Ann Arbor Electrical JATC Opens Motor Controls Lab

From Hope Salyer

The Ann Arbor Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Motor Controls Lab on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at the AAEJATC in Chelsea, Mich.

The opening included a dedication ceremony and walk-through tour sponsored by Square D and Madison Electric. Square D and Madison Electric donated a combined $300,000 in materials to build the lab.

“The controls lab will allow the school to better train and produce the highest quality, State of Michigan licensed electrical journeymen,” AAEJATC training director John Salyer said. “The generous donations we receive from companies like Square D and Madison Electric allow us to provide the best training to our students at no cost to taxpayers.”

National Electrical Contractors Association Michigan Chapter President Michael Crawford said Madison Electrical, Square D and NECA are making contributions to the AAEJATC because the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 252 and AAEJATC jurisdiction has made a huge investment in apprenticeship training.

“It is a massive investment in trying to enhance the sophistication and the productivity, of the journeymen and women that the AAEJATC builds into a very high-quality skillset,” Crawford said. “The programs that the AAEJATC have built are some of the best training in the field because that is what the customers in this area deserve and demand.”

Founded in 1946, the AAEJATC has produced thousands of State of Michigan licensed electrical journeymen in the Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham and Livingston county areas. AAEJATC apprentices receive the best training with zero debt, and are the only apprentices in the state who are paid to attend classes.

Walk-in applications for the AAEJATC apprenticeship programs are accepted every Monday, from 8 to 11am, or from 1 to 3pm.

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About the AAEJATC: The Ann Arbor Electrical JATC was founded in 1946 and has been producing the highest-quality State of Michigan licensed electrical journeyman in the Washtenaw, Jackson and Livingston county areas. The training center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local union 252 and the National Electrical Contractors Association, the AAEJATC provides paid electrical apprenticeship programs for commercial, residential and low-voltage telecommunications apprentices.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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