Tucson Electrical JATC

Tucson Electrical JATC

Training Offerings

  • Inside Wireman Apprenticeship
  • CW/CE (Construction Wireman/Construction Electrician)
  • Journeyman Upgrade

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Karen King
1949 W. Gardner Lane
Tucson, AZ 85705

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Physical Characteristics

  • Conduit Fabrication Lab
  • Solar Lab
  • Computer Lab
  • Fire Alarm Lab
  • Motor Control Lab



The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program’s goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the most highly training and highly skilled workforce possible.

To qualify for interview for our five year apprenticeship program, all applicants must:

Complete an application form, accurately responding to all questions and items including statements indicating that they are:

Physically and mentally able to safely perform or learn to safely perform essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Able to get to and from work at job sites anywhere within the geographical area that this apprenticeship program covers.

Able and willing to attend all related classroom training as required to complete their apprenticeship.

Able to climb and work from ladders, poles and towers of various heights.

Able to crawl and work in confined spaces such as attics, manholes and crawlspaces.

Able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings.

Meet the age requirement of 18 at the time of application (must provide evidence of minimum age respecting any applicable State laws or regulations)

Obtain a qualifying score of 5 using the electrical industry’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for research.

Be at least a high school graduate, or have a GED, or, in lieu of a high school diploma or GED, have a two-year Associate Degree or higher.

Show evidence of successful completion of:  one full credit of high school algebra with a passing grade, or one post high school algebra course (e.g. Adult Education, Continuing Education, Community College, etc.) with a passing grade, or provide evidence of having successfully completed the NJATC Online Tech Math Course.

Provide an official transcript(s) for high school and post high school education and training.  All GED records must be submitted if applicable.  (Note:  schools shall be requested to obliterate reference to date of birth, years of attendance, graduation date, age, race and sex, if required by State law or regulation.)

Possesses a valid Driver’s license.

Submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran.

In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. This is a five year apprenticeship program, in order to complete this program; you must complete 8,000 on the job training hours and 900 hours in the classroom.

Upon satisfactory completion of the NJATC’s Five-Year course of study and accumulation of a minimum of 8,000 hours of OJT, the Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program will certify to the sponsoring parties, to the NJATC and to the Registration Agency that the apprentice has satisfied the requirements of his or her apprenticeship agreement.  The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program will present each graduating apprentice with a Certificate of completion issued by the NJATC.  The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program shall request a Completion Certificate from the NJATC for every individual completing the apprenticeship program.  Each Certificate shall be approved and signed by the officers of the Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee.  The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program shall likewise submit a signed request for a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship to the Registration Agency. 

The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program will notify the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union of the date of each satisfactory completion, allowing the Local Union to reclassify the individual as per IBEW By-Laws, Rules and Policies to a Journeyman Inside Wireman.  The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program will likewise notify the graduating apprentice’s current employer and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Chapter.

The following table identifies minimum requirements to enter each Period of Apprenticeship.  The Tucson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program has six periods of apprenticeship as stipulated below: (currently Journeyworker (JW) pay rate is $23.75)

Period 1 (0 OJT) + 0 related Training, 50% of JW rate

Period 2 (1,000 OJT) + Satisfactory Progress, 55% of JW rate

Period 3 (2,000 OJT) + 1st year School Completed, 60% of JW rate

Period 4 (3,500 OJT) + 2nd year School Completed, 70% of JW rate

Period 5 (5,000 OJT) + 3rd year School Completed, 80% of JW rate

Period 6 (6,500 OJT) + 4th year School Completed, 85% of JW rate

Completion (8,000 OJT) + 5th year School Completed, 100% of JW rate


Currently no tuition, all inclusive of the benefit package outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Southern Arizona NECA and IBEW Local Union 570. 

We are recognized by the Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Commerce and the National Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Our program provides our apprentices with the opportunity to receive ACE college credit for their studies.  Our program is committed to providing enrichment opportunities for our students and educational excellence. 


Our classroom instructors are highly qualified and most are electricians who work in the “field.” They are passionate about the electrical industry and have a strong belief that when life and teaching are one, outstanding opportunities can easily be developed. Over the past four years, we have been aggressive in providing our instructors with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom.  This year, all of our apprenticeship instructors attended the National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  This training is held every summer through the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (NJATC). While the focus is on Instructor training through the Professional Education classes and the “How to Teach” courses offered by the NJATC,  instructors are able to attend the Electrical Industry's finest Trade Show.  In conjunction with our national training, all instructors meet one week prior to the start of school.  Our instructors are committed to being prepared and ready to teach. Being prepared to teach when we walk through the classroom door with clear objectives of what we want our students to learn is the key to our student’s success in the program and eliminates 99% of behavioral issues. Our goal as a program is to foster a positive learning environment by giving our instructors the tools needed to enhance their presentation of the curriculum.  This year we have added over $25,000 of hands-on equipment and computer software with interactive programs.  Developing classroom management skills and the proper use of class time is important to us. Our instructors bring energy to the classroom and generate enthusiasm with their teaching. Our staff development program is the core of the apprenticeship learning environment and it enhances the effective execution of the lessons being taught. Classroom participation and “checking for understanding” is repeated throughout the year. Building confidence in our teachers so they can put the “enjoyment” back in the classroom.


Along with our apprenticeship training, we offer journeyman upgrade classes, supervision, OSHA, MSHA, CPR, safety classes and Photovoltaic.  Since January 2009, our program has trained over 120 journeyman wireman, in all tasks associated with Photovoltaic Systems (PV).  This curriculum is intended for electricians, contractors, utilities and engineers, with an overall goal of developing “system knowledgeable” professionals to help ensure the safety, quality and success of PV system installations. The PV curriculum was developed by the NJATC to ensure that our Industry has access to the latest and most efficient model of training and course materials available.  Our program has formed into a “solar think tank” enhancing the curriculum and course outline.  Dan Chavez, Photovoltaic Systems Instructor, brought forth leadership and contagious enthusiasm for learning this challenging and complex subject.   Our “Solar” program was made possible with the partnership of Pima County One Stop Program “Green Trades Grant.”  We are thankful for their financial backing and continuous support for the electrical industry.