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1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Electrician Apprentice (ABC)

Apprenticeship Completion

Program number: 504139


Work Description

Electrician StudentsElectricians 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 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.

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Program Details

Electrician Apprentice classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Commercial Avenue

Explore financial aid eligibility Electrician Apprentice (ABC).  

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


How to Apply to Electrician ApprenticeshipElectrician Student

If you are interested in an electrician apprenticeship, you must apply directly to the Madison Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Committee and/or Associated Builders and Contractors (the application does NOT go through Madison College).

The application procedure for union electrician apprenticeship is handled through the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin.

Follow the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) application procedure for ABC electrician apprenticeship. You may also contact:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
(800) 236-2224

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

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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Seventh Semester

Eighth Semester

Ninth Semester

Tenth Semester


Madison College Electrician Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to do the following:

  • Install conduit of all sizes and various materials.
  • Install under floor ducts, cable trays, square ducts, metal molding, ladder racks and pull boxes.
  • Plan and install raceway systems.
  • Install and connect cubicles, transformers and switchgear of 600 volts and more, which includes the termination of and/or splicing of high-voltage cable.
  • Service panels. sub 400 panels, and fuse panels and transformers.
  • Install machinery, and set and align motors, which includes kitchen, laundry equipment and aid equipment.
  • Install wires, cables, nonmetallic sheathed cable, armored cable, in conduit, trays, duct, racks, wire mold, and fabricating and rigging.
  • Assemble and install fixtures, switches and receptacles, plus electric heating equipment (baseboard heaters, valance heaters, radiant heaters).
  • Install and wire motor control equipment, relays, thermostats, indicators, tach generators, motion switches, process controls, limit switches, counters, timers, selsyn motors, instruments, electronic speed controls, humidity controls, static controls and air conditioning equipment.
  • Wire specialized systems, such as sound systems, CRT and data systems, telephones, fire alarm systems, fiber optics, energy management systems, nurse call systems, closed circuit TV, and street and highway lighting.
  • Complete OSHA and customer safety requirements.
  • Trench, clean up and handle materials.