The Advantage

Through progressive partnering, the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 48 has developed the foremost electrical apprenticeship program in the country. Our nationally acclaimed Apprenticeship Training Program provides the most skilled and productive electrical workers in the industry and is emulated by chapters and locals across the country. Our training program is a cooperative effort funded through our Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee – not taxpayer dollars. This private effort allows us to maintain and develop a skilled, qualified workforce for today and for the future.

To accomplish this we implement intensive training and continuing education programs. Our unmatched preparation for both electricians and contractors guarantees consumer protection in the form of the most up-to-date, high quality, safe and cost-effective services.

The Facilities

As part of our efforts to continually improve our training programs, NECA and IBEW Local 48 recently built a new 54,000 square foot state-of-the-art training center at 16021 NE Airport Way in Portland. The NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center is staffed by over 50 expert instructors, each with years of hands-on experience, and is equipped with the latest technology to provide expanded opportunity for hands-on technical training. The center has 24 new classrooms, three labs, study areas, and an auditorium-all designed to better serve our growing number of apprentices and ensure that the skills of our Journeymen remain up-to-date.

For more information on the NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center, please visit their web site at