FAQ

Start the Electrical Industry Training Center apprenticeship program and be on-the-job, earning wages in week one. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, it’s true. The Electrical Industry Training Center’s combination of job placement, hands-on learning and technical classroom instruction offers a unique opportunity for motivated, committed, talented individuals seeking a career for life in the electrical trade.

HOW TO APPLY
Do I need to bring my Social Security card with me to apply?

You do not need to bring your actual Social Security with you, but you do need to know the number at the time of application.

Can I complete my application before I turn 18?

You must be at least 17 years of age and have graduated from high school or have a GED when you apply for the program.

Do I need to have a Driver’s License to apply or be in the program?

Photo I.D. is required at the time of application. Upon acceptance into the Apprenticeship program, you are required to have reliable transportation to the Training Center and to any job-site to which you are assigned.

What are the steps for application and acceptance?

The process consists of three phases:  Application, Aptitude Testing and Interview.  Please click here for more information on the application process.

 

The entire process takes approximately 90-120 days.

What are the expenses to the Apprentice during the program?
There are minimal expenses for the Detroit EITC Apprenticeship.  For a complete list of associated expenses, click here. 
How much per hour will I earn as an Apprentice?
Each program has a different Apprentice wage structure.  All Apprentices enter at a given wage rate and receive increases as they move successfully through the program.  For specific program wage information, click here.
Can I have my transcripts sent in prior to picking up my application?
We prefer that transcripts arrive around the time of application.
Can I apply for all 3 Apprenticeship programs at the same time?

You can apply for all three or any combination of programs at the same or different times.

What if I have a criminal record?

A criminal record does not exclude you from applying to the program.   Individuals with a criminal record will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the time of the interview.

How does related experience in the electrical field and related classroom instruction apply to this program?

Individuals who can provide documentation of 4,000 completed hours of related electrical field and classroom experience may move directly to the interview phase of the application process.

Please contact us to discuss your specific prior experience.

Does my experience in the Military apply to this program?

Individuals who have Military experience and specific electrical field and classroom instruction are excellent candidates for the program.

Please contact us to discuss your specific experience.

Do I need a computer and what are the required specifications?
If accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will need to have internet access and a Windows based computer in order to complete homework assignments. Computer/Internet access can be made available at the training center for apprentices who do not have it available elsewhere. The minimum recommended computer specifications are:

 

  • 15” HD Display
  • HD Graphics
  • 13 or better Processor (Dual Core minimum)
  • 4GB RAM
  • Sound
  • Wireless WiFi
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 (full version, no RT) or 10
  • Web Browser (Firefox recommended)
  • Flash
  • Java
What is the cost of tuition and expenses?

The apprenticeship programs at the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center are funded by a joint labor-management partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58 and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Southeastern Michigan. Through this industry partnership and investment, the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center offers comprehensive classroom and hands-on education for electrical apprentices at very little cost to the participant. The following is an overview of the estimated initial expenses for the Apprenticeship program:

Application Test Fee:  $20.00 (due at time of test)

Physical Exam Fee:  $52.00 (at time of physical)

Drug Testing Fee: $70.00 (upon passing entrance test and selection for program)

Basic Tools: Up to $250.00 based on program (onetime fee)

Tuition:  $100.00 per quarter, $400.00 per year of program (3-5 years)

Books:  $400.00 to $700.00 based on the program (onetime fee)

Work Boots:  $100-$150 (based on personal preference)

Work Apparel: $150-$250 (based on personal preference)

(Additional tools, apparel or gear may be needed depending on job requirements, limited by collective bargaining agreement.)

Please contact us with specific questions.

What is the work and training schedule?

Apprentices are in school one day every other week and are assigned to our contractors to work during the remaining days of the two week period. Regular work days are 8 hours long and can vary between shifts. Weekday and weekend overtime work is also common. Job locations vary and apprentices may be required to change job locations frequently. For a brief video overview of the typical day of work for an apprentice, click here.