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1st Year Apprentice

General Overview

A first-year electrical apprentice is responsible for various electrical installation tasks including installing raceways, pulling wire, mounting equipment, installing and completing finished electrical products such as lights and switches and more.  All tasks are to be completed under the guidance of a licensed journeyman electrician and on the job training will be provided. No experience is needed to be a first year apprentice electrician.



  • Maintains compliance with all OSHA, Carlton Electric and other customer safety requirements and policies.
  • Must obtain OSHA 10 certification within 1st year of apprenticeship.
  • Actively works to acquire the skills and knowledge required to be a successful electrician via on the job training, mentoring and classroom work.
  • Completes work with a focus on safety, quality, and a sense of urgency.
  • Performs semi-skilled and unskilled laboring duties related to the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment.
  • Uses various hand tools, site tools and safety equipment as needed on the job site.
  • Maintain tools and equipment and keep parts and supplies in order.
  • Develops a basic understanding of blueprints.
  • Develops a basic knowledge of circuitry and electrical theory.
  • Dig trenches for running underground electrical systems.
  • Assists with wire and cable pulls.
  • Assists with material handling duties on the jobsite.
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation method.
  • Must be able to pass a drug screen at any given point in time.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess mechanical and technical aptitude and a passion for working with your hands.
  • Must demonstrate a focus on safety, quality, and goal attainment.
  • Must be self-motivated, teachable, punctual, respectful, able to follow directions and be an ideal team player.
  • Must be able to acquire all necessary required tools and proper clothing before the first day on the job. Tool investment for the first day averages around $250. Additional tool investment within 30 days averages around $500. Additional tool investment within first 60 days averages around $275. Final tool investment within 90 days averages around $375. Total tool investment for first year averages around $1,400. Initial clothing investment averages around $400. Employees can expect to spend around $200-$700 per year in replacement tool and clothing expenses.

Physical Demands

  • Sitting – ability to remain in normal seated position for prolonged period.
  • Standing – ability to stand on one’s feet with little to no movement for a prolonged period.
  • Walking – ability to move around on one’s feet for long period of time, often without breaks.
  • Lifting – up to 50 pounds.
  • Carrying – up to 50 pounds.
  • Bending- ability to bend at waist, hips, and knees, sometimes for a prolonged period.
  • Pushing – up to 50 pounds.
  • Pulling – up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work on and maneuver a ladder safely, both 3 legged and extension ladders for a prolonged period.
  • Possess the ability to talk. 
  • Possess the ability to hear well either naturally or with correction. 
  • Possess the ability to see well either naturally or with correction.  
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


Working Conditions

  • Working conditions can vary greatly depending on job site and time of year. You must be able to perform your work in hot, cold, muddy, wet, humid, windy, and dry conditions.
  • Field employees are always required to wear required personal tools while working.
  • Ability to work from different heights including, but not limited to, on step ladders, A-frame ladders, extension ladders, and aerial lifts.
  • Potential to work in restricted areas such as manholes, utility tunnels, crawl spaces, trenches, attics, vaults, switchgear rooms and more.
  • All employees must always wear personal protective equipment on the job site including, safety boots, hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, masks, and ear plugs.
  • Potential to work overtime and night shifts, sometimes on short notice.
  • Must be okay with working in areas ranging, but not limited to Colorado Springs to Fort Collins.


Compensation Package

Location: Denver, Colorado

Start Date: TBD

Status: Full-Time

Schedule: Normal working hours of Monday-Friday 7AM – 3:30PM. This position may offer or require overtime, weekend, or holiday work.

Pay Rate: $15-$17.25 per hour, depending on experience.*

*This pay rate is the good-faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of this job posting. Carlton Electric reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted rate if they believe the new range is determined in good-faith. Carlton Electric reserves the right to adjust compensation based on, but not limited to, approved factors such as seniority, merit, quantity and/or quality systems, location, education and/or training, and required travel.

Other financial benefits: This position is not eligible for bonuses, commission, or any other financial compensation.

Health Insurance: Multiple coverage options available for employee and family. 100% of employee premiums are company paid.  

Dental Insurance: Coverage options available for employee and family. 100% of employee premiums are company paid. 

Vision Insurance: Coverage options available for employee and family. 50% of employee premiums are company paid. 

Employee assistance program. 

Short-term and long-term disability insurance available. 

Life insurance and voluntary life insurance available.  

Paid Holidays: After a 90 probationary period, employees enjoy (6) paid holidays including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Paid Time Off: Employees accrue 1 hour per 24 hours worked, capped at 120 hours. Accrual begins immediately after beginning of employee’s employment with Carlton Electric.

401K: Employees are eligible for a 3.5% match on the first 6% of their 401K contributions.

Trade School Tuition: First year apprentices are eligible for paid apprentice schooling for all (4) remaining years of their trade schooling through Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain region (IECRM) if they maintain a passing grade each semester.

Carlton Electric is an equal opportunity employer.

Carlton Electric does not discriminate against any protected category when determining salary and compensation for an employee. 


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