Electrical Apprenticeship


Electricians install and maintain residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems. All buildings have an electrical system that is installed during construction and maintained after that. Electricians read blueprints, which are technical diagrams of electrical systems that show the location of circuits, outlets, and other equipment. They use different types of hand and power tools, such as pipe benders, to run and protect wiring.

Many electricians work independently, but sometimes they collaborate with others. For example, experienced electricians may work with building engineers and architects to help design electrical systems in new construction. Some electricians also may consult with other construction specialists to help install or maintain electrical or power systems. At larger companies, electricians are more likely to work as part of a crew; they may direct helpers and apprentices to complete jobs. 

The MTECH Electrical Apprenticeship prepares students to become certified Journeyman Electricians. The State of Utah requires electrical apprentices to have 576 school hours and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to sit for the state journeyman exam. This is a 720-hour accredited course of study that prepares students for the rigors of state testing and fulfills the State’s educational requirement. It is designed to complement the on-the-job training apprentices receive through their employer, as they work alongside experienced electricians in the field.

MTECH does not provide on-the-job training, nor act as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals are responsible for finding their own employment. All electricians must register with the Utah State Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). For questions about registering as an apprentice or other state requirements contact DOPL at (801) 530- 6628.

Students participating in our traditional evening classes will complete school in four years and will attend class twice a week during Fall and Spring semesters. Starting in Fall 2021 the MTECH Electrical Apprenticeship Program will offer daytime accelerated classes.  One semester in the daytime program is the equivalent of two semesters in the evening program (Fall =1A/1B, Spring = 2A/2B) Daytime classes only cover first and second year curriculum.

Due to high demand from adults already employed as apprenticeship electricians, high school seniors can enroll in daytime classes, but are not eligible to enroll in evening classes.

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Renee Kalaniuvalu

Apprenticeship Coordinator

  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Program Hours: 720 hours

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Cliff Carron-Campbell

Program Director

  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Program Hours: 720 hours

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Program Certificate in Electrical Apprenticeship
  2. Utah Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL) Journeyman Electrician Licensure
  3. United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship USA Federal Work Credential
  4. Utah Division of Professional Licensing (DOPL) Residential Electrician Licensure

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: (Evening Classes): Evening classes are open to adults who are presently employed as electrical apprentices. High school students are NOT eligible to register for evening classes.  Adult students who are not employed in the electrical field will  be allowed to enroll in evening classes two business days prior to the start of class if there are seats available.  They may also enroll in a daytime class. New electrical apprenticeship students will not be able to register for evening classes until employer information is provided to the school. Contact Student Services at 801-753-6282 to report your employer information and request that the registration block be removed from your account.

  Registration Eligibility (Daytime Accelerated): Adult and high school seniors are eligible to register for daytime accelerated classes. There is no employment prerequisite for daytime classes, however, students must be employed as an electrical apprentice prior to the start of third year classes. *Note: Only first and second year classes are offered during the day. Daytime students will have to move to evening classes for 3rd and 4th year instruction.

Registration Availability: Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens July 15, 2021 at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.  For questions regarding registration contact Student Services at 801-753-6282 or email studentservices@mtec.edu.

  Program Length: 720 Hours

  Times: Evening classes are held from 6:00-9:00 PM twice a week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Daytime accelerated classes are held Monday-Thursday from 7:30 -10:30 AM, or 11:30 AM- 2:30 PM. 

  Locations: Evening classes are held at the Orem, Lehi, and Spanish Fork campuses. Daytime accelerated classes are held at Wasatch West or Orem Campus.

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid or veteran's assistance.

  Articulation Agreements: MTECH has an articulation agreement with Salt Lake Community College. Please contact their apprenticeship department at (801) 957-4066 for more details.

Please contact Renee Kalaniuvalu at rkalaniuvalu@mtec.edu with any questions about the Electrical Apprenticeship program.

Prerequisites

  Entrance Assessment: Students are required to take the MTECH Entrance Assessment and score a passing rate of: Math: 2: English: B or provide alternative documentation to prove competency. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief New Student Orientation on first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.

Employment Prerequisite:  Evening classes have an employment prerequisite. Students must be currently working as an electrical apprentice to enroll. Contact Student Services at 801-753-6282 and provide them with the name and phone number of your employer. Student Services can then remove the block on your account and you will be able to register. High school students are NOT eligible to enroll in evening classes.

*NOTE: The accelerated daytime classes do not have an employment prerequisite and are open to high school students and adults.

Additional Requirements

  • All employed students must register with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
  • DOPL requires that students complete 72 hours of seat time per class. Students who exceed 6 absences in a semester will not meet that requirement and will automatically fail.
  • DOPL requires that students earn a 75% or higher to advance in the program. Students with a grade below this requirement will fail the class, and will need to retake the course.
  • A significant portion of course content will be accessed online using the Canvas Learning Management System. Students will need to be able access online content in class and off-campus.

Schedule

SECTION LEVEL LOCATION ROOM START END TIME DAYS
Fall 2021  1A, 2A, 3A, 4A TBA TBA 8/17/2021 12/2/2021 6:00 - 9:00 PM T, TH
Fall 2021 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A TBA TBA 8/18/2021 12/6/2021 6:00 - 9:00 PM M, W
Fall 2021 1A/1B Orem South bldg TBA 8/17/2021 12/6/2021 7:30 - 10:30 AM M-TH
Fall 2021 1A/1B Orem South bldg TBA 8/17/2021 12/6/2021 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM M-TH
Fall 2021 1A/1B Wasatch West TBA 8/16/2021 12/8/2021 7:30 - 10:30 AM M-TH
Fall 2021 1A/1B Wasatch West TBA 8/16/2021 12/8/2021 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM M-TH
Spring 2022 1A/1B Orem South bldg TBA 1/3/2022 4/25/2022 7:30 - 10:30 AM M-TH
Spring 2022 1A/1B Orem South bldg TBA 1/3/2022 4/25/2022 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM M-TH
Spring 2022 1A/1B Wasatch West TBA 1/4/2022 4/28/2022 7:30 - 10:30 AM M-TH
Spring 2022 1A/1B Wasatch West TBA 1/4/2022 4/28/2022 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM M-TH
Spring 2022  1B, 2B, 3B, 4B TBA TBA 1/10/2022 5/4/2022 6:00 - 9:00 PM M, W
Spring 2022 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B TBA TBA 1/11/2022 4/26/2022 6:00 - 9:00 PM T, TH

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