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.