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January 17, 2022
Interested in Apprenticeship


Apprenticeship, the "original four year degree" , has been used around the world for centuries as a means of training skilled craftpersons. It is an "earn while you learn" program where you are paid to learn a trade or occupation. Apprenticeship combines paid work experience working for employers under the supervision of journey-level workers, known as On the Job Training (OJT) combined with classroom training dealing with the technical details of the occupation, known as Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI).
Apprentices are paid a percentage of the journey-level wage rate based on how many hours of OJT and RSI that they have completed. Each increase in progression brings an automatic increase in wages. Additionally, most apprenticeable occupations also provide guaranteed health and retirement benefits. Union building trades apprentices generally receive the same rate of pay and contributions into the same health and retirement programs at every employer that they work for - they are always covered by the same benefit plans as they change jobs.

There are apprenticeships available for many different occupations, including all of the Building and Construction Trades. In Washington State, apprenticeships are regulated by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, which sets the administrative rules, and approves the Standards of Apprenticeship, of apprenticeship programs. These Standards provide the legal framework by which the apprenticeship training programs operate, setting forth the rights and responsibilities of the programs and the apprentices that they train, and are registered with the Apprenticeship Section of the Department of Labor & Industries. The Apprenticeship Section website provides information on apprenticeship and the various programs in Washington State.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association jointly sponsor apprenticeships for several occupations across the United States.
Click here for more information on these programs and training locations.

Electrical apprenticeship can be a stepping stone into a wide variety of careers in the electrical industry. Students, parents and career counselors can visit for more information.


Northwest Washington Electrical Industry JATC (191)
306 Anderson Road, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273. 
Phone: 360-428-5080. FAX: 360-428-3374. 
Toll Free: 800-707-6678

Its geographical area covers the counties of Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Island, Okanogan, San Juan, Skagit. Snohomish and Whatcom.


Puget Sound Electrical JATC (46)
550 SW 7th Street, Renton, WA 98055-2917 
Phone: 425-288-1777 FAX: 253-474-7945

Its geographical area covers the counties of King, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam.

Southwest Washington Electrical JATC (76)
3001 South 36th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: 253-475-2922, FAX: 425-288-1777

Its geographical area covers the counties of Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific.

3210 E. Ferry Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-534-0922, FAX: 509-534-1959
Its geographical area covers the counties of Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman.
LU 112 - NECA Electrical JATC (112)
8340 Gage Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509-783-0589, FAX: 509-783-6721
Its geographical area covers the counties of Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Kittitas, Walla Walla, and Yakima.
NECA – IBEW Electrical JATC (48)
16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503-282-9991, Fax: 503-262-9920
Its geographical area covers the counties of Clark, Klickitat, and Skamania.
Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties Electrical JATC (970)
1145 Commerce Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-425-3550, FAX: 360-425-8137
Its geographical area covers the counties of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum.

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