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Apprenticeship Training. IBEW Local #1 has three registered apprenticeship & training programs available to applicants:
  1. inside electrician
  2. communication technician (also known as VDVS installer technician)
  3. residential electrician
Inside Electricians are electrical workers who install the power, lighting, controls, and other electrical equipment in commercial and industrial buildings. The 10,000-hour apprenticeship training program, which includes 960 hours of classroom training, is generally completed in five years.

Communication or VDVS Installer Technicians are electrical workers who install circuits and equipment for telephones, computer networks, video distribution systems, security and access control systems and other low voltage systems. The 8,000-hour training program includes 450 hours of classroom training. Most apprentices complete their training program in three years.

Residential Electricians are electrical workers who specialize in installing all of the electrical systems in single-family and multi-family houses or dwellings. The 10,000-hour training program includes 450 hours of classroom training. Training is generally completed in three years.

To measure training progress among apprentices, contractors are surveyed regularly to determine areas in need of additional coverage. Wide-ranging experience is gained during on-the-job training for each electrician. On average, about 500 apprentices, or about 15 percent of the existing work force, are progressing through the training programs. More than 90 percent of the apprentices graduate and become journeymen.

Among the topics covered in the classroom are:
  • Electrical theory
  • Blueprint reading
  • Electrical systems
  • Digital electronics
  • National Electrical Code
  • Instrumentation and process controls
  • OSHA safety
  • Fiber optics

  • Journeyman Training. The training program also serves the continuing education needs of IBEW journeymen committed to staying abreast of fast-changing technology. A sampling of journeymen classes include:
  • Structured wiring systems
  • OSHA safety review
  • Local area networks (LAN)
  • Security and fire alarm systems
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Fiber optics
  • National Electrical Code review
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLC)
  • Industrial motor controls
  • Instrumentation and process controls
  • Conduit bending
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

  • St. Louis Industry Training Center   2300 Hampton Ave.   St. Louis, Missouri 63139   (314) 644-3587   Fax (314) 644-3589
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