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We offer complete training!
The Northwest Line JATC Outside Lineman Program is a four year "earn while you learn" school consisting of a minimum of 7,000 hours of on-the-job training and related academic classes.

Specific Industry Related Training
Of these hours, there are specific amounts of required types of training. An apprentice may be in the program beyond the 7,000 hours while working on a specific type of training. Some apprentices finish in less than four years due to previous experience credit or working overtime.

Class Schedules Vary
Classes are held a minimum of fifteen times per year, every other Saturday. Classes typically begin at 9:00 a.m. and may last for up to 8 hours. All classes are on the same schedule, so if an apprentice is traveling, he/she may attend another location and receive the same training.
Outside Lineman Program
As a journeyman lineman you’ll build, maintain and repair the power lines that carry electricity to homes and businesses. When you apply for the Northwest Line JATC Outside Lineman Program you’ll be taking the first step to a career that not only has a tremendous impact on the people you serve, but one that will have a positive impact on your future as well.
What is an Apprenticeship Program?
Apprenticeship is a training strategy that combines supervised, structured on-the-job training with related theoretical instruction. The training program is sponsored by employers or labor/management groups that have the ability to hire and train in a work environment. Apprenticeship prepares people for skilled employment, with the content of the training defined and dictated by the needs of a particular industry.
Applications and Interviews
Interviews for the Outside Electrical Lineman Apprenticeship are held throughout the year, with interviews scheduled monthly. To qualify for an interview each applicant must have a complete application in our office by the appointed deadline.
Travel Requirements
During the apprenticeship training, you are not required to work out of your home local union’s jurisdiction. As an apprentice of the NW LIne JATC, you will work under a four local agreement. This agreement with the IBEW Locals 77, 125, 483 and 659, covers all of Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho and Northern California. Because of workloads in other areas, you may be asked to travel outside the four local area. As an apprentice you have the right to decide whether or not to accommodate this request. This is the only time an Apprentice will have the option of turning down a dispatch.
Tuition and Fees
Apprentices are required to purchase books (at a reduced price) and pay tuition as charged by the registering college. Fees are reviewed each year, and adjusted accordingly.
Each apprentice attends three years of related training and three related training camps throughout their apprenticeship.

School is held every other Saturday during the months of October through May. There are a total of 15 Saturday Schools per academic year. Each school day is approximately 8 hours.

Classes introduce students to job related information and hands-on training. These classes are a very important part of the apprenticeship program and work in conjunction with the on-the-job training in preparing each apprentice to become an outside electrical journeyman.

Camp Rilea is held in Warrenton, Oregon each spring. Camp Rilea training includes climbing, distribution, transmission hot sticking, along with related safety topics, rigging & transformer skills.

First and second year apprentices attend 10-day sessions at Camp Rilea. Third year apprentices attend a 5-day session, and an additional 5 days dedicated to Crane Operator Certification. Room and board are provided for apprentices while attending Camp Rilea.