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(UT, ID, WY only)

Electrical substations and switchyards are an essential part of the electrical grid that supplies power to consumers wherever and whenever it is needed. Well-trained, high-quality Substation Journeyman are needed to build, maintain, and monitor the equipment inside a substation to ensure utilities can provide reliable power to its customers.

The Substation Apprenticeship Program is designed to train and supply competent members of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) to our NECA Contractors (National Electrical Contractors Association).  


Substation Apprentices will earn while they learn, meaning they will get paid while receiving on-the-job training. To gain the on-the-job work experience needed Substation Apprentices will be required to travel to various locations throughout the country, and possibly be employed by multiple contractors. On the job training will focus on topics such as foundations, grounding, fencing, layout and planning, steel erection, wiring, bus welding, conduit installation, transformers, and other functions needed to become a competent Substation Journeyman.  This work will be performed outside in all types of weather. Substation workers are required to work in trenches, at heights, and be physically able to perform the work.

As a Substation apprentice, attendance will be required at all related training, certification, and qualification classes. All course material must be completed as scheduled. The training received will enhance the opportunity for success in the electrical substation construction industry.


The apprentice’s hourly wage is based on a percentage of the negotiated journeyman’s wage. At each step the apprentice receives an incremental increase in their wage.  These rates may vary according to the area or contract for a particular job.  The apprenticeship is broken down into steps of 1,000 hours per step.  Each step marks the apprentice’s progression through their apprenticeship. The break down is outlined below.

Current Journeyman Wage: $56.57 (as of 3-1-24)

  • 1st Step 1000 hours 60% of Journeyman Wage

  • 2nd Step 2000 hours 65% of Journeyman Wage

  • 3rd Step 3000 hours 70% of Journeyman Wage

  • 4th Step 4000 hours 75% of Journeyman Wage

  • 5th Step 5000 hours 80% of Journeyman Wage

  • 6th Step 6000 hours 85% of Journeyman Wage

  • 7th Step 7000 hours 90% of Journeyman Wage


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTs & documentation

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and provide the following:

Your application will be rejected and closed if the following documentation is not provided.  Any application fees paid will not be refunded.

  • $25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  • Completed Application

  • High School or GED Transcript with graduation date or two-year Associates Degree or higher

  • Valid Driver's License (a Class A Commercial Driver's License will need to be obtained once in the program)


Items strongly recommended (not required) to include in your application:

  • Documentation of past outside electrical work experience, if applicable

  • Line School completion certificate and transcript

  • Current First Aid/CPR card

  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification

  • Industry related certifications: Crane Operator, Heavy Equipment, OSHA, Digger Derrick, Rigger Signalman, etc.

  • Any other college or trade school transcripts, which you feel to be applicable

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Women and Minorities

are encouraged to apply.

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