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Industrial Electrician Apprentice
Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship
Program Number: 504131
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
30 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 5 years
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Industrial/maintenance electricians maintain and repair many different types of electrical equipment. They may also modify or install electrical equipment, such as motors, transformers, generators, machine controls and lighting systems in industrial, commercial and public establishments. The electrician is responsible for the periodic inspection of equipment to locate and repair defects before breakdowns occur.

    Working Conditions

    Electricians must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions. They are employed in manufacturing plants and use protective equipment, such as safety belts, protective glasses and hard hats, to avoid common hazards.


    • 4-year training program
    • 7,600 hours of on-the-job training
    • 720 hours of paid related instruction
    • Transition-to-Trainer Course in the final year of the apprenticeship

    The apprentice is taught theory and knowledge related to safety procedures while working with electrical components. Instruction also consists of local, state and national electrical codes pertaining to the industrial application.

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship courses are be offered at the Madison College Commercial Avenue campus.

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  • 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
    1 credit
    2 credits
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Third Semester
    Fourth Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
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    Sixth Semester
    Seventh Semester
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    Ninth Semester
    Tenth Semester
  • Admission

    How to Apply

    Industrial electrician apprenticeships applicants must find an apprenticeship with a sponsoring employer on their own (similar to looking for a job). Once the applicant has found a position, the employer starts the apprenticeship registration process by contacting a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) Representative for their county.

    Application Requirements

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Entry requirements vary by employers
    • Physically able to perform trade
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  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:

    • Maintain safe working practices through the use of safety guidelines.
    • Select, maintain and properly use tools and equipment.
    • Install and maintain power distribution and lighting systems.
    • Install and maintain industrial machinery and equipment, including panel building.
    • Install and maintain material handling equipment, welding equipment and robotics.
    • Install and maintain general plant equipment.
    • Install and maintain communication systems.
    • Install and maintain high voltage equipment, including substations.
    • Read, interpret and revise drawings and specifications.
    • Select, install and maintain motor drives and controls.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates1711
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