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Welcome to NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center


There has never been a better time to prepare for a career that is financially rewarding and personally satisfying. And there has never been a better training program than the nationally acclaimed NECA/IBEW Local 48 Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program. Our apprentices learn from the most-respected and experienced instructors in the nation’s most technologically advanced facility. The result is that we produce the most skilled and productive electricians in the nation.

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 The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center held its annual graduation and celebration on May 5, 2017. It was held at the Portland Airport Sheraton and featured a wonderful meal, great speakers and recognition of 151 graduates.

The event was highlighted by positive remarks from Gary Young, Local 48 Business Manager. Tim Gauthier, Oregon-Columbia NECA Chapter Manager also provide thoughts on the immense impact the organized electrical industry and the impact it has on the local economy.

The keynote speaker for the evening, was IBEW Ninth District International Vice President, John O’Rourke. Mr. O’Rourke spoke of the leadership provided by the Organized Electrician’s and contractors in the NW and specifically about the leadership provided by Local 48 and the Oregon Columbia chapter of NECA. He also spoke proudly of his accomplishment of becoming a Journeyman electrician in his home state of California.

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Individual achievements were recognized also, as Jason Pluemke accrued an 88% GPA with perfect attendance leading the Limited Residential graduates, Erik Viken set the mark of 95%, as the top Limited Energy graduate and Nicholas Shefstad accrued 96 % GPA for the top Inside graduate award. All three received gifts and recognition from Industry partners, Klein Tools and Milwaukee Tools, who were on hand to present the awards. Connie Ashbrook was also recognized for her amazing accomplishments with helping women enter into non-traditional employment in the construction trades. Connie is responsible for Oregon Tradewomen Inc. and can be most proud of hosting the 25th annual Women In Trades Career Fair, being held at the Electrical Training Center.

The event wrapped up as the 151 graduates crossed the stage receiving their diploma’s as well as commemorative coins from the Electrical Training Alliance, gift cards from Platt Electric supply, Tools from Milwaukee Tool and coupons from Danner boots. The final act of the graduates was to pose for a group photo in their new NECA-IBEW jackets. The photo will be proudly displayed in the Training Center lobby, along with the many other graduating classes that have come before them.

The Organized Electrical Industry should be very proud of the great job they have done, having involvement in the training and maturing process of these many fine men and women of our community.

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IBEW Local 48’s NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center is fortunate to have been selected to participate in a Department of Labor Grant through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This grant enables the Training Center, along with 13 other Electrical Training Alliance Training Centers across the nation, to offer a pre-apprenticeship training program which will provide opportunity for entry into the apprenticeship program.

Eighteen students will be selected through an application and interview process. Students will be provided with 8 weeks of classroom instruction that is focused on algebra and reading comprehension review, electrical safety, and introductory electrical classes. Following the classroom instruction, students will gain two weeks of work experience. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion, and favorable reviews from the work experience, students who meet the apprenticeship program educational and application requirements will be registered as apprentices.

Eligible applicants must be from under-represented populations, as required by the Department of Labor grant guidelines. These populations are: women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and spouses of veterans.

This grant is a valuable asset to our recruiting goals. The Bureau of Labor and Industries requires the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center to participate in efforts to recruit a diverse workforce and to support our veterans. This grant allows us to evaluate students over an intensive ten-week period and to acquire a truly motivated workforce. In turn, students have an opportunity to evaluate the industry and to make an informed decision about their career goals.

The class is free, and the grant provides students with school books and a $500 stipend for the classroom portion. Students will earn entry wages for the work experience.

If you know of someone who is interested in exploring a career in the electrical industry, please have them pick up an application at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center; 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230. We will need a photocopy of their High School diploma or GED and a photocopy of a valid driver’s license. Veterans will need to submit a copy of their DD-214. Applicants must be 18 years old by the time of the work experience. The application deadline is May 22, 2017. The classroom portion is Monday – Friday, 8am-3pm from June 26 – August 11. The work experience will run from 8/14 - 8/25, with follow-up classes resuming in the evening from 8/28- 9/1.

Bridget Quinn
Workforce Development Coordinator
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center

A free information orientation is held the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00pm.  Pre-registration is not required.  If you have attended an orientation in the past, we suggested you attend the orientation again, as information and policies may have changed.  You may also view the information orientation by clicking on the link below.   

NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center is now selling the 2017 NEC Code Books in both Soft Bound and Loose Leaf versions.


Prices are as follows:

  • 2017 NEC Code Book - Soft Bound: $75.00
  • 2017 NEC Code Book - Loose Leaf: $85.00
  • 2017 NEC Code Book - Spiral Bound: $80.00
  • 2017 NEC Handbook : $141.00

    These prices are specially discounted for our IBEW contributing members.  Come by and pick up your new 2017 NEC Code Book today!

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