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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Some limited energy electricians in the industrial setting are also called industrial instrument mechanics or instrument repairers. They install, maintain, replace and repair electrical systems and equipment of under 100 volt-amperes in an industrial setting. The work includes the use of pneumatic control instruments for electronic and pneumatic calibration.
Working Conditions
This work is done both indoors and outdoors, and is very active. It can be dirty and strenuous, with considerable standing, bending and reaching under sometimes cold, wet conditions. It is common to work in confined crawl spaces and at great heights. Tools used include electrical metering devices, cable pulling devices, electrical hand tools, soldering tools, hammers, drills and side cutters.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 65 percent of the journey-level wage rate. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, up to journey-level.
Length of Apprenticeship
The term of this apprenticeship is four to five years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and a total 8,000 on-the-job training hours. Journey-level limited energy electricians must qualify for a state license by taking an exam from the Oregon Building Codes Division.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply, and 18 to begin the program. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent, and complete at least one year of high school algebra or post high school algebra course with a passing grade of ´C´. Apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
This program is only open to employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committees.
Apprenticeship Committees  
MA# 1104 Fort James Electrical Trades JATC
Area 1
MA# 2009 Mid-Willamette Industrial Electrical TATC
Area 1, 2
MA# 3022 Southern Willamette Valley Limited Energy Electrical JATC
Area 3, 4, 5
MA# 6016 Eastern Oregon Industrial TATC
Area 6