The joint partnership formed between NECA, IBEW and JATC represents, promotes, and strives to advance the electrical contracting industry in Memphis, Tennessee. Our main goal is to educate our community and give individuals the training and skills needed to have a successful career in the electrical trade. Through education, collaboration and innovation we are here to empower lives and the communities we serve.

Memphis NECA

We are the Voice of the Electrical Construction Industry In Memphis Tennessee

Nationwide, NECA is the voice of the $202 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors are the technical professionals responsible for the most innovative and safest electrical construction in the U.S. 

Electrical contractors count on NECA to deliver the resources that help them make better business decisions, provide excellent customer service, and take advantage of innovative technology. NECA’s national office and local chapters advance the electrical construction industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

To learn more about NECA, visit our website.

IBEW Local 474

IBEW in Memphis, Tennessee stretches back to January 6, 1892 when the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers First Grand President Henry Miller, who was the founding father of the brotherhood, traveled to Memphis from St. Louis, and organized NBEW, Local 6 to fight for safer working conditions and better wages for Electrical workers in Memphis. When the brotherhood expanded into Canada the NBEW changed its name to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1899. IBEW Local 474 received its  charter on January 13, 1906 and has since grown to be a diverse Local union representing workers in varying industries other than construction such as electrical manufacturing, government services and electrical cooperatives.

What is a Union?

A union is an organized group of workers who come together to bargain a labor contract with their employer and to make decisions about the conditions of their work. Through union membership, workers can improve paid wages, work hours, benefits, workplace health and safety, and other work-related issues. Under U.S. law, workers of all ages have the right to join a union.

Having support from the union to ensure fair treatment in the workplace is one of the key reasons people join. Many of the benefits and protections workers enjoy today came about as a result of union efforts. These include the minimum wage, Social Security payments, an eight-hour day and weekends, overtime pay, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which requires employers to meet safety standards for their workers.

To learn more about IBEW local 474, visit their website.


The Memphis Electrical JATC Apprenticeship Program is a five year program with periodic advances based on completion of class work and a minimum number of on the job training hours. We provide cutting-edge training to create the finest electricians throughout the entire electrical industry. Our instructors are qualified through certification to introduce the newest technological programs to our apprentices.