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What is the Minneapolis Electrical JATC?

The Minneapolis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) is comprised of members from both of our sponsor organizations: the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Local Union 292, and the Minneapolis Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association). The JATC has a state-of-the-art Training Center in a 40,000 square foot building located in St. Michael, Minnesota, featuring seven educational classrooms and thirteen labs (including: Solar, Programmable Logic Controllers, Motor Controls/VFD, Transformer, Instrumentation, Applications, and Pipe Bending).

What is a Minneapolis Electrical JATC Apprenticeship?

It is a five year Apprenticeship program registered through the Minnesota Department of Labor that consists of two components of training. On-the-job training is completed by the Apprentice working full-time with one of our contractors, and Related Training is completed through classroom and lab education. Your Apprenticeship will prepare you for a lifelong career in the Electrical Industry as an IBEW Journeyman Electrician.

How often would I need to attend school (related training)?

School is held from September to May, one day a week for 30 weeks per school year (no class on holiday weeks). The school day runs from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, with breaks in the morning, afternoon, and for lunch.

How much is tuition?

The Apprenticeship is an Earn-While-You-Learn program and does not require typical up-front tuition fees. Instead, at the start of each school year, apprentices sign a Scholarship Loan Agreement that calculates the total minimum cost of training for that year. The scholarship loan must be repaid by the apprentice in-full either in cash or more commonly by “in-kind credits”. A member receives an “in-kind credit” for each “journeyman working year” of their employment after completion of the program. Each credit pays back one year of apprenticeship training.

If accepted into the program, apprentices join 292 as a union member and pay initiation fee and dues.

Apprentices are responsible for purchasing their own hand tools from the required tool list given at orientation before beginning work.

Textbooks and materials must also be purchased each school year, which average about $490 per year.



Are applications accepted online?

Yes, click on Apply On-Line or Login to start the application process.

What is the application process?

  1. Applicant completes on-line application form.
  2. Applicant submits required documentation within a 30-day deadline.
  3. Applicant is scheduled to take the Electrical Trades Aptitude Test.
  4. Applicant who has a score of “4” or higher on the Aptitude Test and meets all other minimum qualifications is scheduled for an interview.
  5. Applicant is interviewed by the JATC and scored based on the applicant’s answers and all other submitted information.
  6. Applicants are placed in a pool of eligible applicants based on their interview score.
  7. Job placements are made as openings occur from the top of the eligibility list.  Hiring is typically done in the spring/early summer.

What are the basic requirements?

You need to be 17 years of age at the time of application, be a high school graduate or have your G.E.D., be able to document one full credit of basic high school algebra with a passing grade of C or better, and possess a valid driver’s license. You must also have a qualifying score on the Electrical Trades Aptitude Test to be eligible for an oral interview.

Is experience necessary to apply for the Apprenticeship?

No experience in the electrical field is required to apply for the program. If you do have work experience or a trade school education in the electrical field, you should submit paperwork documenting this and the JATC will evaluate your experience and possibly award credit towards your Apprenticeship.

When can I apply for the Apprenticeship Program?

On-line applications are accepted year-round.

Who can apply for Apprenticeship?

Anyone who meets the basic requirements and qualifications of the program regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.

Can I be admitted into the program while I’m enrolled in an algebra course to meet the qualification?

No, you must have successfully completed an algebra course to meet the requirement before you can be interviewed.

How many applicants are selected each year?

The Committee meets monthly to determine the correct number of applicants to select based on the economy, the number of calls in for Apprentices, the number of Apprentices becoming Journeymen, and the number of Journeymen retiring. There is no set number.

Aptitude Test

What is the Electrical Industry Aptitude Test?

The Aptitude Test is a test instrument that measures an applicant’s ability in Algebra and Functions and Reading Comprehension which are essential to perform well as an electrician. Extensive research and actual Apprentice and Journeyman experience and data was employed into the development and ongoing validation of this test which is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Labor ETA, OATELS. The Algebra and Functions portion is a test of your ability to solve problems using algebra. The test has 33 questions with 46 minutes allotted to complete them. The Reading Comprehension portion is a test to measure your ability to obtain information from written passages. It contains four separate passages with a total of 36 questions. You are allotted 51 minutes to complete this portion of the test.

If I do not score well on the test, can I take it again?

Yes, you may take the aptitude test again after a minimum period of six months has elapsed from your most recent test date as scheduled by the JATC. A new application must be filled out to be eligible for another test. See the list of deadline dates for applying in the applicant section of our website.

Should I work as fast as I can when taking the test?

Most applicants will find they have time to complete each of the tests without rushing. You should work steadily and carefully. Do not spend too much time on any one question.

Should I study to do better on the test?

You should review the sample questions in the booklet you received with your application; the information can also be found online at: http://electricaltrainingalliance.org/samplepage

If you find that certain types of questions are difficult for you, you can review material that is similar to those questions. However, there is no need to memorize certain formulas or factual material in order to do well on the tests. The JATC does not provide study material for the aptitude test, but our national training center does offer refresher courses at: http://www.electricprep.com. See the website for more information.

Will I receive a report of my score?

You will receive an email within 2 weeks of your test date with your test score. You are given an overall score of 1-9, with 9 being the highest. You must receive a score of at least 4 or higher to pass. Scores below the minimum standard are not given a numerical score and constitute a fail of the Aptitude Test. Your math and reading scores will be broken out on the following scale: High, Above average, Average, Below Average, Low or Below Minimum.

What if I become ill or have an emergency on the day of the test?

Call the JATC immediately if you are still interested, but will not be present at the aptitude test session. Upon review of your situation and application, you will either be rescheduled by the JATC for the next available test session or will have to reapply. Please note that your test date can only be rescheduled once; if you cannot attend your rescheduled test date, you would need to reapply with the JATC.

What should I bring the day of the test?

You must bring a photo ID to the test session. Pencils and all other materials will be provided. You will not be able to use a calculator for the test.

If I have to leave before the test is finished, can I complete the test on another day?

No. If you do not complete each section, your test will be graded as if you did complete the test and your score will certainly be lower than if you had completed the test. The tests must be completed during your test session. You cannot finish the tests on another day. You will not be able to retake the test for a minimum of six months.

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