ELECTRICIAN

Power Line Clearance & Tree Trimming

Union

Line clearance/tree trimmer engages in a variety of tree care operations to maintain power line right of way intended to prevent interruption of service. Much of this work is done in the vicinity of energized, high voltage power lines and includes tree pruning, tree removal, and brush clearing. Trimmers use both powered and hand tools, some insulated to prevent electric shock,
as well as bucket trucks and heavy equipment.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Local 77 – Kennewick
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Current First Aid/CPR card
  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or better
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Application Process
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work experience and training
Step 3: Start with local 77
Apprenticeship
  • 4,000 hours / 2 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through   Spokane Community College
Wages
  • Start at 75% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 500-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-24 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$23.79 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Local 77 – Spokane
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Current First Aid/CPR card
  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or better
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Application Process
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work experience and training
Step 3: Start with local 77
Apprenticeship
  • 4,000 hours / 2 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through Spokane Community College
Wages
  • Start at 75% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 500-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-24 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$23.79 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: NORTHWEST LINE CONSTRUCTORS JATC

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Local 125
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Current First Aid/CPR card
  • Current Flagging/Traffic Control certification
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or better
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Application Process
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work experience and training
Step 3: Start with local 125
Apprenticeship
  • 4,000 hours / 2 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through
Wages
  • Start at 75% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 5% pay increase after every 500-2,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6-24 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$23.79 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: NORTHWEST LINE CONSTRUCTORS JATC

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All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

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GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
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Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.