About the Apprenticeship Programs

Inside-Commercial/Industrial Apprenticeship ProgramInside-Commercial/Industrial Apprenticeship Program

Inside electrical construction work involves layout, assembly, installation, and connection of all electrical apparatus, equipment, fixtures, and wiring used in electrical systems. During this five-year program, students attend 1000 hours of related trade classes and receive credit from Cuyahoga Community College. These credits can be used toward a two-year associates degree. Apprentices complete a minimum of 8000 hours of on-the-job training with signatory electrical contractors and, upon completion, receive a journeyman certificate.

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Residential Apprenticeship ProgramResidential Apprenticeship Program

Students spend three years in the Residential Apprenticeship Program learning to install power, communication, and security systems according to local codes and standards. They will work on houses, condominiums, some apartment buildings, and some assisted living facilities. During this three-year program, students attend 480 hours of related trade classes. We hope to soon be able to offer college credit for these classes also. Residential apprentices complete a minimum of 4800 hours of on-the-job training with signatory contractors and, upon completion, receive a residential wireman certificate.

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General Apprenticeship Information

Job Description Apprentices will layout, assemble, install and hook up all electrical apparatus, equipment, fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems on maintenance, renovation and new construction projects. Possible installation, connecting, and troubleshooting of electrical machinery, control devices, industrial equipment, and signal communications systems.

Employers Electrical contractors affiliated with IBEW Local Union 573. Contractors are not necessarily based in the Warren area. All job assignments should be viewed as temporary because there is no guarantee of continuous employment. Electricians do not have “seniority or tenure”. This is a very independent industry; there is no “employment security”.

Working Conditions Physical strength and agility are an absolute necessity for the kinds of work that are performed. You must be willing to work in all types of weather as much of the work is performed outdoors.

Jurisdiction Reliable transportation is an absolute necessity. Local 573’s jurisdiction covers most of Trumbull County and parts of Ashtabula, Mahoning, Portage, and Geauga counties. There is no travel compensation within Local 573’s jurisdiction.

Training Length of apprenticeship is either three or five years, depending on the program. On-the-job training is provided through the Electrical Contractors. Classroom instruction is provided approximately two nights a week during the evening.

Wages The rate of pay for apprentices is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between Local 573 and the Contractors. Apprentice pay is based on a predetermined percentage of the journeyman’s pay rate.

Fringe Benefits There is a Health and Welfare plan which your employer contributes to, on your behalf. After a probationary period, there is a Pension program that is also contributed to, on your behalf, by the employer. There are no paid holidays, sick days, vacations, etc… When you work, you get paid. When you don’t work, you are not paid.

Competition During a given selection period, 50 to 100 applications are received. Dependent upon demand, selection and placement of apprentices is limited to between 5 and 15 people.

Cost You are required to purchase your own work clothes and work shoes. There is an administrative fee of $250.00 per semester due before the start of each semester of school every year. There are two semesters in every year of school.