Our three available Programs
Updated On: Dec 03, 2018

The Inside Electrical Apprenticeship is a five-year training program that consists of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in addition to 900 hours of classroom instruction over the 5 years.  Class is held two separate weeks in the Fall semester and two separate weeks in the Spring semester, as well as 4 hours of "Study Hall" in between each week of school at our Electrical Training Center in Santa Rosa. Apprentices are paid while they work and learn, with wages starting at forty percent of Journeyman Electrician wages and increasing five percent every six months, or 800-1000 hours worked. Current starting pay is 40% of Journeyman pay, plus health benefits(medical, dental & vision) once the apprentice accumulates 500 hours worked. Apprentices are required to pay work assessment which is 5% of their gross wage. Currently a first step Inside Apprentice can expect to make $20.16/hour.

Inside Wireman

While the Outside Lineman works on the distribution network, bringing power from sources of generation to the customers, the Inside Wireman's job is to distribute and connect the customer's electrical equipment to that power source. The Inside Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. Equipment used may include lighting, receptacles, motors, heating equipment, and systems that control the operation of all of a facility's energy usage.

The Inside Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.

The work of an Inside Wireman can vary. One day the Inside Wireman could be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit in a ditch or on the outside of a building. Inside Wiremen also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary.


The Residential Wireman apprenticeship is a 3 year training program that consists of 4,800 hours of on-the-job training in addition to 480 hours of classroom instruction over the 3 years.  Classes will be held two nights a week at our Electrical Training Center in Santa Rosa. Apprentices are paid while they work and learn. Current starting pay is 50% of Journeyman rate with increases every 800 hours worked and satisfactory completion of the appropriate school year. Currently a first step Residential Apprentice can expect to make $15.50/hour.

Residential Wireman

The Residential Wiremen, like the Inside Wireman, installs the systems that distribute power from the point of entry in a building to the equipment within a building that uses that power. The difference between the Inside Wireman and the Residential Wireman is that, while the Inside Wireman is performing electrical work in commercial and industrial facilities, the Residential Wireman is performing and maintaining the electrical systems in homes and other types of residential installations.

As technology continues to grow, houses place more and more demand on their electrical systems.The tasks associated with the Residential Wiremancontinually evolve. Today's homes are now being equipped with computer networks, energy management systems, security systems, fire alarm systems as well as the standard power distribution systems to lights and receptacles throughout the home. The Residential Wireman installs all of these various systems. These craftspeople are learning the background knowledge and the skills necessary to make these systems work for today's homeowner.


The Sound and Communication Apprenticeship is a three-year program that consists of 4,800 hours of on-the-job training in addition to 480 hours of related classroom instruction held one evening per week at the NORCAL Sound and Communications Training center in San Leandro.  Current starting pay is 55% of Installer pay.                        

Currently a first step Sound and Communincations Apprentice can expect to make $17.89-$21.19/hour  depending on location.

Installer Technician

While the Inside Wireman is installing the conduit and power feeders on a project, the Installer Technician is working beside the Wireman, installing the network of low voltage cabling that is used for video, voice and data or other low voltage signaling.

While most installations are in buildings that are partially or fully enclosed to protect from sun, wind and rain, these installations often occur before air conditioning, heat or permanent light fixtures have been installed in the buildings.

Backbone voice and data cables are routed between the entrance facility, where communications signals enter a building, to equipment and telephone rooms. Voice and data horizontal cables are routed between telephone or equipment rooms and individual workstations throughout the building.

Equipment rooms often contain energized equipment such as hubs, file servers or telephone switches. These devices are configured and connected to the communications network that serves the building, and must not be interrupted.

The Installer Technician installs voice and data outlets at workstations. In addition, they install punch down blocks and cross connects in telephone rooms. These may be wall-mounted or rack-mounted, and must be grouped and identified according to specific installation standards. Whether the work is in new construction or in existing office or manufacturing space, the IBEW-NECA craftsperson takes pride in the work he or she has and can performed.

The electrical training ALLIANCE trains to TIA/EIA and other industry standards. The electrical training ALLIANCE also partners with the major manufacturers in the video, voice and data industry to assure training in the latest technologies including training for manufacturers warranted installs.

Job Description

Many of the work processes of the Installer Technician are listed below. There are many systems that utilize low voltage video, voice or data signals. Not all Installer Technicians work on all systems. However, properly trained Installer Technicians can work on a variety of types of systems, including systems for video, voice and data.

Plan and Initiate Projects

Install Underground Voice or Data Circuit Feeders to Entrance Facilities

Provide or Connect to the Grounding Electrode System

Install Pathways and Spaces for Installation of Low Voltage Wiring

Install, Terminate and Test Wires and Cables, both Copper and Fiber-Optic

Install, Test, Certify and Troubleshoot Local Area Network (LAN) Cabling Systems

Lay Out, Install and Verify Operation of Security and Access Control Systems

Install Communications and Sound Distribution Systems

Provide Testing, Analysis and Repair of Video, Voice and Data Systems; including Electronic Devices such as Gateways, Routers, Hubs, NIC Cards, Telephone Switches, etc.

Prefabricate Systems, such as Telecommunications Racks, for Field Installation

Work on other Sub-systems such as Communications and Entertainment.


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