The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) runs its accredited program in a state-of-the-art facility located in Lanham, MD. The Apprenticeship is very competitive- applicants must have strong math and science skills, and pass a test and interview to be accepted. Once accepted, apprenticeships chose a 3 or 5 year career tracks. There are no tuition costs and during training, students get paid for attendance in school and on the job site.
Inside Electrical Track -- 5 Year Program
During the first three years, students attend class one day every other week year round. The rest of the time, they work on various job sites to practice their skills. During the last two years, they attend a total of four skill improvement elective classes of their choice and continue on-the-job training.
In the classroom and lab students learn about Ohm’s Law, AC and DC Theory, Solid State Electronics, Digital Electronics, Fiber Optic Theory and more. On the job they gain experience in conduit bending, branch circuit wiring, panel and switchgear installations, fire alarm and security systems and other skills.
After completing this program students can make more than $73,300 when working 2,000 hours a year and more than $22,100 a year worth of Health and Retirement Benefits.
Minimum: 800 hours of instruction, 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
Telecommunication Track -- 3 Year Program
During the first two years students attend class one day every other week and get on-the-job training with electrical contractors in one of today’s hottest growth areas — performing voice-data-video installations. During the last year, students attend skill improvement elective classes of their choice and continue to get on-the-job training.
In class and lab students learn about such subjects as EIA/TIA Standards, AC and DC Theory, Category 5, 5E and 6 Cables, Structured Wiring Systems, Local Area Networks and Fiber Optic Theory. On the job they gain experience in Category 5 Cabling installations, Coaxial and Fiber Optic Cable installations and security system installations.
After completing this program students can make more than $48,500 when working 2,000 hours a year and earn more than $14,740 a year worth of Health and Retirement Benefits.
Minimum: 480 hours of instruction, 4,800 hours of on-the-job training
Learn more about the apprenticeship program by visiting The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee's Web site at www.washdcjatc.org.