Line Program FAQs

How long am I on the rank list?

You will remain on the rank list for two years or until you are indentured into the program. After two years, you will need to re-apply.

When will I be selected for apprenticeship?

Applicants are offered apprenticeship positions based on industry need. NW Line Contractors contact the NW Line JATC when an apprentice is needed on a crew. If all current apprentices are working, the apprenticeship then calls the first person on the ranked applicant list and offers them an apprenticeship position. The number of applicants will vary each year based on Industry demand.

What happens after I submit my completed application?

Upon completion of your application, you will be scheduled for an interview. Interviews typically occur March through August. You will be scored based on a variety of factors during your interview. Your overall score will then determine where you fall on the rank list. If you are not indentured after two years on the list, your name will be removed.

How do I start the process to enter the Line Apprenticeship?

Once you have determined that being a lineman is a good fit, you will need to create an online account. This account can take up to 24 hours to be approved. Once the account is approved, you will receive an email with a link to start your online application.

How often is the rank list updated?

The rank list is updated following each interview session.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, $35.

What are the travel requirements?

During your apprenticeship, you will be required to work within the entire geographical jurisdiction of the program – spanning Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. These areas fall under the four NECA/IBEW Locals- Local 77, 125, 483, and 659.

Can I re-interview to get a better score?

Applicants can reapply after one year if they provide documentation of additional industry related education or a minimum of 300 hours of industry related work. To re-interview, go to the resources page and complete the Request to re-interview form.

What is my job outlook? Where can I go with my training?

As the country is experiences a shortage in trained journeymen linemen, the prospects are in your favor. The experience and training you will receive through NW Line JATC reinforces to employers your quality education and skilled capabilities.
The good news about working as a journeymen lineman is there is no seniority or tenure within the Industry, meaning you can move to the top of your field rather quickly. Upon completion, you have the potential to be promoted to Foreman or some other supervisory position. Advancement in the industry pays no regard to seniority, it is solely based on knowledge and ability. Many journeymen linemen who have transitioned to managerial positions, have taken their technical and managerial skills and pursued careers as educators, independent business owners, consultants, and inspectors, to name a few.

Where can I take the necessary algebra course requirement if I do not already meet the “C” grade or better?

Algebra classes can be taken at any accredited college. An online Technical Math class is also offered via NJATC in partnership with the University of Tennessee. You can register for this class here http://www.njatc.utk.edu/techmath.htm

As an apprentice, am I required to attend school?

Apprentices are required to attend school, which is a combination of online learning, classroom training and hands-on labs.

Classroom instruction is typically eight (8) hours per day and introduces the apprentice to the fundamental building blocks of their trade. Camp Rilea offers the apprentices a chance to apply their classroom knowledge to practical real-world application. Training includes basic skills such as climbing, distribution, transmission hot sticking, as well as safety protocols and guidelines for everyday life in the field. All camp session are 10-days with room and board are provided while attending Camp.

Can my previous work experience count as credit towards my apprenticeship?

Previous experience for work performed on a line crew may be given as credit toward your first advancement, however this will be at the discretion of the Program. Proper documentation must be submitted prior to your interview. It must be on company letterhead and outline the specific type of work completed. Previous work experience will only be granted for work performed on a line crew under the direct supervision of a journeyman lineman. Once your documentation has been reviewed and approved, credit will be awarded prior to being indentured.

Are there fees associated with the apprenticeship?

Initially, you will be required to purchase your own tools. Then a fee of $0.60 per hour worked will be withheld by the contractor. During your apprenticeship, you will be responsible for additional travel expenses.

How long is the apprenticeship program?

The apprenticeship program is a 7,000-hour, on-the-job training program completed in approximately four (4) years. During this time, you will advance through seven (7) individual steps, completion of each step granting a pay increase.

What are your career prospects as a journeyman lineman?

With proper training and ongoing education, journeymen linemen can advance to supervisory positions. Some may go into teaching/training or manage their own electrical contracting business. In addition, throughout the training process and on-the-job experience, you’ll be learning valuable skills which you can put to good use in your future. These include interpersonal communications, supervision, project management and teamwork skills.

Tree Program FAQs

As an apprentice, am I required to attend school?

Apprentices are required to attend school, which is a combination of online learning, classroom training and hands-on labs.

Can my previous work experience count as credit towards my apprenticeship?

Previous experience for work performed may be given as credit toward your first advancement, however this will be at the discretion of the Program. Proper documentation must be submitted prior to being indentured. It must be on company letterhead and outline the specific type of work completed. Once your documentation has been reviewed and approved, credit will be awarded accordingly.

How long am I on the rank list?

You will remain on the rank list for two years or until you are indentured into the program. After two years, you will need to re-apply.

Can I increase my initial rank score by submitting more points?

Yes, more points may be submitted in order to move up in ranking. Required documents must be submitted no later than 12pm on the first Monday of each month. Anything received after 12pm, will be added to the following month.

When will I be selected for apprenticeship?

When a contractor needs an apprentice, they will contact NW Line JATC. If all currently indentured apprentices are working, we will notify the top-ranking applicant for the area with the time, date, and location of the work assignment and indenture them as a new apprentice.

What happens after I submit my completed application?

Upon completing your application, you will be notified via email of your current score. Remember applications must be submitted by 12pm the first Monday of the month to be considered for that month. Any submissions received after the cut off will be added to the following month’s ranking.

How do I start the process to enter the Tree Apprenticeship?

Once you have determined the Tree Apprenticeship is a good fit, you will need to create an online account. This account can take up to 24 hours to be approved. Once the account is approved, you will receive an email with a link to start your online application.

Are there fees associated with the apprenticeship?

Yes, apprenticeship fees are required – new apprentices are billed when indentured. You can pay the invoice in full or you can make minimum monthly payments.

How long is the apprenticeship program?

The apprenticeship program is a 4,000-hour, on-the-job training program completed in approximately two (2) years. During this time, you will advance through four (4) individual steps, completion of each step granting a pay increase.

When are applications accepted?

Applications are accepted all year long. The rank list is updated the first Tuesday of every month.

How often is the rank list updated?

The first Tuesday of every month.

What are the travel requirements?

Your application will indicate five separate areas where you would like to work: Northwestern Washington, Southwestern Washington, Eastern Washington, Northern Oregon, and Southern Oregon. You will mark the area(s) you prefer to work in and will be added to the corresponding rank list(s). Once you are called into an area and indentured as a new apprentice, you will only work within that area for the duration of your apprenticeship.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

Are there fees associated with the apprenticeship?.

Yes, apprenticeship fees are required – new apprentices are billed when indentured. You can pay the invoice in full or you can make minimum monthly payments.

VOLTA Program FAQs

Where is VOLTA located?

VOLTA is currently located at the Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, located in Warrenton, Oregon.

How long is VOLTA?

VOLTA is a 400-hour program broken down into 10 weeks. Classes run Monday through Thursday for ten (10) hours each day. Class schedules may vary due to holidays and Professional Development days for our staff and faculty.

How many sessions are offered a year?

VOLTA offers three sessions per calendar year: Spring Session starting in April, Summer Session starting in July, and Fall Session starting in October.

How many students are accepted into the program?

VOLTA currently accepts 32 student per session. Students not selected in the first round will be waitlisted.

What is the current cost of VOLTA?

The current cost is $8,500 which includes the $150 enrollment fee. Student are responsible for their tools, lodging, and meals.

Is there financial aid available?

While VOLTA is a State-approved private, non-profit vocational training school, we do not currently accept Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, we do accept various grants, private loans, and external scholarships.

How do I find loans/scholarships?

Students can find scholarships in various ways. High school and community college career centers tend to have a database of various grants and scholarship opportunities from national and local organizations like Kiwanis, Women in Trades, and various utility companies. Two great sources that provide funds for electrical training are the Roger Earl Meier Scholarship and the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. You can also utilize online search engines like Fastweb: designed specifically as a scholarship matching service.