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Journeyman Upgrade & Continuing Education Courses

Journeyman electrical workers can return to the training center after they complete their apprentice training.

Throughout the year, upgrade training is offered at the JATC to help electrical workers be more safe on the jobsite and to make themselves more marketable. Some of the courses offered include fire alarm training, industry related safety training and courses on new industry technologies.

Sign up for these classes so that you can become the safest, most proficient electrical worker on the jobsite.

Journeyman Training

D.C. Theory, or direct current theory is one of the fundamental building blocks to understand electrical current and how it works. In this class, journeymen will expand their knowledge of direct current and be able to make calculations and identify series and parallel circuits.

A.C. Theory, or alternating current theory is the more modern form of electricity. In this class, journeymen will expand on their knowledge of power generation, the different types of power and power systems.

Journeyman level electricians that have come over from the residential sector or were organized later in their career may not have received proper blueprint reading training. They can attend blueprint reading classes to either learn the skills or brush up on their existing skills.

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has a code of excellence for all of their members to follow. The IBEW Local 5 JATC offers opportunities for Local 5 members to learn about the code and what is expected of them when they show up to work.

Journeymen can take conduit bending classes at the Local 5 JATC so that they can be more proficient with the skill. Being able to skillfully bend conduit makes an electrical worker highly sought after.

The National Electrical Code is updated annually to include new devices and technologies. Journeymen can take a course to brush up on the code and ensure that they are knowledgeable in current electrical industry standards.

To limit possible injury related to arc-flash and arc-blast, journeyman electrical workers should attend National Fire Protection Association learn fire protection safety practices.

This course will further bolster the ability of a journeyman to work safely on a project. Participants will have a better understanding of working on or near live parts, short circuit calculations and hazard awareness.

Most dwellings require a fire alarm system. Journeymen can take training courses to become certified in fire alarm installation. Being knowledgeable in fire alarm systems makes electrical workers more marketable. 

Accidents happen on job sites, it is important that electricians understand how to perform potentially life saving practices in case of emergency. 

Most modern motors are powered by an electrical system or power source. Before journeymen work on motors or the system that powers a motor, they should understand the proper functionality and installation process.

Electricians need to understand the working of electric motors and controllers as it relates to installation and application. These devices can be crucial to the functionality of electrical systems, so it is important that journeymen are versed in their application.

This course will introduce journeymen to the topic of commercial and industrial motor control systems. Class participants will learn about the different components, drawings and diagrams involved with motor control.

Instrumentation and Calibration

Fiber Splicing applies mostly to the tele-data sector, but it is still valuable for inside wireman to understand. Fiber splicing is used to extend the length of a cable or to repair a damaged fiber optic cable. 

As businesses strive to be evermore connected, they need the fastest most reliable tele-data system available. Journeymen can take upgrade classes that will teach the basics of tele-data systems, their importance and the installation of such systems.

Building Automation systems include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting systems. Journeymen can become versed in these systems and when they can be applied through this course. 

Access Control is a security measure used by many apartment complexes, hospitals, colleges and schools to limit who has access to certain buildings and entrances. These systems are electrical systems that may be the difference between a persons safety.

When working in hospitals or in occupied areas, it is important that construction workers do not disturb those people by introducing dust and other materials to the area. Journeymen can take Infection Control Risk Assessment Awareness training to learn how to make a job site safer for everyone. 

Lock Out, Tag Out is a safety procedure used to ensure that the power system that they are working on cannot be energized until they remove their lock from the power source. This course is beneficial to any electrical worker looking to bolster their safety knowledge. 

Journeymen can take training courses to keep their OSHA-10 hour certification current or upgrade their certifications to include the OSHA-30 hour certification.

In Pennsylvania, many projects are conducted on petroleum related facilities. The Petroleum Educational Council has provided training resources for those that will be working in these facilities including 

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