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We offer superior training in our state-of-the-art facility.


  • Are you a student in high school planning your future?

  • Are you a high school graduate and looking for a new direction?

  • Do you have a job and are looking for a different career?

The Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County is a formal, structured, nationally recognized education and training program that enables men and women to secure positions in the electrical construction industry. The Canton Electrical JATC apprenticeship prepares participants with classroom instruction and extensive on-the-job training, supervised by a skilled journeyman.

Classroom training not only offers the tools to advance in a life-long career, but it also provides the opportunity to EARN WHILE YOU LEARN. As an apprentice advances and develops more complex skills and knowledge on the job, they are rewarded for their hard work.


The Canton JATC is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, to develop leaders in the electrical construction industry.

  • Hands on focus – you will experience training in several of our hands on labs with real world equipment.

  • Experience Matters – you never know what can happen in the field, our instructors are out there everyday and bring that experience to the classroom.

  • Earn while you learn – our students earn a paycheck every week while learning the trade.
  • Earn College Credit – we partner with Northwest State Community College to provide college credit

    Visit the Northwest State Community College website for more information:

If you want a career where you are well trained and earn a good living, contact us today!


The mission of the Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County is to provide education and training programs that enable men and women to secure positions in the electrical construction industry.

The Canton Electrical JATC ensures that the people and pathways are in place to provide the electrical industry the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible.

The Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County originated in the late 1940s. At that time, apprentices were paid a starting wage of $0.25 per hour. The majority of the first apprentices were US Military Veterans. Apprentices were paid to attend school, a practice that has since been discontinued.

The Electrical Training Alliance,  formerly the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC), was established in 1947 to train electrical workers through cooperation between labor and management. Local organizations of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) appointed contractor and union representatives to administer training funds. Apprenticeship Standards were adopted based on industry and US Department of Labor guidelines.

Early Canton JATC apprenticeship instructors included Paul Huth and Don Colaner. Mr. Huth taught apprentices from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. Mr. Colaner, a 1946 graduate of Canton Timken High School, evolved from apprentice to president of the Canton area’s largest electrical contractor. He also served as an instructor from 1960 until 1985. Along with many other dedicated instructors, both men contributed to the skill and employability of union electricians in the greater Stark County area.

Since the inception of the Canton JATC, classes were held at local vocational schools. Due to the need for increased training and replacement of journey level workers, the JATC purchased the property at their present location on Wales Avenue in Jackson Township.

The training center is now equipped to meet the growing demands for highly skilled and productive electrical workers.

  • The Electrical Training Alliance was created from the legacy of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC).  The NJATC was founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and served for over 73 years as the training arm of the IBEW and NECA. The Electrical Training Alliance is a nonprofit organization that draws upon an extraordinary number of diverse partnerships within the electrical industry, all committed and devoted to training the next generation of electrical workers. The Electrical Training Alliance consists of 300 joint apprenticeship and training centers in the United States and Canada, over 100 electrical industry manufacturer’s and training partners and a vast network of public and private educational institutions from secondary school level to the university level.

For those interested in a career as an IBEW electrician, visit for additional education, interview experiences, and preparation for a successful career.

CANTON ELECTRICAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING FUND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING The undersigned are committed to the following Equal Opportunity Pledge for apprenticeship positions in the Canton Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program. The sponsors of the apprenticeship program are dedicated to the Equal Opportunity Pledge. The undersigned are solved to the communication of this Equal Opportunity Policy in such a manner as to foster understanding, acceptance and support among the industry’s various officers, supervisors, employers and employees and encourages such persons to take all necessary action to aid the apprenticeship sponsor in preserving this commitment to equal opportunity. The spirit of equal opportunity will be carried forth in the uniform application of rules and regulations concerning apprentices, including but not limited to, equality of wages, periodic advancement, promotion, assignment of work, job performance, rotation among work processes, imposition of penalties and other disciplinary action, and all other aspects of the apprenticeship program. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PLEDGE The undersigned will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years or older. The undersigned will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, as amended.

JATC Office Staff

Barb Murphy

Office Manager

Damus Cole

Training Director


JATC Committee Members – IBEW

Erik Hann

IBEW 540 Business Manager – JATC Committee Treasurer

Curt Moore

IBEW 540 President – JATC Committee Chairman

Mitch Neisel

IBEW 540 Electrician – JATC Committee Member

Todd Huberty

IBEW 540 Electrician – JATC Committee Member


JATC Committee – NECA

Larry Wood

Wood Electric – Owner – JATC Committee Member

Jim Deckert

NECA Chapter Executive Director – JATC Committee Secretary

Greg Blile

Hilscher-Clarke Electric – Canton Branch Manager – JATC Committee Member

Tyler Couto 

Couto Electric – Owner – JATC Committee Assistant Treasurer

Rod Stuchul

Retired Inside Wireman – Instructor 21 yrs


Gerry Noble

Retired Inside Wireman – Instructor 20 yrs


Dave Vaughn

Retired Inside Wireman – Instructor 7 yrs


Jerome Bennett

Inside Wireman/Safety Training – Instructor 15 yrs


Don Fox

Inside Wireman – Instructor/Curriculum Coordinator 12 yrs


Zach Guildoo

Installer/Technician – Instructor 10 yrs


Justin Jordon

Installer/Technician – Instructor 7 yrs


Paul Forney

Inside Wireman – Instructor 7 yrs


Lance Holman

Installer/Technician – Instructor 6 yrs


Nate Powell

Inside Wireman – Instructor 6 yrs


Jerry Shrigley

Inside Wireman – Instructor 4 yrs


Dave Bramer

Inside Wireman – Instructor 3 yrs


Corey Offenberger

Inside Wireman – Instructor 1 yr