IID Apprenticeship Program

Historical Overview

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) first entered into state apprenticeship programs in January of 1994, implementing an Electrical Lineperson Apprenticeship Program (LAP). In the winter of 2004, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) approved six new apprenticeship programs, to include the following trades: Electrician, Generation Mechanic, Meter Technician, Relays Technician, SCADA/Telecommunications Technician and Substation Electrician. In the winter of 2011, the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) approved four new apprenticeship programs, to include the following trades: Telecommunications Technician, Hydro Operator, Control Operator and Instrument Technician.

For existing journey level employees, IID offers the only recognized Journey Upgrade Program in the state of California.


Each of the eleven apprenticeship programs is a combination of on-the-job-training (7,200 hours), augmented by eight, college-level courses (576 hours/32credits), culminating over a period of 48 months. The related coursework is offered after normal working hours and each apprentice must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Additionally, each apprentice must maintain all work-related certifications (i.e. CPR, Pole Top Rescue, Class A, etc.), adhere to all safety processes and attend all “other” required training sessions. To assure consistency, all apprentices receive a comprehensive performance evaluation every six months.

Since IID is a power utility, the first four classes are the same for every apprentice introducing the students to fundamentals of electricity, transmission and distribution systems. Upon completion of the fourth class (104) each apprentice must successfully pass both, a written and practical (hands-on) senior apprentice exams, with a score of no less than 80% each. Once they have been promoted to senior apprentices, each student will diversify into trade-specific coursework.

Finally, after fulfilling all coursework and on-the-job-training, the senior apprentice will be administered comprehensive written and practical journey exams, in their specific area. Training histories, educational records and a formal recommendation of “promotion” to journeyman is then forwarded to the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), who audits and issues all state journeyman cards and certificates of completion.

Note: Journeyman trade cards issued by the State of California are recognized throughout North America and Europe!

Admission to the Program

All district apprentices will be admitted into the program as part of the district’s recruitment and selection procedures established by policy. Apprentices shall be hired as full-time and will be entitled to health benefits available to district employees.

Undentured apprentices may also enroll in the Electrical Trade 0101 – 0104 and may receive general credits.

Petition for Advance Placement

Newly hired apprentices may request advancement to the Senior Apprentice level within 60 days from date of hire pursuant to Imperial Irrigation District Bylaws and State of California approved standards when an apprentice can demonstrate completion of the required education, 3,600 on-the-job-training hours, and receive a minimum score of 80% on the senior apprentice written and practical examinations.

Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will promote to a Journeyman classification within their respective trade and continue employment with the district.

For additional information on the district’s apprenticeship program, please contact our Personnel Development office at (760) 482-9641.

For apprenticeship job postings, please click here.

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