Trained at a Young Age

Certain Electrical Alliance electricians are knowledgeable about industry well before they enter their apprenticeship

All Electrical Alliance electricians engage in an intense five-year apprenticeship through the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) to become journeyman electricians. Many make the decision to apply during or after high school, but some become acquainted with the industry long before they can apply to the program.

One recent JATC apprenticeship graduate, Richie Wells, Jr., has been learning about the electric industry since he was young. Wells, Jr. would accompany his father, Richie Wells Sr., to work on his electrician jobs. Wells Sr. is a journeyman electrician and a 1986 graduate of the JATC’s program.

“He always went to work on projects with me. He has wanted to be an electrician his whole life, so he prepared for his career the best he could when he was younger. He went to a vocational school and was a summer helper for Dynalectric prior to being accepted into the apprenticeship,” said Wells Sr.

Wells Jr. added, “I was influenced by my father (to enter the JATC program), because I saw how good the electrical trade has treated him over his life. My dad was taught not only to work efficiently, but also to become a future leader in the industry.”

Learning the trade at a young age is a testament to the thorough training and competitiveness of the program. The JATC had more than 4,200 applications to be an apprentice in the 2013 class.

Regardless of prior knowledge, all JATC apprentices undergo a meticulous three- or five-year accredited telecommunications or electric apprenticeship to ready them for work on tomorrow’s systems. The apprenticeship includes both classroom and project site work. Journeymen electricians regularly complete continuing education on maintaining and retrofitting older systems and on new, cutting-edge processes to ensure all clients receive the highest quality work possible.

Whether an experienced electrician or one just beginning their career, electricians with Electrical Alliance contractors combine their aptitude for math and science with project experience to achieve a final result that goes beyond expectations. Hire an Electrical Alliance contractor by visiting

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