Inside Wireman Apprenticeship

Start a fulfilling and rewarding career as a Commercial Electrician as an Inside apprentice.

A career as a Union Commercial Electrician includes excellent wages, great benefits, and lifelong education. This career starts with an electrical apprenticeship at the Akron Area Electrical JATC. Start your professional career today by applying online.

What does an Inside Wireman Do?

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.

Types of Work

  • Electrical Power Systems & Lighting
  • Power Distribution & Metering
  • Motor Control
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Energy Management Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Backup Power Generation

About the Program

The Electrical Construction Apprenticeship Program of the Akron Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (AAEJATC) is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 306 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), North Central Ohio Chapter. It is a five-year program consisting of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction at the IBEW/NECA Training Center in Akron, Ohio. The apprenticeship program is registered with the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, and the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council. The AAEJATC is affiliated with the Electrical Training Alliance which is instrumental in the development of the curriculum and training offered to 276 JATC’s nation wide.

The five-year apprenticeship has six progressive pay periods. Advancement in a pay period occurs when on-the-job training hours, on-the-job performance, and related instruction have met the training requirements. Pay rates for apprentices are based on a percentage of the current journey-level worker’s rate. Currently, the starting wage is near $14.00 per hour. Healthcare begins after three to four months, and retirement pension begins after the first year of the apprenticeship.

To complete the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have received a minimumof 8000 hours on-the-job training and 900 hours of related training at the JATC. This means that apprentices will be typically working 40 hours a week with one of our contractors on top of two nights of technical instruction in the classroom. Apprentices are concurrently enrolled with earning credit towards an Associates degree in Technical Studies in Construction Electricity. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship issued by the State of Ohio recognizing the apprentice as a Journey-level Electrician. College credit is also awarded for successful completion of course work.

Program Details

5-year Program of Learning
Apprentices can obtain all essential knowledge and skills necessary for becoming a Journeyman Inside Wireman.

8000 Hours of On-the-Job Training
Apprentices train to proficiency in the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of various electrical systems on commercial and industrial job sites.

900 Hours of Related Study (minimum)
Apprentices will study theory, practices, and technical skills relating to all job tasks important to the Trade. Classroom time helps to reinforce the skills learned while performing them on-the-job.

Do I Qualify?

The following are minimum qualifications for the program:

  1. At least 18 years of age (or 17 years and a high school graduate at the time of application).
  2. Have a high school diploma, GED, associate degree, or higher degree.
  3. Have a qualifying score of ‘5’ on the electrical trade’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research. Applicants are scheduled for the aptitude test upon receipt of all required documentation.
  4. Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to get to any point within the Program’s geographical jurisdiction at any time. The jurisdiction is Medina, Portage, Summit, and Wayne counties.
  5. Have successfully passed a high school or post education algebra course.
  6. Must be physically able to perform electrical construction work.
  7. Have the legal right to work in the United States.

Applicants with bona fide Electrical Construction training and work experience may qualify for an oral interview solely by providing indisputable documented evidence verifying a minimum of four thousand (4000) hours in the trade. Please call the JATC for further information.

The Committee will interview only those who complete the application process within 45 days and receive a qualifying score on the aptitude test.



  • Filling out an online application on the AAEJATC Training Center Website. You will be asked to provide some information to request an account. Once your account has been approved, you will receive an email. With your approved account, you can go in and fill out the application. There is an application fee.
  • A sequential application number is assigned at that time of the application.
  • Submit (by mail or email) an official high school, college, and GED transcripts (If applicable) verifying meeting the educational requirements. Supporting high school transcripts must also be submitted for applicants with GED’s. However, copies of certificates for adult education courses and the like will be accepted for further review. For military training proof, an official copy of a DD214 must be uploaded or submitted.
  • Proof of being at least 18 years of age (or 17 years old at the time of application). An uploaded copy your current copy of your driver’s license is required for proof of age and driving validation.
  • Once we have your transcripts, you will be scheduled for an aptitude test and notified via email.
  • You must achieve a qualifying score of “5” on the electrical trade’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research. The AAEJATC will notify all applicants by regular mail for testing. This test can only be taken once within six months for all IBEW/NECA related programs. If you have taken the test for any other IBEW/NECA Program within the last six months, please notify this program of that fact; we will obtain the score and apply it to your application. Failure to do so may result in permanent disqualification.
  • If you pass, you will be scheduled for an in-person interview with our committee. You will be notified via email.
  • You will be scored on your interview and that score will be sent to you via email. This score is then placed on our ranking list for apprentice selection. When we select apprentices, we will do so right off the top of our ranking list starting with the highest interview score.

All documents become the property of the Akron Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and cannot be returned. Transcripts, documentation, or fees received after the deadline stated on the Application Process Checklist will NOT be returned.


Interviewing of qualified applicants is determined by the date that all parts of the application process are complete. Therefore, submitting all transcripts and documentation promptly is very important. It is advisable to call to check the online status of your application at least two weeks before your designated deadline to verify receipt of the necessary documentation.

Selection of apprentices to the Apprenticeship Program is based on qualification alone without regard to race, creed, gender, age, color, or national origin. The candidates selected for the Apprenticeship are determined by interview score, starting with the highest composite interview score. The Industry’s needs determine the number of apprentices accepted into the Program at that time. Interviewed applicants will remain on an active list, subject for selection, for a period of two (2) years from the date of the last interview.

Post selected applicants are required to pass a drug test, physician physical, and a background check. The AAEJATC bears the cost for this.

Apprentices will be required to pay for administrative fees for each year of the apprenticeship. The current fee is 1,000 dollars and must be paid before starting the class year.

Complete copies of the Registered Standards, Affirmative Action Plan, Selection Procedure, and Collective Bargaining Agreement are available for review on request. Copies of the Job Description for Inside Wireman are also available on request.


The Akron Area Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin — except the applicant must meet the minimum age requirement in administrating of its educational policies, admission policies and other school-administered programs.

For preparation with the application process and information for future IBEW electrical workers, visit

Transitioning Military

Individuals with military technical training, a Military Occupational Specialty applicable to the electrical construction trade, and documentation for a minimum of two years military experience in that MOS will qualify for an oral interview with other qualified applicants

The Akron Area Electrical JATC Apprenticeship programs qualify for GI Bill tuition assistance. Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to determine your individual qualifications.

Set for Life

After going through the IBEW-NECA program, you’ll be trained in all aspects of the electrical trade, reaping the benefits of a job that pays well, is always challenging, and that offers the security of long-term employment with a comfortable retirement.

Program Benefits

  • Earn While You Learn
  • A Career with a Future
  • Excellent Wage Rate
  • State-of-the-Art Training
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Paid Health Insurance
  • Guaranteed Pension Benefits
  • Pride and Dignity






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