Since 1981 NNMIEC has trained hundreds of electricians in New Mexico.
Electrician Apprenticeship Program
The Electrical Apprenticeship Program is maintained by NNMIEC (Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors) which is an IEC contractor member organization. NNMIEC has conducted our electrical apprenticeship program since 1981 under standards approved by the New Mexico State Apprenticeship Council and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
What Makes IEC’s Program So Successful?
- IEC’s four-year program curriculum is recognized by the US. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training.
- The NNMIEC’s electrical apprenticeship program is also recognized by Veterans Affairs.
- 160 hours of classroom training per year with lectures, demonstrations, labs, and homework, and a comprehensive final that must be passed prior to graduating to the next level.
- 8,000 hours of on-the-job training throughout the program.
- The curriculum is used nationwide by nearly 10,000 registered I.E.C. apprentices each year.
- Dedicated professional staff to assist apprentices in progressing through the program.
- Gives support to fourth-year apprentices in obtaining their EE-98J license prior to their graduation.
Please Contact Us for details about applying to the apprenticeship program.
Electrical Apprenticeship FAQ
Following are frequently asked questions about our IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Program. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICIAN?
An electrician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with this knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential and other types of building facilities. Thus, the electrician performs a service which enables the consumer to use electrical energy for such purposes as lighting, heating and the operation of electrical equipment, motors, control systems and appliances.
WHY BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN?
Electricians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors, and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.
WHAT IS THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR ELECTRICIANS?
The apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training over a four-year period of time. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of electrician. For completion, 600 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on-the-job training hours are required. Those apprentices, who satisfactorily complete the requirements, will receive a Completion Certificate from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, State Apprenticeship Council, and the National IEC.
WHAT ARE THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES?
During the training period, the apprentice will be employed by electrical contractor members of the association. After the training period and when the apprentice has achieved electrician status, job opportunities will exist locally and nationally. The demand for an electrician’s services will be in direct proportion to attitude and eagerness to produce quality, useful work.
WHAT PAY CAN AN APPRENTICE EXPECT?
The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 50% of the hourly rate of pay for electricians. This rate is determined by the Apprenticeship and Training Committee and approved by SAC. The apprentice has the ability to receive hourly pay increases for every 1000 hours worked when successfully completing the corresponding semester of related classroom instruction with a minimum of 75% grade, and attending the required number of related classroom instruction hours throughout the training. When the apprentice has successfully completed the apprenticeship program they will have the qualifications necessary to take the New Mexico State Journeymen’s license exam.
IS THERE A COST TO THE APPRENTICE?
Apprentices are required to purchase text books and their tools.
WHO CAN APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
Any person at least 18 years of age can apply. The Apprenticeship & Training Committee will review results of the applicant’s educational background, references and conduct record, and whatever related work experience they may have.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY?
To qualify for an interview and to be placed on the ranking list, applicants must meet the following requirements. IEC charges a $20.00 fee for the application.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
- Complete an application provided by the sponsor and accurately respond to all questions and items including statements that indicate they are able to perform the essential function of the trade.
- Submit a valid ID.
- Applicants are responsible for reliable transportation to the employer’s place of business, job site, and classroom-related instruction.
Please Contact Us for additional details about applying for our apprenticeship program.