Construction Electrician (ABC)
Electricians plan, diagram, install and repair electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels. They measure, cut, bend, thread, assemble and install electrical conduit (pipe or tubing), and pull wire through conduit. They test continuity of circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components, using instruments such as the ohmmeter and electrical test meter.
Electricians assemble, install and wire electrical systems that operate heating, lighting, power, air conditioning and refrigeration components; electrical machinery; electronic equipment and controls; and signal and communications systems. Electricians need to be knowledgeable on the latest technology dealing with energy conservation and green sustainable work processes.
For safety, electricians must be able to master the more than 800 detailed sections of the National Electrical Code designed to protect persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. This job also requires electricians to have the ability to distinguish colors.
The electrician apprenticeship consists of five years of not less than 8,400 hours in which a minimum of four years and 576 hours is spent in paid-related classroom instruction and 200 hours of unpaid-related instruction.
Apprentices attend class one day every other week for eight semesters. Apprentices shall obtain certification in First Aid and CPR and a minimum of a 10-Hour Safety course during the first 12 months of the contract. First Aid and CPR certifications must be kept current. The apprentice is required to take Arc Flash by the end of the second year and the Transition to Trainer course in the final year of the apprenticeship.
The apprentice must complete satisfactorily 200 hours of unpaid school hours, as prescribed by the ABC of WI Apprenticeship Advisory Committee. The apprentice shall obtain at least 45 hours per year in unpaid related instruction. The 200 hours of unpaid related instruction must include Electrical code (30 hours minimum), Arc Flash (4 hours minimum), and an Electrical Exam Prep Course.
Applicants should be 18 years of age and must forward the following to ABC: (1) completed ABC apprenticeship application, (2) copy of birth certificate, (3) copy of high school transcript or GED, (4) copy of driver’s license, (5) completed Employer Sponsorship Application and (6) ACCUPLACER or GATB test results of medium or high. ACCUPLACER tests are given at Moraine Park testing centers. Call (920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554) for ACCUPLACER test appointment scheduling. Testing is available at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or the West Bend campus. GATB tests are given free of charge at local Wisconsin Job Service Centers.
Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail email@example.com. Applications available online at www.abcwi.org/apprenticeship.
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