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The Application Process

  • Step 1 - Determine if being a Lineman is right for you

    Being a Journeyman Lineman isn’t for everyone. Although the job pays well and provides excellent benefits, the work is physically and mentally demanding. You will be required to work outside in all types of weather, in high places or in confined spaces. You must be able to maintain focus at all times as the job includes working with high voltages and mistakes can easily lead to severe injury or death.

  • Step 2 - Complete the Application Process

    To apply for the apprenticeship program, you must at least meet the minimum requirements to apply as outlined in the “Minimum Requirements” section of this website. If you meet those qualifications, you can click the “Apply Now” button, found on the Home Page, fill out the online application and submit it. You will be required to pay the associated $25 testing fee, which covers the cost of the Aptitude Test which is explained in Step 3.

  • Step 3 - Aptitude Test

    When your application is successfully completed and submitted, you will be scheduled to take the Aptitude Test. The test is given once a month, so depending on the timing of your application, you may be scheduled quickly or it may take a couple of weeks. Once scheduled, you will receive a notification telling you when and where you will be tested. The test has two parts. One part will test your Math skills and one will test your Reading Comprehension skills. The test is scored by a third party company and scored on a 0 to 9 scale. In order to pass, you must get at least a 3. If you score a 3 or better, you will be scheduled for an interview. If you score below a 3, you will be required to wait six months to re-apply and re-take the test if you decide to do so.

  • Step 4 - Interview Process

    If you pass the Aptitude Test and are scheduled for an interview, you should contact the Northeastern Apprenticeship Training Office in order to determine the best way to get us your resume and/or any other certifications or materials you feel will set you apart from other applicants. It is in your best interest to get those materials to our office well ahead of your interview so we have time to process and review them. If you simply bring them to the interview, there will not be time to review them as thoroughly as possible. When you show up for your interview, you will be given a brief introduction to our program, followed by an interview with a committee made up of power line contractors and members of the local union. Each committee member will score you from 0-100 based on everything they’ve learned about your background, attitude, interests, etc. The scores are averaged and you are then put on a waiting list according to your average.

About the Waiting List

As mentioned before, you are placed on the waiting list according to your average score. The list is entirely based upon score and not the timing of your interview. For example, if you interview in December and score a 90, you will be placed on the list above anyone who is currently on the list with a score below 90. The list is also confidential and you will not be given your score. You will remain on the list until we need to add apprentices to fill the manpower needs in your area or until you have been on the list for two years. If you score well and we add apprentices, you could be called immediately  and begin the Admission Process. If you don’t score well or work in your area is really slow, you will remain on the list for two years, at which point you will be notified that you have been removed from the waiting list. If you’re removed from the list and still want to join the apprenticeship, we encourage you to re-apply. It is also worth noting that we have been very busy for the past few years and all signs point to continued growth. We add on hundreds of Apprentices each year, so although the process can be tedious and at times frustrating, it is definitely worth the wait.