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The apprentice combines on-the-job work experience with classroom training. The classroom training takes place 2 nights a week. Apprentices in both our Plattsburgh and Watertown programs would be assigned to one of our local electrical contractors (click here to see who LU 910 contractors are). As you learn by doing, you are also paid directly by the contractor with whom you are employed.
The pay structure for our apprentices is based on a six (6) period system (click here to see Our Wage Page). Our first year students start out as first period apprentices. After 1000 hours of on-the-job (OJT) training, and satisfactory progress in the classroom, you would then move up to the second period (or second year). After the successful completion of your first year classroom training and 2000 OJT hours, you would move up again to third period. After the third period, apprentices would advance with each successful class year completion combined with 1500 OJT hours.
Upon passing the 5th year in the classroom and completing 8000 hours of OJT, you would be granted Journeyman Wireman status. At this point, you would be awarded IBEW Journeyman papers, as well as a New York State certificate qualifying you as a Journeyman Wireman.
Because the electrical workers are construction based work schedules can vary dramatically from one project to another. The typical work schedule is Monday thru Friday 7am-3:30pm but many projects require employees to work swing or graveyard shifts. In addition since the industry is construction based there will be periods of unemployment but the average electrical apprentice in our jurisdiction works approximately 1700 hours per year.
Electricians plan, diagram, install and repair electrical fixtures, apparatus, and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuits and breaker panels. They measure, cut, bend, thread, assemble and install electrical conduits, and pull wire through conduit. Electricians test circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components.
The work is indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions; therefore apprentices may stand for long periods of time.