The Union Advantage

There are many advantages being trained yourself and for having your workforce trained by ALBAT. It is our state-of-the-art registered apprenticeship program, coupled with in-classroom education and on-the-job training that sets our apprentices up for success working as Cable Splicing Technicians, Outside Linemen, Substation Technicians, Traffic Signal Technicians, Transmission Technicians, and URD (Underground Residential Distribution) Technicians.

Advantages of working with ALBAT

The American Line Builders Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (ALBAT) produces an experienced and thoroughly trained IBEW workforce of highly skilled union outside workers, offering substantial advantages to construction users, electrical and utility contractors and union members and apprentices.

Advantages for Union Members

In addition to providing training through The American Line Builders Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, the IBEW negotiates for its members so they have real, quality-of-life advantages, such as better wages and family healthcare & retirement benefits.

Through ALBAT, IBEW journeymen and apprentices are provided with the training they need to be part of the very best outside workforce available so they can receive the advantages they deserve as members of one of the most advanced and modern employee associations in the world, the I.B.E.W.

Advantages for Contractors

The IBEW provides significant, bottom-line advantages that save contractors money – such as having access to the region’s top ALBAT-educated journey level workers and apprentices.

IBEW partner NECA contractors have access to a large pool of highly-trained journey level workers – because the IBEW continuously recruits and trains quality workers through ALBAT, which provides them with nationally recognized apprenticeship training and journey level upgrade programs in a state-of the art training facility.

Advantages for Construction Users

IBEW partner contractors are able to supply construction and utility projects with outside journey level workers and apprentices who have been well-educated through ALBAT, so project owners receive world-class maintenance and installation services every time and their jobs are completed on time and on budget.

The labor-management cooperation between the IBEW and its partner NECA contractors, which administers the ALBAT program, is strengthened through the IBEW Code of Excellence, further providing construction users – public and private owners – with a union workforce on which they can rely.

The American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) program is a cooperative labor-management training program funded and administered by American Line Builders Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Fourth and Sixth Districts. In the IBEW Fourth District, ALBAT performs the training for Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. ALBAT serves the IBEW Sixth District in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

ALBAT’s advantage as an apprenticeship provides the opportunity for individuals seeking highly-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. Our programs are built on providing flexible training that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. We are proud to train the top electricians in the following programs: Cable Splicing, Outside Line, Substation, Traffic Signal, Transmission, and URD (Underground Residential Distribution).