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New to Apprenticeship

If you are unfamiliar with apprenticeship programs in general here is some basic information to help you decide if an apprenticeship is the right choice for you or someone you know.

An apprenticeship allows an individual to learn from both real life on-the-job work experience (OJT) as well as from related training classes (RT) which combine theory and practice. This combination allows the apprentice to make money while learning a valuable skills that will allow the apprentice to test to become certified in a certain profession. 

When comparing college to apprenticeship there are many benefits. Unlike a traditional college education many apprentices finish the program debt free and it isn’t uncommon for an apprentice to stay at the same employer throughout the program and long after completing the program.

Apprenticeship programs vary in length so it is best to check with the programs you are interested in. The Inside Electrician program is a 4 year program given optimal circumstances. In some cases it may take longer to complete due to failing a class, being laid off from work or other disciplinary issues. 

There are many Oregon Apprenticeship Opportunities in many different fields so I suggest researching multiple career choices before making your decision. Lane Community College has classes for some of the apprenticeship programs in Lane County

We encourage people from many different backgrounds to apply to the program. Many individuals have entered the apprenticeship program as a second career.

APPRENTICESHIP BENEFITS

  • Earn money while you are learning a skill
  • Often debt free when you complete your education
  • Some recieve benefits through an employer
  • Light class load while you work (2 nights a week)
  • You can use VA benefits to enroll in the program
  • Often a good wage when you finish the program

APPRENTICESHIP DRAWBACKS

  • Mostly construction, industial or manufacturing jobs
  • Working while also taking classes at night
  • Often physically demanding jobs

If after reading this you are still interested in learning more about becoming an Inside Electrician please see the additional links below.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Randall M. Tyle,

Executive Director and Apprenticeship Coordinator

1907 Garden Ave. Suite 207

Eugene, OR 97403

Phone: (541) 344-6473

Fax: (541) 344-7590

IEC NATIONAL

Independent Electrical Contractors

is a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors. We are one of the more than 60 chapters located throughout the USA.Please click to learn more about IEC National. You can also look up the locations of other chapters in your region.