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Electrician (Elgin)

NECA/I.B.E.W. Local 117 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
2400 Big Timber Road Building B, Suite 206
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone (847) 888-0117

Electricians assemble, install, maintain, and test electrical equipment and wiring systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. In addition, they work with traffic signals, telephone communications, fiber optics, and temperature and motor controls.

Basic Requirements

  • Must have lived in Northern Kane or McHenry Counties for at least a year.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. (Transcripts must be submitted)
  • Must have at least one year of high school level algebra or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Must have a Social Security Card.
  • Must take an oral interview.
  • Must pass a physical exam.
  • Must pass a drug and alcohol test.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form and return to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. When you apply you will need to fill out their application. Call before going to pick up an application.
  • Call before going to pick up an application.
  • Application are available for a two week period every year.
  • Complete and return application with required materials via mail.
  • Take an oral interview.
  • Take and pass a general aptitude test.
  • Applicants who pass the aptitude test and follow all the above are placed on an eligibility list according to their interview scores.
  • Applicants are then chosen from this list.


  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Must not be afraid of heights.
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.
  • Must have good mechanical ability and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have an excellent work ethic and a positive attitude toward learning.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Mathematics, science, shop, and communication classes.

Work Experience

(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance)

  • Familiarity with any type of construction or electrical work would be beneficial.

Working Conditions

  • Electricians work both indoors and out in all types of weather.

Length of Apprenticeship

Five (5) years

  •  Apprentices attend school at night from September - May (Apprentices are not paid for attending night school)
  • Apprentices work five days a week receiving on-the-job training.

Wage Information

  • 0 - 1,000 hours of on-the-job training 40% of journeyman's wage
  • 1,001 - 2,000 hours of on-the-job training 45% of journeyman's wage
  • 2,001 - 3,500 hours of on-the-job training 55% of journeyman's wage
  • 3,501 - 5,000 hours of on-the-job training 65% of journeyman's wage
  • 5,001 - 6,500 hours of on-the-job training 80% of journeyman's wage
  • 6,501 - 8,000 hours of on-the-job training 90% of journeyman's wage
  • Journeyman Level 100% o f journeyman's wage
  • Average Journeyman's wage rate = $27.22/Hr. (2000)


  • Health & Welfare, Pension, Vacation