The Construction Wireman Construction Electrician (CW/CE) program sometimes offers employment opportunities for those waiting to make application and compete for the apprenticeship program. The program may also offer employment for those interested in the trade but unable to qualify for or waiting to qualify for the apprenticeship program. It may also be an excellent program for those already employed in the electrical construction trade but interested in seeing what other opportunities might be available.

The CW/CE program is NOT a dead-end program. It is designed to provide a pathway to Journey Level status for those willing to complete minimal training, mostly through home study courses coupled with certification and testing for trade knowledge and skills to warrant advancement from one level to the next and even to Journey Level status.

Wages, like for apprentices, are based on a percentage of the current journeyman hourly rate. Benefits will also vary in the CW/CE program. NEBF is a pension plan that begins immediately for everyone at no cost to the employee. Upon retirement one also receives a pension from the IBEW for each year of membership. There is also a Local Pension Plan wherein the employer pays a contribution for all workers with the classification of CE1,CE2, CE3 and for journey level workers. There are no deductions in wages for the NEBF pension or the local retirement program. One does, of course, pay union dues which are approximately $37 per month. The IBEW also provides a death benefit for its retired members.

Health Insurance is provided for all CW/CE with the classification of CW2 and higher. Family coverage can be purchased.

Qualification Requirements for CW/CE Program

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to safely climb and work from ladders and scaffolds of various heights.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and scaffolds, bend, stoop, crawl and work in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to lift, carry and manipulate tools and materials common to the trade.
  • Must be and remain drug free of any illegal usage of drugs.
  • Must be able to read, hear, understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing to follow instructions and to work cooperatively with others.
  • Must be able and willing to follow safety procedures.
  • Must be able to get to and from job sites anywhere in the jurisdiction.

 CW / CE Rules

You can download or view our CW/CE Program Rules here 

Wages & Benefits 

You can download or view our CW/CE Wages and Benefits here 

 Organizational Chart

You can download or view our CW/CE Organizational Chart here