW-NECA craftsman takes pride in the work he or she has and can performed.

The JATC partners with the major manufacturers in the video, voice and data industry to assure training in the latest technologies including training for manufacturers warranted installs.

Residential Work

Residential work includes the installation of the systems that distribute power from the point of entry in a building to the equipment within a building that uses that power. As technology continues to grow, and houses place more and more demand on their electrical systems, the tasks associated with residential work have also grown and evolved. Today's homes are now being equipped with computer networks, energy management systems, security systems, fire alarm systems as well as the standard power distribution systems to lights and receptacles throughout the home. You will learn the background knowledge and the skills necessary to make these systems work for today's homeowner.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age at time of selection.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
  • Must have completed one full year of high school Algebra or one post high school Algebra course.
    (College, Adult Continuing Education, Community College etc.)
  • Must complete and return application form with the following: 
    • Copy of birth certificate
    • Proof of valid drivers license
    • Copy of high school diploma
    • Copy of high school transcript
    • Transcripts or completion certificate from any other training (College, Military, etc)
    • Individuals with military experience, provide copy of DD-214
    • Provide proof of any electrical experience (W-2's, check stubs, 1040's, etc.)
    • Provide a minimum of two references who are non-family members
    • Resume (optional)
  • Must attain a qualifying score on apprenticeship selection aptitude test, those taking the aptitude test will be charged a $30.00 processing and handling fee, payable by check or money order by the test date.
  • Must present or sign a statement that he or she is physically able to perform the tasks required by the electrical construction industry. (applicants selected will be required to submit to a physical scheduled by the apprenticeship committee)
  • Must pass a drug-screening test.
  • Must have resided within the committee's jurisdiction* one year prior to making application.


In the State of Ohio: Adams, Fayette, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties. Deer Creek, Perry, Pickaway, Salt Creek and Wayne Townships in Pickaway county. Clinton, Eagle, Elk, Harrison, Jackson, Richland and Swan Townships in Vinton County.

In the State of Kentucky: Fleming, Greenup, Lewis and Mason Counties.   

All applicants are received and reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

Portsmouth JATC's Training Facility

24 Gingersnap Rd.

Portsmouth, OH 45662
Phone: (740) 289-2099
Fax: (740) 289-5846


IBEW 575 Chillicothe Office

946 E. Main St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: (740) 772-2131