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Training, Coursework and OJT

The Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training (NEAT) Program is made up of three main pieces:

  • OJT Hours

    OJT Hours are hours spent working in the field under the supervision of a Journey Level Worker. This is a hands on approach to learning, which allows the Apprentices to gain valuable field experience while earning a great living as they go. Apprentices are required to complete a MINIMUM of 7,000 hours of “On the Job Training” before completing their apprenticeship. Each month, apprentices are required to submit reports to Northeastern Apprenticeship Training that provide the hours worked, the type of work performed and the performance evaluation filled out and signed by their Foreman or the Journey Level worker that they’re working closest with. The reports are due to NEAT no later than the 20th of the following month. When received by NEAT, the reports are checked for validity, the performance reviews are checked and they are entered into our system.

  • Practical Training Classes

    Practical Training Classes are in-person classes held in classrooms or outdoor de-energized training facilities. The classes are held at the closest training facility to your home, as much as possible. These classes are typically held on Saturdays and occasionally Sundays and are around 8 to 10 hours in length. An apprentice can expect to have one class roughly every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Online Coursework and Corresponding Supervised Tests

    Each apprentice is required to complete a total of 18 online units related to the work they’re doing in the field. The online units are done on your own time and at your own pace, but there are minimum deadlines in place that you must meet. Each unit has sixteen chapters with roughly 15 to 50 questions in each chapter. In order to successfully complete the unit, you must complete each chapter with a score of 70 or better. After each unit is successfully completed, you are required to take a supervised test to ensure you understand the material you just learned. Each test must also be successfully completed with a score of 70 or better. At the completion of your Apprenticeship, you are required to take a Journeyman Lineman’s exam to ensure you have gained the experience and knowledge required to become a Journeyman Lineman

  • OJT Hours

    OJT Hours are hours spent working in the field under the supervision of a Journey Level Worker. This is a hands on approach to learning, which allows the Apprentices to gain valuable field experience while earning a great living as they go. Apprentices are required to complete a MINIMUM of 7,000 hours of “On the Job Training” before completing their apprenticeship. Each month, apprentices are required to submit reports to Northeastern Apprenticeship Training that provide the hours worked, the type of work performed and the performance evaluation filled out and signed by their Foreman or the Journey Level worker that they’re working closest with. The reports are due to NEAT no later than the 20th of the following month. When received by NEAT, the reports are checked for validity, the performance reviews are checked and they are entered into our system.

  • Practical Training Classes

    Practical Training Classes are in-person classes held in classrooms or outdoor de-energized training facilities. The classes are held at the closest training facility to your home, as much as possible. These classes are typically held on Saturdays and occasionally Sundays and are around 8 to 10 hours in length. An apprentice can expect to have one class roughly every 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Online Coursework and Corresponding Supervised Tests

    Each apprentice is required to complete a total of 18 online units related to the work they’re doing in the field. The online units are done on your own time and at your own pace, but there are minimum deadlines in place that you must meet. Each unit has sixteen chapters with roughly 15 to 50 questions in each chapter. In order to successfully complete the unit, you must complete each chapter with a score of 70 or better. After each unit is successfully completed, you are required to take a supervised test to ensure you understand the material you just learned. Each test must also be successfully completed with a score of 70 or better. At the completion of your Apprenticeship, you are required to take a Journeyman Lineman’s exam to ensure you have gained the experience and knowledge required to become a Journeyman Lineman