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Work Description

The industrial electrician maintains and repairs many different types of electrical equipment. They may also modify or install electrical equipment like motors, transformers, generators, machine controls and lighting systems in industrial, commercial and public establishments. The electrician is responsible for the periodic inspection of equipment to locate and repair defects before breakdowns occur.

Working Conditions

Electricians must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions. They are employed in manufacturing plants and 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

  • Four year training program
  • 7,424 hours on-the-job training.
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

The apprentice is taught the theory and the knowledge related to safety procedures while working with electrical components. Instruction also consists of local, state, and national electrical codes pertaining to the industrial application.

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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