Frequently Asked Questions
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn a trade. Apprenticeship consists of two parts: on-the-job training (OJT) and related training (in the classroom).
Yes, this is a very competitive program to get into. You must meet minimum age and educational requirements. Hiring is dependent on current employment needs. Things that can help your chances are a strong education and work history. A resume, letters of recommendation and copies of applicable certifications can help as well.
Please fill out the Application Request Form and pay the $30 application fee for each program you would like to apply for. We will mail you the application. Fill out the application and return with your transcripts. You can return them by mail or in person.
No, we only hold classes in Redmond. We do administer the Aptitude Test and interviews in Redmond for applicants that live in Central Oregon.
There is a $30 application fee.
You should bring all qualifying documents such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, and GED with scores. If you are a veteran you need to include your DD214. Additionally, you may choose to provide a resume, letters of recommendation and applicable certifications. You need to have all documents together when you submit your application to be qualified. You will be submitting the documents, we do not make copies for applicants, nor return them to the applicants.
You should mail all qualifying documents such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, and GED with scores. If you are a veteran you need to include your DD214. Additionally, you may choose to provide a resume, letters of recommendation and applicable certifications. You need to have all documents together when you submit your application to be qualified. You will be submitting the documents, we do not make copies for applicants, nor return them to the applicants.
You will need to contact your school or school district. Many transcript requests can only be made online or by fax. You will need to allow plenty of time to get the transcripts. The schools may mail the transcripts directly to us or you may provide them. If you are having your transcripts sent directly from the school, please include a note indicating as such with your application. Official transcripts are preferred and may be required if necessary due to poor copies or missing information.
Screen shots and pictures of documents are not accepted. We cannot call your school to request them. We cannot print or make copies of your documents. It is your responsibility to provide your transcripts to this office.
Do not email or fax your transcripts and application.
Official transcripts are preferred and may be required if necessary due to poor copies or missing information. Unofficial will be accepted as long as they are a good, complete copy.
If you do not have at least 1 year of Algebra or higher on high school transcripts, or 1 term of Algebra or higher on college transcripts, you can either:
- Take a college algebra class (Math 60 minimum)
- Take the Tech Math course
- Take a college placement test and place into Intermediate Algebra (Math 95)
If you do not have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, or your GED score is below a 255/2550/600 (depending on when you tested) you can take the GED Ready test. You will need to take all 4 tests with a score of 150 or better. Print and submit the My Scores page with your application and transcripts.
If you have an Associate's Degree or higher, that will meet the graduation/GED/gpa requirements as well. You will need to submit the transcripts that show graduation and will still need to show the algebra requirement.
You need your complete transcripts showing graduation before you can apply.
We will send you an email when we process the applications and have the aptitude test scheduled for you. If you are qualified, you will be invited to take the aptitude test. If you pass the aptitude test you will be scheduled for an interview. After the interview, applicants are ranked on the eligible-to-hire list according to the score received through the hiring process. We hire the top applicant when we have an opening. That means, we have a job for the top person and will assign them to a contractor. School will be scheduled for you sometime after being assigned to a contractor.
If you are not qualified, your letter will explain why. You would be welcome to reapply when you have the qualifications met.
We send notices to take the aptitude test to all qualified applicants when we process applications. It can be a few months past when you submit your application. After the aptitude test, we send notices to interview or let you know that you did not pass. Approximately 2 weeks after the interviews, we send rank letters.
Reading comprehension and math. You should plan on being here for about 3 ½ hours for the test.
When you are selected to begin the apprenticeship, you will start work (OJT) right away and then be scheduled to start classes according to our school schedule.
You can expect to attend classes during the day, once per week for an 11 week term. There is homework online. You must have access to a computer and the internet. You must pass classes to continue in the program. Our classes are held at our Training Centers, either in Tangent or Redmond taught by licensed journey-level electricians.
Tuition is $200 per year plus books which range from $500-$800 each year.
Apprentices start at a specified percentage of journeyman wages and work their way up during their apprenticeship. There is also a benefit package that is in addition to wages. The benefit package includes family health insurance and pensions. wagesandbenefits.pdf
Apprentices usually work pretty steady, but in all aspects of construction, there can be times of unemployment. There are downtimes between jobs or due to a slow economy. We suggest that apprentices live within their means and plan for downtimes. Be fiscally responsible! Save money!
Overtime is also a possiblity when things are very busy.
A typical work week is 40 hours M-F 7am-3:30 pm.
Apprentices will miss one day per week of work during the scheduled school term.
Yes. When you are hired as an apprentice for your first job, you will join the union. There are monthly dues, which are minimal compared to your wages and benefit package.
No, the union uses a closed book system and is your sole source of job placement.