Apprenticeship Qualifications and Requirements

City Light Apprenticeship Programs are open to all candidates who meet our hiring qualifications. Typically 5-15 apprentices are selected each year depending on business needs. The program provides unmatched learning opportunities for those interested in pursuing a high demand career in the energy industry.

Qualifications, Requirements, and Training Resources

If you are applying for an apprenticeship at City Light, you must meet the following requirements for consideration:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have legal permission to be employed in the United States
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the time of hire
  • High school graduate or equivalent, vocational school graduate, or associate degree awarded
  • A minimum of one year of high school or one semester or quarter of post-high school algebra, geometry, or trigonometry with a minimum grade of 70%, or successful completion of the Basic Electricity and Applied Mathematics class (BEAM)
  • Have a valid Washington State driver's license by the time of hire
  • Submit a current complete driver's record from the Department of Licensing
  • Able to provide the documentation necessary to prove you meet all conditions listed above

Cable Splicer, Electrician Constructor, Generation Electrician Constructor, and Meter Electrician 

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicants for these apprenticeship positions must also satisfy at least one of the following:

  • One year of high school training in electrical theory
  • Six months of high school training installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical equipment
  • One semester of post-high school level training in electrical theory
  • One semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical or electrical utility equipment
  • Three months prior experience (paid or volunteer) applying electrical theory or installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing electrical or electrical utility equipment
  • Four months prior experience (paid or volunteer) handling or assisting in installing and/or configuring electrical equipment or electrical utility equipment
  • Completion of the Basic Electricity and Applied Mathematics (BEAM) Class

Hydroelectric Maintenance Machinist 

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicants for this apprenticeship position must also satisfy at least one of the following:

  • One year of high school training in mechanical shop or machine shop
  • Six months of technical school training in machine shop or metals fabrication trades
  • One semester of post-high school level training in a mechanical trade
  • One semester (at least 15 weeks) of post-high school level training in installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing mechanical equipment
  • Three months prior experience (paid or volunteer) applying machine shop theory or installing, configuring, maintaining, or repairing mechanical equipment or hydro generation equipment
  • Four months prior experience (paid or volunteer) handling or assisting in installing and/or configuring mechanical equipment
  • Completion of the Basic Electricity and Applied Mathematics (BEAM) Class

Basic Electricity and Applied Math (BEAM)

City Light offers a class called Basic Electricity and Applied Math (BEAM) twice a year to help those interested in apprenticeships prepare for the work ahead. BEAM is not required to apply for any of the apprenticeship programs. It was designed for applicants who feel they do not meet the math requirement of the conditions listed under Minimum Qualifications for Apprenticeships. Successful completion of a BEAM class qualifies you to apply for a City Light apprenticeship if you meet the minimum requirements.

BEAM provides a comprehensive introduction to basic electrical theory and practice, basic algebra, and the practical math required on the job. BEAM also provides instruction on proper interviewing techniques and other professional skills for those seeking a career in the skilled trades.

  • BEAM classes are held two nights per week from 5:30-8:30 pm for 12 weeks at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College.
  • The approximate cost for BEAM is $500, which includes tuition, books, and student parking.
  • Before you can register for BEAM, you must first pass a basic math skills exam provided by the City Light Apprenticeship Office. Once you have passed, our office will instruct you on the next steps for enrolling in the course at South Seattle Community College.
  • Taking the BEAM class does not guarantee you will be accepted into the apprenticeship program.  

For more information about BEAM, or to be placed on the BEAM mailing list, contact us today.

Click here to view our BEAM informational sheet

If you need help with math, tools, or driving skills, here are some resources for additional preparation. This is only a sample list and we encourage you to search for additional resources on your own to prepare for an apprenticeship at City Light.

Books

Practical Math (American Technical Publishers)

Practical Problems in Mathematics for Electricians (Stephen L Herman)

Delmars Standard Textbook of Electricity (Stephen L Herman)

Ugly's Electrical Reference Guide (Charles R Miller)

Basic Electricity (Van Valkenburgh)

Web Resources

Ohm's Law 

All About Circuits 

Technical Colleges and Vocational Schools

Bates Technical College, Tacoma, WA

Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, WA

North Seattle College, Seattle, WA

ANEW, Renton/Seattle/Kent, WA

Avista/SCC Lineworker School, Joint Program through Avista & Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA. Duration: 16 weeks

Northwest Lineman College, Oroville, CA; Meridian, ID; or Denton, TX. Duration: 15 weeks

VOLTA Line School, Northwest Line Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Warrenton, OR. Duration: 10 weeks

Northwest Electric Meter School, Program sponsored by Western Energy Institute at North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA. Duration: 5 days