Residential Wire Program

Home Sweet Home

The Residential Wire program installs the systems that distribute power from the point of entry in a residential building, to the equipment within a building that uses that power. Wiring of homes and small apartment buildings not exceeding six stories is the focus of the Residential program. Receptacles, switches, lighting, electrical heat, heat pumps, etc. are covered.  Today’s homes and apartments place more and more demand on their electrical systems. Homes are now being equipped with computer networks, energy management systems, security systems, fire alarm systems, as well as the standard power distribution systems to lights and receptacles throughout the home. The Residential Wire program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to make these systems work for today’s homeowner.

Work & School

This program consists of 4,000 on-the-job training hours, and 400 classroom education hours. When an apprentice completes this program and passes their Washington State Electrical test, they will hold an (02) Residential Journey Level Electrician certificate.

Residential apprentices attend classes two evenings each week for three quarters of the year. Like the Limited Energy program, night classes allow the apprentice to work during the day and attend classes at night.  During workdays, and occasionally nights and weekends, apprentices work on job sites to gain their paid on-the-job training hours. While you are an apprentice, you will be working for a NECA electrical contractor, and supervised by qualified IBEW journey-level workers.

Apprentice wages increase as more on-the-job hours and school benchmarks are achieved.

Program Requirements

Minimum requirements to apply for 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 Math with a grade of “C” or better OR one (1) quarter of college Math 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.