Electrician: Minneapolis

Electrical Apprenticeship Programs:
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Statewide Limited Energy Program

Job description

boilermakerAn electrician must be proficient in the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of all electrical wiring and equipment in both new construction and remodeling of buildings, structures, manufacturing processes, bridges, street/highway work and tunnels.




Apprenticeship program

Apply in person. Applications are accepted every business day from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at:

Minneapolis Electrical JATC
13100 Frankfort Parkway
St. Michael, MN 55376
(763) 497-0072

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Jim Nimlos

Contact Jim Nimlos or Anna Marx (application administrator). Interviews held quarterly.

Program involves 8,000 hours: 5 years of on-the-job training and approximately 240 hours each year of related-instruction offered one full day each week (not paid for day in school).


  • Must be a high school graduate or the equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must show evidence of one year of high school algebra with a passing grade of C or higher
  • Must get a qualifying score on Electrical Aptitude test
  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Selection procedures

Applicants will be required to take the NJATC Electrical Aptitude test which is given quarterly.

Those who score a 4 or higher will have an interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. They will be notified by mail regarding the time, date and location of their interview, and those who fail to appear will be ruled ineligible. (Applicants not passing the aptitude test will be given the math and reading comprehension results and will be eligible to retest in six months.)

Prior to reporting for the interview, applicant must provide all transcripts, GED scores and other documentation

After the applicant interviews with the Interview Committee (made up of 3 representatives from the union and 3 from the employers) their application will then be scored and ranked according to a composite score of their high school record, technical college record, work experience, veteran status and oral interview. Applicants will then be placed into a pool of eligible candidates ranked highest to lowest

As jobs become available, apprentices are chosen from the pool of those eligible. As apprentices are needed, the apprenticeship director contacts those on the eligible list, starting with the highest ranking number. All eligible applicants will remain on the list for two (2) years from date of interview, unless they choose to be removed.

More Information

Tools Needed

  • 8 or 9 inch lineman's pliers i.e. Klein
  • 2 - adjustable pliers i.e. Channellock
  • 6 inch screwdriver
  • #2 Phillips' screwdriver
  • steel tape up to 25 ft. or 6' folding wood/plastic ruler
  • retractable blade utility knife or electrician's knife
  • hammer
  • torpedo level
  • hack saw frame
  • 6 inch long nose pliers
  • flashlight with plastic body
  • tool pouch and belt (optional)
  • current copy of National Electrical Code Book (this is provided to new apprentices)

Electrician's knife, pencil, ruler, cutting pliers, combination pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, wrenches, hacksaw, chisels, etc. Costs are about $600.

Transportation Requirements

Apprentices must provide their own transportation.


Eight (8) hours daily starting between 7-8:00 AM and ending between 3:30-4:30 PM.


For 2012 the starting wage is $13.72 per hour for beginning apprentices with no experience, and raises every 12 months of work, up to $28.47. These rates may change annually at contract time in May.

Union Dues

The initiation fee for an apprentice is approximately $150.00, 1/2 due at start of program, and the other 1/2 due upon graduation from the program. The membership dues are approximately $93.00 per quarter, and working dues are 3% of a worker's gross pay.

Contact Us

Electrician Local 292
312 Central Avenue
Room 292
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-1292
(800) 337-8310

Business Manager
Rodger Kretman

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Jim Nimlos