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ABC Construction Electrician Apprenticeship


Program Number: 50-413-9
School Year: 2018-2019
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend

Work Description

Electricians plan, diagram, install and repair electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels. They measure, cut, bend, thread, assemble and install electrical conduit (pipe or tubing), and pull wire through conduit. They test continuity of circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components, using instruments such as the ohmmeter and electrical test meter.

Electricians assemble, install and wire electrical systems that operate heating, lighting, power, air conditioning and refrigeration components; electrical machinery; electronic equipment and controls; and signal and communications systems.  Electricians need to be knowledgeable on the latest technology dealing with energy conservation and green sustainable work processes.

For safety, electricians must be able to master the more than 800 detailed sections of the National Electrical Code designed to protect persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. This job also requires electricians to have the ability to distinguish colors.

Application Information

Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail info@abcwi.org. Applications available online at www.abcwi.org/apprenticeship.

Application Requirements

Applicants should be 18 years of age and must forward the following to ABC: (1) completed ABC apprenticeship application, (2) copy of birth certificate, (3) copy of high school transcript or GED, (4) copy of driver’s license, (5) completed Employer Sponsorship Application and (6) ACCUPLACER or GATB test results of medium or high. ACCUPLACER tests are given at Moraine Park testing centers. Call (920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554) for ACCUPLACER test appointment scheduling.  Testing is available at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or the West Bend campus. GATB tests are given free of charge at local Wisconsin Job Service Centers.

Training Period

The electrician apprenticeship consists of five years of not less than 8,400 hours in which a minimum of four years and 576 hours is spent in paid-related classroom instruction and 200 hours of unpaid-related instruction.

Apprentices attend class one day every other week for eight semesters. Apprentices shall obtain certification in First Aid and CPR and a minimum of a 10-Hour Safety course during the first 12 months of the contract. First Aid and CPR certifications must be kept current. The apprentice is required to take Arc Flash by the end of the second year and the Transition to Trainer course in the final year of the apprenticeship.

The apprentice must complete satisfactorily 200 hours of unpaid school hours, as prescribed by the ABC of WI Apprenticeship Advisory Committee. The apprentice shall obtain at least 45 hours per year in unpaid related instruction. The 200 hours of unpaid related instruction must include Electrical code (30 hours minimum), Arc Flash (4 hours minimum), and an Electrical Exam Prep Course.

Working Conditions

Electricians require a moderate level of physical strength. They must frequently stand for long periods and work in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Since much of their work is indoors, electricians are less exposed to inclement weather than most other construction workers. They will need to have good color vision.

Tools And Equipment

Electricians usually provide their own tools, including screwdrivers, pliers, knives and sawzall. Employers generally provide heavier tools, such as pipe threaders, conduit benders, and most test meters and power tools.

Approximate Costs

  • $134.20 per credit (resident)
  • $201.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2017-2018 fees; 2018-2019 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice construction and electrical safety.
  • Utilize tools of electrical trade.
  • Identify materials common to electrical trade.
  • Install electrical components.
  • Interpret blueprints and circuit diagrams.
  • Install electrical piping.
  • Apply electrical theory to safety practices.
  • Interpret OSHA and National Electrical Code.
  • Apply OSHA and National Electrical Code.
  • Investigate high-voltage applications.
  • Operate electrical test equipment.
  • Investigate and incorporate green and sustainable energy practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial Electrician
  • Electronic Sales
  • Estimating/Design
  • Sales
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Residential Electrician
  • Repair/Service Technician

Admission Process

  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Obtain a job in the trade or profession you would like to apprentice.   
  • Obtain an employer who is willing to sponsor you.   
  • Complete an apprentice and employer application.   
  • Applications for ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors) are available at info@abcwi.org or call 800-829-9926.   
  • Applications for this trade are available from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) at 608-266-3135.   
  • Upon completion of the applications, a contract will be issued. The technical college will then notify you when classes will begin.   
  • Must be 18 years old.   
  • An Aptitude or ACCUPLACER test is required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


Number Title Hrs  Crs
Year 1      
413-540 ABC Construction Electrician 1  72    2
413-541 ABC Construction Electrician 2  72    2
Year 2      
413-542 ABC Construction Electrician 3  72    2
413-543 ABC Construction Electrician 4  72    2
Year 3      
413-544 ABC Construction Electrician 5  72    2
413-545 ABC Construction Electrician 6  72    2
Year 4      
413-546 ABC Construction Electrician 7  72    2
413-547 ABC Construction Electrician 8  72    2
  Total Hours/Credits 576   16

Suggested Related Electives (Unpaid Related) - 200 hours required

Number Title Hrs  Crs
413-326 Introduction to PLC 36  1
413-327 Advanced PLC 36  1
413-371 Electrical Estimating for Construction Trades 36  1
413-374 Advanced NEC, Construction Trade Apprentices 36  1
413-375 Basic Electrical Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 36  1
413-381 Building Trades National Electric Code 54  2
413-390 Industrial Electricity 1 54 2
413-394 Basic Programmable Logic Controls 72  2
413-405 *Electrical Code Update 30


413-411 *ARC Flash Training NFPA 70E 4  .1
413-500 *OSHA 10 12  .50
442-322 Basic Welding Applications for Construction 36  1
455-455 *Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker 8  .20
531-465 *Heartsaver First Aid/CPR 7  .20

Other unpaid-related courses may be taken with the approval of the Advisory Committee.


For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 920-693-1102.

Program Guide

For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.