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Chapter 103 of the Iowa Code defines an Apprentice Electrician as “any person who, as such person’s principal occupation, is engaged in learning and assisting in the installation, alteration, and repair of electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment as an employee of a person licensed under this chapter, and who is licensed by the board and is progressing toward completion of an apprenticeship training program registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the United States Department of Labor. For purposes of this chapter, persons who are not engaged in the installation, alteration, or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment, either inside or outside buildings, shall not be
considered apprentice electricians.”

Apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning, and “learning by doing.” It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school. Originating in medieval times, today it is utilized chiefly in the skilled crafts such as the building trades. Each program operates under apprenticeship training standards agreed to by labor and/or management in accordance with State and Federal laws, under which a person works with a skilled worker and gains on the job skills and “know-how” and in turn becomes an important part of the occupation and industry. Apprenticeship Training Programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

Today, electrical apprenticeship is a formal training process regis tered through the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (DOL/OA). In the classroom and electrical labs, apprentices learn the theoretical aspects of the electrical trade. On the jobsite, they are able to apply this training in their daily work under the supervision of skilled and licensed electricians. This combination of technical and practical skills produces a competency and pride that lead to a true electrical craftsman.

With a growing shortage of qualified electrical workers, it has never been a better time to join the electrical industry. There are plenty of job opportunities available in this high demand field. Apprentices are able to earn while they learn utilizing a progressive pay scale through which their earnings will more than double by the time they complete their apprenticeship. Upon completion of the program, these well trained electricians will join the ranks of the electrical trade on their way to a very successful career as a journeyman electrician or electrical contractor, and probably a teacher of a new generation of electrical apprentices.


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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 06-26-2013 (JGL)
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