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.