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Old 08-07-2019, 12:29 AM   #1
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Hey guys. My local Electrical JATC will be accepting applications for Wireman Apprentices at the end of September and I am considering applying. I read up on the criteria required for the application and I meet all prerequisites (HS Diploma, 1 year math, etc). I am in my early 20's, with no construction or electrical experience, but have some college education and many years of full-time work experience. I was wondering what my chances are of getting into IBEW and starting as a Union Apprentice. Thanks in advance
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:06 AM   #2
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You meet the requirements, your chances are as good as any.
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Your chances would be better if you had some experience in the trade, but it's not unheard of that a greenhorn gets accepted. What you should do in the meantime is read anything, and everything you can find on electrical theory. And brush up on your trig.
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Old 08-07-2019, 09:09 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard @Gratealex8!

1. Apply to every electrical contractor in your area for a helper/apprentice job.

2. Use the search feature here and read the plethora of threads on getting an apprenticeship/joining a union.

3. Don't come off as too cocky "Grate Alex"!


Best of luck in your new endeavor!
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Thanks guys. I'm in Vegas and I hope the competition isn't too stiff. I'm a very quick learner, excellent at math, and sociable. I suppose I'll just go for it!
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Good luck on that, and I mean that sincerely.

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Apply Apply and Apply. Being green should help not hurt. Reading comprehension and algebra.
Joe, I had no idea trig was on a JATC application exam?

Alex. Do you know anyone in the local you are applying to? Can be quite helpful.
But there is plenty work and you should hopefully be just fine. Kill the interview, blow em out with your math skills and maybe get a little experience while you wait for the interview. Good Luck and keep us posted on how things go.
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My math and reading comprehension skills are definitely above average and I believe I will score highly on the Aptitude Test. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that is a member of the local out here. I believe that once they see my potential and desire to learn and excel, they may extend an opportunity to become part of the family. One concern I do have is the amount of work that electricians consistently have out here. I have read about long periods of time where many guys will be laid off. Basically, there isnt much job security. I don't know if that's a Vegas thing, or a general struggle with being an electrician. I called the local JATC and they said that the amount of hours apprentices receive each week vary and that the in-class training is not paid for. Obviously I need to make a living wage to support my wife and I, so that is a worry. Thanks for the feedback so far everybody, I appreciate it.
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