Inside Wire Program

Varied Work Experience

The scope of work for this program involves the electrical systems and foundations found in any commercial or industrial building. Installation of lighting, receptacles, motors, and all of the systems that control the operation of a facility’s energy usage are included in this program’s curriculum.  The work of an Inside Wire apprentice varies, one day you could be helping to install conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboard, to all of the equipment that use electricity in a building. The next day you could be installing conduit in a ditch outside of the building. Electrical work in this program is performed inside and outside of buildings in all types of weather.  Every type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wire program, the apprenticeship training provides the necessary knowledge for those tasks. While you are an apprentice, you will be working for a NECA electrical contractor, and supervised by qualified IBEW journey-level workers.

Work & School

The Inside Wire program consists of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and 1,000 hours of classroom education. When the Inside Wire apprenticeship is completed and an apprentice passes the Washington State Electrical Journey test, they will hold a (01) General Journey Level Electrician certification the State of Washington. The Inside Wire is the largest of the three programs at PSEJATC.

Earn While You Learn

Apprentices in this program attend classes during alternating quarters of the year. The cost of books and tuition for the year is paid by the apprentice and broken into two quarterly payments. During the quarters when an apprentice is attending school, they will spend one eight-hour day each week in classes while working on a job site the other workdays. During quarters without school, apprentices continue working in the field to gain more on-the-job experience.

An apprentice’s wage increases as more on-the-job hours and school benchmarks are achieved, including the hands-on Craft Certification tests where apprentices prove their increasing skills.

Program Requirements

Minimum requirements to apply to this program are:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Must have completed one (1) full year of high school Algebra with a grade of “C” or better OR one (1) quarter of college Algebra with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Apprentices work within the IBEW Local 46 jurisdiction which includes King, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.