We accept applications all year. There is a $30.00 application fee. You must be a High School graduate or have a GED, you must have completed a year of Algebra and you must have a driver's license. You can apply online or learn more about the application requirements.
Residential applicants must contact the JATC Office.
Note: Applicants applying after November 1st may not complete the application, testing, and interview processes in time to be eligible for a possible apprenticeship offer the next Spring.
Similar to taking the SAT, the test is a comprehensive exam and is not based on electrical knowledge. The General Aptitude Test Battery is a 3-hour test that measures the applicants abilities in Algebra and Reading Comprehension which are essential to perform well as an electrician. Extensive research and actual Journeyman experience data was employed into the development of this test which is sanctioned by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The test is administered at the J.A.T.C. training center.
Click Here to view examples of aptitude test questions.
You can prepare further by reviewing additional practice work through ElectricPrep. ElectricPrep has partnered with the NJATC to offer voluntary courses to support applicants during the entrance process for the IBEW/NECA apprenticeship training program to provide a better understanding of the electrical construction industry and the requirements. For more information, visit the ElectricPrep site.
You will earn an above average starting wage that will have health insurance, pensions, overtime pay when applicable, holidays, an education paid for by the JATC, and many other benefits. As you move through each year of school, you will have more responsibilities on the job and an increase of pay. In return, you are expected to attend school two times a week in the evenings for three hours each night, complete your homework and pass your tests, show up on time, be a productive employee, work safely, pay attention, and do your BEST!