An apprenticeship at Buist Electric is the formal process an unskilled person participates in to learn skills.

These skills are gained through a combination of classroom training and on-the-job instruction from journeymen electricians.

How do you become an apprentice?
Apprenticeship begins when you are hired or promoted as an apprentice with a company that has the ability to provide an apprenticeship.

In order for a company to provide an apprenticeship they must have the following:

  • A licensed Master electrician on staff, Licensed Journeymen and/or Master electricians available to supervise you at all times and teach you the trade.
  • A certified/registered training program that provides classroom training in addition to your On The Job (OTJ) training.

How long is an electrical apprenticeship?
The electrical apprenticeship in the state of Michigan requires a minimum of 8,000 OJT hours over a period of no less than 4 years. Completing these requirements, along with your classroom training, makes you eligible to take the Journeyman exam.

Where do I get the classroom training?
Buist Electric partners with the following educational institutions to provide classroom training. Depending on where you live will determine which institution you attend.

  • Grand Rapids Community College M-Tec
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Michigan State University

What are the benefits of being an apprentice?

  • You earn an income while you learn the trade
  • You receive company provided benefits

How much does an apprentice make?

  • A typical apprentice who starts after completing high school will make approximately $30,000 plus benefits their first year of work
  • Wages increase with experience
  • Newer Journeymen electricians typically make $45,000 to $50,000 per year plus benefits with the opportunity to earn considerably more depending on their skill level

What does it take to be successful as an apprentice? 

  • Be safety conscious
  • A desire to learn and be productive
  • Mechanical Aptitude –the natural ability to see and make things come together in physical form
  • The ability to work in different environments –hot, cold, heights, depths, etc.
  • The physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs, bend, pull, push, climb, walk, kneel, stand and sit
  • The desire to represent the company well to those you work with and customers

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