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The Utah Electrical Training Alliance accepts applications on a year-round basis.

Thank you for your interest in the Utah Electrical Apprenticeship Program. ALL applications are being processed with the same qualifications and procedures.

Please follow these instructions for your information and application to be valid.

To qualify for entry into the apprenticeship you MUST meet all of the following basic requirements:


AGE: Minimum age 17 to make application. Must be 18 before being indentured.

  • “Required”: Birth Certificate. Applicant may supply supporting identification information such as a United States Citizenship Identification or Passport but this will not replace the Birth Certificate requirement.
  • • Copy of a Driver’s License or State Issued Identification Card

EDUCATION: MUST BE a High School Graduate or GED

               Must supply the following:

  • High School diploma
  • “Required” High School transcripts, College transcripts can be supplied in addition to but not in place of the High School Transcript
  • If GED must provide GED scores and GED certificate “Required”
    • If a GED is submitted, the High School Transcripts, up to the point of non-completion, must be submitted. College transcripts can be supplied in addition to but not in place of the High School Transcript)
    • One year Algebra or Applied Math or Secondary Mathematics II with a PASSING Grade 

**If you do not meet the Algebra Requirement needed to make application, you have a few options:


  • Take an Algebra class at a college of your choice, complete an adult education class/packet or take an online class with an accredited institution. Please keep in mind that the school must be accredited by a State Education Agency, and you must receive a passing grade. Once completed, an official transcript/documentation must be submitted to receive completion of this requirement.

The above documents are the Basic Required Documents. There may be a need to supply additional documentation upon request.

APTITUDE TEST: This test is scheduled for you. It will be scheduled after the applicant completes the basic requirements, pay the processing fee, and completes the application. This test is scheduled on a first come first serve basis based on the completion of the application process. This test will be scheduled 2 weeks to 1 month out depending on availability. During this time the applicant should keep studying the topics of the test. For helpful hints please click HERE. The applicant will be notified 2-3 weeks before the scheduled test date via e-mail, hard copy letter and text message. Please confirm the test date via e-mail, phone or text with the information provided. The below information is about the test.

APTITUDE TEST SCORE: The Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test was Developed and Validated by the American Institutes for Research. The test is scored on a scale of 1 through 9. After the application is processed and approved you will be notified through email, text and hard copy letter regarding the aptitude test date and time. These dates and times are scheduled by the U.E.T.A. and cannot be chosen. There is a onetime reschedule allowance. After that allowance reapplication is required. There are free study materials for this exam via our website under Application/Aptitude Test.

You MUST achieve a PASS on the electrical industry Aptitude Test Battery. We do not know how the Electrical Training Alliance scores this exam.

The Aptitude Test consists of two parts:

Part 1

Algebra and Functions, which is 33 questions with 46 minutes to complete the exam.

You will take a short break between the Algebra and Functions test and the Reading Comprehension test. To study for this portion on the test, it is recommended that you review Algebra 1 only, nothing higher. If you are concerned with your knowledge there are study materials on the internet, or you may go to to attend a refresher course.

There are also free study materials for this exam via our website under Application/Aptitude Test. You are to arrive 10 minutes early from your scheduled time. Please allow yourself enough time for travel and delays.

Part 2

Reading comprehension, which is 36 questions with 51 minutes to complete the exam. To study for this portion of the test, it is recommended that you read information and have the ability to recall what you have read either by answering questions or having someone quiz your memory.

To study for this portion on the test, it is recommended that you review Algebra 1 only, nothing higher. If you are concerned with your knowledge there are study materials on the internet or you may go to to attend a refresher course.

  • This is a link for some examples of the Aptitude Test from the Electrical Training Alliance (formerly known at the National JATC) On the left hand side there will be a menu for “Preparing for the Test”. You will find helpful information under all of the menu headings.
  • For a comprehensive review of Algebra, the NJATC offers a Tech Math class through the University of Tennessee, click here.  This online math class is self-paced and starts off with whole numbers and works through Boolean Algebra fundamentals.  This class offers three main benefits:
    1. Successful completion of the class satisfies the math requirement for the Inside Electrician and Limited Energy Technician apprenticeships
    2. It offers good preparation for the aptitude test
    3. The stronger your math foundation is, the less challenging the apprenticeship curriculum will be.

It is suggested to review the topics covered by a College Algebra class: 

For some sample problems see below:

  • Systems of linear equations in two variables
    • graphing method
    • substitution method
    • addition method
    • applications
  • Working with algebraic expressions
    • add, subtract, multiply, and divide by a monomial
    • factoring polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Square root property (includes – simplify and approximate numeric square roots)
    • factoring property
    • quadratic formula
    • graphing (includes – interpret vertex, axis of symmetry and vertical/horizontal intercepts)
    • applications
  • Relations and function
  • Function notation / evaluate

Applications and Modeling 

  • Linear functions
  • Quadratic functions
  • Exponential functions


  • Linear functions
  • Quadratic functions
  • Exponential functions

 Solve equations and inequalities 

  • Symbolically
  • Numerically
  • Graphically

Function concepts 

  • Domain
  • Range
  • Inverses
  • Compositions
  • Transformations

Test Anxiety

Online Resources for Algebra Review– videos and practice algebra problems – samples with solutions – interactive math lab – practice tests and answers

Online Resources for Reading Comprehension Practice



INTERVIEWSInterviews will take place on an as-needed basis during the year. The interviewers will consider appearance, reliability, interest, attitude, judgment, cooperativeness, and dependability as well as other personal traits. Applicants will be placed on a live ranking list, which are the results from the ratings of the Committee members during the interview, then will be hired based on that the ranking at time of selection. For Interview tips go to our home page click on Applications/Interview.

PHYSICAL: Applicants must be physically able to do the work of the trade and the job description. These job descriptions can be found on the home page under Programs. Please pick the job description for your specific program. You will also be required to pass a 10 panel pre-employ drug screen and be willing to be put in a random drug testing process. You will also be required to obtain and hold a State of Utah Apprentice Electrical License. This documentation is done after you are indentured into the program and obtained through the U.E.T.A. office.




The interview is approximately 10 minutes long and takes place in front of a panel of 4 -10 interviewers. These will be representatives from IBEW Local 354, and the National Electrical Contractors Association. The Training Director and Assistant Director might also attend.

Your interview score determines how well you rank on the ranking list of eligible candidates.

Your score is valid for 2 years. You may reapply after a one-year time period of the date of your interview and not before. However, when you qualify for a re-interview you will therefore receive a new ranking score. You do not get to choose which score to keep. If you reinterview, the latest score is your current score on the live ranking list for hire.


First Impression. The interview committee is invested in the future of their industry. Enthusiasm for the opportunity to interview will go a long way. Leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at the interview and to calm pre-interview nerves. A good first impression includes being calm and confident. Make your ten minutes count. Smile and practice good posture and eye contact. Avoid nervous gestures such as crossing your arms and tapping your fingers. A good way to avoid fidgeting is to fold your hands on the table.

Nice pants and a button down shirt are appropriate. Avoid excessive cologne, perfume, jewelry and cosmetics. Practice good hygiene and be well-groomed.

Application portfolio. The panel will review anything that you included with your application such as a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, photos and certificates. If you have additional material to include you may bring those with you to the interview. Due to the rapid pace and the high volume of interviews, it is important to draw their attention to your application materials that emphasize your work ethic, ability to work under pressure, and any experience and skills that transfer to the construction industry.

Behaviorial Interview Questions. These are questions like “Why should we choose you?” There are no right or wrong answers to behavioral interview questions. The interviewers are getting a sense of your past experiences and how they will translate to your role as an apprentice. Do an internet search of behavioral interview questions – this will give you an idea of what to expect. Prior to your interview, think about life events or experiences that illustrate your knowledge of the construction and electrical industries, your interest in apprenticeship, your ability to work well with others as a team, and your ability to be self-motivated, responsible, and dependable. Now that you have a list of experiences, prepare a response for any questions that you may be asked about each one. Use the structure: Situation… Action… Result.

  1. Situation or task – Describe the event or task, taking care to use enough detail for the interviewer to understand but not so much that you burn up a lot of time.
  2. Action – Describe what you did to complete the task or to resolve the situation. If it was a team effort, keep the focus on what you did effectively.
  3. Result – Conclude your answer with a description of the result of your efforts. Include lessons learned if you learned something from the situation.
  4. Be concise but not too concise. Keep your answers positive and specific and avoid rambling. You have ten minutes – make them count by being succinct, to the point, and focused. Avoid one- or two-word answers. Ask for clarification if you don’t know how to answer a question.

IBEW Electrical Worker. Explain why becoming a union IBEW electrician or technician is important to you. The selection committee is looking for team players and leaders who have a strong desire and drive to be an asset to the IBEW workforce.

Practice interviewing with your family and friends as much as possible. The more you practice the more relaxed and confident you will be in the interview.


Based on the interview, applicants will receive an overall score. Applicants will then be ranked on a list according to this final score. As new positions become available in the apprenticeship program, names will be taken off the list in the order that their names appear.

Applicants names will remain on this list for up to 1 year from the date of their interview. If you have not been selected within the 1 year period, you may reapply at the end of the 1 year period.

Prior to being indentured, applicants selected from the ranking list, must be at least 18 years of age, will be required to pass a drug test and fill out the apprenticeship application for the State of Utah before an indenture agreement can be signed.

If accepted into the program you may request credit for previous work experience at the time of indenturement. Proper documentation will be required. If it is not turned in on time and according to procedure, there is a chance you will not obtain the credit desired. The Committee’s decision will be final.


To reapply:

**If you are reapplying with in 5 years of your previous application your documentation will be on file. If it has been longer that 5 years since your lastapplication, you will be required to supply the basic required documents

3- Once the UETA has received your Re-Interview form or the documents they will be reviewed for eligibility. This process takes 7-14 business days.

4- If eligible, we will call you for the re-processing fee of $30. This application fee can be made over the phone with a credit or debit card or you may send a Check or Money Order to the office with the above documentation. No Cash payments are accepted.

What would qualify an applicant for Re-Interview:

1- Applicant may request to re-interview after a minimum of 90 days from the date of their most recent interview with the UETA and has gained a minimum of 450 hours of documented work experience in the electrical construction industry or has successfully completed two (2) or more post-secondary, industry related classes, the applicant is eligible to make a request to be re-interviewed by the UETA by completing the UTEA’s Re-Interview Request Form.

Examples of related classes include: Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Advanced Math, Physical sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Arts, Mechanical Drawing/Drafting, Computer literacy/Programming, Related Vocational Technical Courses.

The UTEA is not obligated to grant a re-interview. The UTEA will respond to the request in a timely manner.


Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge

The Utah Electrical Training Alliance will not discriminate against apprentice applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information and disability.

If there are any further questions, please contact our office.