apprentice working with equipment

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a required training program consisting of a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Once completed, the apprentice becomes a nationally recognized journeyman.

Apprenticeship standards

Registered apprenticeship program standards in Washington state are regulated by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC). A sponsor/employer operates an apprenticeship program and follows recommended guidelines. There are also federally registered apprenticeship programs who report to the U.S. Department of Labor and follow the standards assigned.

electrician working on electrical lines

Benefits of an apprenticeship vs. college

There are a wide variety of apprenticeships available, and similar to college, an apprenticeship can take years to complete. One of the benefits of apprenticeship is you earn while you learn, and many apprentices enjoy raises along the path to becoming a journey-level worker. (pc: Dennis Schroeder, NREL 122267)


Apprenticeship programs & CDL schools

We provide extensive, though not all-inclusive, links to apprenticeship programs and CDL schools. Please refer to the websites listed below by state for job opportunities in employment areas that are available.

Alta Forest ProductsIndustrial ElectricianChehalis
AvistaElectrical MechanicSpokane
AvistaHydro & Substation OperatorSpokane
Benton County PUDLinemanKennewick
Benton County PUDMetermanKennewick
Benton Rural Electric AssociationLinemanProsser
Bonneville Power AdministrationHigh-voltage ElectricianVancouver
Bonneville Power AdministrationLineworkerVancouver
Bonneville Power AdministrationSubstation OperatorVancouver
Centralia City LightLinemanCentralia
Centralia City LightHydro Plant OperatorCentralia
Centralia City LightMeter TechnicianCentralia
Centralia City LightSubstation OperatorCentralia
Chelan PUDLinemanWenatchee
Chelan PUDPower Systems WiremanWenatchee
Chelan PUDMetermanWenatchee
Chelan PUDGeneration MechanicWenatchee
Chelan PUDHydro OperatorWenatchee
Chelan PUDGeneration WiremanWenatchee
Chelan PUDElectric Utility TechnicianWenatchee
City of EllensburgLinemanEllensburg
City of EllensburgMetermanEllensburg
City of MiltonLinemanMilton
City of Richland, Energy Services Dept.LinemanRichland
City of Richland, Energy Services Dept.Meter RepairmanRichland
City of Richland, Energy Services Dept.Electrical Mechanic/WiremanRichland
City of SumasLinemanSumas
Clallam County PUDLinemanCarlsborg
Clallam County PUDMeter TechnicianCarlsborg
Clallam County PUDTree TrimmerCarlsborg
Clallam County PUDSubstation Equipment ElectricianCarlsborg
Clark County PUDLinemanVancouver
Clark County PUDMetermanVancouver
Columbia Rural Electric AssociationLinemanWalla Walla
Columbia Rural Electric AssociationMetermanWalla Walla
Construction Industry Training Council of WashingtonHVAC InstallerBellevue
Cowlitz County PUDLinemanLongview
Cowlitz County PUDMetermanLongview
Eastern Washington-Northeast Oregon Pipe Trades Apprenticeship CommitteeHVAC/Refrigeration MechanicPasco
Elmhurst Mutual Power & LightLinemanTacoma
FramatomeIndustrial Maintenance ElectricianRichland
Franklin PUDLinemanPasco
Franklin PUDMetermanPasco
Franklin PUDSubstation ElectricianPasco
Frontier Apprenticeship & TrainingElectricianBattle Ground
Grand Coulee Power Office, Bureau of ReclamationHydro MechanicGrand Coulee
Grand Coulee Power Office, Bureau of ReclamationPower Systems ControlGrand Coulee
Grand Coulee Power Office, Bureau of ReclamationHydro Power Plant OperatorGrand Coulee
Grand Coulee Power Office, Bureau of ReclamationPower Systems ElectricianGrand Coulee
Grant County PUDLinemanBeverly
Grant County PUDHydro MechanicBeverly
Grant County PUDElectronics TechnicianBeverly
Grant County PUDPower Plant OperatorBeverly
Grant County PUDHydro ElectricianBeverly
Grant County PUDPower Systems ElectricianBeverly
Grant County PUDMeter TechnicianBeverly
Grays Harbor PUDLinemanAberdeen
Grays Harbor PUDMetermanAberdeen
Grays Harbor PUDUtility WiremanAberdeen
Greater Western Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship CommitteeHVAC/Refrigeration MechanicLacey
Inland Empire Electrical JATC (IBEW 73)ElectricianSpokane
Inland Empire Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Apprenticeship Training CommitteeHVAC/Refrigeration FitterSpokane
Inland Power & Light Co.LinemanSpokane
Jefferson County PUDLinemanPort Hadlock
Jefferson County PUDSubstation and Equipment TechnicianPort Hadlock
Klickitat County PUDLinemanGoldendale
Lakeview Light & PowerMeter TechnicianLakewood
Lakeview Light & PowerLine ElectricianLakewood
Lewis County PUDLinemanChehalis
Lewis County PUDMetermanChehalis
Lewis County PUDTree TrimmerChehalis
Lewis County PUDOperator-MaintainerChehalis
LU112-NECA Electrical JATCInside WiremanKennewick
Mason County PUD # 1LinemanShelton
Mason County PUD # 3LinemanShelton
Mason County PUD # 3MetermanShelton
Mason County PUD # 3Tree TrimmerShelton
Mason County PUD # 3Utility WiremanShelton
Mastercraft Electric Inc.ElectricianPacific
McCleary Light & PowerLinemanMcCleary
Northwest Line JATCLinemanVancouver
Northwest Line JATCTree TrimmerVancouver
Northwest Washington Electrical Industry JATCInside WiremanMount Vernon
OHOP Mutual Light CompanyLine ElectricianEatonville
Orcas Power & Light CooperativeLinemanEastsound
Pacific County PUDLinemanLong Beach
Pacific County PUDMetermanLong Beach
Pacific County PUDElectrical Maintenance TechLong Beach
Pacific Power & LU 125 JATCLinemanMultiple Locations
Pacific Power & LU 125 JATCMeter TechnicianMultiple Locations
Peninsula Light CompanyLinemanGig Harbor
Peninsula Light CompanyWiremanGig Harbor
Peninsula Light CompanyMetermanGig Harbor
Performance Electrical Apprenticeship CommitteeInside ElectricianPuyallup
Port Angeles City LightLinemanPort Angeles
Puget Sound Electrical JATC (IBEW 46)Maintenance ElectricianRenton
Puget Sound Electrical JATC (IBEW 46)Inside WiremanRenton
Puget Sound EnergyMetermanBellevue
Puget Sound EnergyHydro MechanicBellevue
Puget Sound EnergyHydro ElectricianBellevue
Puget Sound EnergyWiremanBellevue
Puget Sound EnergyCombustion Turbine SpecialistBellevue
Schweitzer Engineering LaboratoriesIndustrial Maintenance ElectricianPullman
Schweitzer Engineering LaboratoriesHVAC Service TechnicianPullman
Seattle Area Pipe TradesHVAC/Refrigeration MechanicRenton
Seattle City LightLineworkerSeattle
Seattle City LightCable SplicerSeattle
Seattle City LightElectrician ConstructorSeattle
Seattle City LightGeneration Electrician ConstructorSeattle
Seattle City LightHydroelectric Maintenance MachinistSeattle
Seattle City LightMeter ElectricianSeattle
Sheet Metal Workers SMART Local 55HVAC Service TechnicianSpokane
Skamania County PUDLinemanCarson
Snohomish County PUDLinemanEverett
Snohomish County PUDMetermanEverett
Snohomish County PUDUtility WiremanEverett
Snohomish County PUDSystem OperatorEverett
Southwest Washington Electrical JATC (IBEW 76)Inside WiremanTacoma
Tacoma PowerLine ElectricianTacoma
Tacoma PowerWire ElectricianTacoma
Tacoma PowerMeter & Relay TechnicianTacoma
Tanner Electric CooperativeLinemanNorth Bend
Titan ElectricalInside WiremanYakima
Town of EatonvilleLinemanEatonville
Tradesman ElectricInside ElectricianBattle Ground
United States Army Corp of Engineers, Seattle DistrictPower Plant OperatorSeattle
Vera Water and PowerLinemanSpokane Valley
Wahkiakum County PUDLinemanCathlamet
Western Washington Sheet Metal JATCHVAC Service TechnicianEverett
Western Washington Sheet Metal JATCHVAC Controls TechnicianEverett
WeyerhaeuserIndustrial Maintenance ElectricianRaymond
Yakama PowerLinemanToppenish
ABC Pacific NorthwestCommercial Building Energy AnalystPortland
ABC Pacific NorthwestHVAC Installation and RepairPortland
Central Electric CooperativeMeter PersonRedmond
Central Electric JATCInside ElectricianTangent
Central Lincoln PUDElectrical Meter RepairerNewport
Central Lincoln PUDLinemanNewport
City of Bandon & IBEW 659LinemanBandon
City of Forest Grove Light & PowerLinemanForest Grove
City of Forest Grove Light & PowerMetermanForest Grove
Clatskanie PUDLinemanClatskanie
Columbia Basin Electric CooperativeLinemanHeppner
Consumers Power Inc.LinemanPhilomath
Crater Lake Electrical Training CenterInside ElectricianCentral Point
Crater Lake Electrical Training CenterRenewable Energy TechnicianCentral Point
Eugene Water & Electric BoardLinemanEugene
Eugene-Springfield JATCElectrical Meter RepairerSpringfield
Eugene-Springfield JATCLinemanSpringfield
Eugene-Springfield JATCSubstation Electrician/WiremanSpringfield
EWEB Outside Electrical Workers JATCElectrical Meter RepairerEugene
Harney Electric CooperativeLinemanHines
High Desert Apprenticeship, Inc.Inside ElectricianBend
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Mid-Oregon ChapterInside ElectricianEugene
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of OregonInside ElectricianTigard
Mid-Willamette Industrial Electrical JATCElectrician, Limited MaintenanceEugene
NECA-IBEW 48 Electrical JATCInside ElectricianPortland
Northwest Institute of Electrical TechnologyElectricianPortland
Northwest Line JATCConstruction LinemanVancouver, WA
Northwest Line JATCTree TrimmerVancouver, WA
Northwest Lineman CollegeLinemanMeridian, ID
NW Apprenticeship ServicesElectrician, Limited MaintenanceSalem
NW Apprenticeship ServicesHVAC Service Technician/InstallerSalem
Pacific Inside Electrical JATCInside ElectricianNorth Bend
PCC Structurals TATCElectrician, Limited MaintenancePortland
Renewable Energy JATCLimited Renewable Energy TechnicianHillsboro
Southwestern Idaho Electrical JATCElectricianBoise, ID
Tillamook PUDLinemanTillamook
Umatilla ElectricLinemanHermiston
A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerMeridian
ACI NorthwestHVAC Mechanic and InstallerDalton Gardens
Anderson & Wood Construction CompanyElectricianMeridian
Anderson & Wood Construction CompanyLinemanMeridian
Buffalo Electric, Inc.ElectricianHailey
Challenger Companies, Inc.ElectricianNampa
Cheetah ElectricElectricianMoscow
City of BurleyLinemanBurley
City of RupertLinemanRupert
Clearwater Paper Corp.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerSpokane, WA
Clearwater Paper Corp.Electronic Engineering TechnicianSpokane, WA
Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling LLCHVAC Mechanic and InstallerWeiser
DC Electric, Inc.ElectricianIdaho Falls
Doug's Construction & Repair Inc.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerRigby
Drake MechanicalHVAC Mechanic and InstallerBoise
Eastern Idaho Electrical JATCElectricianPocatello
Electrical Contractors of IdahoElectricianJerome
Fall River Electric CooperativeLinemanAshton, Driggs
Fruitland ElectricElectricianFruitland
Hecla, Lucky Friday MineElectricianMullan
Hecla, Lucky Friday MineHVAC Mechanic and InstallerMullan
Idaho Falls PowerIndustrial Machinery MechanicIdaho Falls
Idaho Falls PowerLinemanIdaho Falls
Idaho PowerLinemanMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerStation TechnicianMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerMeter TechnicianMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerLine OperationsMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerRelay TechnicianMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerCommunication TechnicianMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerGeneration SpecialistMultiple Locations
Idaho PowerGeneration TechnicianMultiple Locations
Inland Empire Electrical JATCElectricianSpokane, WA
JA Bertsch Heating and CoolingHVAC Mechanic and InstallerCoeur d' Alene
Kootenai Electric JATCLinemanHayden
Lewis CorporationHVAC Mechanic and InstallerPocatello
Lost River Electric CooperativeLinemanMackay
Mathews Plumbing & HeatingHVAC Mechanic and InstallerShelley
Metalcraft MechanicalHVAC Mechanic and InstallerHayden
Mike's MechanicalElectricianLewiston
Mike's MechanicalHVAC Mechanic and InstallerLewiston
Mountain States Line Constructors JATCLinemanMultiple Locations
Northwest Building SystemsElectricianBoise
Northwest Line JATCConstruction LinemanVancouver, WA
Northwest Line JATCTree TrimmerVancouver, WA
Northwest Lineman CollegeLinemanMeridian
Perfect Plumbing, Heating & AirHVAC Mechanic and InstallerGarden City
PotlatchDelticElectricianMultiple Locations
Raft River Electric CoopLinemanMalta
Southwestern Idaho Electrical JATCElectricianBoise
Strom ElectricElectricianTroy
Thornton Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerKetchum
Track Utilities LLCLinemanMeridian
TVR, Inc.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerMeridian
United Electric Co-op, Inc.LinemanHeyburn
West Point Electric SolutionsElectricianVictor
A T KlemensHVAC Mechanic and InstallerGreat Falls
A T KlemensElectricianGreat Falls
Absolute ElectricElectricianBozeman
ACI ElectricElectricianEast Helena
Action Electric MontanaElectricianBillings
Agri IndustriesElectricianSidney
Air Quality MechanicalHVAC Mechanic and InstallerMissoula
Aire ServHVAC Mechanic and InstallerBigfork
All About You Plumbing & HeatingHVAC Mechanic and InstallerGreat Falls
All ElectricElectricianPolson
Beartooth Electric CooperativeLinemanRed Lodge
Big Horn County Electric CooperativeLinemanHardin
Big Sky ElectricElectricianKalispell
Blackfeet Apprenticeship ProgramElectricianBrowning
Blackfeet Apprenticeship ProgramLinemanBrowning
Bureau of Reclamation-Great Plains RegionElectrical Engineering TechnicianBillings
Bureau of Reclamation-Great Plains RegionIndustrial Machinery MechanicsBillings
Bureau of Reclamation-Great Plains RegionPower Plant OperatorsBillings
Direct ElectricElectricianBaker
DJ's ElectricElectricianHamilton
Energy 1 LLCElectricianBozeman
Heaton ElectricElectricianKalispell
Hill County Electric CooperativeLinemanHavre
Liberty ElectricElectricianMissoula
Loch ElectricElectricianHavre
Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric CooperativeLinemanSidney
McCone Electric CooperativeLinemanCircle
Mission Valley Power JATCElectrical DrafterPablo
Mission Valley Power JATCTree TrimmerPablo
Mission Valley Power JATCElectricianPablo
Mission Valley Power JATCLinemanPablo
Montana Electrical JATCElectricianHelena
Mountain States Line Constructors JATCLinemanHelena
NorthWestern Energy JATCLinemanMultiple Locations
NorthWestern Energy JATCPower Distributers and DispatchersMultiple Locations
NorthWestern Energy JATCPower Plant OperatorsMultiple Locations
NorVal Electric CooperativeLinemanGlasgow
Palmer Electrical ContractingElectricianMissoula
PowerTech Inc.ElectricianMissoula
Rocky Mountain ElectricElectricianBozeman
Sacry ElectricElectricianBozeman
Simco ElectricElectricianKalispell
Slate ElectricalElectricianHelena
Temp Right Service, Inc.HVAC Mechanic and InstallerMissoula, Kalispell
Tongue River Electric CooperativeLinemanMultiple Locations
Tounsley ElectricElectricianBillings
Town & Country ElectricElectricianBillings
Tyler ElectricElectricianBozeman
Yellowstone Valley Electric CooperativeLinemanHuntley
SchoolSchool typeCityStateClassWebsite
Bates Technical CollegePublicTacomaWAA
Big Bend Community CollegePublicMoses LakeWAA
Centralia CollegePublicCentraliaWAA
Grays Harbor CollegePublicAberdeenWAA
Lower Columbia CollegePublicLongviewWAA & B
North Idaho CollegePublicPost FallsIDA
5th WheelPrivateKentWAA
160 Driving AcademyPrivateMultiple LocationsWA, OR, ID, MTA
A Class TrainingPrivateMiltonWAA
CDL Dragon's Truck SchoolPrivateEverettWAA
Check Ride Driver TrainingPrivateWoodinvilleWAA & B
Commercial Driver SchoolPrivateMultiple LocationsWA, IDA, B, & C
Drive 509PrivateSpokaneWAA & B
Elite Truck SchoolPrivateHillsboroORA
Fleet SafetyPrivatePuyallupWAA, B, & C
Fort Simcoe Job Corps CenterPrivateWhite SwanWAA & B
GMC Training InstitutePrivateGrandviewWAA & B
H & R Elite Trucking AcademyPrivateProsserWAA, B, & C
Independent Truck Driver TrainingPrivateUnion GapWAA, B, & C
L & T Truck Driver TrainingPrivateSpokaneWAA & B
MTZ AcademyPrivateQuincyWAA, B, & C
New Sound Trucking SchoolPrivateFifeWAA & B
North Cross Commercial Driving SchoolPrivateMount VernonWAA & B
OK CDL TrainingPrivateOmakWAA, B, & C
Toro Trucking AcademyPrivateMultiple LocationsWA, ORA
Pegasus CDL, IncorporatedPrivateBellinghamWAA & B
Perry Technical InstitutePrivateYakimaWAA
PNW CDL TrainingPrivateYakimaWAA
Right Way CDL AcademyPrivateKelsoWAA, B, & C
Sage Truck Driving SchoolPrivateMultiple LocationsID, MTA & B
Skagit City Trucking SchoolPrivateMount VernonWAA, B, & C
Skyline CDL SchoolPrivateAuburnWAA
Swift Driving AcademyPrivateMultiple LocationsWA, IDA
Taylor Driving SchoolsPrivateBurlingtonWAA
T EnterprisesPrivatePascoWAA & B
Trans 360PrivateVancouverWAA & B
Washington Trucking SchoolPrivateMultiple LocationsWAA & B
Western Pacific Truck School of OregonPrivateMultiple LocationsWA, ORA

Apprenticeship positions

The apprenticeship sponsors listed above may or may not have current openings. Sponsors frequently fill apprenticeship positions from within the company, so be on the lookout for entry-level positions, including:

  • Flagger
  • Ground crew member
  • Meter Reader
  • Electrical Helper

Many apprenticeships require additional certifications, which may be offered at local community and technical colleges:

  • CDL
  • Flagger Certification
  • First Aid/CPR and AED
  • OSHA Safety Training

There are also pre-apprenticeship programs that offer a good introduction to apprenticeship and the work that’s expected. Here’s a list from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

More information

More information is available through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union. Visit the link below and find the Local Union Directory under “Tools” to find out which inside electrical union is local to you.

Links to apprenticeship information:

For more information on CDL and Flagger certification:

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ApprenticeshipUSA logo Electrical Training Alliance logo
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