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Start Your Career as an Electrician Apprentice

IBEW Apprenticeship

An Exciting New Career in the Electrical Industry Awaits

The electrical industry is booming and today’s employers are on the hunt for highly skilled, well-trained electricians. Whether you are fresh out of high school, graduating from college, or looking to make a career change, IBEW Local 48 and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA (National Electrical Contractor’s Association) can prepare you to take advantage of these exciting career opportunities. Our training programs produce some of the best trained workers anywhere in the country and our graduates are always in demand.


Start working today towards your best future. The IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship program is rigorous and placement is highly competitive. If you are ready for a rewarding career in the electrical industry, we encourage you to apply.

Benefits of Choosing an IBEW Electrician Apprenticeship

Get industry-leading electrical training from a nationally recognized training center

Our electrical training center is one of the most respected trade school facilities in the country. Class sizes are small so you get individual attention. 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 enjoy the opportunity to pass them on to newer members. It is part of our commitment to the industry and the IBEW. 

We work to ensure everyone has access to the electrical industry.

Many of today’s electrical employers 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 invest in you.

Many electrical apprenticeship programs will ask you to pay for classes or books or both. IBEW Local 48 and NECA team up to cover all of your costs as long as you remain in good standing. All we ask in return is that, upon completion of your training, you use it to benefit one of the contractors who believed in you enough to help fund your education.

We understand that traditional post-secondary education is not for everyone.

Many Americans have grown up with the idea that college is the most respectable next-step for high school graduates. 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.


2020 IBEW Electrician Wage Information

View the latest electrician wage rate and package information for IBEW members:

  • Commercial Industrial Journey-Level Electricians
  • Material Handlers
  • Sound & Communications LEA
  • Sound & Communications Installers
  • Residential Master Electricians
  • Residential Journey-Level Electricians

Get Started Today as a Material Handler

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.

Still have questions? Contact us at 503-251-8689 for more information.

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