Electrician Schools and Training in Connecticut
Welcome, Connecticut, to the Electrician Careers Guide! There is a lot of confusing and misleading information about what it takes to get started in the profession, so we're here to give you clear and concise instructions on what it takes to embark on a career as an electrician.
On this page, we'll list everything you need to know to get started as an electrician in Connecticut, and if you have any questions, jump down to the "Comments" section and leave a note. We'll help in any way we can.
Let's hop to it.
How To Begin Your Career
Most Connecticut electricians begin their careers in one of two ways. They either get an apprenticeship, or go to one of electrician schools in Connecticut.
Let's take a look at each option, and figure out what makes sense for you.
Apprenticeship. An apprentice program is designed to teach you everything you need to know, WHILE you work. Apprentices make a salary, go to classes at night, and get direction at each worksite on how to do things. Programs are usually pretty lengthy--it takes two to five years to complete most programs--but upon completion, apprentices are fully trained and can take almost any work opportunity presented to them (depending upon the license they have).
Electrician School. Many electricians start their careers by enrolling in a training program. It's a great option that will provide you with the skills you need to be an attractive candidate in the local job market, AND you'll "hit the ground" running---you'll be able to find work and jumpstart your career.
It is sometimes difficult to get accepted into an apprenticeship program, and some people choose instead to sign up for a training program. There are a few reasons why that may be a good idea:
1. There can be a long waiting list. If you want to begin an electrician career, you may want to get started as soon as possible.
2. Very often, the people on the waiting list are often candidates who have gone to an electrician training program, and are more likely to get an apprenticeship because they have experience and have made a commitment to the trade. It costs a lot to train apprentices, and program officials want to be certain that someone isn't going to quit when the going gets tough.
3. Schooling can be a great way to prepare for an apprenticeship. Rather than starting at "square one," you have some skills and can navigate through the apprenticeship more easily.
So what's the right course of action for you? Gather all the information you can. Reach out to apprentice programs (we have a list of programs below), and contact all the schools in your area (also below). If you can find an apprenticeship, that would be your first bet. If you can't find one, school is an excellent option.
Connecticut Electrician Licenses
As an electrician, you'll want to acquire a license. Electricians will licenses earn a higher salary, are allowed to do varied types of jobs, and are more valuable to employers.
In Connecticut, there are ten different types of licenses an electrician can get:
- Unlimited Electrical Contractor (E-1): allows the contractor to take on a wide range of electrical jobs;
- Unlimited Electrical Journeyperson (E-2): allows the electrician to work for an Unlimited Electrical Contractor, and take on a wide range of jobs;
- Electrical Lines Contractor (L-1): allows the contractor to do high-voltage work on electrical lines;
- Electrical Lines Journeyperson (L-2): allows the electrician to do high-voltage work under the employ of an Electrical Line Contractor;
- Limited Electrical Contractor (C-5): allows the contractor to do low-voltage alarm, audio, and telephone work;
- Limited Electrical Journeyperson (C-6): allows the electrician to work for a Limited Electrical Contractor and do low-voltage alarm, audio, and telephone work;
- Limited Electrical Contractor (L-5): allows the contractor to do low-voltage alarm and audio work, but NO telephone work;
- Limited Electrical Journeyperson (L-6): allows the electrician to work for a Limited Electrical Contractor and do low-voltage work on alarms and audio, but no telephone work;
- Limited Electrical Contractor (T-1): Allows the contractor to do telephone-interconnect systems only; and
- Limited Electrical Journeyperson (T-2): Allows the electrician to work for a Limited Electrical Contractor and do telephone work only.
You can attain each of these licenses through an apprenticeship or supervised on-the-job experience.
How Much Do Connecticut Electricians Make?
Laborers in Connecticut make a very rewarding salary. We've taken info collected by the federal government's department of statistics and created a spreadsheet of how much different tradespeople make in Connecticut:
|Connecticut||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in CT||$26.47||$55,060|
According to the measurements, of the vocations sampled, plumbers earn the highest salary, and make $59,780 a year; electricians are in the #2 spot, making about $3,000 less, at $56,580 per year.
Here are some interesting to take into account:
1. Connecticut is like most states in the country, wherein plumbers and licensed electricians have the highest incomes, followed by HVAC, carpenters, and construction workers;
2. Electricians make $1,520 more than the average person in Connecticut who has a job; and
3. Both plumbers and electricians make a salary that is higher than all other occupations in Connecticut, whereas HVAC professionals, carpenters, and construction workers earn less than that amount. That means that the average electrician makes more than the average Connecticut worker.
Remember, the figures above are averages, so you may make more (or less!) should you become an electrician.
Connecticut Electrician Training Programs
Here is a list of all the electrician schools and electrical training programs in Connecticut. If you know of a school we missed, please jump over to our "Contact Us" page and we'll add it.
Porter and Chester Institute of Branford
221 West Main Street
Branford, CT 06405
Bullard Havens Technical School (Adult / Evening Classes)
500 Palisade Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Bristol Technical Education Center (Adult / Evening Classes)
431 Minor Street
Bristol, CT 06010
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute — Danbury Campus
44 Shelter Rock Road
Danbury, CT 06810
Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street
Enfield, CT 06082
Porter and Chester Institute of Enfield
132 Weymouth Road
Enfield, CT 06082
Eli Whitney Technical School (Adult / Evening Classes)
100 Fairview Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
A.I. Prince Technical School (Adult / Evening Classes)
401 Flatbush Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Gateway Community College
20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute — New London Campus
470 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
Porter and Chester Institute of Rocky Hill
30 Waterchase Drive
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
233 Mill Street
Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Porter & Chester Inst. of Watertown
320 Sylvan Lake
Watertown, CT 06779
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Connecticut
JATC of Hartford
208 Murphy Road
Hartford, CT 06114
Local 488 JATC
721 Main Street
Monroe, CT 06468
Local 90 JATC
2 North Plains Industrial Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Connecticut (Non-Union)
IEC of New England
1800 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067