Providing Lincoln and the surrounding areas with the best trained Electricians & Installer Technicians since 1948

The Lincoln Electrical JATC is committed to providing Electrical Contractors with a workforce that is trained in all aspects of the ever changing electrical industry and to meet the needs of their customers in a safe and efficient manner!






Complete an online application form.

Be a minimum of 17 years of age to apply and 18 to be put to work.

Must be a High School graduate or have a GED and provide their official transcripts for high school and post high school education and training. All GED records must be submitted if applicable.

Show evidence of successful completion of: one full year of high school algebra, or one post high school algebra course, or the Electrical Training Alliance's Tech Math Course.
Obtain a qualifying score of “4” or higher using the electrical trades’ aptitude test developed and validated by the American Institutes for Research.

Possess a valid Driver’s License.

Veterans who provide a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience and individuals who can provide the proper documentation to verify previous electrical construction work and/or training experience may also qualify. For details, contact or phone (402) 423-4519.
Prior to being registered, applicants selected from the pool of interviewed applicants will be required to pass a physical examination and a drug test.
At time of application, there is an application fee of $20.00.

Applicants who meet all basic requirements and receive a qualifying score on the electrical trades’ aptitude test will be interviewed by the JATC. Apprentices will be selected in order of their final ranking.

Inside Program : Five-Years

This is a five-year program that involves mainly commercial and industrial electrical work. The scope of work would include all types of electrical work other than outside lineman work.

Installer Technician Program : Three-Years

This program involves mainly commercial and industrial telecommunications work. The scope of work includes the installation and connection and maintenance of lower voltage systems such as but not limited to: data communications, nurse call, fire alarm systems, fiber optics, security and Wi-Fi systems.


Need to be at least 17 years of age to apply at 18 years of age to be put to work.

Must have a valid driver’s license

Must provide us with a copy of your Social Security card

Need to be a high school graduate or have a GED

Provide us with an official copy of your high school transcripts as well as any post high school transcripts that you may have

Must have completed at least one year of high school algebra with the passing grade or one post high school algebra course with a passing grade. Generally, this information is located on the transcripts.

For those that have previous electoral construction training and/or experience, you must provide us with documentation in order to receive credit. This documentation can be in the form of W-2s, notarized letter from previous employer, etc.

There is a $20.00 non-refundable application fee that must be paid in order to process the application.

You will have 90 days from the date you make your initial application to get all the required information submitted. If it is not submitted within that timeframe your application will be incomplete and you will need to reapply.

Once you have all the required documentation turned in you will then be scheduled to take the electrical trades aptitude test.

If you receive a qualifying score on the aptitude test you will then be scheduled for an oral interview. See the Aptitude test FAQ’s for more detailed info on the test.

Once you are interviewed you will be given a score and placed on our selection list. We make our selections from that list starting with the highest score and working our way down until we select the number of applicants we would need at that time.

When can I apply?

The Lincoln Electrical JATC accepts applications year-round.

How do I apply?

We accept only applications online via our website, There is a $20.00 non-refundable application fee for each program.

Can I fill out an application at the Lincoln JATC office?

Yes, contact the Lincoln JATC office to schedule a time to come in and fill out the online application using one of our computers.

How do I know that my application was submitted?

You will receive a follow-up email that states we received your application and provide you with a checklist of things you will need to complete in order to make your application valid.

What documents do I need to submit for my apprenticeship application?

Official, sealed copies of your high school and college transcripts or GED scores if applicable.
valid driver’s license.
copy of social security card.
DD-214 if you have military experience.

May I submit my high school diploma in place of my transcripts?

No. You must submit an official, sealed copy of your high school transcript along with any Post High School ones you may have.

What if I graduated from a different country?

We can accept transcripts from a different country if they have been translated into the English language. They must also show a graduation date.

May I submit additional documents to be included with my application?

Yes. You may submit a resume, letters of recommendations, proof of other training, certifications, licenses, proof of military experience along with any other information you wish to share with us. You will want to make sure you have it
turned in at least 1 week before your interview.

What is the starting pay?

Inside apprentices are currently starting at $15.51 per hour. Installer technician apprentices are currently starting at $12.91 per hour.

If I apply, will I get accepted?

This is a selective process and not everyone who applies will get accepted because there are more qualified candidates than available jobs.

Will I have to find my own job?

If you are selected as an apprentice the Lincoln Electrical JATC will assign you for employment with a local 265 IBEW signatory contractor.

Do I work and attend class at the same time?

Yes, you would work full time 40-hour workweek, year-round. You would also attend class 2 nights per week, three hours per night, from September to early May. On occasion you would be required to attend additional classes as determined by the Lincoln JATC.

How much is tuition?

There is no charge for tuition you are required to purchase your books each school year.

If I am a veteran can I draw my VA benefits for this training?

Yes, our program is registered with the US Department of Labor and is recognized by the VA. Our students who are veterans receive their VA benefits while participating in our program just like they would at any college or University.

Where are classes held?

Our classes are held at our training center located at 1415 Old Farm Road in Lincoln, NE 68512.

Do apprentices have health insurance and retirement pensions?

All apprentices are covered under the same health insurance and retirement pensions as journeyman. Health insurance takes effect approximately 90 days after the apprentice begins working full time. Retirement pension begins in the second year of apprenticeship.

What is the aptitude test?

The aptitude test is a test instrument that measures an applicant’s ability in Algebra and Functions and Reading Comprehension which are essential to perform well as an electrician. Extensive research and actual apprentice and journeyman experience and data was employed into the development and ongoing validation of this test which is sanctioned by the US Department of Labor ETA, OATELS. Upon completion of your application, we will send you a study booklet with your notification letter of the aptitude test date. You should review the sample questions in the booklet. We also recommend using the Khan Academy as another excellent resource for study material.

Is there a qualifying score on the aptitude test?

Yes, you will be given an overall score of 1 - 9 with 9 being the highest. You must receive a score of at least a 4 or higher to pass. BMS (Below Minimum Score) are a Score below the minimum standard and are not given a numerical score and constitute a fail of the aptitude test. With a qualifying score you will receive an oral interview with the Apprenticeship committee.

If I did not score well on the aptitude test, can I take it again?

Yes, you may take the aptitude test again after a minimum period of six months has elapsed from your most recent test date with the Lincoln JATC or any other JATC. A new application must be filled out to be eligible for another test.

Will I receive a report on my score?

Approximately 1 to 2 days after you have taken the test we will mail out a letter that includes your test score.

What if I become ill or have an emergency on the day of the test?

Call the Lincoln JATC office immediately if you are still interested but will not be present at the aptitude test session. Upon review of your situation and application you will be rescheduled for the next available test date. Please note that your test date can only be rescheduled once if you cannot attend your rescheduled test date, you would need to reapply with the Lincoln JATC.

What should I bring the day of the test?

You should bring a photo ID to the test session. Pencils and all other materials will be provided you will not be able to use a calculator for the test.

If I must leave before the test is finished, can I complete the test on another day?

No, both sections must be completed in one testing session.

What can I expect in the interview?

You will interview in front of the apprenticeship committee, there are 6 of them. The interview will last approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Each will give you a score on the interview. We take the scores, add them together and average them out. You are placed on our ranked selection list with that score.

How do you make selections?

We start with those that have the highest score and work our way down the list until we fill the manpower needs we have requests for.

How many selections do you make?

That all depends upon the manpower needs we have at the time of selections. Somewhere between 8 – 14 generally but there are no guarantees on a minimum or maximum number.

What should I wear to the interview?

That is up to you, whatever you feel is appropriate for an interview.


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