WHO WE ARE
An electrical apprenticeship program
WHAT WE DO
We train apprentices using the moto “earn while you learn”
HOW/WHY WE DO IT
NECA contractors and the IBEW come together to train new electricians for our industry.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We provide a “hands on” approach to apprenticeship. The apprenticeship assigns apprentices to different contractors based on the skills training that the apprentice needs. We work with our NECA contractors to make sure we provide the best well rounded training possible for the industry.
Sean became an Inside Wireman apprentice in 2010, graduating in 2014. He was a traveling electrician for a year, before coming back to Central Florida and starting working as a service technician for Ermco Electric. In 2016 he started working as a full time instructor. In October of 2021 he became the Director of the Apprenticeship.
Francis began his career in 2006 as an electrical apprentice at the Central Florida Electrical JATC. After completing the apprenticeship he took a position at Disney Animal Kingdom Attractions West as a Ride and Show Technician. In 2011 he started teaching at the apprenticeship program as a part-time instructor. In 2019 left the Walt Disney Company to teach full time for the Apprenticeship program and in 2022 took over the Assistant Training Director position. Francis believes that education is power and continues to take classes at the University of Central Florida for his bachelor's degree in Career and Technical Education.
LaTricia “Dee” Steadman
Dee began working as the front receptionist for Central Florida Electrical JATC in 2008. Soon afterwards she moved into an Administrative role. Dee graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2001.
Robert “Bobby” Williams
Bobby began his career in 1995 as an electrical apprentice, attending classes in this Central Florida Electrical JATC, graduating in 2000. He worked for several contractors in the Central Florida area including ERMCO and Trade Show Electric. As a Journeyman Wireman he gained experience working in power plants and waste water treatment plants. In 2011 he was hired by Walt Disney World and worked in several locations including the water parks and Animal Kingdom. In 2022 he started teaching full time at the Electrical Training Alliance of Central Florida.
Born and raised in Orlando, Pete Schmidt a second generation Local 606 member, served in the Marine Corps Reserve as a radio technician and platoon sergeant while attending the Central Florida JATC and working for Ermco Electric. After completing his apprenticeship with honors in 2016, he worked for many different area signatory contractors building amusement park rides, elevated train tracks, and rocket launch pads. After a short period working for Disney maintenance and teaching part-time for the JATC Pete returned to the classroom working full-time at Orange County Public Schools teaching their Electricity program at Orange Technical College in 2018. In 2023 he returned to the Electrical Training Alliance of Central Florida.
Ciara graduated from Boone High School in Orlando, Florida, in 2008. They enrolled in their local trade school (Mid Florida Tech) and chose what seemed to be the most exciting program in the course catalog. From there, They learned about and applied for the apprenticeship program. According to Ciara, joining the apprenticeship and the IBEW was the best decision of their life. They have a dynamic and fulfilling career, and they belong to a brotherhood that has vastly improved my quality of life. Ciara, having completed their apprenticeship, their next goal is to complete their degree. They hope that by being an instructor teaching, they can help someone else enter into this field.
Eric Miller graduated from the WDW maintenance apprenticeship in August of 2021.Eric is originally from Philly, where he spent most of his days on the playground. After moving to Florida he worked as a boat captain at WDW, until he started his apprenticeship. Eric currently works as a laundry technician for WDW. In the fall of 2021 he married his bride Sydney, and is currently expecting his first child. Eric started instructing part time at the JATC in fall of 2021.
Ryan served in the US Army for 9 years as a Satellite Communications Technician. While serving he earned an AS degree from Thomas Edison State University. After his service he attended the Central Florida Electrical JATC and graduated in 2018. Ryan now works full time for Carter Electric Inc, as a Service Technician / Foreman. Ryan specializes in industrial and motor control work. He has expertise installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting motors, motor controls, PLC’s and instrumentation. He began teaching 4th year at the JATC in 2021 as a part time Instructor.
John graduated from the Central Florida Electrical JATC in 2020. He works at Carter Electric as a Foreman in the service department. John started teaching as a first year instructor in 2022 for the apprenticeship.
Anwar graduated from Minneola high school in May of 2018, and soon after enrolled in the WDW maintenance apprenticeship program at the Central Florida Electrical JATC. During his apprenticeship he spent time throughout the resorts, and currently is working at animal kingdom as a ride and show technician. In December of 2022 he married his Wife Sierra in NYC. Anwar started instructing part time in the spring of 2022.
Zach graduated from the Central Florida Electrical JATC in 2018. He works at Maddox Electric as a general Foreman in the high voltage division. Zach is certified for high voltage splicing. In early 2022 he spent time as a trustee for the JATC, then moved into a part time instructor role.