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 Apprenticeship
Career cluster Engineering Technology
Pathway Construction
Degree offered Journeyman Certificate (A.S. Degree)
Location San Mateo County
Sponsor International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) Local 617 & Northern California
National Electrical Contractors Association
(NECA) Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Minimum age 18
Maximum age None
Requirements 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
Address 625 Industrial Road
San Carlos, California 94070-3301
Phone (650) 591-5217
Fax (650) 591-5219