City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Become An Electrical Apprentice


Start a career with the City of Springfield's Electrical Apprentice program at City Water, Light and Power (CWLP). This apprenticeship includes on-the-job training and coursework to provide knowledge and technical information related to the various positions being offered.

Opportunities include:
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Substation Electrician
  • Relay Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Powerhouse Electrician
  • Traffic & Metering Technician
  • 1st Year Apprentice: $22.99
  • 2nd Year Apprentice: $27.59
  • 3rd Year Apprentice: $34.59
  • 4th Year Apprentice: $41.39
  • Journeyman: $45.99

  Application Requirements

  • 17 years of age or older
  • High school graduate or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Unrestricted 20/20 eyesight (vision correctable to 20/20 accepted) with no color blindness (GED)
  • Valid driver’s license (at time of background investigation) and must be able to obtain an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License if required by the functional area

   Exam Process

Before applying, candidates must successfully pass the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) written examination with a minimum score of 6 or greater. This written aptitude examination can be taken at any NJATC affiliated site or locally at the I.B.E.W. Local 193 Hall, 3150 Wide Track Drive, Springfield, Illinois.

It is recommended you test no later than August 13th in order for exam results to be processed in time for application deadline of September 12. To sign-up for the exam at IBEW Local 193, call 217.544.3479 ext. 229 or email: Please include the intention to test for the CWLP electrical apprenticeship when contacting the I.B.E.W. Hall. Current exam dates at IBEW Local 193 are scheduled for Thursday, September 2nd and Friday, September 3rd.

  • A prior passing test score* within the past 5 years will be accepted as proof if provided to the City’s Office of Human Resources no later than September 10, 2021.
  • Applications with the uploaded exam result will be accepted up to the September 12 application deadline.
  • The cost to take the exam is $30.00.
  • Candidates are NOT eligible to take a second test if they have already done so within the last six months.
  • Visit for more information on the written aptitude exam as well as testing options at regional sites.

   * Previous Test Scores

Candidates who took the written exam during the period of August 8, 2016 through August 8, 2021, and received a score of six (6) or greater can use that score for this examination process. The City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources must be provided with documentation of the score no later than September 10, 2021.

If the documented score of six (6) or higher is acceptable and the candidate meets all other requirements, he or she will advance straight to the first interview. A candidate meeting the criteria that chooses to retake the written exam in hopes to obtain a higher score, will forfeit their previous score. While a score of 6 is the minimum written exam requirement, a score of 7, 8, or 9 will provide a candidate with additional points in the scoring process.

   Financial Hardship Waivers

Financial Hardship Waivers for covering the $30 cost of the written exam will be granted to individuals who qualify under the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines. To request a waiver, applicants must provide their 2020 Federal income tax return, in addition to their last two (2) paycheck stubs for ALL family members working and living in their household that they support. If you have not yet filed the 2020 tax return, then applicants must submit their 2019 tax return. This information must be delivered to the Civil Service Commission located in the same office as the City’s Office of Human Resources, 300 S. Seventh Street, Room 309 in Springfield. Applicants will be notified via email if the waiver is approved.

   Ready to Apply!

If you have successfully passed the NJATC written examination with a minimum score of six (6) or greater, you can Now Apply to become an Electrical Apprentice with the City of Springfield.

For more information about the process, download our information packet or please contact the City of Springfield’s Office of Human Resources at 217.789.2446 or email if you have questions.