Train for a career you’ll get a charge out of every day. Even better, this is an apprenticeship. So you’ll earn as you learn.
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Electrical Construction Apprenticeship
Program Number: 504133
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
20 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 4 years
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Three students roughing in insulated electrical wires aka romex in wood frame construction

    Electricians install, connect, test and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security and communications. The electricians use a variety of electrical equipment and apply appropriate techniques, plan wiring installation from blueprints, properly locate boxes and outlets, and test continuity of electrical circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components following national electrical code and complying with state and local building codes. In addition to wiring a building’s electrical systems, electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment.

    Working Conditions

    Electrical work can be 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. The working environment varies with each job and may include working on ladders and scaffolding. Electricians follow strict safety procedures to prevent injuries from electrical shock, falls and cuts.


    • 5-year training program
    • 8,000 hours of on-the-job training
    • 600 hours of paid related instruction
    • Individual program requirements may vary by committee.

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

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 

    Program Details

    Electrical Construction Apprenticeship courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses: 

    • Madison - Commercial Avenue  
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    4 credits
    Second Semester
    4 credits
    Third Semester
    2 credits
    Fourth Semester
    2 credits
    Fifth Semester
    2 credits
    Sixth Semester
    2 credits
    Seventh Semester
    2 credits
    Eighth Semester
    2 credits
  • Admission

    How to Apply to Electrician Apprenticeship

    You must apply directly to the Madison Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Committee (the application does not go through Madison College).

    Follow the application procedure for union electrician apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. You may also contact:

    Madison Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Committee
    5303 Fen Oak Drive
    Madison, WI 53718

    Application Requirements

    • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Algebra with a passing grade of "C" or higher, or equivalent
    • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
    • Physically able to perform trade
    • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Electrician Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

    • Install new wiring and repair old wiring.
    • Install receptacles, lighting systems and fixtures.
    • Plan and install raceway systems.
    • Troubleshoot and repair electrical systems.
    • Plan and initiate projects.
    • Supervise journeymen and apprentices.
    • Establish temporary power during construction.
    • Establish power distribution within project.
    • Establish grounding system.
    • Install service to buildings and other structures.
    • Provide power and controls to motors, HVAC and other equipment.
    • Install fire alarm systems.
    • Install and repair traffic signals, outdoor lighting and outdoor power feeders.
    • Establish OSHA and customer safety requirements.
    • Install instrumentation and process control systems, including energy management systems.
    • Erect and assemble power generation equipment.
    • Install security systems.
    • Install, maintain and repair lighting protection systems.
    • Install and repair telephone and data systems.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates313367
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1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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