Inside Wireman

Job Summary

Plans, lays out, modifies, repairs, tests, and installs electric wiring, equipment, and apparatus for power, light, communications, and control systems in residential and commercial buildings and industrial plants; uses electrician’s hand tools, various electrical testing devices, and soldering and welding equipment.

Work Performed

*Plans new or modified installations and repairs to existing systems in dwellings or commercial buildings. Studies blueprints, manufacturer’s directions, and contractor’s specifications to determine what is to be done, adequacy of existing wiring or planned installations, and materials, equipment and time needed to complete job; prepares drawings of electrical installations to facilitate work; consults architect or general contractor pertaining to questionable items, delays, or unusual problems.

*Installs new and repairs existing electrical material and equipment in dwellings or commercial buildings: Measures, cuts, bends and shapes, threads, assembles and installs exposed, concealed and recessed electrical raceways, feeder and branch systems using such tools as hacksaw, pipe threaders, hickey, hand or power-drilling tools, pliers, and various bending devices. Levels panel boards and secures to floor with anchor bolts. Plumbs and braces switchboards. Installs conductor gutters and bolts them to wall or ceiling. Pulls and cuts wires. Pushes fishtape back to feed the conductor through the raceway. Uses mechanical power device to obtain required force for pulling large conductors. Splices wires by stripping terminal ends of insulation, twisting, soldering, or using connection devices. Identifies wires using standard equipment; tags ends or identified by color. Removes defective wiring and parts. Connects wiring to lighting fixtures, power equipment, convenience outlets, switches, and circuit breakers. Completes installations using hand tools such as pliers, wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers. May operate hydraulic lifts to move and place heavy equipment and materials. May install reactors, capacitors, rectifiers and the wiring for electrically operated equipment such as hoists, elevators, and motors.

*Test circuits: Tests continuity of circuits to ensure electrical reliability and safety of all components using standard electrical test and measuring instruments.

*These job duties were designated as critical job duties because they must be performed competently if the job is to be performed in a satisfactory manner.


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

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

  • Must be 18 years old or older to apply to our programs.
  • Required Documents:
  • Driver’s License or Passport or State Issued Identification Card
  • Social Sec Number
  • 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.
  • High School Transcripts
  • High School Diploma or GED (MUST HAVE COMPLETEDOne year Algebra or Applied Math or Secondary Mathematics II with a PASSING Grade – being a C or higher)*If you do not meet the Algebra Requirement needed to make application, you have a few options:
  • Take the NJATC Tech Math course and provide the documentation needed of having passed the course with a 75% or higher. The website for this class is: electrical training ALLIANCE || Learning Center || Online Tech Math


  • 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.

APTITUDE TEST: This test is scheduled for you. It will be scheduled after the applicant completes the basic requirements, pays for the application and completes the application document. 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 application should keep studying the topics of the test. For helpful hints please click hereThe 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.

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 UETA 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 score of “4” or higher on the electrical industry Aptitude Test Battery. The test is on a scale of 1-9. We do not know how the Electrical Training Alliance scores this exam. Your results will be given next business day.

The Aptitude Test consists of two parts:

Part 1

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.

Part 2

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.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews 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, click here.

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 homepage under whichever program you are interested in. 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 UETA office.


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 that 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, all you need to do is pay the processing fee again and re-apply through our website.

*If you are reapplying within 5 years of your previous application your documentation will be on file. If it has been longer than 5 years since your lastapplication, you will be required to supply the documentation mentioned.

If eligible, we will call you for the re-processing fee of $30. This processing fee can be made over the phone with a credit or debit card.

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.

Inside Wireman Pay and Costs

The Utah Electrical Training Alliance inside wireman apprenticeship program is part of a nationally recognized program developed by the Electrical Training Alliance, formerly known as the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. For more information regarding the Electrical Training Alliance, go to the following link,

Our apprenticeship program is registered with the Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. Graduates of our program receive recognition from the Department of Labor as well as the Electrical Training Alliance. They are recognized across the United States as highly skilled and qualified craftsman.

The inside wireman apprenticeship program consists of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and five years of related classroom instruction. In the State of Utah, a licensed Apprentice may sit for the Journeyman’s exam after the 4th year of school and 8,000 hours. The fifth year of our Apprenticeship is specialized training and more depth on topics related to advancement in the Journeyman status.

The apprentice starts the program at 50% of the current journeyman (also known as Qualified Electrical Worker) rate of pay, which is based on the current agreement between NECA and the IBEW Local Union # 354.  The apprentice obtains wage increases based on Minimum Accumulated on the Job Hours and Apprenticeship School Progress. The following table shows the periods of apprenticeship.

In addition to wages the apprentice is covered by an extensive fringe benefit package that includes health coverage for the apprentice and all their dependents, an annuity plan, three different retirement plans, and life insurance.

Upon completion of the related schooling and 8,000 hours of on the job training the apprentice will be advanced to status of Journeyman Wireman with all the pay and fringe benefits currently in effect.

Tuition / Fees

Tuition: The tuition for the Inside Wireman program is $320.00 – 350.00 per semester. Each year consists of two semesters. The tuition is paid through our affiliate Ogden Weber Technical College. You will never attend their facility, but with this affiliation there are benefits to the apprenticeship programs. If you have not attended Ogden Weber Technical College in the past 6 months, or ever, there will also be a onetime fee of $30.00. This is a registration fee and will come due first week of attendance.

Financial Aid: The apprentices that attend the Utah Electrical Training Alliance schooling are not qualified for any financial aid to include Pell Grants, Subsidized nor Un-Subsidized Loans. The UETA has been classified as a “part time” school. The UETA does not have a financial aid department.

If the apprentice cannot afford tuition or books, they are allowed to find their own financial assistance. This information can be verified via US Department of Education Basic Eligibility Criteria at and also via Ogden-Weber Technical College on their program information labeled “Financial Aid”.

There are grants from the Utah Department of Workforce Services that can be applied for after acceptance into the UETA apprenticeship programs and are awarded based on the grant/aid requirements at the time of application.

Books / Online Modules: Our apprenticeship is classified as “Blended Learning” which means physical textbooks and online modules. The textbooks and online modules are purchased at the UETA office in West Jordan, UTand must be purchased with enough time to completethe homework due upon attendance. The Inside Wireman apprentices will purchase the textbooks and online modules at a rate of $300.00 – $750.00 per semester.

Training Standards / Rules and Regulations: These documents are available at the UETA office for viewing. As an apprentice you will receive your own set and must sign an Acknowledgement that the apprentice has read and understands the expectations of the program. Applicants also sign that they have read and understand these documents before applying.

Inside Wireman Tool List

Electricians will furnish themselves with the following tools as per the Labor Agreement:

  1. Knife **
  2. Hacksaw Frame **
  3. Pencil **
  4. Hammer **
  5. Flashlight (no batteries supplied by contractors) **
  6. Center Punch **
  7. Appropriate Measuring Tape **
  8. Small Level
  9. Screw Drivers (as necessary)
  10. Current Edition of National Electrical Code
  11. Adjustable Square
  12. Pliers (as necessary)
  13. Keyhole Saw Handle
  14. Allen Wrenches to 3/8”
  15. Small Wire Stripper
  16. Chalk Line
  17. Crescent Wrench (8” or less)
  18. Small Crimping Tool
  19. Chain Tong or Pipe Wrench (14” or less)
  20. 600-volt tester
  21. l/4” Tap Handle
  22. Nut Drivers 3/16” to 5/8”
  23. End Wrenches up to 3/4”
  24. 3/8” Socket Set up to 3/4”

**When you first start work; you must have the tools indicated with an asterisk. The other tools you start accumulating over your first year of apprenticeship. A complete toolbox is needed at the start of your second year of school.

As per Section 2.11 – Tool List – 2018-2021 Inside Agreement between Intermountain Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. (NECA) and other Electrical Contractions and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 354

Instructions before applying

If you are interested in applying for our program, please make sure to read the following as it makes the application process smooth and transparent.

If you are a construction wireman and currently work with one our contractors, you most likely already have an account with us that is linked to your email address, so click on Reset Password. It will then send a link to your email address with you to create a new one and then you can login and apply.

If you do not work with one of our contractors, you need to create an account.

The two programs we currently offer:

Inside Wireman 
Telecommunications Installer/Technician

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