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Electrician (Aurora)

I.B.E.W. Local 461 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
1661 Landmark Road
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone (630) 897-7167

Electricians install, new wiring and repair old wiring in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. They also work with high voltage, data voice systems, and fiber optics.

Basic Requirements

  • Must reside in Southern Kane or Kendall County or Sandwich Township (in DeKalb County) for at least one year.
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of selection and indenture (17 at time of application).
  • 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 take an oral interview and pass a physical exam
  • Must take an aptitude test.
  • Must take a drug test.
  • Must possess and maintain 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.
  • Applications are available once a year.
  • Return all required documents within 30 days.
  • Take an oral interview.
  • Take the general aptitude test.
  • Take and pass a drug test.


  • Must be in good physical condition.
  • Must have the willingness to work, attend classes, and maintain proper conduct.
  • Must be able to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Must have a good attitude.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, communication, English, reading comprehension, and vocational education classes.

Working Conditions

  • Electricians work both indoors and out in extreme conditions. Sometimes work must be done in confined spaces and there is exposure to toxic and hazardous conditions. Also, the hours worked are dictated by the customer's needs.

Length of Apprenticeship

Five (5) years

  • Apprentices spend two nights per week for ten weeks in the classroom and then one night per week for 26 weeks.
  • 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 75% of journeyman's wage
  • 6,501 - 8,000 hours of on-the-job training 85% of journeyman's wage
  • Average Journeyman's wage rate = $42.44/hr Residential (7/2009), $34.22/hr Telecomm (7/09)


  • Health & Welfare, Pension (Local and International), Vacation