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A career in the electrical trades can provide men and women with the opportunity to earn a good hourly wage, excellent health benefits and a great retirement plan.

While a career in the electrical industry can be challenging, it can also be dangerous. Electrical workers may have to work outside during extremely hot or cold temperatures. Besides dealing with the weather, electrician and electrical workers must also focus on their safety due to the natural danger that comes working with electricity.

Men and women wanting to start a career in this exciting field must apply to a apprenticeship program. Once accepted into the program, an apprentice earns while they learn. This means working side-by-side with highly-trained and highly-skilled journeymen, learning the ins and outs of the trade. Apprentices also receive mandatory classroom instruction, where they learn important facets of the trade, including mandatory safety training.

To join the York Electrical Institute, potential applicants must complete a four-step process, which includes application, aptitude, interview and selection.

Application process

Applications are accepted year-round in person or online. At the time of application, you must present a valid driver’s license. You will have 30 days from the date of application to provide the following:

  • A high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Proof of successful completion of at least one year of algebra.
  • High school and post-secondary (if applicable) official transcripts.
  • Proof of residency in York County or Adams County.

Aptitude exam

Upon satisfying all prerequisites, you will be scheduled for an aptitude test. You will receive a letter specifying the time and date of the exam. This test will include sections on reading comprehension and mathematics. Those who earn a qualifying score on the aptitude test will then qualify for an oral interview.

To receive help on the aptitude exam, use ElectricPrep. This tool is a paid course that prepares you for the math and reading comprehension portion. You can also find an interview skills course on this site as well.

Tech Math is another course instructors recommend potential candidates that will test and guide them through preparing for the Algebra portion, if you have never taken Algebra, or need extra help in this subject.


You will receive a letter specifying the time and date for your interview. Page two of the letter contains a form that must be returned to verify your intent to attend the interview. All interviewees are then ranked against all other applicants. All applicants will receive a letter informing them of their position on the list.


Applicants can stay on the ranking list for a maximum of two years. We accept apprentices in order off the list. Each class generally consists of eight to 14 apprentices. However, new apprentices can start working anytime during the year. The selection process may take several months, so you are urged to be patient.

Interested in learning more about the Work of an Electrician?  Check out this Free Course that provides more information on the skills and working environments of an Electrican.

You can also see what a typical day is like for an IBEW apprentice in this Free Course.

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