The MEJATC Inside Wireman apprenticeship training program is jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). This five (5) year apprenticeship program is a combination of related classroom instruction and on-the-job training (OJT).

Participants in this program earn wages and benefits while learning the skills needed for a trade in the electrical industry. Inside Wireman apprentices primarily perform electrical construction work in commercial and industrial settings; accumulating a minimum of 8,000 OJT hours during their apprenticeship. Classroom instruction consists of two (2) sessions a week and most sessions are three (3) hours in duration; totaling 900 hours of classroom instruction throughout the program.

A working knowledge of algebra is necessary to keep pace with the program curriculum. Apprenticeship classes generally follow the Shelby County School system as to the date school starts, holidays observed and vacations. Participation is mandatory in all scheduled related classroom instruction and on-the-job training assignments. Upon completion of this program you will have a very rewarding career as an IBEW journeyman electrician.

Low Cost

Since apprentice training is sponsored by IBEW Local Union 474 and Memphis Chapter, NECA, our apprentices have a low financial investment toward their electrical career.


Memphis Electrical JATC apprentices earn between $150,000 – $185,000 in wages during their apprenticeship.


In addition to their wages, our apprentices receive health insurance and a personal annuity retirement plan (the contribution amount increases as you advance in the program). All time spent in apprenticeship counts towards service credits in other pension plans.