Apprenticeship Program Information

What is an Electrician?

An apprentice electrician works directly under the supervision of a qualified journeyman electrician in installing or maintaining a variety of approved wiring methods for distribution of electrical light, heat, power, radio, and signaling utilization systems. The work is performed in existing or new residential, commercial and industrial buildings and includes street and highway lighting, traffic signals and other outdoor above and below grade installations. The trade requires considerable physical effort on the part of the apprentice to do lifting, climbing, crouching, and working in cramped areas.


Our program is sponsored jointly by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 617. As an employee and union member you will be afforded excellent medical and dental coverage as well as savings and pension plan benefits.


During the term of your apprenticeship you will work 8000 hours on the job for a five year program with various San Mateo County electrical contractors. In addition, you will attend school two nights per week for five years, totaling 900 hours. The starting wage is 35% of journeyman’s pay.

Electrician Apprenticeship Quick Facts

Program focus / job title

Electrician (Inside Wireman)

Type of program


Career cluster

Engineering Technology



Degree offered

Journeyman Certificate (A.S. Degree)


San Mateo County


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) Local 617 & Northern California
National Electrical Contractors Association
(NECA) Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Minimum age


Maximum age



High School Diploma or GED Completed 1 year of high school algebra with grade of “C” or better.

Educational partners

College of San Mateo

Contact Person

Kathleen Barber, Training Director


625 Industrial Road
San Carlos, California 94070-3301


(650) 591-5217


(650) 591-5219


625 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070 Tel.(650) 591-5217 Fax.(650) 591-5219