ALBAT Apprenticeship

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Apprenticeship is an opportunity for inexperienced individuals to learn a career skill through actual “hands-on” training – not just reading about it in a book.

ALBAT Electrical Power Line Apprentices are actual fulltime employees of electrical contractors and earn excellent pay and benefits while they are being taught these skills by master craftsmen on the job.

In addition to the on-the-job training, ALBAT apprentices receive related classroom instruction, which covers the techniques of the trade and also the theory behind the techniques.

ALBAT Apprentices learn “how” on the job and “why” in the classroom.

Apprenticeship Training

Because of the nature of Outside Electrical Construction Industry work, outside linemen are required to move about from place to place. It is also necessary for apprentices to travel from area to area, not only to contribute toward the progress of the job, but also to obtain the diversity of work experience required to become a competent Journeyman Lineman.

ALBAT apprentices must also attend related training sessions on their own time – generally, one four-hour session each ALBAT Training month, from September through June. Apprentices complete a course of study that includes 18 workbooks and 21 tests.

Minimum Qualifications for Apprenticeship

To meet minimum qualifications for apprenticeship, applicants must:

1) Complete the application form.

2) $25.00 Application Fee, which is nonrefundable.

3) Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

4) Submit Education Background:  High school graduates must submit a transcript of high school grades (must state your date of graduation).  If high school requirements have been met by a GED, you must submit your exam scores with verification that you successfully passed and include a transcript of high school grades last attended.

5) Show evidence of successful completion of: one full credit  of high school algebra with a passing grade, or one post high school algebra course (e.g. Adult Education, Continuing Education, Community College, etc.) with a passing grade or provide evidence of having successfully completed the NJATC On-Line Tech Math Course.

6) Submit a copy of Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License with air brakes or Copy of Valid Driver’s License along with a Copy of a Class A Commercial Driver’s License Temporary Permit with air brakes.  Date of birth and expiration date must be visible.  License or Temporary Permit must be valid at time of interview.

7) Submit a Work History Summary Sheet indicating your present and previous employers, if any.  This may be typed or handwritten.

8) Submit a DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if you are a veteran and wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.


Introductory Training

All newly selected applicants are required to attend Introductory Training, where beginning apprentices learn safety procedures, OSHA regulations, electrical theory, pole climbing, pole-top and bucket-truck rescue, first aid, CPR, ropes and rigging, knot tying, tools and equipment, truck and equipment operation.

ALBAT makes arrangements for meals and lodging, but no actual wages are paid.

After satisfactory completion of Introductory Training, apprentices are eligible for assignment to a contractor to begin their on-the-job training.

College Credit

College Credit is available to graduates of the power line apprenticeship. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends college credit. These credits can be transferred towards continued education.


The ALBAT Program is federally registered enabling veterans to receive educational benefits while progressing through their apprenticeship.

Getting started on a real CAREER …

… and Get Paid to Get Trained! 

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