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North Texas Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

Students work on their electrical skills at North Lake College. Students practice a variety of electrical skills at North Lake College.

College

North Lake College

Training

Nationally approved apprenticeship program preparing students for their Journeyman Electrician’s license.

Background

NTEJATC began its relationship with North Lake in 1977 when the college opened. Graduates receive certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.

Goal and Target Population

Student candidates are chosen by an NTEJATC committee, ranked on a point system considering educational background, character, interest, cooperativeness and attitude.

Funding

Students pay their own tuition and book fees but realize union-mandated wage levels with licensing.

Specifics

Students review plans for their next project.

North Lake offers a Construction certificate in partnership with NTEJATC. This mutually beneficient partnership lets North Lake students fulfill rigorous Journeyman training requirements and NTEJATC students earn college credits toward a degree. Academic curriculum is broken down over five years. Students must complete at least 192 hours (two semesters each year) of classroom instruction and hold apprenticeship positions through local employers. Apprentices work 2,000 hours each year for a total of 8,000 hours before sitting for the Journeyman Electrician exam.

Challenges and Solutions

Apprentices attend academic training one day every other week, so employers must accommodate their schedules. The partnership allows for small, personalized classes of 12-15 students each. NTEJATC also can use fewer instructors because classes are held during working hours. Organizers estimate it would take nearly 15 instructors if the program consisted of night classes only.

Strategies for Success

Continued success hinges on providing up-to-date technological training and facilities, maintaining strong ties with local employers, hiring experienced and credentialed instructors and strong participation by advisory committees comprising industry leaders and experts.

Outcomes

Students are licensed by the state of Texas as Journeyman Electricians, with a pathway to gain 40 hours of credit toward an associate degree in Electrical Construction. The program has graduated 13-18 journeymen per year for each five-year sequence, with completers earning a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Journeyman License.

Lessons Learned

Partnerships pooling and sharing resources provide positive educational and financial impact in the communities they serve. Without such partnerships, these quality programs would not be economically feasible.

What Our Partners Say

Kim Allen
Kim Allen
Training Director, NTEJATC
“ These organizations have been associated for many years. It is just expected that when these apprentice students complete the program, they are the best, and anything less is not accepted! The apprentice students that complete the NTEJATC/DCCCD program are the Cadillacs of the electrical industry! ”

Where the Jobs Are

America’s Career Infonet lists salaries and job growth in Texas for:

Job titleMedian hourly salaryMedian annual salaryProjected job growth through 2022
Electricians$20.68$43,000+21%

For More Information

North Lake College
Workforce Education and Continuing Education
972-273-3357

See more about North Lake College’s program in Electrical Technology.