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Mission Statement

The Kalamazoo Electrical Training Alliance’s primary mission is to develop the most skilled, responsible and responsive Electricians and Technicians for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 131 and the National Electrical Contractors Association, Kalamazoo Division, Michigan Chapter. We are dedicated to building professionals who have the expertise, character and sense of teamwork to bring value to the clients they serve, the union they represent and the contractors who employ them.

Activities and programs that support the mission statement

The Kalamazoo Electrical Training Alliance (KETA), through a standards based, multi-faceted process selects a group of applicants for entry every year, to begin training for our 5 year Inside Wireman training program. Our training program runs from the middle of August to the middle of June every year. Once an apprentice has entered the program, they will advance through 900 total hours of classroom engagement (180 hours per year) as well as 5 years of on-the-job training. Pay raises are granted upon completion of milestones that are laid out in our standards.

After 8000 hours of on the job training the apprentice is allowed to take the Michigan Electrical Journeyman test.

After 5 years of maintaining a minimum of 75% with the curriculum, a State of Michigan Journeyman Electrical License, 8000 hours of on-the-job training the apprentice graduates to attain the classification of Journeyman Inside Wireman with IBEW Local 131 Kalamazoo.

In addition to the apprentice training program, the KETA provides continuing education training to Journey level workers in our jurisdiction to facilitate continuing education on such topics as new and emerging technologies, National Electrical Code updates, and OSHA safety training.

Contact Name: Tony Gaudio - Training Director
Contact email:
Phone number: 269-388-4434

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