What is an Apprenticeship Program?
Apprenticeships are an industry sponsored program that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction for people who are interested in entering a trade. An apprenticeship is not an internship. Internships are often short-term and are generally unpaid. Apprenticeships are an “earn while you learn” proposition: apprentices get paid for their work during the day and see wage increases as they progress through the program.
The Twin Ports Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is a 5-year Inside Wireman training program with standards approved by the State of Minnesota. Our program requires that each indentured apprentice receives a minimum 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in the electrical construction industry under the supervision of a journeyman electrician. During the course of their apprenticeship, each apprentice is rotated on a yearly basis to a new contractor. This gives the apprentice the opportunity to receive varied experiences during their apprenticeship. The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is responsible for all placements with contractors. While in the Training Program, apprentices are required to attend 900 hours of classroom related instruction.
What is an Inside Wireman?
Inside Wiremen install conduit, electrical wiring, fixtures, and electrical apparatus inside commercial buildings and in a multitude of industrial settings. Major duties for Inside Wiremen include:
- Planning and Initiating Projects
- Establishing Temporary Power during Construction
- Establishing Grounding Systems
- Installing Service to Buildings and Other Structures
- Establishing Power Distribution within a Project
- Planning and Installing Raceway Systems
- Installing New Wiring and Repairing Old Wiring
- Providing Power and Controls to Motors, HVAC, and Other Equipment
- Installing Receptacles, Lighting Systems, and Fixtures
- Troubleshooting and Repairing Electrical Systems
- Installing and Repairing Traffic Signals, Outdoor Lighting and Outdoor Power Feeders
- Installing Fire Alarm Systems
In performing these duties, Inside Wiremen must use many different kinds of tools, ranging from simple one and two-hand tools (such as pliers, screwdrivers, and cable-cutters) to power assisted tools like electric drills and cable pullers. They occasionally operate heavy equipment such as trenchers and aerial lifts.