One of the keys to the success of the IBEW and Local 48 is the incredible opportunities afforded to the quality workers our training programs produce. Whether you are fresh out of high school, graduating from college, or looking to change careers, IBEW Local 48 and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractor’s Association) would like to offer those opportunities to you. Many industries require you to use your mind. Other industries require your muscle. The electrical construction industry requires you to be able to use your mind and body to create and install some of the most complex systems in the world. Our programs are not easy and placement is extremely competitive. If you are willing to put in the effort, a rewarding career in the electrical industry is within your reach.
Benefits of Choosing an IBEW Apprenticeship!
Industry projections forecast a need higher than current graduation rates can fill.
Most of the construction dollars for electrical work spent in our jurisdiction are spent on IBEW Electricians. Since our members have retirements that they can rely on, as they begin to enjoy those retirements, we need to replace them. But replacement doesn’t account for the growth in demand for our services. We are proactively working on filling those future needs now and by learning the trade with us, you insure that you are ready for those jobs when they arrive.
Five years of training in a nationally recognized training center.
Our training center is one of the most respected trade school facilities in the country. NIETC Instructors are experts in their field. All instructors are graduates of the NJATC National Training Institute and spend countless hours honing their teaching style and lesson plans. Class sizes are small so that individual attention can be given to anyone who is willing to put in the effort. Our members invest in the school for every hour they work, which insures that future journeymen will maintain that reputation. Our instructors are passionate about electrical education and it shows in our graduation rates. When you are done with school, you will be confident enough to pass just about any journeyman wireman’s examination in the country.
On-the-job training with the most talented men and women in the electrical industry.
Our members are proud of their skills and they enjoy the ability to pass them on. It is part of our commitment to the industry and the IBEW. We go to work knowing that the skills we have save lives and power the world. Our profession is vital to the world economy and learning to approach the trade with pride is just as important as learning the mechanics of the work. While college costs can be $60,000 or more for a four-year degree, you have the potential to earn $140,000 or more in the same amount of time as an electrical apprentice.
We actively recruit and empower disadvantaged classes to insure that everyone has access to this industry.
Many contractors want access to a diverse workforce. While we don’t discriminate against any applicant for any reason, some segments of society remain under-represented in the electrical industry. Diversity strengthens a workforce in many ways and a diverse workforce strengthens our communities.
We will make an investment in you.
Traditional post-secondary education is not the only option after high-school.
Once you graduate you are viewed as an industry professional.
The people you work with become life-long friends.
Are you ready to take the next step?
- Visit this site for more info: NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center Application Information. You can also attend an orientation session where you can have all of your questions answered on the third Tuesday of any month from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the NECA/IBEW Training Center, 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230. The orientation is also available via podcast.
- If you are serious about this career choice, start today. There is no reason to wait to get into the electrical industry. It is a good idea to begin working as a Material Handler prior to starting your apprenticeship. Material handlers get training in an aspect of the industry that is critical, but not formally taught. If you advance to the interview portion of the selection process, being able to show some level of interest prior to committing to the five-year apprenticeship reflects positively. It shows that you have made an effort to adequately assess the trade that you intend to make your career.
- Learn as much as you can about your future trade. Below are some resources for you to explore at your convenience. If, after looking through all the resources on this page, you still have questions, attend an orientation or contact NIETC Workforce Development Coordinator Bridget Quinn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503.501.5069. Good luck in your career search!
Current Wage Rates
- Commercial Industrial Wage Package
- Material Handler I, II, III, IV, V & Provisional Wage Package
- Sound & Comm Installer Wage Package
- Residential Wage Package
- Sound & Comm LEA Wage Package