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Electrical Construction Technology (608.2) JATC / IBEW

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Get your Associate of Science degree online in Electrical Construction Technology (ECT) & Step Into the Future!


The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) offers current apprentices at a JATC/IBEW Local nationwide and journeymen working in the industry a transferrable career education that prepares them to meet the future of electrical construction technology.


  • Affordable in-state tuition
  • 100% online courses
  • A seamless transition into the program
  • Previous college credit evaluation (see Advanced Standing)
  • Dedicated and accessible online advisor

Your apprenticeship training counts as 40 academic credits towards the ECT degree.  The remaining 21-24 credits, just 7 courses, come from restricted general elective courses (see Education Plan).  Interested apprentices can consult with their Local Training Committee to participate.  To speak with an academic advisor for IBEW students, email or contact Deb Gabor at 412.237.4615.


CCAC will accept all of your apprenticeship training toward the ECT degree upon obtaining a copy of your journeyman ticket or proof of completion of your apprenticeship To speak with an academic advisor for IBEW students, email or contact Deb Gabor at 412.237.4615.

Credits Transferable to 4-Year Degree Programs

CCAC has agreements with the following institutions for transfer of all ECT degree credits.  All offer online courses and in-state tuition for students transferring with CCAC's ECT degree.

California University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Science in Technology Management 

Clarion University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Leadership

Pennsylvania College of Technology - Bachelor of Science in Applied Management 

Pittsburgh IBEW Local 5 Information:

Men and women interested in and current apprentices of IBEW Local 5  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), can view the program page in CCAC's online catalog.

IBEW Local 5 ECT Degree Program

To learn more about the union, contact the IBEW Recruitment Specialist, Walt Bentley, at

This five-year Associate of Science program offers qualifying applicants an occupational education under sponsorship of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5.

While working full-time as an inside wireman electrical apprentice, student-apprentices will attend five nine-month apprenticeship classes and take the seven required academic elective classes in-person at the Local 5's Southside Training Center or Clearfield Training Center.  Academic elective classes may be offered using alternative methods for students at the Clearfield Training Center.

Enrollment is limited.  Applicants must apply through the IBEW Local 5 application process.  Applicants must meet the requirements outlined by Local 5. Interested students can contact Local 5 at 412.432.1145 for more information.

Because this program is a partnership between CCAC and the IBEW Local 5, interested students should apply to CCAC and indicate their interest in the ECT program during the online application process.

The application process begins around February each year with the official application period announcement.

After the application period has ended, there is an entrance exam.  It is a paper and pencil exam in three parts: logic, mathematical, and linguistic competence.

A number of applicants will then be selected for interviews.  Usually, but not always, the applicants who scored in the top third percentile are selected for interviews.

Those applicants who pass their interviews are then accepted into the program and invited to an orientation week after medical exams, passing a drug test, and undergoing a background check.

After the application process, accepted student-apprentices begin working in that same summer.

The benefits for Local 5 apprentices include:

  • Starting on the student-apprentice's first day of work, s/he is earning money, vacation days, and insurance.  Pay raises occur every 6 months dependent on academic performance.
  • The student-apprentice, her/his spouse, and her/his dependents all receive medical and dental coverage beginning on day one of work.
  • ALL books and tuition costs for the ENTIRE program are covered by the union.  Students only pay out of pocket for classes they don't pass the first time.
  • The union gives all student-apprentices laptops for their personal use during the school year.
  • CCAC students, the student apprentices gain access to Microsoft Office products for free for the entire 5 years of the program.
  • Student-apprentices gain all the benefits and discounts of being a CCAC student for 5 years without any of the debt.

To learn more about the union, contact the IBEW Recruitment Specialist, Walt Bentley, at