Apprenticeship

Application Information for the Electrical Apprenticeship

There are three electrical apprenticeship programs:

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship

Telecommunications Installer-Technician Apprenticeship

Residential Wireman Apprenticeship

Applications are offered throughout the year:

Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 11:00am & 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Required Documentation:


*All documents must be submitted on the date of application*

Inside Wireman Program:

  • $30 to apply – This is a non-refundable fee.
  • Current driver’s license and one additional form of government issued ID (Birth Certificate, Passport, Military ID, Social Security Card, etc.)
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Official transcripts verifying one full credit of an algebra course. (GED scores do NOT meet this criteria) You may substitute NJATC Online Tech Math class
  • Copy of DD214 (If you were in the military)
  • Those accepted will be required to clear a background check. For the background check, you will be required to provide the addresses you resided at for all states that you have lived in for the past seven years.
  • Those accepted will be required to submit results of physical examination and drug screen.



VDV Program and Residential Program:

  • $30 to apply – This is a non-refundable fee.
  • Two forms of government issued ID (Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Military ID, Passport, Social Security, etc.)
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Copy of DD214 (If you were in the military)
  • Those accepted will be required to submit results of physical examination and drug screen.


Application Process:

After you submit all of the required documentation you will be given an application to be completed on site at our training facility. Once you complete the application you will be scheduled for the mandatory aptitude test. The test will consist of basic algebra functions and reading comprehension. You will be given sample questions to take home with you after completing the application. If you think you need additional assistance with the aptitude test, an on-line prep course is available. Please see ElectricPrep.com.

The JATC will interview applicants that receive a passing score on the aptitude test. You will be notified of your exact interview date & time via email and regular mail. If you choose to submit letters of recommendation or any other records showing additional education or related training, they must be submitted to the front office no later than one week prior to your scheduled interview.

At the interview you will be scored by four individuals from our industry. You will be asked basic interview questions about how you have handled situations in your life that are relevant to occupational success. They will want to know the situation, what you did, and the result, when you were faced with these situations in the context of work, school, or at home.

After the interview, the scores you receive from each member of the committee will be compiled and you will be placed on a list of eligible applicants based on your average score (Please note: the list will be adjusted when new interviews take place). Names are taken from the top of the list when new apprentices are accepted into the program; in order for the JATC to accept a new apprentice, there must be work available. Once placed on the list, you will remain eligible for a maximum of two years. If you are not accepted within that time, your name will be removed from the list and you would be eligible to re-apply if you are still interested in the program.

Background Check Information (Inside Wireman Program Only):

After you have taken the aptitude test and been interviewed, and if you receive a ranking sufficient to meet selection requirements, a background check will be conducted. Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify an applicant from being accepted. Every applicant identified by the screening as having been convicted of a felony in the past seven years will be individually assessed by the committee. If the committee determines an applicant unsuitable for the program, they will have 10 days to demonstrate that the exclusion should not apply. Please see our full Background Check Policy for more information.

What Does It Take To Become An Electrician?

First and foremost, it takes hard work and discipline. Work ethic and work attitudes are both essential elements of becoming a successful electrician. During your apprenticeship, you will be expected to work at least 40 hours a week while attending class one night a week.

Being an electrician can be physically demanding. You would be expected to be on your feet for a lot of the day, manipulate heavy conduit, and to work in difficult places like on ladders or in small spaces. You could work in a variety of conditions, from outside, where you’re exposed to harsh weather, or in cramped places. Your work is potentially hazardous as well, as you may be exposed to electrical shocks, falling from scaffolding, or being cut with sharp tools. You would have to adhere to strict safety guidelines and be alert at all times.

With experience and expertise, electricians can be eligible for advancement to positions of greater responsibility. They might become supervisors, managers, or superintendents. Some may even start their own business as a contractor.

Whatever your goals might be, remaining focused and disciplined is the key to making it work.

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