Electrician: South Central Minnesota

Electrical Apprenticeship Programs:
St. Paul
Iron Range
Dakotas & Western Minnesota
Statewide Limited Energy Program

Job description

boilermakerIncludes the installation of wires and equipment that deliver current in the construction, maintenance, and operation of electrical systems. This includes work on new buildings, houses, power plants and other similar places. Work can either be indoors or outdoors, and is sometimes in bad weather. It may be in high places with high voltage current, either of which is hazardous.



Apprenticeship program

Applications accepted year-round at the following address between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

South Central Minnesota JATC for the Electrical Industry
Attn: Andy Toft
9-80th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: (501) 529-7721

All applicants may apply in person or online. All recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeships shall be without discrimination due to race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

The SC MN JATC Program consists of 8,000 hours (5 years) of on-the-job training. The probationary period for new apprentices is 500 hours. Apprentices are required to attend a minimum of 180 hours of related classroom instruction per year for five years.

Areas covered include, but are not limited to: Albert Lea, Austin, Fairmont, Mankato, Olivia, Owatonna, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona.


  • Must be a high school graduate, have a GED.
  • Must be physically fit to perform the work of the trade.
  • Must have qualifying score, as prescribed by Committee, on the NJATC electrical trade's aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institute for Research.
  • Must submit transcript(s) of High School work or GED Certificate, post-secondary courses and grades from an accredited college & certificate of completion of diploma at time of application.
  • Complete an application

Selection procedures

The SC MN JATC interviews qualified candidates twice a year in the spring and summer or as needed. Scheduling of applicants is based on industry needs. Typically one interview session is scheduled during the month of April and the deadline for these interviews is in January. Applicants who meet all of the requirements will receive notifications of the time and date of their interview before the Joint Apprenticeship Committee, which is made up of 4 representatives from the union and 4 representatives from management. Each applicant will receive a ranking score, which is a composite of the interview, past experience, education, test scores, grades, etc. This score will place the applicant on a list of eligibles in descending order (higher scorer first, and so on down the list). The number of apprentices to be indentured will depend entirely on the amount of work available in the industry. A specific number could be hired right away; then, as jobs become available; apprentices will be selected from the list of eligibles. Each person on the list will remain on the list for two years.

More Information

Tools Needed

Electrician's knife, pencil, six foot rule, cutting pliers, combination pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, I reamers, extensions, chisels, etc.

Transportation Requirements

Apprentices are required to take a job within a 60-mile radius of their home if they live within the SC MN JATC jurisdiction. Apprentice must provide own transportation.


Eight (8) hours daily between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Overtime may be available on some projects.


An apprentice starts at 45.5% of the wage of a journeyman. The percentage of increase varies each period as follows:

Hours Worked % of Journey Level Wage
0 - 1,000
1,000 - 2,000
2,000 - 3,500
3,500 - 5,000
5,000 - 6,500
6,500 - 8,000

As of 7/1/13, journeyworker wages are $32.64.

Union Dues

Dues are 3.5% and initiation fees are $100; $50 at start of apprenticeship program and $50 upon completion.

Contact Us

Electrician Local 343
9 80th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-7081

South Central MN Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry
1660 Highway 100 S
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(800) 229-6323
(952) 591-1800

Denae Simmonds, Administrator


Training Director
Andy Toft