Inside Wiremen

Inside Wiremen install and maintain all raceways, electrical wiring and related systems for distribution of electrical light, heat, power, radio, and signalling. They’re also responsible for the installation and maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic, Fire/Life Safety, HVAC systems and equipment. They work in new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial buildings performing installations of raceway, wiring methods above and below ground. Street and highway lighting, traffic signals, power distribution and other outdoor installations above and below ground. They lift substantial loads, climb, crouch, and work in confined spaces.


The Inside Wireman Apprentice program involves:

  • 8000 hours (five years) of on-the-job training
  • 1,100 hours of classes
  • Applicants selected for indenture will be subject to comprehensive drug testing before job placement.

Requirements for application:

  • At least 17 years of age on applying and 18 or older to be indentured;
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, DMV ID card, or passport)
  • Proof of high school diploma or its equivalent (Non-English diplomas and/or transcripts must be presented with a translation notarized with an embossed notary seal). Proof of a two-year Associate Degree or higher may be used in lieu of a high school diploma.
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of C or higher) of one full year (two semesters) of high school algebra or calculus or of one post high school (e.g., Adult Ed., Community College) algebra or calculus course, or evidence of having passed the NJATC Tech Math Course ( Transcripts in English must be provided on application or by mail if received at the address below on or before the date of application.
  • Must not be color blind, as wiring is frequently color-coded.
  • Must take a written exam to qualify.
  • Must submit to an oral interview if qualified

Applicants must have a valid California driver’s license at time of indenture.
An honorably discharged United States military veteran will qualify for oral interview by the SFJATC (must apply within five (5) years from discharge date)
Applicants with a minimum of four thousand (4,000) hours of substantiated electrical construction work experience (provide documentation) will be scheduled for an oral interview.

Call for dates and times of application:
San Francisco Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
4056 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 587-2500

Sound and Communication Systems Installer

Sound and Communication Installers install, service, and maintain low voltage electronic and control systems in both new and old construction environments, both indoors and outdoors. They work with sound systems, audio-video systems, fire and burglar alarms, security and closed circuit television, access controls, telephone and data systems, and computer systems integration. They lift substantial loads, climb, crawl, crouch, and work in confined spaces.


Wage & Fringe Benefits: $13.41 to $17.12 per hour to start, depending on location, as per IBEW/NECA Collective Bargaining Agreement (as of 12/01/12), with periodic advancement. Medical & Retirement benefits are provided as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, based on hours worked.

Characteristics of the Trade ~ Apprentice will typically be under the supervision of a Sound and Communication Installer/Technician at all times. The trade requires physical effort on the part of the apprentice to do climbing, crawling, crouching, lifting, use motorized tools, electronic test equipment and work in cramped quarters. Wiring is frequently color coded for connecting purposes; therefore the worker cannot be colorblind. Mechanical ability and finger dexterity is essential. Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, in new and old construction environments.

Program Scope ~ In order to achieve Installer status, the 3-year Apprenticeship Agreement requires the Apprentice to complete 480 classroom hours of Related Supplemental Instruction, (4 weeks per year), and 4800 hours of On-The-Job training, through exposure to the following work processes: Wire and Cable Installation, Splicing and Termination,Component Installation, Testing, Commissioning, and Start-up, Maintenance and Service.

Individuals who can show that they meet the conditions listed below, after making a qualified application, will be afforded an oral interview by the JATC. Once interviewed, an applicant shall remain active on the Eligible Applicant List, subject to selection, for a period of two (2) calendar years from the date of interview.

Minimum Requirements ~ Qualifications for Applicants

    • Must be 17 years of age to apply; 18 years of age at time of selection and indenture.
    • Valid photo I.D. required (Must have a valid drivers’ license at time of indenture)
    • Complete an application form, accurately responding to all questions, including statements indicating you are:
        • Physically and mentally able to safely perform or learn to safely perform essential functions of the job

        • Able to get to and from work at job sites, as assigned

        • Able and willing to attend all Related Supplemental Instruction, as required

        • Able to climb and work from ladders, scaffolds, poles and towers of various heights

        • Able to crawl and work in cramped spaces such as attics, manholes and crawlspaces

        • Able to read, hear and understand instructions and warnings.

        • Show evidence of successful completion of: one full year (2 semesters) of High School Algebra or one semester of College Elementary Algebra with a minimum grade of “C” or equivalent or provide evidence of having successfully completed the NJATC Tech Math Course (available on-line at PreAlgebra does not meet this requirement.
    • Be at least a high school graduate, or have a G.E.D., or have a two-year Associate Degree or higher
    • Provide official (“sealed”) transcript(s) for high school and/or post high school education and training. G.E.D. records must be submitted, if applicable. All records and transcripts must be in English.
    • If a Veteran, submit form DD-214 for possible consideration of military training and/or experience, if applicable
    • Score “4” or higher, on the electrical trade’s aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research. The aptitude test includes reading comprehension and basic algebra (see: website for more information).
    • Consent to Substance Abuse Screening.
    • Applications must be completed in-person, by the applicant, and may not be taken off-site. All required documentation must be provided by the applicant in order to complete a “qualified” application

For more information:

911 Bern Ct. Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 453-3101
2nd Wednesday of each month
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Organized Labor


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