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The inside wireman electrical apprenticeship program teaches a person how to be wiremen, commonly known as electricians. Electricians perform a variety of electrical work on mostly commercial and industrial buildings. They need a combined 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and over 1,000 hours of classroom study in order to reach journeyman status.

Not likely. We are usually one of the first to arrive on a job and the last to leave. One day you could be working inside a high rise building and the next you might find yourself running conduit outside in a ditch. Our members work on all types of electrical systems and equipment, which you could find both inside and outside of buildings.

The program is a five-year program consisting of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and over 1,000 hours of classroom training.

Apprentices will need to pay for their books and online courses, plus a $150 tuition fee, yearly. The cost of books and online courses varies from year-to-year. 

Apprentices receive assignments to one of our many signatory contractors where they work alongside a journeyman electrician. From the start, apprentices receive livable wages through a pay schedule while they learn the trade. As they advance through the program, they will receive raises in pay. Apprentices will also receive excellent healthcare and retirement benefits once they begin their apprenticeship.  

You will receive an assignment to work for one of our many signatory contractors, who will send you to a specific jobsite.  Local 743’s jurisdiction covers Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties.  Most jobs are in either a commercial or industrial atmosphere.

An inside wireman, or electrician, installs and maintains electrical systems in all types of facilities such as commercial office buildings, schools, petrochemical plants, oil refineries, power houses, hospitals and all types of manufacturing plants. The type of work may include electrical power and lighting systems, power distribution systems, motor control and programmable logic controllers, building automation systems and manufacturing systems.

The apprenticeship school year usually runs from September to May. Classes are normally held two nights a week for three hours each night. Your class nights may vary.  Some have class Monday and Wednesday nights, while others attend class on Tuesday and Thursday nights. There are also some mandatory weekend classes. All classes are held at our training facility, located at 20 Morgan Drive Reading, PA 19608.

JATC stands for Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The committee is made up of eight members, four from the union side and four from the contractor side.  This committee oversees all aspects of apprentice and journeyman training.