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Madison WI 53704

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Electrical Construction Apprentice

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504133


Work DescriptionElectrician Apprenticeship

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
  • 8,400 hours of on-the-job training
  • 400 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.

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Program Details

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

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue 

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All courses for this program are offered only in person.


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
2730 Dairy Drive, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 221-3321

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

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2018-2019 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Fifth Semester

Sixth Semester

Seventh Semester

Eighth Semester


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.