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  • RESIDENTIAL-Apprenticeship Information
    Updated On: Jun 01, 2018



    Individuals who wish to pursue an apprenticeship in electrical and need assistance in meeting the (necessary) qualifications listed below should contact BIG STEP at 414-937-3600 or the Training Center office at 414-543-9060 for additional information and assistance.  The qualifications needed to apply are as follows:

    In person applications will be accepted during normal business hours between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at 11001 W. Plank Ct., Ste 120, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Transcripts proving you have fulfilled the Minimum Requirements as listed below must be submitted at the time you apply.  No exceptions will be made.  Apprenticeship is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F.  APPLICATION FEE -- $20.00.


    1. AGE -                          Minimum of 18 years of age.

    2.   EDUCATION -           High School Graduate or GED accepted.  All Applicants must submit a high school transcript. GED Test Scores and certificate required, if applicable. High school seniors may apply, but will not be placed until graduation.

    3.  Minimum Math -   Must have completed two full years of high school or post high school Math.  One of the courses MUST be a full year of Algebra.  Both courses require a minimum grade of “C” in each semester. Official transcripts are required.

    1. PHYSICAL -              Must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade with or without

          CONDITION              reasonable accommodation.  Applicants who reach employable status must successfully pass a drug screen test before placement in the field.

    1. APTITUDE TEST -    As prescribed by the Committee.

    2. DRIVER’S -                Must have a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.


    1. TERM OF -                3 Years and 4800 hours of on-the-job training.


    1. INTERVIEWS -         All interview finalists will be determined by a composite score of the

                                              aptitude test score and educational background.  Apprentices will be selected in

                                              order of their rank resulting from rating of interviewers.

    • The interviewers will consider: scholastic background, reliability, interest, judgment, attitude, and ability to cooperate, as well as other personal traits.  The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States or this state.

    • The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, and all other applicable state laws.

    • Applicants selected to enter the Apprenticeship Program will be required to give the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee a letter of authorization, allowing them access to the apprentice's school attendance records and grades.


    Term of Apprenticeship- 3 Years and 4800 hours of on-the-job training

    School- Each apprentice is required to attend a minimum of 800 hours of reltated instruction

    away from the job.

    Work- An apprentice is required to work for an electrical contractor on various construction projects.

    Pay- Apprentices are paid a percentage of a wireman’s wage rate according to the year of apprenticeship they are in.  The starting pay rate for apprentices is $13.25  per hour.

    Cost- Each apprentice will have to purchase their own hand tools (list will be provided) and pay for all book and tuition costs each semester.


    New Homes, Apartments, Condominiums and remodeling of homes and larger

    Residential complexes.


         - Bending conduit                                - Installing Romex or B.X.

         - Pulling of wire and cable                   - Wiring and setting of service equipment

         - Lighting fixture installation                - Reading Blueprints

         - Digging a trench for cable or conduit            - Home remodeling



         - Stage of construction - open walls, no windows, unsealed roof

         - Weather - heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, and dampness

         - Cleanliness - mud, dust, debris, water

         - Noise - tools, equipment

         - Heavy lifting - large conduit, cable reels, cartons of materials


    In the electrical residential construction trade a good percentage of work is done above the ground.  This work is performed using ladders and scaffolding.  If you have a fear of heights, the residential wireman trainee program is not for you.


    When placed with a contractor, you can expect to work anywhere in the four county area.  This area included Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.


    You must have a reliable car, truck, etc. to get to the construction site, from job to job, and to classes.

    For more information regarding the program or applications, please contact the JATC office at 414-543-9060 or web site: www.mejatc.com   Everyone is invited to submit their schooling transcripts for review.

    Revised June 8, 2015



                              Residential Apprentice

                          Effective 6/1/18 to 5/31/19


    Period     OJT Hours                 Percent             Hourly Pay Rate

    1                   0-800                      50%                   $13.25

    2               800-1600                     60%                  $15.90

    3              1600-2400                    65%                   $17.23

    4               2400-3200                   70%                   $18.55

    5               3200-4000                    75%                   $19.88

    6               4000-4800                    85%                   $22.53

    Residential Wireman                                        $26.50

    Benefits for Residential Wireman

    Vacation and Holiday                                                 $2.10

    Health and Welfare                                                    $7.15

    Local Pension                                                            $1.00

    NEBF Pension (3%)                                                   $0.79

    Annuity                                                                       $0.55

    JATC (1%)                                                                 $0.27

    NEIF (.4%)                                                                 $0.11

    Administrative Maintenance Fund (.7%)                    $0.18

    LMCC                                                                        $0.04

    Residential Wireman Total Wage Package         $38.69

    Minimum Math Requirement Questions & Answers

    Q:        What if I don’t meet the math requirement to apply for the Electrical Apprenticeship?

    A:         You may take an online course such as the NJATC Tech Math Online course listed below or you may take courses at your local Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) or Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC).  You can also check with Big Step at 414-937-3600 to see if they are currently offering Modular Math.  Regardless of where you take a class, all courses must be graded and you must receive a minimum grade of C in order for the course to be recognized.

    NJATC TECH MATH ONLINE (This course is equivalent to ONE YEAR of algebra.)

    This course has been designed for individuals unable to meet the math requirement when applying to programs requiring math as a minimum qualification for apprenticeship or for those needing to brush up on the math skills commonly used in the electrical construction industry. The NJATC Tech Math Online course offers an inexpensive solution, providing a simpler process of participating in a full-blown math course while not requiring attendance in a formal classroom setting. Individuals can now go online, register for the Tech Math (Web Math) course and complete it at their own pace from the convenience of a computer connected to the Internet. This course is being offered as a cooperative effort between the NJATC and the University of Tennessee's Outreach Distance Education and Independent Study Program. The University of Tennessee is the host of this online site.

    The course registration fee is $125.00 (subject to change.) Included in the registration fee is the NJATC's textbook, Mathematics Essential for the Electrical Trades and the NJATC calculator (referenced throughout the text). Those registering will have 4 months to complete the course.

    After registering for NJATC Tech Math (Web Math), participants will receive their log-in information, password, textbook and calculator in the mail from the NJATC.

    To register for the NJATC Tech Math (Web Math), go to:  http://www.njatc.org, click on the home page tab and then the NJATC Training tab, then click on “Online Training” in the drop down menu. 

    Q:        What if I meet the math requirement but it has been a long time since I took a math course and I am out of practice?

    A:         You will need to brush up on your math skills before taking our aptitude test.  You will be tested on algebraic equations, functions, formulas and graphing.  You need a minimum score of 5 to pass the test.  If you are rusty you will definitely want to prepare for the test.  If you do not pass the test you must wait 6 months in order to reapply and retest.

    Q:        Where can I go to brush up on my math skills?

    A:         Some people prepare for the test using algebra workbooks that can be found at various bookstores or the library.  Another way to prepare is to find a tutor.  Yet another option is to contact Big Step at 414-937-3600 to arrange for tutoring.  Please be aware that tutoring with Big Step without meeting the math requirement will NOT qualify you to take the NJATC Electrical Apprenticeship aptitude test battery.

                                                      Electrical Apprenticeship

    Application Process

    1. Meet the minimum qualifications

      1. High school graduate or GED

      2. 2 full years of high school or post high school math (1 full year of algebra and 1 year of any other math)

      3. All semesters of algebra / math with a grade of “C” or better (no pass/fail)

      4. 18 years old at time of placement as apprentice

      5. Possess valid Wisconsin Driver’s license

      6. Drug free / able to pass a drug screening test

    1. Apply

      1. Provide official high school transcript (sealed in unopened envelope from school.)

      2. Pay $20 application fee

      3. Fill out application

      4. Optional:  submit resume / letters of recommendation

    1. Aptitude Test

      1. Schedule aptitude test if applicant meets minimum math requirements

      2. Prepare for test:  Algebra (algebraic equations, functions, formulas, and graphing) and Reading / Comprehension. (Big Step can help:  414-937-3600.)

      3. Arrive before 8:40 a.m. on morning of the test (must reapply if late – no exceptions)

      4. Bring your Test Letter, Driver’s License and SSN Card with you on the test date

    1. Test Results will be mailed to you.  (Minimum score of 5 to pass.)

    1. If you passed the test you will be mailed an interview appointment letter.

    1. If you did not pass the test, you may reapply and retest after waiting 6 months.

    1. Your interview score will be mailed to you. 

    1. Your name and interview score will be placed on our rank list of qualified applicants; your application is good for 2 years.  This is NOT a waiting list.

    1. Apprentices are selected based on the highest interview score.  We place apprentices once a year, generally between May and August.

    1. Wait to be contacted.  While waiting to be contacted we suggest the following:

      1. Consider working in the trade to learn if this is the right career for you.

      2. Consider filling out an application to add your name to the CW (Construction Wireman) availability-for-work list.

      3. Consider taking classes that may help you in the trade such as blueprint reading, electricity diploma courses and/or tech math.

      4. Maintain your drug-free status.  Don’t lose your career by failing a drug test!


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