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Commercial apprenticeship is a 5 year program. The minimum on the job hours are 8000 with a minimum of 180 hours of classroom training per year. First Aid/CPR and OSHA 10 hour classes are required and are not part of the 180 hour total. A probationary period of 2000 hours has been established for all commercial apprentices. On completion of the probation period you then are taken into the Union. Monthly dues are paid by you to IBEW L.U. 197.

Pay advancement is as follows:

1st period0-1000 hrs45% JW wage
2nd period1001-2000 hrs + 1st year of school50%
3rd period2100-3500 hrs + 2nd year of school55%
4th period3501-5000 hrs + 3rd year of school65%
5th period5001-6500 hrs + 4th year of school75%
6th period6501-8000 hrs + 5th year of school85%


Upon completion of 8000 hours of on the job training and 6 periods of classroom training you will become a Journeyman Wireman.


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Welcome to our web site. We hope it provides you with the information you need in becoming an apprentice. Use this site to stay up to date on events, cancellations or other news from BNJATC. Applications will be taken January 9-13 and January 16-20, 2017 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00-3:30pm.





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