Why become an apprentice through the Western Colorado Electrical JATC?

The WCJATC has over 30 years of experience in creating the most marketable, highest skilled journeymen on the Western Slope.  The curriculum is based on the standardized education programs developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC), supporting both the National Electrical Contractors Associations (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Working as a Union Electrician you are given many opportunities and benefit few others in the valley are afforded.  Some of them include:

Paid for Schooling – For 5 Year Program, Indentured Apprentices your employer will pay for all of your tuition!  All you have to pay for is books.  Our Contractors know the importance of investing in the future and in the next generation of electrical workers.

Employment Services  – You never have to look for your next job.  We take care of that for you.  We have over 30 years of experience placing apprentices with the best local contractors.  Similarly, as an IBEW journeyman you can travel to any Local and find work across the country.

An guaranteed raise schedule – You will start out making 60% of a journeyman electrician,currently from $23 to $29 an hour , depending on location, and will go up from there with every school year passed and hour requirement made.  Before becoming a journeyman you will be up to 80% of full pay.

Access to 3rd, 4th and 5th Year Curriculum – Only fully Indentured Apprentices will be taught about such emerging markets as Photovoltaics, Instrumentation, Fire Alarm and PLC’s.


Retirements and Other Benefits

NEBF – This retirement starts day one.  It provides a guaranteed payment of $32/month for each year you worked in the trade.  For example, it you work 20 years and retire, then you will receive $640/month.  This payment is insured by the PBGC and is not subject to fluctuations in the economy or a contractor going out of business.

Full Family Health Insurance – Your contractor will contribute $4.65 per hour towards comprehensive medical insurance, including basic dental.  You pay just $0.75 per hour to cover you and your whole family.  There is no waiting period for this great coverage.

8th District Pension and Annuity – After your third year you will be provided with two additional retirement plans.  The Pension is a guaranteed monthly retirement benefit plan while the Annuity is a tax-deferred investment account.

College Credit – By completing your 5 year apprenticeship you will earn up to 44 Credit Hour that you can apply to an Associates in Applied Sciences and Technology.  All you have to do is take 4 additional General Education Requirements at a local community college.

Stop down today to learn more or go to our on-line application to start the process right now!

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