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Electrical & Instrumentational (E&I)

Work Description

Technicians install, service and maintain electrical equipment including plant lighting and receptacle circuits, motors, starters, motor control centers, programmable controllers, control panels and transformers. They may service high voltage transformers and transmission lines.

Working Conditions

Most electrical & instrumentation technicians work in the paper mills or food processing industries. Technicians must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions. They use protective equipment to avoid common hazards; such as, safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats.



  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to
    participating employers

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • Five to six year training program
  • 9,392 hours on-the-job training.
  • 1,008 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Classroom training includes study of electrical codes, electronics, electrical systems, safety, controllers, instrument mechanics and process measurements.


Application Process

  • To become an apprentice in the State of WI, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS).
  • Contact an employer on your own. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program.
  • Once you have a sponsor, the employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and
    your employer.


Ben Stahlecker
State of Wisconsin – DWD
Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
District Representative – Wausau
Job Center
364 Grand Ave
Wausau, WI 54403
Phone: 715-261-8754


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