We accept applications year-round but the cut off date for each class year is March 31st. Interviews are normally conducted in April or May. Apprentices are indentured soon after and usually begin work immediately. Apprenticeship classroom training begins in July. Our Inside Wiremen Apprentice Electricians work for electrical construction contractors for nine days out of every two weeks. One day every two weeks apprentices are required to attend school for a full day at our classroom for electrical code, theory, and industry education. School days are unpaid. Although there is no residency requirement, our normal employment area consists of all of Calhoun and Branch counties and the east half of Barry and west quarter of Eaton counties. Job sites can be located in any of these areas but are mostly in Battle Creek and the surrounding area. Here are just a few of the very long list of sites our Apprentices and Journeyman have worked on; Kellogg’s, Post, Denso, Fort Custer Industrial Park factories, Ralston’s, KCC, The Federal Center, VA Hospital, Firekeepers Casino, Meijer, Lakeview Square Mall, all of the public school systems, many other sites in Coldwater, Marshall, Albion and Hastings.
Starting wage for Apprentices is currently $14.39 per hour and is 45% of Journeyman rate (which is currently $31.98 hr) with step raises of 5% every 6 months over 5 years. At the end of your apprenticeship you will be raised from 90% to 100% of Journeyman rate. You will have an excellent benefits package including pensions and health insurance starting on your first day. As an Apprentice you are highly encouraged to become and remain a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers during your apprenticeship.
You will be applying to become an
Inside Wireman Apprentice.
Read the job description for Inside Wireman here.
How To Apply For An Inside Wiremen Electrical Apprenticeship
To submit an application you must meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship, they are:
- You must be a minimum of 18 years old by June 1st. You must also be either, a citizen of the US, or have a valid work visa. Submit proof of age and employability with your birth certificate, passport, naturalization papers or work visa. This is required to apply.
- You must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Provide proof of this with your H.S. or GED Diploma or an official letter from your high school stating you graduated (or will be graduating this school year) and on what date signed by a principal of that school. This is required to apply. A college diploma in addition to H.S. is welcome but does not satisfy this requirement.
- You must provide documentation of successful completion of: one full year of high school algebra with a passing grade or one college level algebra course with a passing grade. Integrated math is acceptable for this requirement. GED math, consumer math or business math is NOT acceptable for this requirement. Provide proof of this requirement with either your high school or college transcript. This is required to apply. We still want a copy of your high school transcript even if you took algebra in college.
- You must have a valid Driver License. Provide proof of this with your application.
- Each applicant is required to submit to a criminal background check. The release form is in the packet. We will do the background check if you get to the second round of interviews. You are not required to do the check just complete the form.
- Each applicant is required to take and pass an aptitude test that has been validated by our National organization and is used by most JATC programs. The test is 1/2 algebra and 1/2 reading comprehension. Here is a link to the Electrical Training Alliance’s web site for prospective apprentices: APPLYING AND QUALIFYING FOR APPENTICESHIP IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY
- To qualify for an interview you must score a 5 or better on a scale from 1 to 9 on the aptitude test. This test will be scheduled for a later date (usually testing starts in February) after you submit all required paperwork. If you have applied, or will apply, with other Electrical JATC’s this same test score will be used for a period of at least 6 months.
- Submit copies of all of the required documents with your completed application packet. There is a page in the application packet that lists the required documents for you to check off. If you are submitting by email, scan your documents at 300-400 dpi. Do NOT submit photos of your documents. Photos don’t print well at all and the Apprenticeship Committee needs to see your application packet clearly.
If you are qualified, and interested in submitting an application, then click the link below to take you to the application download page.
After you complete the application:
- Email the required documents to the applications email address
- or Mail your documents to: BCEJATC Applicatons, 1375 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037
- or deliver your documents to Local 445, IBEW 1375 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037
- Applications must be completed by March 31st of each year to be considered for that class year.
- Apprentices are normally hired in the month of June of each year, begin work immediately and then begin apprenticeship school in late July.