Residential Wirer Apprenticeship

Work Description

Residential wirers work with blueprints and code to install and maintain electrical circuits, wiring systems for residential buildings. They may work with home automation, security systems, fire alarms, fiber optics and computers.

Working Conditions

Electrical work can be done indoors or outdoors. The work is sometimes physically strenuous requiring prolonged standing in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Electricians may work in dusty, dirty, hot and wet conditions, or in confined areas, ditches or other uncomfortable places. Electricians follow strict safety procedures to prevent injuries from electrical shock, falls, and cuts.


  • 4 year training program
  • 5,232 hours on-the-job training
  • 432 hours paid related instruction
  • Apprentices shall satisfactorily complete an approved First Aid and CPR course during the first year of the apprenticeship and maintain certification throughout the apprenticeship
  • The apprentice in his/her final year shall complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course.

In the classroom, apprentices learn blueprint reading, electrical theory, electronics, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first aid practices.

You can find more information on the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin web page.