Training Director, South Central Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship &Training Committee for the Electrical Industry
What is an apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship provides you with occupational hands-on training along with classroom instruction. This program allows you to develop your skills under the guidance of a skilled coworker. The South Central Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical industry (SCMNJATC) hires highly skilled instructors to teach the apprenticeship classes. All instructors carry a class A journeyman, master or contractor license. You will have the opportunity to earn an Apprenticeship Certificate from the Department of Labor and Industry. This certificate is recognized by all state and federal organizations and often is compared to having a college degree.
What are the requirements to enter the program?
The majority of employers require at least a high school diploma or GED to apply for the apprenticeship program. Individuals that have some experience or technical training will have a better chance. As a reminder, future employers will most likely review your school and employment history.
TO BE INTERVIEWED AND BE PLACED ON OUR ELIGIBILITY LIST, APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE PARTS 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 & 6:
1. Complete the following
I. Application form
II. EEOC form
III. The signature page of the Policy Statement
The application form will require you to accurately respond to all questions and items including statements indicating that you are:
i. Physically and mentally able to safely perform or learn to safely perform essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodations
ii. Able to get to and from work at job sites anywhere within the geographical area that this apprenticeship program covers (SCMJATC policy of not over 60 miles)
iii. Able and willing to attend all related classroom training as required to complete their apprenticeship.
iv. Able to climb and work from ladders, scaffolds, poles, and towers of various heights.
v. Able to crawl and work in confined spaces such as attics, manholes, and crawlspaces.
vi. Able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings.
2. Meet the minimum age requirement of 18 at the time of indenture into the program.
3. Be at least a high school graduate (or will be graduating soon), or have a GED, or in lieu of a high school diploma or GED, have a two-year Associate Degree or higher
4. Provide a transcript for high school or all GED records or an Associates Degree or higher transcripts. Copies can be accepted.
5. Obtain a qualifying score of “4” or higher, using the electrical trade’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research (this test is on algebra and reading comprehension)
6. Provide a copy of a valid drivers license
The South Central Electrical JATC no longer requires an application fee.
Wages & benefits
As an apprentice, you will receive a wage rate of $19.77/$32.24 total package for 1st period and advance to a wage rate of $29.65/$47.79 total package for 6th period (as of 7-1-2019), The package includes family healthcare, pension/annuity plans, & vacation/holiday pay. You will receive 5% pay increases based on these 6 hourly periods: 1000 hours, 1000 hours, 1500 hours, 1500 hours, 1500 hours 1500 hours.
You may also receive credit for trade school degree. 2000 hours credit is granted for a Construction Electrician Degree from an approved program with the State of Minnesota Electrical Board.
Another benefit includes your free education as there is no tuition fee. You are required to purchase the books needed for class.
What if I already have some electrical training/experience?
Depending on work experience and history, you may receive credit for the hours that you have already completed in the electrical field. The apprenticeship board will review your work history and award you credit based on training and experience.
What are my options after I complete the program?
You will be prepared to take the Minnesota State License Exam. You will be trained to pursue careers in residential, commercial, industrial and a variety of other avenues within the electrical trade.
Where and when are the classes held?
Classes are held 1 day every two weeks. The classes are held in Rochester and Mankato at the training centers. These training classes during the day at 7:40 AM – 4:45 PM.
Do I get credit for trade school?
You will receive 2000 hours credit for you trade school education. You will receive your trade school hours throughout the apprenticeship periods, moving you faster through the program. You will receive 1000 hours @ 3rd period, 500 hours @ 4th period and 500 hours @ 6th period. We are strong believers in continuing education and pride ourselves on producing highly skilled and trained electricians.
Applications can printed off and sent to or picked up at:
9 – 80TH ST SE
ROCHESTER, MN 55904
You will need to print out and complete an (1) Application, a (2) EEOC form and the(3) signature page for the Policy Statement (4) attach high school transcripts or GED scores or Associates Degree or higher transcripts to be scheduled for the aptitude test.
APPRENTICESHIP WEBSITE https://www.scmnjatc.org/
APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATION https://www.scmnjatc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Application-for-email.pdf