International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Five (5) year Inside (Commercial) Electrician Apprenticeship Three (3) year Residential Electrician Apprenticeship

Three (3) year Telecommunications Apprenticeship


Electricians install and repair electrical systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Lighting, power, security, telecommunications, electrical motors, transformers and building automation components all operate through electrical systems assembled, installed, and wired by electricians.

These workers sometimes work at heights, in confined spaces and out in the elements. Electricians follow blueprints and specifications for most installations. To install wiring in factories and offices, they may bend, fit, and fasten conduit (pipe or tubing) inside partitions, walls, or other concealed areas.

For safety, electricians strictly follow the requirements of the National Electrical Code and, in addition, must comply with state, county and municipal code requirements.


  • Must be at least 17 years old at the time of application and 18 years old when placed for employment
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have completed one year of high school algebra or one semester of college algebra with a passing
  • Obtain a score of 4 or higher on the Electrical Trades Aptitude test
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen


Inside apprentices complete over 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Residential and Telecommunications apprentices complete over 4,800 hours of OJT. All apprentices receive over 180 hours of classroom instruction each year.

Apprentices attend classes 5 times a year for one week at a time, Monday – Friday.


The starting wage for apprentices varies by program and is between 40 – 65% of Journeyworker wages. Benefits include: Health insurance, pension plan, training and education.


Applications are accepted year round at the training center. The hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Local #347
10700 Justin Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 224-4349

For more info on this apprenticeship program contact:
Steve Hansen
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