Become an Apprentice: Earn While You Learn

The training center offers three (3) NECA/IBEW Local 48 apprenticeship programs. Each program trains apprentices in a licensed craft and indentures them through the State of Oregon’s Apprenticeship Division. If you are interested in becoming a licensed Journeyman in the electrical industry please review the programs we offer to determine which is the right one for you.

Each of our 3 programs provides the apprentice with requirements needed to qualify for the Oregon State Journeyman license exam, and if applicable, its equivalent Washington Journeyman license exam. Our apprentices are prepared through classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Maternity Benefits

In January 2020, a new maternity benefit was made available by IBEW Local 48 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association – NECA and the Harrison Electrical Workers Trust Fund.

Are you already a licensed electrician?

Join the IBEW: Top Dollar with Full Benefits

IBEW Local 48 has been around for over a century. Generally, most journeyman electricians and techs have heard of the IBEW and approximately half have chosen to become members. The rest of the electrical workforce has either not gotten the information they need to make a fair decision regarding membership or they have an ideological opposition of some sort. Either way, we are glad you are here to learn more. By standing together, we establish a bottom-line cost for the labor investments we make in the highly-profitable electrical contracting industry. The best part is that we don’t stand opposite our electrical contractors, we stand side-by-side and sign our agreements as partners. Please read on to learn more about how our organization can benefit you and your family.

2022 Union Benefits

IBEW Local 48Non-Union
Wages (Inside Electrician)$57.35$45 – ?

Employer Paid, Full Family

Usually Employee Only
$1.78 – $4.76/hr

Family Coverage Additional


Multiple Pensions

Employer Paid


Maybe Employer Match

BenefitsHealth care and pension benefits follow you from job to job, contractor to contractorBenefits do not follow you and start over for each new contractor
Total Wages & BenefitsGuaranteed minimum value: $82.87/hr, net of union dues?

(Commercial/industrial agreement contract, effective Jan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2023)

Marijuana Testing has been removed from Drug Test Policy.

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