|Our Apprentice Wireman Program
IBEW and NECA sponsor our five year program to provide motivated men and women the opportunity to learn a meaningful trade by working in the field under the supervision of a skilled craftsman, and by attending related classroom training. Apprentices receive an excellent wage rate, paid health insurance, state-of-the-art training, advancement opportunities, and guaranteed pension benefits. In return the apprentice commits to participating in a professional manner by arriving at his/her work assignments on time every day and participating in classroom training.
Apprentice electricians perform work indoors or outdoors in dirty, hot, cold, and wet environments. Apprentices sometimes work in ditches; confined, awkward, and dusty spaces; and a great variety of other uncomfortable places. Work is sometimes strenuous. Apprentices may stand for long periods of time and frequently work on ladders and scaffolds. Injury from electrical shock, falls, and cuts must be avoided by adhering to strict safety procedures.
The apprentice is assigned to an electrical contractor in the state of New Mexico (and may have to travel long distances within the state) where he/she works with a Journeyman Electrician in the field who helps train the apprentice in performing a variety of services/duties related to electrical systems. Most assignments are a standard 40-hour week, although overtime may be required. Apprentices are taught to work with blueprints, following the National Electrical Code, as well as local and state electrical code/regulations, as they learn to install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems in a commercial/industrial setting. The duties performed include installation or maintenance of electrical circuits, boxes for electrical switches and outlets; connecting wire to circuit breakers, transformers, or other components, connecting motors to electrical power, installing electronic controls for industrial equipment, and installing electrical conduit.
Related Classroom Training
Class sizes are small, providing for a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:12. This allows teachers to get to know students individually, interacting with them on a one-to-one basis as necessary. Tutoring is available as needed for students who may struggle with certain topics or concepts within courses.
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