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Industrial Electricians are highly skilled individuals who safely install, service and troubleshoot equipment, and perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions.

They work with plant lighting equipment, distribution circuits and transformers; motors, starters and motor control centers; programmable logic controllers, computer-based controls, control panel and electrical control systems. In addition, they may service high voltage electrical systems. Industrial Electricians perform all work in accordance with relevant codes.

Working Conditions

Today, most modern industrial facilities are relatively clean, well lit, and ventilated. Industrial Electricians are typically not limited to a specific work area; rather, they are highly mobile and active throughout the facility, going wherever their skills are needed. However, they must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions and on ladders and lifts. They often work with their hands above their heads, in confined spaces and in a variety of conditions and temperatures, both hot and cold. Working around machines and equipment and with high voltage presents certain dangers. Industrial Electricians must vigilantly follow safety precautions, and wear personal protective equipment, such as high-voltage suits and gloves, safety belts, protective glasses and/or hard hats, to avoid common hazards.


  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must meet any additional qualifications set forth by employer

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 4-year program
  • 7,600 hours of on-the-job training
  • 720 hours of paid related classroom instruction (additional hours of unpaid related instruction may be required)
  • Transition-To-Trainer course will be completed in the final year of the apprenticeship

Get Started

To become an industrial electrician apprentice you need to find an employer who will sponsor you. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program. Once you have a sponsor, your employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.


For questions about electrical and instrumentation apprenticeships or the application process, please contact Stephanie Haka at, or Job Center, 364 Grand Avenue, Wausau, WI, 54403.