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.

Ken Brown takes 3rd place in Western States Apprentice Contest

    Oregon winners:Aaron Matteson, Ken BrownOregon winners: (middle) Aaron Matteson, Local 280 takes first place and (right) Ken Brown Local 48 takes third place.



September 9, 2017 was a typical hot day in Fresno, California.  Twenty recent graduates of the electrical apprenticeship programs from Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Hawaii, and Idaho nervously waited for the annual Western States Apprentice Contest to begin.  In 1964, the contest was started as the Oregon Apprenticeship Contest by Carl Sorenson, a former business representative from Local 280, and was intended to showcase the top graduate in each program.  The contest has since expanded to include programs in all of the 9th District.  This year was unique, as it was the first year that a contestant from Hawaii participated.  

The Foreman is the key link between the customer, the contractor and the crew. Properly trained Foremen are vital to the growth and success of our Union Contractors and Electricians.
Increased competition in our industry has created the need for highly effective leaders who are able to meet the demands of our increasingly challenging and competitive industry.
Contractors need leaders who can:
• Properly manage tools and materials
• Handle labor issues correctly
• Meet the demands of a tight job schedule
• Coach/mentor employees to peak performance
• Ensure a strong safety culture and work toward an injury-free workplace
• Communicate effectively
• Manage change
• Understand the budget and properly manage labor hours
• Effectively manage a job from start to finish
• Build teams at the jobsite and in the company
We are proud to offer this new program to our membership and contractors. Training is available directly at the contractor's location or through general continuing education classes at the training center.
There are 14 modules available to complete the entire series. Each module is approximately two hours. Classes will be scheduled in Tuesday/Thursday blocks of 4 modules each and can be taken independent of one another. The modules will be offered at least twice each year, the schedule repeating.
For more information contact: Beth at or go online at www.nietc.org and look under the Journeyman Class Schedule tab.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor solicited applications for the American Apprenticeship Initiative. This initiative demonstrated the importance of apprenticeship and its level of success. It also demonstrates that the Federal Government has come to recognize apprenticeship as an extremely valuable career path. The electrical training ALLIANCE applied for and was awarded a portion of the overall federal grant to identify pre-apprentices and equip them for entry into new careers in high-paying occupations in the electrical industry. The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center was offered the opportunity to be one of fourteen initial program participants in the first year of the program. Details were disseminated and the program was kicked off in early 2016. The program locally started on May 19, 2016 with 20 participants. 
The U.S. Department of Labor and the electrical training ALLIANCE are the funding sources for this Pre-Apprenticeship Program. This program provides 300-hours of training over a 10 week period that includes classroom instruction in academic, computer skills, and on-the-job training experiences. The pre-apprenticeship program training will include introductory and orientation lessons, financial literacy training, safety training, introductory job lessons, union history and preparation for application and selection process into the registered electrical apprenticeship program. Exposure through Pre-Apprenticeship classes and other activities will prepare participants for application to one of the apprenticeship program here at the NIETC, after completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship program. By requirements of the grant, all participants served must be from underrepresented populations, which includes women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
The NIETC utilized relationships with Oregon Tradeswomen, Constructing Hope, and PCC pre-apprenticeship, along with local Worksource centers, veteran organizations and IBEW affiliated groups such as the EWMC to solicit applications, interview applicants and compile a final class of 20 excellent candidates. Upon completion of the 10 week (5 days per week, 6 hours per day) program, participants will be encouraged to apply to the NIETC apprenticeship program of their liking, while demonstrating their ability to meet all existing program entry requirements. These students will be encouraged to maintain employment as Material Handlers with NECA contractors while completing the program and during the application, testing and selection process.
The end results of this program will assist the NIETC in meeting its required Affirmative Action and Veteran requirements as set out by Federal and State Apprenticeship agencies, as well as providing the local workforce of the IBEW with potentially 20 new proven and committed individuals into the electrical industry. The best news is that the Federal grant pays all the expenses for this training, enabling us to maintain the integrity of the standard apprenticeship ranking.
Please welcome these individuals as they commit their futures to careers in the electrical industry.


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!