I-TAP'S HANDS-ON ELECTRICAL LAB
Compared to most other local electrical schools, I-TAP offers twice the number of labs per semester. We can do so because our lab is used only by our electrical students, and because we also offer our students the opportunity to work in outdoor, real-world environments!
Check out this page to learn more about how our students gain hands-on knowledge that furthers their careers, or hit the button below to see how we can further your career.
Real-World Training That Gives You the Real-World Skills You Need to Succeed as a Commercial Electrician
Becoming an electrician requires considerable schooling. The state of California requires that apprentice and trainee electricians complete at least 750 hours of vocational training. The majority of these hours take place in the classroom, where electrical students learn about electrical theory, safety, and more. But even though most time is dedicated to book work, that doesn’t mean hands-on learning isn’t just as important. Hands-on training gives you the real-world skills you need to be prepared for working in the field.
Why is I-TAP's Electrical Lab One of the Best Labs of Any Electrical School's?
We've spent 20 years creating the perfect indoor and outdoor spaces for our electrical students to master the basic jobsite skills they need.
Pretty much every electrical school has some sort of electrical lab, which is a hands-on workspace where electrical trainee students and apprentices gain real-world, hands-on experience working as an electrician. But unlike a real job site, an electrical lab is a controlled environment. The lab is configured based upon your current lesson, and a teacher is always around to teach and supervise as you work.
But no one offers a hands-on lab experience like I-TAP. Our dedicated electrical lab offers students 3,000 square feet of lab space to work and learn, enabling us to offer twice as many labs as most other electrical schools.
Our labs include:
- A/B, 1 pole, 3-Way and 4-Way Switching
- Beginning and Advanced Pipe Bending
- Drawing & Design
- Fire Alarm
- Intro to PLCs
- Lighting Control
- Low Voltage Cable: Telephone/Data
- Motor Control Stop/ Start/ Mag Starter
- Motor Control: Grain Elevator
- Motors ID: Hookup Winding Components
- Meters/Test Equipment Throughout Program
- Title 24: Motion Sensors
- Plan Reading
- Power Tools/Hand Tools
Learn the tricks of the trade from instructors with real experience.
Many electrical schools and other trade schools rely on instructors who have limited experience in what they teach—they may be barely out of school themselves, or are only teaching courses because they're between jobs.
Most of I-TAP's instructors have decades of experience working as commercial electricians, and at the end of their careers have chosen to give back to the industry they love by training the next generation of electricians. That means that when you work in our lab, you work under the guidance of true experts. You're learning from the best of the best.
You Get to Complete a Full Tenant Improvement Project From Start to Finish
For the last 5 weeks of instruction, students spend 100% of their time working on a tenant improvement project. That means that you get to learn how to work on a real job site, from drawing and designing plans, to running wire, to installing lightning controls and motions sensors, to fire alarm installation.
What better way to learn your trade than by working through the full process of a real project from start to finish?
Learn In Actual On (and Under) the Ground Environments
Back when the pandemic hit in 2020, we were faced with a serious challenge: How to continue to deliver the same high-caliber, hands-on experience, while being limited in what we could do indoors.
Ultimately, we moved some of our lab work outdoors, which allowed us to deliver experiences we never could before, such as labs involving running wiring underground.
We realized how much this kind of experience benefitted our students, so even though our classes have returned to normal, we've continued to run real-world outdoor labs, giving our students experiences that no other electrical school can.
Ready to learn a skilled trade and work on some of the most exciting commercial construction projects in California and beyond?
I-TAP is an electrical apprenticeship program that helps you find your passion, grow your skills, and place you in the perfect electrician job.