Become an Apprentice with the IBEW 126!

As an apprentice, you'll receive training while you work and learn a career that can last you a lifetime. And as a union member, you'll receive all the benefits of being a member of the IBEW 126.

Union Apprenticeship

Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training Program

Local Union 126, IBEW apprentices are thoroughly trained to become skilled Journeymen Linemen through the highly recognized and accredited Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training (NEAT) Program. NEAT’s 7,000-hour, earn-while-you-learn educational program combines hands-on classroom instruction with in-the-field, on-the-job experience – taught in modern training centers where apprentices learn the most advanced lineman skills and techniques from the best instructors in the

  1. The NEAT Training Center is located in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.

Through NEAT, apprentices learn to:

  • build foundations;
  • erect poles and towers;
  • string wires;
  • build substations;
  • install street lighting systems;
  • make underground installations;
  • maintain existing electrical service; and
  • replace poles, conductors, insulators, transformers and other apparatus.

 Upon satisfactory completion of the N.E.A.T. program, apprentices become Journeymen Linemen in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers!

NEAT services the entire northeast corridor of the United States, with nine training centers. It is administered by the Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Outside Electrical Industry, which is composed of representatives of the union and line construction electrical contractors.

Apprenticeship Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to travel
  • Have the ability to climb
  • Qualify on Aptitude Test
  • Must obtain and retain a CDL driving license

 To find out more about our Linemen's apprenticeship click on the NEAT tab above or log onto

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