The apprenticeship program of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association is a four-year program that combines classroom related instruction and on-the-job training sponsored by the IEC – El Paso Chapter. The program is designed to provide the beginning apprentice with the necessary theoretical and practical training to eventually become a Journeyman Electrician. A minimum of 616 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training are required to complete the program. They will also receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.
Students participating in the IEC Apprenticeship and Training Program must be employed by an IEC contractor. The IEC Training Center strives to keep lines of communication open with its’ members in relation to job openings. Although the admissions office serves as a liaison between students and prospective employers, IEC does not guarantee employment. Upon the completion of the program, job opportunities will exist for the new journeymen – both at the local and national levels.
My advice: Just try apprenticeship even if you’re not sure it’s for you. The program provides great knowledge that you can apply anywhere.