The Electric Current Blog

Welcoming Another Year of JATC Graduates to the Industry

The Washington, DC construction industry has added 120 new highly-skilled electricians to its roster. Saturday, June 7th marked the 68th annual graduation ceremony for the Washington, DC, Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) where graduates received their diplomas and became Journeyman Electricians after completing up to five years of rigorous training.

23 Graduate from End Hunger in Calvert County Electrical Training Program

On January 6th, 23 students celebrated at a graduation hosted by End Hunger Calvert County. The training, developed and performed by the Washington, DC Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, was designed to prepare entry level workers for positions as trainees in the field of electrical construction. Additionally, the students are encouraged to use the program as a springboard towards the JATC’s Inside Wireman Apprenticeship program. The students completed a required 90 hours of intensive training spread out over 30 evenings.

JATC Shows Off New Upgrades

Electrical Apprentices Train on the Latest Energy-Saving Equipment

On February 28th, the JATC hosted several members of the Washington, DC commercial construction industry for a tour of the JATC that included its latest energy efficient upgrades. JATC Assistant Director Ralph Neidert conducted the tour. Neidert, a master electrician in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, was also the first to become certified and conduct training for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment in the DC area.

Department of Labor Uses the JATC as a Quality Apprenticeship Example in Webinar

The JATC helped present webinar on the vision for registered apprenticeship

The Office of Apprenticeship of the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) knows they can rely on the Electrical Alliance and its Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) as an example of a quality training program.

This is why they were selected to participate in DoL’s webinar, “A 21st Century Vision for Registered Apprenticeship (RA): A Brighter Future for American Workers and Employers.”

The Washington, D.C. JATC is sponsored by the Electrical Alliance, a cooperative effort between the Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26. The JATC offers a comprehensive three- or five-year accredited telecommunications or electric apprenticeship that includes intensive classroom and on-site work. Once completed, journeymen electricians are constantly provided with continuing education on new processes that readies them for work on state-of-the-art systems.