Under Construction: Apprenticeship training center gets new lab

Under Construction: Apprenticeship training center gets new lab

July 6th, 2014 by Alex Green in Business Diary

Scott Hughes lays brick on Tuesday during construction for Chattanooga Electrical JATC, which is building an additional training center.

Photo by Shawn Paik/Times Free Press.

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

Project: New multi-lab center at Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center.

Owner: Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center.

Location: 3924 Volunteer Dr.

Size: 3,400 square feet.

Scope: The new building will feature lab and work space where apprentices can practice welding, rigging and working on overhead cranes. There also will be craft certification space. The center has a five-year, federally-registered apprenticeship program, where electricians come to learn the trade and earn certification. There are 14 instructors and 320 students, who attend classes at night and work with a certified electrician during the day.

History: The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee was founded in 1941 and established universal standards for training electricians. Chattanooga's training center was established in 1942 and moved to its Volunteer Drive location in 1972. Including the new building, it has made four additions.

Timeline: The center is expected to be finished by late September and will open immediately.

Contact: Kenny Smith, training director, at 423-894-9053.

Online: TheElectrical Connection.org.

Facebook: Facebook.com/Chattanooga ElectricalJATC.

- Compiled by staff writer Alex Green, who can be reached at agreen@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6480.