Electrical, Pre-Apprentice

Electrical, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in construction and enjoy being independent? Have strong attention to detail and like working with your hands?  

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Electrical training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Install, maintain and repair electrical power, communications, lighting and control systems in homes, businesses and factories  
  • Read blueprints and diagrams and will need to follow state and local building regulations 
  • Use various hand tools and power tools  

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Electrical, Pre-Apprentice graduates go to work for licensed electricians or are self-employed. Electricians install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses and factories, and their work can be both indoors and outdoors. Almost all electricians work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. 

Students may go on to study in the many Advanced Training paths for Construction, including Advanced Electrical – Overhead Line Construction, Advanced Electrical Service Technician, Pre-Apprenticeship, Advanced Electrical – Underground Residential Distribution Technician, and Advanced Electrical Smart Meter and Instrumentation Technician.   

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Electrical, Pre-Apprentice training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). You will also earn certifications in construction health and safety from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
  • Compliance with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check, and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Todd Beasley
Todd Beasley is the Home Builders Institute Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship instructor at Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. He has been a licensed electrician for over 30 years. During his tenure, Todd was a small-business owner and licensed inspector. He now teaches students the skills needed to work toward careers in the electrical field.