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IBEW Local 538
1290 North Michigan Ave. Danville, IL 61834
Phone 217-442-0996 / Fax 217-442-8048

Electricity is essential for light, power, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes including climate control, security, and communications. They work in a wide variety of fields including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government.

In addition to wiring a building’s electrical system, electricians may install coaxial or fiber optic cable for computers and other telecommunications equipment.

A growing number of electricians install telephone systems, computer wiring and equipment, street lights, intercom systems, and fire alarm and security systems. They
also may connect motors to electrical power and install electronic controls for industrial equipment.

Local 538 serves Vermilion County, IL, and Vermillion, Warren, and Fountain counties in west central Indiana.

The national association is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with over 600,000 members.

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, pensions, 401(k), and credit union membership.

Local 538 supports volunteer and community activities including Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, United Way, Workforce Investment Board, Dads for Diabetes, March of Dimes, Fisher Theatre Restoration, Vermilion Advantage, and the Danville Area Labor-Management Council.


Michael P. Arbuckle
Business Manager
Phone 217-442-0996

John Gallez
Membership Development/
Assistant Business Manager
Phone 217-442-0996

Barbara Crain
Office Manager
Phone 217-442-0996

Electricians Apprentice Program
Contact: Kathie Porter, Training Director
Phone 217-304-4335 /

Electrical worker apprentices complete 900 classroom and 8,000 on the job hours during a five-year program.

Apprentices learn OSHA, NFPA 70E, DC and AC theory, grounding, bonding, transformers, motors, motor control, electrical systems, blueprint reading, conduit bending, NEC, test instruments, tech math, PLCs, building automation, instrumentation, and welding.

Additional work can result in an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, college credits, and certifications. Journeyman classes include advanced welding, instrumentation, building automation, first aid/CPR, OSHA 10 and changes to NEC. 

Local 538’s apprenticeship program has earned several honors: Outstanding Apprentice Awards, Outstanding Apprentice Instructor, and Excellence in Training Award. The local also participates with area schools in career fairs, college fairs, FFA, 4H and the Vermilion Advantage program.

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