Apprenticeship Programs

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We're willing to invest in your future. Apply for a Pre-Apprentice position at APS and start a career, not just a job.

Energize Your Future

Pre-Apprentice positions are projected to be posted again sometime between September and December 2024. Learn about the pre-employment testing.

tailboard workersLooking for a new and exciting career? Our pre-apprentices and apprentices work directly with journeyman lineworkers, auto mechanics, electricians and polyphase metermen to learn the ropes from the experts. APS hires pre-apprentice line workers, electricians and polyphase metermen once a year.

All opportunities will be posted again in 2024, likely sometime between September - December. Sign up for alerts on the APS Careers website so you receive an email when jobs are posted. Check back frequently and also follow us on social media for updates for the 2024-2025 hiring cycle. Email Preapprentice@aps.com for more details.

Apply for Pre-Apprentice positions at APS and start a career, not just a job.

What you’ll do:

  • Join the largest utility Pre-Apprenticeship Program in Arizona where you’ll be paid to learn to become a Journeyman Lineman\ Electrician\Polyphase Meterman.
  • Work outdoors in a team environment.
  • Receive in-classroom and on-the-job training.
  • Rotate within the organization and assist Journeyman with:
    • Pre-Apprentice Linemen: various tasks including rigging, operating hydraulic tools, boom trucks and forklifts; running parts, ground work, driving bucket trucks, install poles, trenches, and working in confined spaces.
    • Pre-Apprentice Electrician: various tasks including repair/install/replace conduit, duct banks, and sweeps; building and maintaining electrical substations from 12kv to 500kv; rigging; operate hydraulic tools; operate boom truck & forklift; working from aerial lifts; install poles, trenches and working in confined spaces.
    • Pre-Apprentice Polyphase Meterman: Learn and gain experience in the trade with KWH testing single phase meters, AMI meters and CT rated meter installations; install/replace single phase selfcontained meters, perform dead meter checks on single phase meters and working in confined spaces.

What you’ll receive:

  • Get paid to train! – During the 9 to 12-month program, Pre-Apprentices receive statewide on-the-job skills training plus craft-related classroom instruction.
  • Climb in your career – Upon completion of the Pre-Apprentice Program, graduates are eligible to apply for a position in APS’ award-winning Apprenticeship Program.
  • National recognition – The four-year APS Apprenticeship Program is registered with the State of Arizona Office of Apprenticeship and the U.S. Department of Labor, offering best-in-class development. Winner of five Arizona State Exemplary Apprenticeship Program Awards: 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018.
  • Community involvement – Play an integral role in your community by providing safe and reliable power to customers.
  • No day is the same! – Challenge yourself by working outdoors in a team environment solving problems.
  • Competitive pay and benefits – Starting pay around $28/hr with opportunities for overtime, annual incentive plan participation, Medical/Dental/Vision, 401(k), retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO plan, life insurance and much more!

Get started

Make sure you meet these minimum requirements:

  • Updated resume
  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Successfully pass the EEI CAST B test
  • Successful completion of college level “Introduction to College Algebra” course, NJATC Technical Mathematics course, or equivalent with a grade “C” or better
  • Lineman & Electrician only: Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with no mechanical restrictions and safe driving record
  • Apply for PreApprentice Positions (Positions will be posted for at least a two-week window)

Hiring Process

  1. Selected candidates may be invited to take the EEI CAST-B test
  2. Passing candidates may be invited to participate in the Field Evaluations (hands-on test)
  3. Candidates successful in the field evaluation are invited to interview

Download a PDF of this information here.

Pre-apprentice Opportunities

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Being a lineman requires both mental and physical strength, as they not only work to build and maintain the grid but are also considered first responders during storms and other events that may affect our system.

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PreApprentice Electrician


Electricians are highly skilled and work on the construction, maintenance and operation of our substations and related equipment.

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PreApprentice Polyphase Meterman

Polyphase Meterman

If you like math, travel and using your hands to troubleshoot and solve problems, a position as a polyphase meterman might be for you.

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Palo Verde Apprenticeship

Our Maintenance Apprenticeship program is divided into six-month periods which are organized to provide a comprehensive training path. This path includes training under the direction of qualified journeyworkers, formal training and college-related instruction in a specific maintenance field. If you have questions about our Pre-apprentice opportunities, please email our recruiting team at pvrecruiters@apsc.com.
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