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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Electrical lineworkers and repairers construct and maintain electric transmission and distribution lines and facilities that send electricity to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers. Apprentices work for various contractors and utility companies on all types of power line construction, both underground and overhead.
Working Conditions
The work environment is outdoors in all types of weather. Workers must be agile and capable of performing strenuous work under adverse conditions and at great heights. Workers are required to climb and work on poles or structures in the vicinity of high-voltage conductors and on high-voltage electrical transmission lines, which can be very hazardous. Extended hours may be required during inclement weather to restore damaged electric power lines.
Beginning apprentices start at about 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship program lasts about three years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 6,000 to 7,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
These programs are typically open to employees of training agents registered with the local apprenticeship committees.
Apprenticeship Committees 

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ID# 1023 Portland Outside Electrical Workers TATC
Area 1, 2, 6
ID# 1082 Tillamook County Outside Electrical TAC
Area 1
ID# 1133 Clatskanie PUD JATC
Area 1
ID# 2002 Central Lincoln PUD Local TATC
Area 2, 3, 4
ID# 2017 Consumers Power JATC
Area 2, 3
ID# 3007 Eugene/Springfield Utilities TATC
Area 3
ID# 4002 Coos Bay Outside Electrical Workers TATC
Area 4
ID# 4005 Coos-Curry Electrical Cooperative Inc TATC
Area 4
ID# 4021 Roseburg TATC
Area 3, 4
ID# 5007 Southern Oregon Electrical Utilities TATC
Area 4, 5
ID# 6012 Utility Electrical Workers JATC
Area 6, 7
ID# 6019 Mid-Columbia Outside Electrical JATC
Area 1, 6
ID# 6028
Columbia Power Electrical Utilities JATC
Area 6, 7
ID# 7003 Central Oregon Outside Electrical JATC
Area 5, 7
ID# 7015 Harney Electric Cooperative JATC
Area 6, 7
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