WE WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AGAIN IN JANUARY 2022
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you apply to an apprenticeship program, it is not like applying for a regular job. Apprenticeship is a pathway to a career. The application and interview process takes time to complete, and the selection of new apprentices generally only takes place in the spring and summer months. Because of the tremendous value of our training programs, we have many more applicants than we will have openings. All applicants that meet the minimum requirements will be afforded an opportunity to interview, but only a small percentage will be selected into the program. If you are determined to become a professional in the electrical industry, apprenticeship is an excellent pathway, but it does not come easy. Be prepared to work to set yourself apart as a candidate, and possibly have to interview more than once before ranking high enough to be selected. Anything worth having is worth working for, and this program is no exception. The career opportunities that await are worth the effort!
We schedule 12 information and application sessions two weeks in January each year. The 12 sessions are offered Monday thru Saturday at 10:00am.
To attend one of the sessions in January 2022 , you must schedule an appointment. We begin scheduling appointments in November each year. We continue to schedule appointments until the Thursday before the last session. Be sure to review the qualifications for apprenticeship before scheduling to know what documentation must be provided to make application.
We do NOT discriminate against anyone (applicant or apprentice) for any reason with regards to race, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, age 18 or older, genetic information, or disability.
All application/orientation sessions will begin at 10:00 am on the date you schedule. YOU MUST BRING ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO APPLY! Please see the minimum qualifications.
On the day of application you will need:
-High School Transcripts proving graduation or a GED with test scores (if you are still in high school you must bring transcripts and we will require complete transcripts upon graduation). College transcripts (if applicable) will also be a plus.
-An updated resume
-If you are a veteran, we will need a DD214
-A non refundable application fee of 25 dollars. This must be check or money order made out to "OREJATC". We do not accept cards or cash!!!!!
THE APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS
There are 4 parts to the application and interview process.
Requesting an Application – Click on the APPLICATION REQUEST FORM button below, and submit a completed form. You will receive an email with further instructions.
Submit a Completed Application and Supporting Documentation – In order to qualify for an interview, you must submit a completed application along with all required documentation. Click HERE for a list of what you need to meet minimum requirements.
Sit for the Electrical Industry Aptitude Test – This test measures your math and reading comprehension ability. Each program has a minimum score that must be achieved in order to qualify for an interview. Click HERE to find out more about the Electrical Industry Aptitude Test, and what you can do to prepare.
Appear for an Interview – Interviews will be scheduled late in the first quarter (February/March) each year, just prior to when we typically begin selecting new apprentices for the year. All applicants who interview will receive a score from the interview committee, and will be placed on the ranked list of applicants eligible to be selected, according to their score. As apprenticeship opportunities arise, offers for an apprenticeship will be made in the order of applicant scores, starting with the highest scoring applicant on the ranked list and working down until all available spots have been filled. Click here to read our Policy Statement.
Selected applicants must be willing to submit to drug screening and must know that they are subject to drug screens required by their employer and/or this program. Failing a drug screen will cause the applicants name to be dropped from the list of ranked applicants. Failing a drug screen as an apprentice will result in the apprentice being terminated from the program.
NOTE: Some job sites require security clearance and others will require background checks for clearance to work on specific job sites.
Cost for Apprentice Training
Be aware that as an apprentice one earns a paycheck when employment is available. Work has been relatively steady in this program but periods of unemployment are always possible in the construction industry.
The total cost to the five year Apprentice program is summarized below:
1. $25 application fee.
2. $272.00 for hand tools required for all apprentices
3. $600.00 toward books and tuition for each year
4. $125 for the online Math Course
Total: Less than $3500.00 spread over five years.
One is also responsible for keeping their union dues paid which is approximately $30.00 per month.
Working assessments are the only cost deducted from wages which amounts to only 3.5%.
For the $600 tuition cost, an apprentice is provided all texts and study materials and has their college tuition paid. Every apprentice in this program is registered with Pellissippi State Community College where they will receive 45 semester hours of college credit upon completion of apprenticeship. The apprentice actually earns 9 semester hours of college credit per year.