General Application Information
To apply to either electrical apprenticeship programs, you must first complete an application form.
Applications are accepted on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. You must apply in person at the BCJEATC office at 1206 W. Thomas St. Bay City, MI 48706 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. We are closed from noon to 1:00pm.
Call (989) 686-4890 if you have any questions.
Your application will be evaluated to determine whether or not you meet the local program’s basic requirements. Minimum requirements for local JATCs may include any of the following:
Minimum requirements can be waived if you have been working in the electrical construction industry and meet specific work hour requirements (you must provide undisputable documentation of work hour experience).
Individuals applying for the Inside Apprenticeship who can verify (proper documentation required) that they have worked a minimum of two thousand (2,000) hours specifically in the electrical construction trade, will qualify for an oral interview.
Individuals applying for the VDV Installer Technician Apprenticeship with documented experience in the limited energy, security, or networking sector of the telecommunications industry who have worked a minimum of 2,000 hours, will qualify for an oral interview.
*School-To-Registered-Apprenticeship (available only for the Residential program) participants are required to be a minimum of 16 years of age and have completed their Junior year (11th grade) of high school and must have obtained a qualifying score.To learn more about the STRA program contact your guidance counselor.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. If you do not complete all of the tests, your score will be based on the questions you do complete. The tests must be completed during your test session. You cannot finish the tests on another day. You will not be able to reschedule to take the tests again for a minimum of six (6) months.
NJATC Aptitude Test Battery
If you meet the basic requirements, you may be required to take the NJATC aptitude test battery. The test battery consists of two tests (Algebra and Reading Comprehension). It will take approximately two and a half hours to complete. You will take a short break in between both tests.
Approximately two to four weeks after you take the test battery, your local JATC will receive the results. They will subsequently notify you concerning the disposition of your application. A full six (6) months must elapse before you may retake the test. The six month rule remains in effect after each subsequent retake of the test.
PLEASE NOTE: WILLFUL ATTEMPTS TO VIOLATE THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION.
If you obtain a qualifying score on the test battery, you will be scheduled for an oral interview. You will be interviewed by a committee representing both NECA and the IBEW. Based on the interview, and a review of your qualifications, you will receive an overall ranking. Your name will be placed on an eligibility list for two (2) years. As new positions become available in the apprenticeship program, names will be taken off the respective eligibility list in order of the ranking score. If you are not selected to begin an apprenticeship during that two-year period, you will need to reapply if you are still interested.
Some apprenticeship programs have additional basic requirements such as drug testing, a physical examination, security background check, or a valid driver’s license.
We recognize and comply with our obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a physical or mental impairment (including learning disabilities) that you believe may affect your ability to complete any aspect of the application process (including testing), and if you need an accommodation to ensure that the test battery accurately measures your skills and abilities, you must notify the AJATC/JATC before, or as soon as you are scheduled to take the NJATC aptitude test battery.
A Note to Those with Disabilities
We recognize and comply with our obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a physical or mental impairment (including learning disabilities) that you believe may affect your ability to complete any aspect of the application process (including testing), and if you need an accommodation to ensure that the test battery accurately measures your skills and abilities, you must notify the JATC before, or as soon as you are scheduled to take the NJATC aptitude test battery.
Accommodation requests given on the test day CANNOT be addressed that day. In most cases, you will need to provide:
- Documentation of your disability, and
- Documentation of the need for a particular accommodation.