The Western Pennsylvania Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) trains each generation of electrical workers in 20+ counties in the western half of Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and Clearfield. Through passed down knowledge and experience from previous electrical workers, area apprentices and journeymen are getting top-tier career training.
As apprentices learn the electrical trade from experienced instructors, they are working as apprentices of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5, earning a livable wage and great benefits.
The apprenticeship model has proven time and time again that it is an effective form of education and career preparation. Apprentices and journeymen alike train at this JATC to gain knowledge, certifications and skills. Everything these skilled trades people learn at this facility makes them more marketable within their trade.
apprentices attend classes at the JATC over a five-year period. Tuition comes at little to no cost to the apprentice, allowing them to start a career debt-free. Classes are held at night, typically once or twice per week. With classes being held at night, apprentices can go to work, learning from seasoned journeymen on-the-job, and attend classes to supplement this practical form of learning.
The Western Pennsylvania Electrical JATC also has a partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County, where apprentices work towards an associates degree over their five-year time period in the apprenticeship program.
For journeymen, the JATC offers courses to broaden your knowledge of the trade. With courses in fire alarm training and equipment operation, journeymen can further their training and make themselves more marketable.
The IBEW Local 5 Registered Apprenticeship Program is a five-year program that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction from accredited professionals. The application selection process only occurs once per year. Once a candidate is accepted, they will become an Apprentice in the Western Pennsylvania Electrical Apprenticeship Program.