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Apprenticeship Training at the
Houston Electrical Training Center
All apprentices will be assigned to work 40 hours per week for our sponsoring contractors with the possibility of working overtime when necessary. Apprentices will also attend school one night per week between 6 pm and 10 pm. Occasionally, the apprentice must attend an extra class on another weeknight or on a Saturday.

Being accepted into the apprentice program is akin to receiving a scholarship. Someone else will be paying for the majority of your training. In addition, you will receive good wages, raises, medical benefits, and retirement benefits.
When determining who will receive our scholarships, wages, and benefits, we look for individuals who:
Are responsible
Can work productively
Are motivated
Can follow instructions
Can think clearly and logically
Can work with others in a crew
Have mechanical aptitude
Respect their superiors
Have a good attitude


About the
Electrical Apprentice Program

The Electrician’s job is to distribute and connect the customer’s electrical equipment to the power source provided by the Power Company. He installs and maintains the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. This equipment includes lighting and receptacles, motors, heating equipment, control systems, and generators, just to name a few.

The electrician installs conduit systems from motor control centers or panel boards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. These conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards in a neat and workmanlike manner.

The Inside Wireman’s work varies; one day we are installing Fire Alarm or Security systems in a multi-story building and the next day installing conduit in a ditch outside of the building. Electricians also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants and power plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and infrastructure systems. While there are many tasks associated with the Electrician classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary for an individual to perform these tasks in a professional manner.
Requirements to Apply
Each applicant will be scheduled for an apptitude test consisting of reading comprehension and algebra. The test is scored from 0 to 9. Any applicant who scores a 5 or higher on the Aptitude Test will be interviewed for possible apprenticeship.

Applicants must:
Be 18 years of age or older
Have Graduated High School or Received a GED
Have One Year of High School Algebra or equivalent
Be Drug Free

You must provide:
Official Copy of High School Transcript
Transcript must have either an embossed
stamp or be in a sealed envelope
Valid Drivers License
Social Security Card
GED if applicable
DD214 if military veteran

You will be notified by mail of your interview date and time approximately 3 weeks after you pass the aptitude test. (If you have a change of address or phone number, please contact us with your new address or phone number.)

At the interview:
Dress Attire: Dress nice business casual (you do not need to wear a suit) Don’t be late

Our interview committee will consist of members representing the contractors and union. These are individuals who you will be working for (contractors) and working with (union). They have the responsibility of looking for the best possible candidates for our apprenticeship program.

The committee will consider your scholastic background, reliability, interest, judgment, attitude, cooperativeness, as well as other personal traits. Each interviewer will consider your qualifications and will give you a score between 0 and 100. Your actual score will be an average of all who are interviewing you. That score will determine your rank on the applicant list from which we offer apprenticeship. All scores will be kept on active file for a period of two years from your interview date.

All new apprentices will be picked by their rank on the active applicant list. If the JATC needs 10 new apprentices, they will be the top ten on the list. If the JATC needs 20 new apprentices, they will be the top 20 on the list.

You must meet the following qualifications before being indentured:
You must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade.
You will be required to successfully pass a drug screen test when being hired by a sponsoring contractor.

Apply For the Apprenticeship Program
All Electrical applicants must apply in person at:

Electrical Training Center
108 Covern Street
Houston, TX 77061

Electrician apprentice applications are accepted on Wednesdays, from 9:00am to 11:00 am or from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.