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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How old do I have to be to apply for the apprenticeship program?
A: All applicants must be at least 17 at the time of the application. Proof of birth date will be required.
Q: Does the apprenticeship program require any education?
A: To qualify, applicants must have a high school degree or GED. If they do not have a diploma or GED, they must have a two-year Associate's Degree or higher.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: There is not an enrollment or tuition fee to enroll in the apprenticeship program. However, there is a $25 application fee due at the time of application. Additionally, students will have to pay for their textbooks and provide their own laptop. Click here for laptop requirements (link to Windows Computer document).
Q: What is application process to enroll in the apprenticeship program?
A: All applicants must read the minimum qualifications (listed above). Upon eligibility, interested applicants must fill an application online at www.jatc153.com. There is a $25 application fee associated with each application. Click here for a list of the application questions to determine eligibility (click to: PDF of Affirmation of Working Conditions). Applicants will also have to pass a drug screening and background check before moving on in the application process. Those who meet the basic requirements will be invited to an interview. Apprentices will be selected in order of their final ranking.
Q: What are some of the physical requirements necessary to be an electrical apprentice?
A: Apprentices need to endure all kinds of working environments including those with extreme weather conditions, excessive noise and distractions, and varying depths and heights (trenches, ladders, manholes, etc.) They also need the ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more, climb ladders, operate power equipment, and work long hour days. Click here for the Affirmation of Working Conditions (PDF of Affirmation of Working Conditions).
Q: Will I need to drive anywhere?
A: Yes, apprentices are placed in jobs that may require daily commutes of up to 75 miles. Job locations are spread across six counties: Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshal and Koschiusko in Indiana and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan.
If you have additional questions about the application process, please call 574-233-1721.