Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

What is the application process?

Check back for details when the job posting is available.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Candidates must be able to meet the physical requirements for the trade and have a strong interest in building a career at UNC Charlotte. Education beyond high school is not required, though consideration will be given of all factors due to the competitive nature of this program. Previous work experience in the electrical trade is not mandatory.

Who is eligible for this apprenticeship program?

The program is open to any candidate who meets the application requirements. This includes both existing UNC Charlotte employees as well as non-employees.

What previous trades experience is required to be considered for the apprenticeship program?

While no formal trades experience is required, if an applicant has completed any technical trades classes or has previous work experience, that information should be included, in detail, on the online application. These experiences will not necessarily expedite the four-year program, but will be taken into consideration.

What trades are offered through the apprenticeship program?

This program offers apprenticeships in the electrical trade with the goal of expanding to other trades in the future.

How many apprenticeship positions do you have open?

For this inaugural year, two apprenticeship positions will be hired into the program in the electrical trade.

How long is the apprenticeship program?

This apprenticeship is a four-year program that includes a combination of on-the-job training, technical education, and classroom instruction.

Is it possible to shorten the length of time for the apprenticeship?

As required by the North Carolina Department of Labor and ApprenticeshipNC, apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction per year and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year for four years. However, on a case-by-case basis, it is possible for the program to be shortened if an apprentice has successfully completed some of the required classroom instruction and has previous work experience that is documented. It is important to note the first year of employment is considered probationary for all employees, so previous experience will not be considered until the probationary period is successfully completed.

Salary & Benefits

What is the average salary for an apprentice?

Apprentices begin with an approximate salary of $26,375 plus a full benefits package. We also provide tuition reimbursement for coursework that is completed with satisfactory grades and attendance. Each year that you successfully complete classes, progress in learning more toward your trade, and complete other requirements, you may be eligible to receive a salary increase acknowledging that you are advancing as expected. By the time that you graduate from the program at the end of four years, you should be earning a salary that is comparable to other contributing-level staff.

Are those employed through the apprenticeship program eligible for the full time benefits package?

Yes.  As a full-time University employee, an apprentice will be eligible for benefits.

Apprenticeship Expectations

What are the typical hours of an apprentice?

Apprentices are required to work 40 hours per week in addition to classroom instruction. The typical schedule is from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, though hours may vary.

What classroom instruction is required?

A minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction are required each year throughout the four-year program in addition to a full-time work schedule. Apprentices will complete this educational requirement at Central Piedmont Community College, or another local community college with an appropriate electrical program. Class schedules vary, but apprentices are usually scheduled for two classes per semester. Apprentices are expected to successfully complete all courses by achieving satisfactory grades, excellent attendance, and a positive attitude. Progress will be monitored closely. Apprentices are subject to the rules and policies of the institution offering the classroom instruction.

How many nights per week are classes held?

Though it may vary among different community colleges, apprentices can expect to spend at least two nights per week in class.

What on-the-job training is required?

Apprentices are required to complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training over the duration of the four-year program. This includes hands-on experience under the supervision of licensed journeymen, mentors, supervisors, and other professional tradesmen.

How is an apprentice evaluated?

Apprentices will be evaluated regularly by classroom progress reports, on-the-job training assessments, and evaluations completed by the apprentice’s mentor. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to provide feedback regularly.

What title is an apprentice eligible for at the end of the four-year program?

Those completing the academic work and job related training will be awarded a journeyman card from the North Carolina Department of Labor, as well as a certificate of completion from the community college.

Will the apprentice be required to pay for their own tuition?

This apprenticeship dictates a reimbursement clause. The apprentice will be responsible for any upfront cost (tuition, books, etc.). This can be accomplished out of pocket, via scholarships, or other forms of payment. Upon successful completion of the semester, the UNC Charlotte Facilities Management Department will reimburse the apprentice for tuition. Successful completion of the semester includes: achieving a “C” or better, excellent attendance, and satisfactory behavior.

Future Opportunities

Are apprentices who complete the program then eligible to apply for future promotions?

Yes. Opportunities for training are regularly available for employees to improve their skills and continuously grow in their area of expertise.