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Electrician Apprenticeship

About the Program

The Electrician Apprentice (ELC) Program consists of a series of technical core courses covering the required classroom-related instruction for people who wish to become journeyman electrical workers. The program requires a minimum of 800 hours of related instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Course Information

Electrician Apprenticeship Course Requirements (49 credits)

Number Title
  ELC-120 Introduction to Apprenticeship
  ELC-121 Electrical Theory and Code
  ELC-122 Lighting and Transformers
  ELC-123 Motors and Wiring Systems
  ELC-125 Safe Electrical Work Practices
  ELC-140 The Labor Movement 1865-1980
  ELC-141 Labor Movement 1975 to Present
  ELC-243 Alternating Current
  ELC-244 Electronics Circuitry
  ELC-245 Motor Control
  ELC-246 Power Controls
  ELC-247 Advanced Studies I
  ELC-248 Advanced Studies II
  ELC-249 Electrician Internship I
  WLD-180 Independent Study in Welding
  WLD-181 Special Topics Welding

General Education Course Requirements: (15 credits)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  ENG-103 Composition II
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  BUS-170 Intro to Organizational Behavior
  ELC-130 OHSA 30 and Disaster Response

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for the program need to go through a selection process established by the JATC Local Union 364. For more information, visit or call (815) 969-8484.

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages

Those who successfully complete the Electrician Apprentice Program are employed as residential or commercial wiremen, linemen, and/or advanced journeypersons.

Program Pathways

Students should meet with a Career Advisor to develop a clear academic pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with a Career Advisor.

Additional Information

Cooperative Partners Involved 

Both the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers recognize, sponsor, and support this program to provide the highly-skilled workforce necessary to meet customer needs and ensure job satisfaction for electrical workers.

Gainful Employment Program Requirements

Name & Number of Certificate Program: Electrician Apprenticeship (#9913)
  1. Length of Program in Months (based on FT status): 60 (2010-11 and 2011-12)
  2. Cost of Program (tuition/fees only)
    • 2010-11: $3,418
    • 2011-12: $3,964
  3. Additional Fees (program-specific): $0 (2010-11 and 2011-12)
  4. Estimated Cost of Books and Supplies (program-specific): $0 (2010-11 and 2011-12)
  5. SOC Code: 47-2111.00
  6. Job Placement Rate: 100% (2010-11 and 2011-12)