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IEC Apprenticeship: Meeting Tomorrow's Needs Today

Jerry Thomas, Executive Director

Stan Flippin, Director of Education

Independent Electrical Contractors-Dallas

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  • If you have an interest in working with your hands and mind to build and create projects, then Electrical Apprenticeship may be for you

  • It’s Challenging work…

  • Building skills and increasing knowledge

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  • U. S. Department of Labor estimates a shortage of 23% of total electricians needed by the year 2012.

  • The average age of a Journey level electrician is 48 years…

  • Veterans-we welcome all our returning vets to apply for a career in the electrical construction industry.

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Agenda –Where do we go from here?

  • What is IEC electrical apprenticeship?

  • How do YOU qualify to enter IEC Apprenticeship training?

  • What are the benefits of attending IEC?

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Where to start?

  • Come to IEC to complete application

  • Bring documents such as school transcript, drivers license, ss card, letter of reference.

  • Veterans - bring your DD214

  • Complete a math evaluation

  • Be assigned an interview date

  • Once interviewed and accepted, pass a hair test drug analysis exam.

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  • “Registered” Apprentice – registration with Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor

  • Apprenticeship Committee

  • Indenture Date – official date of entry

  • Indentured to Committee – performs oversight

  • OJT hours – all hours worked on the job

  • Apprentice Wage Scale – wage progression

  • VA- veteran approved program

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  • Registered Apprentice – each IEC Dallas student is registered with U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeship Committee – this committee is comprised of IEC member electricians/contractors who oversee the program.

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  • OJT hours – you must accumulate 8,000 hours of on the job training as a graduation requirement. You will work full time while attending class one evening per week during the four year course.

  • Graduation ceremony – all grads will take part in official cap/gown graduation ceremony.

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  • Apprentice Wage scale – all apprentices are under the IEC Wage scale where they earn a certain level of pay according to their status in “on the job training” hours that have accumulated.

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  • School curriculum – professionally written, the curriculum is designed to teach the student to become a well-rounded electrician.

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  • Indenture date – this is the date you are officially enrolled in school and “on the job” hours begin to accumulate.

  • Indentured to Committee – the committee is responsible for your overall well-being while enrolled in school.

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Requirements for Enrollment

  • Current Drivers License

  • Current Social Security Card

  • Have your own transportation

  • High School diploma/GED/transcript of grades

  • DD 214 if you served in Military

  • Letter of reference from someone you’ve worked for in the past

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Requirements for enrollment

  • Pay $25 application fee

  • Complete Application at IEC office (anytime Monday-Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Must obtain an Apprentice Electrician license from the state of Texas.

  • Must pass hair test drug screen and background check

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On the Job Training

  • You work full time for an IEC contractor member

  • You’ll learn “hands on” during your work experience

  • You are supervised by a licensed Journey level electrician

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On the job training

  • Your quarterly field reports indicate to IEC how you are progressing “on the job”

  • Your pay reflects the wage on the IEC scale according to the number of hours accumulated while “learning on the job”.

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On the job training

  • Increases in pay are guaranteed as long as you have passing grades and are doing a good job where you work.

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On the job training

  • Company will review your work progress to determine if you should receive pay increase.

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Classroom Instruction

  • You will attend class one evening per week- September thru May - of each year

  • The nationally sponsored curriculum is written by professionals with input from the electrical contractor. It’s updated annually to reflect changes in the national electrical code and technology.

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Classroom instruction

  • You earn as much as 37 college credit hours

  • Labs are professionally designed and equipment furnished by IEC Dallas Industry Partners

  • IEC Dallas instructors are master electricians with teaching experience (half are IEC grads)

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Classroom instruction….

  • Focus is on teaching one to be a professional electrician

  • Designed to teach electrical theory and national electrical code as it applies to electrical installations and construction

  • Professionally written by electrical personnel and updated annually

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Classroom instruction….

  • 1st year – basic electrical theory & code

  • 2nd year – advanced theory and code

  • 3rd year – motor controls and grounding

  • 4th year – blue print, advanced code, grounding, supervision

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Classroom instruction….

  • All classes are instructed using the Classroom Performance System.

  • This unique computer based program allows students to interact in the classroom discussion and be measured (assessed) on exams and quizzes by the instructor.

  • Computer lab designed to assist students in learning

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Classroom Performance System

  • Students use a handheld remote to record attendance and answer discussion, quiz and exam questions.

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  • This teaching method allows the instructor to measure what students learn.

  • Students who may have difficulty understanding material may be assisted in a study night with one on one attention.

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  • After 4 years……

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Graduation Ceremonies

  • Outstanding Apprentice Awards – this award is presented to a student in each of the 4 year classes. It recognizes achievement in academics as well as ”on the job” performance.

  • Perfect Attendance Awards – presented to any student who has perfect attendance.

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Graduation Requirements

  • Must complete 576 hours of classroom instruction with a passing minimum grade of 70

  • Must complete 8,000 of on the job training


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National Wire off competition

  • Compete on national level with top students from around the country

  • Sponsored by local Chapters of IEC, student will be a graduate of our program and have completed his/her entry form documents

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National wire-off competition

  • Opportunity to earn great prizes and cash!

  • Travel to major cities – most national conventions sites are located in major cities throughout U. S..

  • Gain recognition from your employer and peers.

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Benefits of attending IEC

  • 1. Registered program with DOL

  • 2. We find you employment

  • 3. VA approved program for all vets

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more benefits…………..

  • 4. Earn up to 37 hours of College Credit

  • 5. Program recognized nationally

  • 6. Qualified, competent electrical instructors

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more benefits…..

  • 7. Classroom instruction with lab exercises

  • 8. Formal graduation ceremony with awards

  • 9. Excellent pay & benefits with regular increases

  • 10. Establish career path

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What Next?

  • Come to IEC office in Irving to complete an application, math evaluation and review program with school staff (normally takes 1 ½ hours)

  • Veterans, be sure to bring your DD214

    Pay $25 application fee

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And then….?

  • At a later date, be interviewed and accepted into the program

  • Pass a hair test drug screen

  • Obtain your apprentice license before placement with a contractor

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You’re on the road to success!

  • Once all the requirements are successfully completed, IEC Dallas will place you with an electrical contractor for full time employment.

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Learn, Grow, Excel….

  • School begins the first week of September and runs through the end of May each year….

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Veterans benefits…

  • Vets – we help process your paperwork for submission to the VA.

  • You’ll receive full monthly VA benefits while enrolled in IEC Dallas

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  • In certain cases, you may be eligible, because of your military training, for consideration of testing thru a portion of our Apprenticeship school.

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  • The following graduate programs are best designed for veterans:

  • Apprenticeship – 4 year program

  • Professional Electricians – 2 year program

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Other Educational Programs from IEC….

  • Continuing Education Courses to renew the state of Texas electrical license each year. All courses are 4 hours in length and approved by the state of Texas.

  • Classroom instruction

    • IEC facility or your own facility classroom

    • ONLINE CLASSES Available on our website at

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Other Educational Programs

  • Journey-level and Master Prep classes to prepare one to take the state electrical license exam

  • Basic Electrical course – a 6 week course to introduce the electrical construction field to new entrants in the industry.

  • Estimating, Project Manager, Foreman training classes also available for upgrade and continuing education for electricians

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Other programs…..

  • Tradesman Training – a 2 year program designed for those who have several years experience in the field but with no classroom instruction

  • Professional Electricians Program – a 2 year program for those with more than 4 years in the field but with no classroom instruction.

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Need More Information?

  • Call 972/550-1133 or 1/800/211-0256

  • Write to 1931 Hereford Drive

  • Irving, Texas 75038

  • We’re on the web at:

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More information

  • Also….

    • Contact IEC National at for programs available in other IEC Chapters throughout the country.

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Your Future begins one step at a time… “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”.

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Good luck and best wishes….

  • From the members and staff at IEC Dallas