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Why Us?

YOU can become a journey-level electrician through the Dakotas Electrical Apprenticeship, and as you develop more complex job skills and improve your knowledge, you’ll receive predetermined pay increases.

Talk with individuals not working in the IBEW-NECA programs. Find out what they are paid compared to union-trained craftspersons. Ask what benefits they are provided by their employer. Do their contractors pay 100% for health and welfare benefits, a pension plan, and vacation pay? Check it out, then make an informed, intelligent choice. After you’ve made the comparison, we’re confident you’ll want to find out more about the Dakotas Electrical Apprenticeship and the great opportunities we offer.


As an apprentice, then a journeyperson, you’ll have job security. The skill of a union electrician is highly respected nationwide. The finest electrical workers in the country receive their training through the Dakotas Electrical Apprenticeship.

Current journeyperson wages vary from $28.25 to $35.92 an hour, depending on jurisdiction. Apprentice wages are based upon a percentage of the journeyperson hourly wage and advancements are made at six-month intervals. After the first two steps of the apprenticeship program, you will receive a pension, vacation, and holiday pay.

Mission Statement:

At Dakotas Electrical Apprenticeship we’re here to train and develop qualified workers for the future of the organized electrical industry.

Vision Statement:

We are committed to the success of our participants by setting the standard for training excellence in the modern electrical industry.

We are committed to providing a quality electrical training program that will recruit AND train individuals committed to our values:

Our Strategic Plan

A comprehensive strategic planning process provides both a short-term and long-term operational structure to assist in making day-to-day decisions that follow a greater vision while creating a direction for our organization’s best practices. Therefore, the Dakotas and Western Minnesota Areawide Electrical Apprenticeship has developed a comprehensive strategic plan to create an environment of excellence in education, guidance, and support of our students. 

The strategic plan was completed during the spring and summer of 2023. The Board of Trustees, Executive Director, and associated staff members met and engaged in multiple discussions to establish a mission, vision, and belief/values statement. In addition, the strategic anchor’s priority areas were developed to guide the organization’s direction and effective use of resources to achieve a student outcome that will consistently and efficiently produce well-trained electrical workers. 

This plan aims to create a clear strategic focus for supporting student learning built upon foundational practices driven by strategic direction, consistency, and achievement outcomes. Operational practices will be aligned with strategic priorities to ensure the resources necessary to achieve the goals and improve student engagement and achievement. 

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