What does the Apprenticeship Look Like?

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PROGRAMS

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship

The work of a commercial electrician (Inside Wireman) can be divided categories such as new construction projects, remodeling existing complexes, maintaining electrical equipment, and repair and service work. While each aspect of the job is different, the mental and physical skills required along with the education of a properly designed apprenticeship program prepares you for this entire range of work. As a commercial electrician, you will likely be involved in many different types of jobs presenting rewards and challenges. You will be working continuously with your hands installing, assembling, testing, repairing, planning, and designing electrical apparatus used for power, lighting, and many types of systems. Due to the nature of the work, good math and reading skills are essential. The trade, at times, requires considerable physical effort for lifting, pulling, carrying materials, climbing ladders, and carrying and operating tools.

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Residential Apprenticeship

A Residential Wireman is a skilled craftsman who specializes in wiring houses, apartments, and similar dwelling units of residence. Daily, a residential electrician will be doing physical labor installing cables, electrical services, underground conduit, and electrical devices. Being a Residential Electrician requires a level of intelligence to visualize installations while complying with the National Electrical Code, project budgets, and customers desires in a safe and productive manner. Mechanical aptitude, reading comprehension, and strong math skills are necessary attributes to have a successful apprenticeship and lifelong career. This work will take place on new construction projects as well as existing dwellings.

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TESTIMONIALS

“The JATC program helps me learn the more refined, technical aspects of what I’m learning in the field to help solidify my skills and back up my training.”.
Nathan L.
The training programs are second to none. This is a great opportunity to start a lucrative career with plenty of room for growth.
Martin H.

Traditional college was not for me. With the help of Local 306, I was able to learn a trade to support my family: residential electric. Thanks to the Commercial Apprenticeship that I am currently enrolled, I will be able to further my electrical career.

David M.
In the apprenticeship I will be given the opportunity to learn many things in the classroom and through on the job training about the electrical trade. It will set me up for a career as a skilled and knowledgeable electrician where I can make good money, have great health benefits and look forward to a prosperous retirement with the union pension.
Mike G.

Our Partners

Providing the most rigorous electrical apprenticeship programs requires the support of many organizations.

A Special Thanks to our local supporting partners. We encourage you to support these local businesses as they have helped support your success in our field.

Our National Supporting Partners provide support for electrical Apprenticeship programs on a national level. We thank them for their support!

ABOUT US

The Akron Area Electrical JATC delivers the highest quality of training through the combined efforts of our membership and contractors. The JATC committee, full-time staff, and the instructors commit hundreds of hours administrating the apprenticeship programs to meet the training standards set forth by the Ohio State Apprentice Council and the Department of Labor. With out the unselfish efforts of all of these participants, the JATC would not be able to train the labor force of tomorrow.

MARTIN HELMS
MARTIN HELMSTraining Director
Martin Helms is the Training Director for the Akron Area Electrical JATC in which he administers registered electrical apprenticeships and continuous education for journey level workers for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 306. He has over 20 years of experience in the electrical and construction field and has fulfilled this capacity as a student worker, apprentice, journeyman, foreman, military, engineer, and instructor. Martin’s current educational credentials include being a nineteen-year veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer Two, an associate degree in Applied Science in Electrical Maintenance from Stark State College in 2014 and an Akron Area Electrical JATC apprentice graduate of the Inside Electrical Program in 2010. His drive and accomplishments would not be possible without the support of his awesome wife and their four children.
STEVE MANGUS
STEVE MANGUSTraining & Education Coordinator
Steve Mangus is the Training and Education Coordinator for the Akron Area Electrical JATC. Steve is an instructor for both apprentices and journeyman, helps design and build new hands-on labs, and develops new curriculum. Steve graduated from the Akron Area JATC apprenticeship program in 1994 and has been a Foreman on many jobs in Akron and surrounding areas. Before he started the apprenticeship, Steve graduated with a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from the National Institute of Technology. After graduation from NIT, he was hired as an Electronics Technician for Revco Drug Stores where he traveled to many states installing and repairing pharmacy computers and cash registers. Steve has been married for thirty-two years and enjoys life with his wife and three children.
MATTI-LYNN CHRISMAN
MATTI-LYNN CHRISMANIndentured Operations Administrative Assistant
Matti-Lynn is the Indentured Operations Administrative Assistant at the Akron Area Electrical JATC where she keeps record of each apprentice’s progress, journeymen training, and other data related to the success of our organization. Matti is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Public Communication and a BFA in Musical Theatre. She spends most of her time adventuring outdoors or participating in theatre events/shows. Fun fact about Matti: she has two cats she rescued from a local shelter. One of them is a blind cat who loves to cuddle, and the other is a shy girl who loves to hide.
Barb Schaible
Barb SchaiblePre-Indentured Operations Administrative Assistant
Barb Schaible is currently the part-time receptionist for the Akron Area Electrical JATC where she speaks to customers, takes applications, answers phone calls and keeps up on day to day tasks in the office. Barb has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and comes to us from Virginia where she worked at the University of Richmond. Barb and her husband are avid bicyclists and enjoy spending weekends exploring the local bike trails. She also enjoys knitting and spoiling her two dogs, Chip & Bruno.

Our Local Contractors

Below is a list of our superb electrical contractors who are signatory to IBEW local 306 and partner with the Akron Area Electrical JATC for their training needs, membership education, and apprentices.

ADVANCED ELECTRIC
P.O. Box 6104
Akron, OH 44312
330-733-4488

ANR ELECTRIC
3783 State Rd.
Akron, OH  44319
330-644-4454
www.akronelectriccompany.com

B.I.S.
1481 Exeter Rd.
Akron, OH  44306
330-773-9191
www.bisedge.com

BLANKS ELECTRIC
25 S. Van Buren Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-745-0568

CASEY ELECTRICAL
478 17th Street, NW
Barberton, OH 44203
330-807-4877

CNE Electric
924 Manitou Ave.
Akron, OH 44305
330-604-5602
www.cneelectricalcontractors.com

DIES Electric
643 E. Tallmadge Ave.
Akron, OH 44310
330-253-9959
http://www.dieselectric.com/

J.W. DIDADO ELECTRIC
1033 Kelly Ave.
Akron, OH 44306
330-374-0070
www.jwdidado.com

EMERY ELECTRIC
2080 Case Parkway South
Twinsburg, OH 44087
330-650-1918
www.emeryelec.com

FINE LINE COMMUNICATIONS
2305 East Aurora Rd.  Suite A-10
Twinsburg, OH   44087
330-998-6743
www.finelinecomm.com

FOUR STAR ELECTRIC
3200 Greenwich Rd.   #39
Norton, OH 44203
330-825-7111

HAYWOOD ELECTRIC
3750 Summit Rd.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-745-0021

HILSCHER-CLARKE ELECTRIC
441 Munroe Falls Rd.
Tallmadge, OH  44278
330-414-8510
www.hilscher-clarke.com

LAKE ERIE ELECTRIC
1888 Brown St.
Akron, OH 44301
330-724-1241
www.lakeerieelectric.com/

NOVATNY ELECTRIC
955 Evans Ave.
Akron, OH 44305
330-630-8900
www.novatny.com

SPEELMAN ELECTRIC
358 Commerce Rd.
Tallmadge, OH  44278
330-633-1410
www.speelmanelectric.com

THOMPSON ELECTRIC
32 Northmoreland Ave.
Munroe Falls, OH 44262
330-686-2300
www.thompsonelectric.com

WITCHEY LIGHTNING ROD
2145 Wall Rd.
Rittman, OH 44281
330-352-3351

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