Line Program FAQs

How long are you on the rank list for?

You will remain on the rank list for two years or until your indentured into the program.

How often is the rank list updated?

Every time interviews are held the rank list is updated. You will be notified by email of your new rank.

When are apprentices selected for the apprenticeship?

Applicants are offered apprenticeship positions based on industry need. NW Line Contractors contact the NW Line JATC when an apprentice is needed on a crew. If all current apprentices are working, the apprenticeship then calls the first person on the ranked applicant list and offers them an apprenticeship position. Each year offers a unique situation and the number of applicants offered apprenticeships.

Once an application is complete, what is the next step?

Once your application is complete, you will be scheduled to interview with the Committee (made up of line contractors and members of the local unions). They will score you based on everything they’ve learned about you from your application documents and your interview including your background, attitude, interests, etc. Interviews last approximately 10 to 15 minutes which will give you the opportunity to impress upon them why you are a good candidate for the apprenticeship. Your scores from the interview will be averaged, and that average is used to place you on the ranking list with all previous applicants who have yet to be called into the program. So, if you score high, you’ll move right to the top of the list regardless of how long other applicants have been waiting. Applicants that interview in the next cycle will be added to the same list, in the same manner. If you are not indentured, your name will be removed from the list after two years.

How do you get started in the apprenticeship for Outside Construction Lineman?

Determine if being a lineman is right for you. Being a journeyman lineman isn’t for everyone. Although the job pays well and provides excellent benefits, a lineman is often asked to work outside in unfriendly weather conditions, climb high poles (if you’re afraid of heights, you can stop reading right now) and do physically and mentally demanding work. The job can also require a fair amount of travel, which can mean many nights away from home. If this sounds like something you want to do, the the next step would be to create an account to start your online application. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be approved. Once your account is approved you will receive an email with a link to start your online application.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, $35.

What are the travel requirements?

During your apprenticeship training, you are required to work within the entire geographical jurisdiction of the program. As an apprentice of the NW Line JATC, you will work under the four local NECA/IBEW which covers IBEW Locals 77, 125, 483 and 659 covering all of Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Northern California.

What is the job outlook and where can your career take you?

Currently there is a nationwide shortage of trained journeymen lineman, so prospects look good. Your experience at Northwest Line JATC assures potential employers of your capabilities.

Here’s the good news about working as a journeyman lineman. There is no seniority or tenure in the electrical power line construction industry. This means that a graduate could be immediately promoted to foreman or other supervisory positions, without regard to seniority. So, there is no waiting for 10 or 15 years for enough people to leave or retire in order to be promoted. It is based solely on knowledge and ability.

Many journeymen linemen who have made the transition to supervisory positions have used their technical and management skills to pursue careers as teachers/instructors, independent biness owners, inspectors and consultants.

What are your career prospects as a journeyman lineman?

With proper training and ongoing education, journeymen linemen can advance to supervisory positions. Some may go into teaching/training or manage their own electrical contracting business. In addition, throughout the training process and on-the-job experience, you’ll be learning valuable skills which you can put to good use in your future. These include interpersonal communications, supervision, project management and teamwork skills.

Where can you take an algebra class if you don’t have a “C” or better?

Algebra classes can be taken at any college, or you can take the Online Tech Math Class offered in conjunction with the NJATC and the University of Tennessee. Simply log on to http://www.njatc.utk.edu/techmath.htm and register.

Are there fees associated with the apprenticeship?

After the initial purchase of your tools there are no upfront costs. A fee of 60 cents for each hour worked will be withheld by the contractor.
There will be additional travel expenses that you are responsible for throughout your apprenticeship.

Are apprentices required to attend school?

Yes, each apprentice attends three years of related training made up of a combination of classroom and lab training or “camp” training.

Classroom sessions are typically 8 hours per day and introduce apprentices to job related information and hands-on training.

These classes are a very important part of the apprenticeship program and work in conjunction with the on-the-job training in preparing each apprentice to become an outside electrical journeyman.

Camp Rilea is held in Warrenton, Oregon each spring. Camp Rilea training includes climbing, distribution, transmission hot sticking, along with related safety topics, rigging & transformer skills.

First and second year apprentices attend 10-day sessions at Camp Rilea. Third year apprentices attend a 5-day session. Room and board are provided for apprentices while attending Camp Rilea.

How long is the apprenticeship program?

The program is approximately 4-year program 7,000 hours on the job training. During this time, you’ll advance through seven (7) steps of the program. After completing each of these steps, your pay rate will increase, coming closer and closer to that of the journeymen linemen you’re working and training with.

How does my previous experience count towards credit in the apprenticeship?

Experience for work performed on a line crew MAY be given credit toward your first advancement. Documentation must be submitted prior to your interview, be on company letterhead and must be specific in the type of work. Work experience must be work performed on a line construction crew under the direct supervision of a journeyman lineman. Documentation will be reviewed by the committee and you will be asked about your experience during the interview process.

Prior to your indenture your file is reviewed and credit awarded based on documentation submitted.

Tree Program FAQs

Are there fees associated with the apprenticeship?

Yes, apprenticeship fees are required – new apprentices are billed when indentured. You can pay the invoice in full or you can make minimum monthly payments.

Are apprentices required to attend school?

Yes apprentices are required to attend school, which will be a combination of classroom and climb labs. Typically, you will be attending training at least once a month during your two-year apprenticeship program.

How long is the apprenticeship program?

The program is approximately 2-year program 4,000 hours on the job training. During this time, you’ll advance through four (4) steps of the program. After completing each of these steps, your pay rate will increase, coming closer and closer to that of the journeymen trimmers you’re working and training with.

How does my previous experience count towards credit in the apprenticeship?

Experience for work performed in the trade will be given credit toward your first advancement. Documentation must be submitted prior to being indentured into the program, be on company letterhead, and must be specific in the type of work. The documentation is reviewed and the Assistant Director to the program verifies the amount of credit to award that applicant.

When are applications accepted?

Applications are accepted all year long. The rank list is updated the first Tuesday of every month.

How long are you on the rank list for?

You will remain on the rank list for two years or until your indentured into the program. If you are not indentured within the two years, you will have to re-apply.

Can you submit more points after you have been added to the rank list?

Yes, you can submit more points to move up the rank list. Documents for points must be submitted the Monday prior to the first Tuesday of the month by 4pm to 12pm to be added to your rank, otherwise they will be added the following month.

How often is the rank list updated?

The first Tuesday of every month.

When are apprentices selected for the apprenticeship?

When contractors need an apprentice, they contact the JATC office. If all currently indentured apprentices are working, they will notify the top applicant on the rank list for the area the contractor needs (NW WA, SW WA, E WA, N OR, S OR). The top applicant is given the time, date and location of the work assignment and indentured as a new apprentice.

Once an application is complete, what is the next step?

Once you have a completed application, you will be notified by mail of your score based on the points submitted. Applications completed the first Monday of the month by 12pm will be added to the rank list for the month. Submissions received after 12pm will be added to the next month’s rank list.

What are the travel requirements?

On your application there are five areas to indicate where you would like to work (Northwest Washington, Southwest Washington, Eastern Washington, Northern Oregon and Southern Oregon). You will be added to the rank list for the area(s) that you have indicated you want to work in. You will only work in the area from the rank list you are indentured from. (i.e. you selected Northern and Southern Oregon on your application but are indentured from the Northern Oregon rank list, you will be working just in the Northern Oregon area during your apprenticeship).

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

How do you get started in the Tree Apprenticeship Program?

First step would be to create an account to start your online application. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be approved. Once your account is approved you will receive an email with a link to start your online application.

VOLTA Program FAQs

How long is VOLTA?

VOLTA is a 400 hour program, typically 10 weeks, Monday – Thursday 10 hours a day. Schedule adjustments are made to accommodate holidays and staff training.

How many sessions are offered a year?

VOLTA offers three sessions a year, Spring, Summer, and Fall (April, July, October)

How many students are accepted into the program?

VOLTA accepts 32 students per session, with a waitlist for applicants not selected in the first round.

Where is VOLTA currently located?

VOLTA is currently located in Warrenton, Oregon at the Camp Rilea Military base, between Seaside and Astoria on the Oregon coast.

What is the current cost of VOLTA?

Current cost is $8,500, which includes the $150.00 enrollment fee. Students are responsible for their tools, lodging and meals.

Is there financial aid available?

VOLTA is not currently approved for traditional financial aid (FASFA), however, as an approved licensed training, private loans, grants and applicable scholarships may be available.

How do I find loans/scholarships?

Students can find scholarships through high school and community college career centers, local organizations such as Kiwanis, Women in Trades organizations and utility companies. The Roger Earl Meier Scholarship fund and Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarships both provide funds for training in the electrical trade.