Telecommunications Installer Pay and Costs

The Utah Electrical Training Alliance (fromerly known as Utah Electrical JATC) Telecommunication Installer/Technician 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 Telecommunication Installer/Technician apprenticeship consists of 4,800 hours of on the job training and three years of related classroom instruction.

The apprentice starts the program at 60% of the current Technician rate of pay, which is based on the current agreement between NECA and the IBEW Local Union # 354. The following table shows the periods of apprenticeship.

Period % of Technician Elapsed Time OJT Hours and School
1 60% N/A 800 hours
2 66% N/A 800 hours & completion of lst year of school
3 72% 6 Months 800 hours
4 78% 6 Months 800 hours & completion of 2nd year of school
5 84% 6 Months 8000 hours
6 90% 6 Months 800 hours & completion of 3rd year of school
7 74% 6 Months 750 hours

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

Upon completion of the related schooling and 4,800 hours of OJT the apprentice will be advanced to the status of Technician with all the pay and fringe benefits currently in effect.


Tuition: The tuition for the Telecommunication program is $320.00 – 350.00 per semester. There are two semesters a year which equals $640.00 – 700.00 a year in tuition. 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 $45.00. 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 can not 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 text books and online modules. The text books and online modules are purchased through the U.E.T.A. office and must be purchased 1-2 weeks before the first day of class to accomplish the homework due upon attendance. The Telecommunication apprentices will rent the text books at a rate of $50.00 per semester.  The purchase of the online modules varies from $180.00 – 450.00 per semester. There are two semesters per year. The Telecommunication program is a 3 year program.

Training Standards / Rules and Regulations: These documents are available at the U.E.T.A. 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.