We offer three tuition free programs;

  1. Five (5) year Inside (Commercial / Industrial) Electrician Apprenticeship
  2. Three (3) year Residential Electrician Apprenticeship
  3. Three (3) year Telecommunications Apprenticeship


Electricians install and repair electrical systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Lighting, power, security, telecommunications, electrical motors, transformers and building automation components all operate through electrical systems assembled, installed, and wired by electricians.

Electricians sometimes work at heights, in confined spaces and often out in the elements. Electricians are required to follow blueprints, specifications and the National Electrical Code. To install wiring, Electrical Workers may bend, fit, and fasten conduit (pipe or tubing) systems in a variety of applications.

For safety, electricians strictly follow the requirements of the National Electrical Code and, in addition, must comply with state, county and municipal code requirements.



  • Must be at least 17 years old at the time of application and 18 years old when placed for employment
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have completed one year of high school algebra or one semester of college algebra with a passing grade
  • Obtain a score of 4 or higher on the Electrical Trades Aptitude test
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen


Inside apprentices complete over 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Residential and Telecommunications apprentices complete over 6,000 hours of OJT. All apprentices receive a minimum of 200 hours of classroom instruction each year.

Apprentices attend classes a minimum of 5 times a year for one week at a time, Monday – Friday.


The starting wage for apprentices varies by program and is between 40 – 65% of Journeyworker wages. Benefits include: Health insurance, pension plan, training and education.


Applications are accepted year round at the training center. The hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #347

850 18th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: (515) 243-1924

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