Electrician Apprentice

Washington D.C
Jun 07, 2019
Jun 23, 2019
Full Time
As an Electrician Apprentice in the Airports Authority's Trades Apprentice Employment Program, you will have the opportunity to gain the experience and training that can lead to becoming a licensed, journey level Electrician.

Electrician Apprentice

This is a non-career, term job.

Serves in the Engineering and Maintenance Department (Department) at either Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Participates in a state-approved Airports Authority Trades Apprentice Employment Program to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become a licensed, journey level Electrician. Performs progressively complex and responsible electrical work as knowledge, skills and abilities in the trade increase. Training received is both on-the-job and in the classroom. Performs related functions.


Learns to t roubleshoot, repair, maintain, install/replace and perform preventive maintenance on various airfield lighting systems, faulty transformers, cable and fixtures, portable light plants, and electrical portions of stationary and portable generators.

Monitors electrical systems by reading and recording gauges, meters, dials, and protective relays; and locates and isolates faults in cables, switchgear units, and control systems.

Learns to proficiently use manuals, technical guides, wiring/operation diagrams and schematics; to use a two-way radio, various hand and power tools of the trade; and to recognize the kinds/sizes of supplies such as conduit, junction boxes, wires and screws, required to install, maintain, and repair equipment.

Assists full performance (journey) level Electricians in their work by assembling and transporting tools and materials to the job site, supplying requested tools and parts as work is performed, lifting and holding the work object(s), and performing thorough clean up.

Guided by a full performance (journey) level Electrician, learns to interpret, troubleshoot and repair faulty electric and electronic components; to maintain, troubleshoot, and replace electrical motors and kWh meters; to maintain and record readings on electric revenue meters for tenant billing; to program, set time, and install systems for traffic signal controls and twelve ring National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) controllers; and to program, install, repair, and calibrate vehicle security gates.

Learns and uses knowledge of building, fire, Federal Aviation Administration airport lighting, and other codes and regulations pertinent to the trade, in general and in an airport environment.

Assists in preparing and maintaining work orders, trouble calls and preventive maintenance; using the Airports Authority's computerized work order system.

Drives a pick-up truck or similar vehicle on the airport complex, landside and airside to work sites and to/from suppliers with tools, parts, etc.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Ability to learn bodies of knowledge and gain skills in the Electrical trade consistent with the schedule for progression as an Apprentice in the Trades Apprentice Employment Program.

Ability to drive a pick-up truck and learn to use similar vehicle (with tools, parts, etc.).

Ability to work safely and knowledge of the safety rules, regulations and procedures needed to do so.

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Skill in using a computer, computerized work order and time and attendance system.

Ability to successfully complete an Airports Authority background investigation.


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED) at the time of hire.

Completion of at least one trades course (such as Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Automotive Mechanics) in high school OR be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at a trades school accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Labor.


A state driver's license in good standing at the time of hire.

Depending on assignment, may be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License.


Work is physically demanding and requires bending, stooping, crouching or otherwise positioning self to access confined spaces, hard to reach places and high structures. Work requires use of personal protective equipment.

Work is typically performed on an active airfield around large operating aircraft and inside and outside in all types of weather.

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quality, quantity, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Work may require the ability to lift, push/pull or position items weighing up to 45 pounds.

Subject to shift holdovers and recall on a 24-hour basis, for essential services and emergencies, including night hours and weekends.

Operates a vehicle airside and landside (requires AOA permit).


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

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