Our Program


These days, the electrician profession is widely popular and in demand. However, it takes years of training to become an electrician. The first step to a career as an electrician is through apprenticeship. Apprenticeships include on the job and related instructional training. Related instructional training is achieved by attending classes through the Northwest Institute of Electrical Technology.

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The Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC maintains a high quality of instructors whose mission is to monitor all apprentice progress closely and move them along at a pace that suits them and ensures the learner has the best possibility to achieve his or her academic goals. Keeping a high quality of instruction and learning ensures high success rates for our apprentices.

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Electricians are in high demand with the current Skills Shortage and rapidly approaching retirement of the "Baby Boomer" generation. An electrical journey level card allows you more opportunity as you can carry out additional jobs and services as well as earn a higher income due to your higher expertise.

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Being an apprentice electrician may require you to work hard and constantly learn new skills but like everything that's worth doing well there are many good things about being an apprentice electrician. Click 'Read More' to learn about apprentice electricians.

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Who We Are

Our History

In an effort to act as a professional association of open shop contractors and training administrators and to ensure an adequate supply of well trained, highly skilled electricians, in 1978 the Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC Inside Electrician apprenticeship program was approved and has since become the premier open shop training program for the greater Portland and Southwest Washington area.

Since our initial conception we have grown to be the largest open-shop apprenticeship program in the State of Oregon. On January 1, 2005 the Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC purchased a 26,000 square foot building in NE Portland making us not only the premier open shop program in Oregon but also the only program to train and administer our own apprenticeship program from our own training center.

"Keeping a high quality of instruction and learning ensures high success rates for our apprentices. That is why the goal of Northwest Institute of Electrical Technology is to develop a qualified and safe workforce through education and supervised on the job training."

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