Construction electrician at work

Construction Electrician (ABC) Apprenticeship

Work Description

Construction electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. They also use a variety of electrical equipment and apply appropriate techniques; plan wiring installation from blueprints; properly locate boxes and outlets; and test continuity of electrical circuits to ensure compatibility and safety of components following national electrical code and complying with state and local building codes. In addition to wiring a building’s electrical system, construction electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment

Working Conditions

Electrical work can be indoors or outdoors. The work is sometimes physically strenuous, requiring prolonged standing in cramped or uncomfortable positions. Electricians may work in dusty, dirty, hot, and wet conditions, or in confined areas, ditches, or other uncomfortable places. The working environment varies with each job and may include working on ladders and scaffolding. Electricians follow strict safety procedures to prevent injuries from electrical shock, falls, and cuts.


  • 5-year training program
  • 8,400 hours of on-the-job learning
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction—currently one full day every two weeks during the school year at Mid-State Technical College (Marshfield)
  • 200 hours of unpaid related instruction to be completed on apprentice’s own time

In the classroom, apprentices learn blueprint reading, electrical theory, electronics, mathematics, electrical code requirements, and safety and first aid practices.


Application requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Obtain a passing grade “C” or higher or equivalent in algebra
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Be physically able to perform trade
  • Have valid driver’s license or reliable transportation

How can I apply to be a Construction Electrician (ABC) Apprentice?

Follow this link to the Associated Builders and Contractors web page to begin the application process.