Careers In Construction


Electrician (Updated June 2009)


Electricians install new wiring in newly-constructed industrial, commercial and residential buildings. They also repair and maintain the wiring in existing buildings. The scope of work for the journeyman electrician also includes working with various systems and infrastructures; machine-tool wiring, heating, ventilation & air conditioning systems, telephone, data voice, fiber optics, lighting systems, fire alarm systems, temperature and motor controls, energy management and security alarms.

Length of Apprenticeship:


VDV (Voice/Data/Video): Three (3) years.

  • Apprentices receive a minimum of 180 hours of classroom training each year.
  • Apprentices are required to receive 4,800 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Classroom instruction will be held one 8-hour day every two weeks from June – May.

  • Residential: Three (3) years.

  • Apprentices receive a minimum of 180 hours of classroom training each year. Classroom instruction will be held one 8-hour day every two weeks from June–May.
  • Apprentices are required to receive 6,000 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Classroom instruction will be held one 8-hour day every two weeks from June – May.

  • Commercial: Three (3) years.

  • Apprentices receive a minimum of 180 hours of classroom training each year. Classroom instruction will be held one 8-hour day every two weeks from June–May.
  • Apprentices are required to receive 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Classroom instruction will be held one 8-hour day every two weeks from June – May.

  • Wage Information:


    VDV (Voice/Data/Video): Three (3) years.

    Period 1 (up to 800 hours): 40% of technician’s rate
    Period 2 (801 to 1,600 hours): 50% of technician’s rate
    Period 3 (1,601 to 2,400 hours): 60% of technician’s rate
    Period 4 (2,401 to 3,200 hours): 70% of technician’s rate
    Period 5 (3,201 to 4,000 hours): 80% of technician’s rate
    Period 6 (4,001 to 4,800 hours): 90% of technician’s rate

    Residential:

    Period 1: 45% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 2: 50% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 3: 60% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 4: 70% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 5: 80% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 6: 90% of Residential Wireman wage

    Commercial:

    Period 1: 45% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 2: 50% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 3: 55% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 4: 65% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 5: 80% of Residential Wireman wage
    Period 6: 90% of Residential Wireman wage

    The following applies to Residential, Sound and Commercial Electricians, unless otherwise noted.

    Benefits:


    Health and Welfare, Pension, Annuity and Vacation (A.A.S.) Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electrical Construction Technology from and area community college. (Commercial Only)

    Basic Requirements:


  • Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. (a copy of G.E.D. required prior to application period.)

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, prior to application period.

  • Must have two semesters of algebra (high school or college, equivalent to Algebra 1) with a minimum of a “C” in each semester, completed prior to application period.

  • Must be a resident of the jurisdiction of IBEW Local #176 for one year (Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Bureau, LaSalle, Iroquois, Henry, Ford, Stark and Putnam Counties) prior to application.

  • Have acceptable physical health as determined by a physician, including drug testing, to be able to safely perform the tasks of a construction electrician.

  • Evidence of a qualifying grade on an aptitude test as prescribed by the JATC.

  • An non-refundable application fee of a twenty-five dollar money order (only), made out to the JATC, must be submitted at the time of application.

  • Working Conditions:


    Electricians work both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:


    Mathematics, electrical theory, blueprint reading, electronics classes, science, communications, shop, vocational and reading comprehension.

    Abilities:


  • Must be able to work in confined spaces and at high levels.

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects and be in good physical condition.

  • Must have a good attitude and be able to work well with people.

  • Work Experience: (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with any type of construction or electrical work, and a good work ethic would be beneficial.

  • Entry Process:


  • Complete application at I.B.E.W. #176 JATC.

  • Take and pass a general aptitude test.

  • Take and pass an oral interview.

  • Take and pass a physical exam, including a drug test.

  • Names of applicants who pass the above tests are placed on eligibility list according to scores.

  • Contact:


    I.B.E.W. #176 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
    1110 N.E. Frontage Road
    Joliet, Illinois 60431
    Phone: (815) 741-2758′


    Coordinator:


    Tom Proffit

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