Electrician Schools and Training in Arizona
Thanks for visiting The Electrician Careers Guide. We've compiled all the info you need to get your start as an electrician. We'll discuss the training process, the salary you may make, and then give an index of the electrician schools in Arizona, as well as apprenticeship opportunities available to you.
How To Become An Electrician In Arizona
It can be difficult to figure out what you need to do to become a working electrician in Arizona. Here are your options:
1) Go To An Electrician School. Community colleges and technical/vocational schools provide job-specific training, and you'll learn how to do all of the tasks required of electricians, such as:
- analyzing blueprints;
- installing and maintaining circuitry;
- measuring the flow of electricity running through systems; and
- judging whether systems in a building are up to local and national electrical codes.
Upon completion of the program, you should be able to enter the local job market and find work as an assistant or a helper, and build your career from there.
2) Get An Apprenticeship. Apprentice programs are offered by both union and non-union organizations, and they'll provide all of the training you need to become a licensed electrician. Plus, apprenticeships an "earn as you learn" program, which means that you'll get a paycheck as you receive your training.
You may be wondering, why would someone bother with school, if they can just get an apprenticeship---and start working right away?
There are a couple of reasons, but the main reason is because apprenticeships--both union and non-union--can be difficult to get, and any experience you can get may help your chances of obtaining an apprenticeship.
So how should you get started? Contact the apprentice programs in your area (we've made a list below) and contact schools or training programs (we've included a list of schools, too). Once you learn about all of your options, you'll be able to make an informed decision.
Licensing By The State Of Arizona
Arizona has three different types of licenses for electricians. You can get a residential license (to work on houses and dwellings), a commercial license (to work in businesses and office spaces), or an electrical license (to work in every setting). The licenses each take about four years of training to receive.
Arizona Electrician Salary
The average income for electricians in the U.S. varies greatly from state to state, so we checked with the United States' Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out how much licensed electricians and trade workers in Arizona are making. Here's what we found:
|Arizona||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in AZ||$21.43||$44,580|
Of the trades we sampled, plumbers earned the highest income, and make $48,900 per year; HVAC workers earned the second-highest income, at $46,590 per year. Electricians were third, making $45,940 per year.
Three data points are significant:
- Electricians made more than carpenters (electricians made $6,930 more per year), and significantly more than constructions workers (electricians made $15,470 per year);
- Plumbers, HVAC workers, and electricians made more than $20 per hour, whereas carpenters and construction workers made less than $20 per hour; and
- The average income of an Arizona electrician is slightly higher than the average income for an Arizona resident, who made $44,580 per year.
Something to remember: you do have some control over your income. Electricians who work in urban and metropolitan areas tend to make more than electricians in suburban and rural areas, and experience counts---electricians who have mastered the trade and have a specialty can make more than generalists or electricians who are new to the trade.
List of Arizona Electrical Schools and Development Programs
We've compiled a full list of all your training options, including union and non-union apprenticeships, and all the electrician schools in Arizona. Take a look, and see if any are near you.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
2626 East Pecos Road
Chandler, AZ 85225
4190 West Highway 80
Douglas, AZ 85607
Coconino Community College
2800 South Lone Tree Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
Northland Pioneer College
2251 East Navajo Boulevard
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Mohave Community College
Lake Havasu City Campus
1977 Acoma Boulevard West
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
East Valley Institute of Tech (EVIT)
1601 West Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Mesa Community College
Southern and Dobson Campus
1833 West Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
Electrician Schools in Phoenix, AZ
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ USA 85034
The Refrigeration School
4210 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
South Mountain Community College
7050 South 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85042
1100 East Sheldon Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Tohono O’Odham Community College
Sells, AZ 85634
Rio Salado College
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Electrician Schools in Tucson, AZ
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709
5151 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85711
Arizona Western College
2020 South Avenue 8 East
Yuma, AZ 85365
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Arizona
JATC (Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee) at Globe-Miami
Globe, AZ 85502
JATC of Phoenix
1520 East Indianola Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014
JATC of Tucson
1949 West Gardner Lane
Tucson, AZ 85708
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Arizona (Non-Union)
IECA of Arizona
5024 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85283
IEC Southern Arizona
660 South Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716