Who or What is the DJEATC?
The DJEATC is the electrical apprenticeship program for the IBEW Local Union #68 and The Rocky Mountain Chapter of NECA. We train Inside Wiremen, VDV Technicians and Residential Wiremen.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Local Union #68 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) jointly sponsor our training programs that offer apprentices the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while they learn the skills needed to be successful in the electrical industry. The Denver JATC has trained thousands of Colorado workers to become licensed electricians since its creation. The JATC works with highly successful contractors throughout the State of Colorado to provide on the job training as well as extensive classroom training. Apprentices will receive competitive wages as well as a great pension and medical plan. College credit is also available to those who complete the program.
What Does It Take To Become An Electrician?
First and foremost it takes hard work and discipline. Work ethic and work attitudes are both essential elements of becoming a successful electrician. During your apprenticeship you will be expected to work at least 40 hours a week while attending class one night a week.
Being an electrician can be physically demanding. You would be expected to be on your feet for a lot of the day, manipulate heavy conduit, and to work in difficult places like on ladders or in small spaces. You could work in a variety of conditions, from outside, where you’re exposed to harsh weather, or in cramped places. Your work is potentially hazardous as well, as you may be exposed to electrical shocks, falling from scaffolding, or being cut with sharp tools. You would have to adhere to strict safety guidelines and be alert at all times.
With experience and expertise electricians can be eligible for advancement to positions of greater responsibility. They might become supervisors, managers, or superintendents. Some may even start their business as a contractor.
Whatever your goals might be, remaining focused and disciplined is the key to making it work.