About our Staff

The Central New York JATC...

provides a skilled, knowledgeable and able workforce for the unionized electrical industry within the Central New York area. This covers locations between Syracuse and Cooperstown, from Thendara to Cortland and all points that fall in between, including the metropolitan areas of Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Oswego, and Fulton. (see Jurisdiction Map here)

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 and the Finger Lakes National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) jointly sponsor this apprenticeship program that offers the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while learning the skills necessary for a challenging and rewarding career as a construction electrician. As an apprentice, you are given the opportunity to literally earn while you learn, using your intellect combined with your physical capabilities to perform duties in various settings with the continuous occurrence of new learning.

Train with the Experts


The CNYJATC training program is well rounded, intensive, and up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. IBEW Local 43 electricians are called on to complete the most challenging projects in Central New York and it’s the reason that you will be in high demand wherever you go.


The apprenticeship system is simple. You learn from the masters of the trade. Journey-level IBEW electricians. In the classroom and on-the-job, these seasoned experts pass their years of experience and knowledge to you.


Even if you have no electrical knowledge now, you will leave the Central New York JATC training program with the knowledge, skills, and benefits of an expert NECA/IBEW electrician and a trade that can support you for the rest of your working life.


Take classes in the state-of-the-art classrooms and multi-purpose labs of the John J. Barry Electrical Training Center. Work on job sites with experienced, journey-level electricians who walk you through the skills and techniques of the craft. Learn how to plan, install, and service complete electrical systems for all types of projects.


Master vital knowledge such as electrical theory, programmable logic controls, digital alarm systems, National Electrical Code, and blueprint reading. Then continue to upgrade your skills through journey-level continuing education in new codes and technologies


Tiffany Jones is the Assistant to the Training Director since 2011. Tiffany provides administrative and secretarial support for the Training Director and Training Department. Need help? Give Tiffany a call.

David Nichols is a full time Instructor since 2008 and has been with the training department since 1998. David is a Journeyman Electrician with the IBEW Local Union 43 and teaches our Theory based curriculum with emphasis on DC & AC systems.

Rich Shopland has been a full time Instructor since 2016 and has been with the training department since 2008. Rich is a Journeyman Electrician with the IBEW Local Union 43 and teaches our safety based curriculum with emphasis on Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E.

Tom Murphy has been a full time Instructor since 2017 and has been with the training department since 2014. Tom is a Journeyman Electrician with the IBEW Local Union 43 and teaches our control based curriculum with emphasis on industrial controls & process systems.

Training Director

Jon Leubner

Great Benefits

Central New York JATC apprentices enjoy the following benefits.

Earn while you learn
Fair work practices and good wages that increase at regular intervals. A position of respect and prestige

Opportunity to work on projects essential to Central New York

Excellent health and welfare and pension plans

Do you have what it takes?
Hard working positive attitude

Self-starters with good leadership and communication skills

At least 17 years of age
High School graduates or GED, with one year of high school algebra

Able to pass aptitude test. To better prepare visit www.electricprep.com

Join Us
No electrical knowledge is required for the program. The Central New York JATC offers a practical way to get a fulfilling career, the benefits you deserve, and the skills that can support you and your family for the rest of your work life.