Apprenticeship

The Central Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee operates 4 unique programs all overseen by their own individual committee. Every program requires hard work and discipline. An Apprentices work ethic and overall attitude are essential elements of becoming a successful electrician. Apprentices are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week while attending class for 6 hours. Classes are held 1:00pm – 7:00pm, 1 day a week. Central Florida JATC operates year-round with breaks in the spring, fall and winter.

Apprentice work can be physically demanding and happens in a variety of conditions: outside, where you’re exposed to weather, on ladders or in small, cramped spaces. The work is potentially hazardous and requires strict safety guidelines. Apprentices must be alert at all times. On the job training is supervised by skilled Journeymen who provide instruction and pass along valuable skills and knowledge to the Apprentice.

Classroom instruction provides education on Electrical theory plus insight and knowledge to keep new Electricians up to date on the newest technology. Time is spent learning OHMs Law, how to read blueprints, computer networks, energy management systems, security systems, and fire alarm systems. These are in addition extensive study of the NEC code.

With experience and expertise, Apprentices become skilled Journeyman electricians who then train new Apprentices. Many also advance to positions of greater responsibility as supervisors or Forman. The opportunity is also available to start your own business as a contractor.

Whatever the goals might be, remaining focused and disciplined is the key to making it work.

Inside Commercial Construction

The most popular program at the Central Florida JATC is the Inside Commercial Construction Wireman program. While in this program Apprentices mainly work on new commercial or industrial building construction from start to completion and the various electrical systems needed.

Work could include: installing temporary power, running underground conduit, fire alarms, lighting, receptacles, motors or systems that control the operation of all of a facility’s energy usage. One day the Apprentice may be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System; the next day they could be installing conduit in a ditch outside.

Walt Disney World Maintenance

The Walt Disney Maintenance Apprentice works for Walt Disney World maintaining the existing infrastructure including hotels and theme parks. The Apprentices first 2 years are spent in the resorts maintaining electrical systems: lighting, receptacles, fire alarms, kitchen equipment, etc. The balance of the program is spent in the parks working on existing rides and shows. This includes animation; work on controls, lighting, etc. Apprentices are rotated to different locations yearly. All Apprentices must adhere to Walt Disney World guidelines and standards.

This program is a very popular program for the Central Florida Electrical JATC, However; it only accepts a limited number of new Apprentices every year.

Residential Wireman

While the Central Florida JATC does not have any Residential signatory Union Contractors, a Residential Wiremen program is still in place. On-the-job training mirrors that of the Inside Construction Wireman. Apprentices learn to install the systems that distribute power from the point of entry in a building to the equipment within a building that uses that power. The main difference between the Inside Wireman and the Residential Wireman is that, while the Inside Wireman is performing electrical work in commercial and industrial facilities, the Residential Wireman is performing and maintaining the electrical systems in homes and other types of residential installations.

Telecommunication (VDV)
Installer – Technician

Telecommunications (VDV) Installer-Technicians, works beside the Inside Wireman, installing the network of low voltage cabling that is used for video, voice, data and/or other low voltage signaling. The VDV Tech could be responsible for video distribution systems, security and access control systems, and any other low voltage system needed in a residential, commercial or industrial settings. This is a three year apprenticeship program.