WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER BECOMING AN ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE?
1. Job Placement
IEC, with its nationwide network of local chapters representing over 3,500 electrical contracting companies, will assist students in finding employment for their on-the-job training. During these 8,000 hours of training you will earn competitive wages. Some contractors will even assist you in paying for the classroom training. IEC is there to assist you during your on-the-job training experience.
2. Earn While You Learn
Apprentice training is a unique form of education incorporating both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. As a registered apprentice, you can receive wage increases approximately every 2,000 hours during the four-year program. Many apprentices have more than doubled their hourly wage by the time they have completed their training.
3. Classroom Training with College Credit
You can take a large step toward obtaining your associate's or bachelor's degree. The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated the IEC electrical apprenticeship program and will award more than 37 college credits after your completion of the apprenticeship program.
4. A Career with a Strong Future
Job opportunities are excellent for qualified electricians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians will have a 23 percent growth rate between 2010 and 2020. This is better than the national average!
5. Good Compensation and Benefits
Contractors pay workers based upon their own productivity, the greater their skills, the better their compensation and benefits. The IEC apprenticeship program educates the apprentice for the future. It is a balanced curriculum educating the apprentice to work in the residential, commercial or industrial markets. Coupled with the on-the-job training, the IEC apprentice becomes a valuable asset to the electrical contractor. Benefits vary by company, some of the most common are: health care coverage,paid vacation, paid holidays, pension/401 (k) and other incentives.
6. Multiple Opportunities are Available
You will have a wide variety of career options to choose from. There are many different specialty areas in the electrical construction industry. Some of the exciting career opportunities available are: construction electricians, service technicians, utility electricians and telecommunication technicians. After gaining field experience, other positions are available such as crew foreman, project supervisor, project manager,estimator, or owner of an electrical contracting business.