Electrician Schools and Training in Arkansas
If you're a resident of Arkansas and you'd like to learn how to become a high-paid electrician, you're in the right spot. Below we list the steps you can take to get your career started, the income figures you can expect to make, and a list of electrician schools and training facilities near you. You ready to get started? Good.
How Do I Become An Arkansas Electrician?
In Arkansas, you've got a couple of different options. Here's how it plays out:
1. You can become a student at an electrician school or community college. As a student, you'll learn how to bend conduit, use tools that measure electricity, and install and maintain wiring, and you'll be able to find work with a local contractor or construction company as an electrician helper or assistant. We'll included a list of all the electrician schools in Arkansas below, so take a look if any are located near you.
2. You can find an apprentice program. An apprenticeship is a work program where you go to a worksite every day and learn your professional skills on the job site. You get a paycheck, take some classes, and learn from electricians who have been in the field for many years. There are union apprenticeships and apprenticeships that aren't associated with a union, so you'll have options about where you want your career to take you.
Your ultimate goal is to become a licensed electrician. Arkansas offers the following licenses to people in the electrical field:
- Air conditioning electrician
- Electrical apprentice
- Electrical contractor
- Industrial maintenance electrician
- Journeyman electrician
- Master electrician
- Residential journeyman electrician
- Residential master electrician
- Specialist sign electrician
To get a journeyman license, you'll need to work about 4,000 hours in an apprenticeship (about four years of work), or you'll need to work about 8,000 hours (roughly eight years) if you don't get an apprenticeship.
Many people need some schooling before they're ready to apply for an apprenticeship, but some people get lucky and are able to attain one without any training.
What Can I Expect To Earn?
If you decide to make your living as an electrician, what kind of a salary can you expect to make?
The federal government has released the following earnings estimates about specific trades workers and licensed electricians in Arkansas:
|Arkansas||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in AR||$18.24||$37,940|
Electricians are at the top of the heap when it comes to trade work in Arkansas. They earn, on average,
- $4,980 more per year than plumbers;
- $7,320 more per year than HVAC workers;
- $9,240 more per year than carpenters; and
- $18,640 more per year than construction workers.
That last data point is significant. Taking the time to enter a trade where you need to be extensively trained can pay off!
There's one other statistic that's important, though, and it's the "All Occupations" statistic, that measures the average income of an Alabaman with a job. Electricians in Alabama make 13.73% more (or $5,210 per year) than average Alabama resident. Not too bad!
Electrical Schools and Training
As we mentioned earlier, here's the list of electrician schools in the state, as well as the apprenticeships you can apply for.
Arkansas State University at Beebe
1000 Iowa Street
Beebe, AR 72012
Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, Arkansas 72315
Cossatot Community College
183 College Drive
De Queen, AR 71832
East Arkansas Community College
1700 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
College of the Ouachitas
One College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
1537 University Boulevard
Morrilton, AR 72110
Pulaski Tech — Main Campus
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Black River Tech
1410 Highway 304 East
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Northwest Technical Institute
709 South Old Missouri Road
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Arkansas
(JATC = Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee)
JATC of El Dorado
101 West Main Street
El Dorado, AR 71780
JATC of Fort Smith
2914 Midland Boulevard
Fort Smith, AR 72904
JATC of Jonesboro
Jonesboro, AR 72403
JATC of Little Rock
7418 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72209
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Arkansas (Non-Union)
IEC Mid-South Chapter
2814 Stage Center Drive
Memphis, TN 38134