“For me this is a no-brainer, especially for the Local 57 apprentices who feel their training program is inadequate. All you have to do is fill out a card and if we get enough, show up to vote.


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World Class Training
IBEW Local 1’s state-of-the-art training center.

As the Midwest’s largest resource for training skilled electrical workers, our mission is to train and educate apprentices and journeymen in all aspects of electrical and communication work to the highest levels of quality, skill, integrity, value, and safety in our industry.

Our training center is managed by the St. Louis Area Electricians Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC). This committee includes members from IBEW Local 1 and contractors from the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), which commit over $3 million annually to develop more than 1,200 of the most highly skilled IBEW apprentices and journey-level electricians and communications technicians in the industry. We also offer free ongoing upgrade and continuing education classes in our night school program.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, the local arm of the Business Roundtable, has repeatedly recognized the excellence of the St. Louis Electrical Construction Industry’s outstanding training programs with its Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Award.

Skilled craftsmen pass on their skills to apprentices who will one day teach their trade to the next generation. The entire union electrical construction industry supports apprentices by:

  • Funding and reinvesting regularly in the industry’s educational programs as well as training center facilities and equipment.
  • Paying for the time apprentices spend in classes.
  • Offering ‘earn while you learn’ employment, with pay levels starting at 40 percent of journeyman wages for electricians and 50 percent of communication technician journeymen wages. Pay levels rise with each 1,000 hours of training completed to full journeyman wage rates by completion of the training period.

To measure training progress among apprentices, contractors are surveyed regularly to determine areas in need of additional coverage. Wide-ranging experience is gained during on-the-job training for each electrician. On average, about 500 apprentices, or about 15 percent of the existing work force, are progressing through the training programs. More than 96 percent of the apprentices graduate and become journeymen.

The training center offers a full-time staff of 5 professional teachers, including Director Dennis Gralike and Superintendent of Related Instruction Dr. Linda Little. The full-time teaching staff, all certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, bring a combined total of more than 200 years’ experience in the field to their instruction and an average of more than eight years each as a teacher.

Full-time staff members participate in an annual training course presented by the National Training Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Instructors gain a full week of college-level professional training dedicated to the development of their instructional skills, technological awareness, curriculum enhancement and superior education. The IBEW electrical industry’s  Electrical Training Alliance (ETA) employs a full-time staff to accomplish its training mission. Staff members include curriculum specialists, technical writers and administrative professionals.

The St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center employs a part-time staff of more than 20 instructors, all of whom are registered with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

All are IBEW journey-level members with an average of more than 25 years each in the industry. Instructors teach more than 40 classes each year, with 700 to 1,000 journey-level members participating.

Our modern learning facility is equipped with the finest array of state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the country. Electricians and communication technicians develop the special capabilities needed to install structured wiring for complete building automation systems to high speed transportation of information through local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). Classrooms at the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center are equipped with all the special equipment and tools needed to learn today’s technology applications:

  • Electronic security and life safety systems
  • Voice and data systems
  • Audiovisual networks
  • Limited energy Systems
  • Fiber networks (LAN, WAN and premise wiring)
  • Microwave systems
  • Building automation controls
  • Instrumentation
  • Cable television distribution systems
  • Closed circuit television
  • Motor controls
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLC)
  • Satellite communication systems
  • Telephone systems
  • And more

Apprentices completing the commercial-industrial (inside) electrician apprenticeship qualify for up to 47 hours of college credit. Application for the college credits must be made through the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training School. The credits can be applied to many different degrees through local universities and community colleges. Among the local participating institutions are:

  • Fontbonne University
  • Jefferson College
  • Lindenwood College
  • Logan College of Chiropractic Medicine
  • Maryville University
  • Mineral Area College
  • Louis Community College
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia and Rolla
  • Webster University
World Class Training
IBEW Local 1’s world class training programs are unsurpassed in the industry.

Electrical Industry Training Center
Established 1941
A partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (est. 1891) Local 1 and the National Electrical Contractors Associations (est. 1901).
    *First set of US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Training Standards for the electrical industry in the United States*
Highlights of our Electrical Connection®


  • 150+ electrical/communication contractor members
  • 5,000+ skilled electricians/communication technicians
  • Members honored 90+ times in the AGC Keystone Awards


  • Over 960 hours of classroom related instruction
  • 75+ years training for electrical/communications industry
  • More skilled & safe electricians trained than any education program in Missouri
  • $3 million+ invested annually in training
  • 90+% graduation rate
  • Earn while you learn, no student loans: 58 hours college credit
  • More than 25% apprentices graduating are minorities
  • Continuing education to advance pace setting skills, including a career development education partnership with St. Louis Community College and most major university in the St. Louis area.
  • Approximately 200 graduates a year. Over 15,000 graduates since 1941

Economic & Workforce Development

  • 12+ economic & workforce development partnerships
  • 12,000+ students engaged in STEM education
  • 20 high school career fairs annually
  • STEM support for Saint Louis Science Center, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles and FIRST Robotics
  • Board Service
    • Missouri Energy Initiative
    • Missouri Partnership
    • Louis Regional Chamber
    • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter
    • Economic Development Center of St. Charles County
    • Regional Union Construction Center
    • Saint Louis Science Center
    • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program for National IBEW Developed by St. Louis IBEW Instructors


  • $75,000+ donated to “Shop with a Cop”
  • $850,000+ donated to improve more than 500 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans with Rebuilding Together.
  • $1.3 million+ donated to build homes for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis

If you wish to electronically sign a union authorization card granting the IBEW Local 1 the right to represent you, please click here. Information submitted by you on an authorization card will always be kept strictly confidential.