Electrical Apprenticeship

Prairie Electric

April 9, 2021

Portland, OR


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Thinking about a career as an electrician but aren’t sure where to begin? You should consider an electrician apprenticeship. It’s the perfect way to get grounded in the basics of electrical contracting work and the electrical industry as a whole.
And the future looks bright, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who report that “employment of electricians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increases in construction spending and demand for alternative energy sources will drive demand for electricians.”
If you’re 18 years old and have a high school diploma (or GED), you can get started on your electrical training right now. Take a look at job opportunities on this page. Chances are people applying for these jobs have done an apprenticeship at one time or another with a local outfit.
You can be the next in line to benefit from an excellent electrical education that puts you right on the path to a stable job with good pay and great benefits.
And with so many students paying so much for schooling, it’s nice to know there is a career path that leads to a well-paying job but doesn’t drown the student in debt along the way. In fact,
Electrical Apprentice
To become an electrician, you’ll start as an apprentice. It takes hard work and dedication because you’ll be working and studying. It’s the best kind of on-the-job training, though, especially since apprenticeships are paid!
As we discuss in a piece we wrote on becoming an electrician, training as an apprentice lasts four to five years, “and it includes troubleshooting and diagnosing problems, both of which improve with experience.”
As you begin to familiarize yourself with electrical systems and the electrical trade, you’ll find yourself on the fast track to being a licensed electrician. Many nationally recognized companies are looking for electrical workers — including Prairie! We work throughout Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees)
Prairie partners with Portland’s local JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees) to administer the apprenticeship program. Here’s what you’ll get as part of your training:

8,000 hours on-the-job training
576 hours of classroom training
Semi-annual wage increase
Certificate of Completion
Referral to the State General Journeyman Electrician exam upon completion

As for pay while an apprentice electrician, you can expect to earn more than $21 an hour by year four. After that, depending on the type of electrical work you do, you may begin to earn a wage in the mid-$30-an-hour range plus benefits.
Keep an eye out for job alerts and job postings for openings for careers in the electrical field once you have completed your electrical apprenticeship. As we mentioned, many national electrical contractors can provide a sort of top-notch training center for you.
Come work at Prairie Electric
Going to be graduating high school soon? Great! Give us a call.
Prairie Electric conducts all personnel actions without discriminating against any person regarding race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, family relationship, mental or physical disability, status as a Vietnam era/disabled/or another eligible veteran.
Prairie further strives to diversify its workforce and encourages employees to recruit qualified minorities, women, Vietnam era/disabled/and other eligible veterans, and persons with disabilities who can perform, with reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the job.
After submitting your completed application to employment@prairielectric.com, it will be forwarded to the appropriate hiring manager for review.
If your experience is a fit with the requirements of the position you will be contacted for an interview. Questions? Call us @ 360-573-2750. Thank you for your interest in Prairie Electric!

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