About the Program

The Area II Inside Electrical apprenticeship program is a 4-year training program designed to provide students with the experience and preparation necessary to become licensed general journeyman (inside) electricians. It is a combination of classroom instruction at the Independent Electrical Training Center in Salem, OR and supervised work experience with approved employers.

Inside electricians perform installations, construction, maintenance, repairs, and service on electrical systems. This includes installing conduits, wiring lighting, switches, converters, and complex computerized systems, maintaining and repairing large motors, and inspecting electrical components like circuit breakers and transformers.  Electrical construction projects range from single family homes to state-of-the-art industrial plants.


4 years
8000 on-the-job hours
576 classroom hours


The man is repairing the switchboard voltage with automatic switches. Electrical background

How much can I earn?

Entry-level apprentices earn a minimum of $16.39 to start and receive pay increases as they progress through the program. After one year (1,800 hours) in the program, pay increases to $22.53 per hour. On average, a licensed inside electrician earns around $40.97 an hour, or about $85,218 per year.

How do I receive my on-the-job training?

Apprentices work under the direct supervision of licensed journey worker electricians. After you are registered as an apprentice, you will work for an employer who has been approved by the Area II Inside Electrical committee to be a training agent through the Bureau of Labor & Industries. Training agents have promised to provide on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards.

Where are employers located?

Training agents have offices located in the following counties in Oregon: Benton, Harney, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and South Yamhill. However, you may be required to travel all over Oregon and to other states.

What working conditions can I expect?

Electricians work both inside and outside in a variety of weather conditions. The work requires standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling, and reaching in cramped spaces and on ladders and scaffolding ranging up to 160+ feet.

How do I receive my classroom instruction?

Classroom instruction – or related training – is conducted at the Independent Electrical Training Center (IETC) in Salem, OR. IETC is operated in partnership with IEC of Oregon and the Area II Inside Electrical committee. IETC is affiliated with Chemeketa Community College and apprentices earn college credit and qualify for financial aid. Classes are two evenings a week in the fall, winter, and spring. You will start school once you are registered in the program as an apprentice.

Online schooling is also available on a case-by-case basis.

What costs can I expect?

Related training tuition and books combined cost around $1,800 – $2,000 per year. This cost is the responsibility of the apprentice, although some employers do assist with expenses.