Start the Electrical Industry Training Center apprenticeship program and be on-the-job, earning wages in week one. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, it’s true. The Electrical Industry Training Center’s combination of job placement, hands-on learning and technical classroom instruction offers a unique opportunity for motivated, committed, talented individuals seeking a career for life in the electrical trade.

Do I need to bring my Social Security card with me to apply?

You do not need to bring your actual Social Security with you, but you do need to know the number at the time of application.

Can I complete my application before I turn 18?

You must be at least 17 years of age and have graduated from high school or have a GED when you apply for the program.

Do I need to have a Driver’s License to apply or be in the program?

Photo I.D. is required at the time of application. Upon acceptance into the Apprenticeship program, you are required to have reliable transportation to the Training Center and to any job-site to which you are assigned.

What are the steps for application and acceptance?

The process consists of three phases:  Application, Aptitude Testing and Interview.  Please click here for more information on the application process.

How much per hour will I earn as an Apprentice?
Each program has a different Apprentice wage structure.  All Apprentices enter at a given wage rate and receive increases as they move successfully through the program.  For specific program wage information, click here.
Can I have my transcripts sent in prior to picking up my application?
We prefer that transcripts arrive around the time of application.
Can I apply for all 3 Apprenticeship programs at the same time?

You can apply for all three or any combination of programs at the same or different times.

What if I have a criminal record?

A criminal record does not exclude you from applying to the program.   Individuals with a criminal record will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the time of the interview.

How does related experience in the electrical field and related classroom instruction apply to this program?

Individuals who can provide documentation of 4,000 completed hours of related electrical field and classroom experience may move directly to the interview phase of the application process.

Please contact us to discuss your specific prior experience.

Does my experience in the Military apply to this program?

Individuals who have Military experience and specific electrical field and classroom instruction are excellent candidates for the program.

Please contact us to discuss your specific experience.

Do I need a computer and what are the required specifications?
If accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will need to have internet access and a Windows based computer in order to complete homework assignments. Computer/Internet access can be made available at the training center for apprentices who do not have it available elsewhere. The minimum recommended computer specifications are:


  • 15” HD Display
  • HD Graphics
  • 13 or better Processor (Dual Core minimum)
  • 4GB RAM
  • Sound
  • Wireless WiFi
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 (full version, no RT) or 10
  • Web Browser (Firefox recommended)
  • Flash
  • Java
What is the cost of tuition and expenses?

The apprenticeship programs at the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center are funded by a joint labor-management partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58 and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Southeastern Michigan. Through this industry partnership and investment, the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center offers comprehensive classroom and hands-on education for electrical apprentices at very little cost to the participant.

The following is an overview of the estimated expenses for the Apprenticeship program:

Application Processing Fee:  $50 for Inside and LE applications.  Residential applications are $30.   (Electronic payment collected when opening an application)

Basic Tools Starter Set: $300.00 based on program (onetime fee)

Tuition/Books/Blended Learning:  $100.00 per month, for each month of the program (3-5 years)

Work Boots:  $100-$150 (based on personal preference)

Work Apparel: $150-$250 (based on personal preference)

(Additional tools, apparel or gear may be needed depending on job requirements, limited by collective bargaining agreement.)

Please contact us with specific questions.

What is the work and training schedule?

Apprentices are in school one day every other week and are assigned to our contractors to work during the remaining days of the two week period. Regular work days are 8 hours long and can vary between shifts. Weekday and weekend overtime work is also common. Job locations vary and apprentices may be required to change job locations frequently. For a brief video overview of the typical day of work for an apprentice, click here.

I completed my application and sent my transcripts. The status of my application says, “Need Test”, what does this mean?

“Need Test” means that you will be scheduled for an aptitude test within approximately 60 days from your application date. You will receive an email and a mailed letter to notify you of the test date and time. Past 60 days? Call us at 586-751-6600.

I have completed my aptitude test, what happens now?

Provided you scored high enough on the aptitude test, you will be scheduled for an in-person interview within approximately 30-120 days from your test date. In the interim, your application status will indicate “Interview Setup”. You will be notified of the interview date and time via an email and a mailed letter. Past 120 days? Call us at 586-751-6600.

What is the Interview like?

You will spend approximately 10 minutes with a group of six interviewers affiliated with the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 58. The interviewing committee will have your test scores, transcripts, and other information before you join the interview. Like any other job interview, you will be asked about your goals should you be accepted into the program. You may also be asked to tell about your life experiences as they relate to your problemsolving abilities.

After my interview, then what happens?

Once you have completed your interview, you will receive notification within 30 days that you are on the selection list for the apprenticeship for two years. Notification will be sent to you via email and a mailed letter. This letter contains important information as to how you can be re-interviewed during the two-year period.

What if I missed my Interview?

You can request to be rescheduled for the next available interview dates by calling our offices at 586-751-6600. Interviews are conducted on a quarterly basis. Please make every attempt to attend your scheduled interview to avoid a delay in the process.

How long am I on the selection list?

You remain on the selection list for two years from the date of your interview. You are not eligible to re-apply with us for the same program during those two years. If you have not been selected for the apprenticeship at the end of the two years, you will need to reapply.

What is the average amount of time a candidate is on the selection list?

The amount of time spent on the list varies based on market activity and can be from three months to two years, typically. As our employers request apprentices we start new classes, with offers of apprenticeship going to those with the highest interview scores first.

How do I check to see where I am at on the selection list?

Since the rankings for placement change with each round of interviews, we do not reveal the position of individual candidates on the list.

Is there anything I can do to “move up the list” for faster placement?

If you meet the re-interview requirements you can request another interview. Continued interest on the part of an applicant is generally looked upon favorably. However, re-interviewing is not a guarantee of a higher interview score.

If I receive an offer of apprenticeship, what if I fail my drug screen or physical?

If you fail your drug screen or physical, you will not be placed into the apprenticeship.

Once I am indentured as an Apprentice, how do I pay my tuition?

Tuition is currently $100 per month and can be paid online or at our office. Delinquent tuition may be grounds for removal from the program.

If I have additional questions, what should I do?

Please call our office during normal business hours 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday at 586-751-6600.

Have a specific question? Contact us.