Electrician Schools and Training in Delaware
Do you think you have what it takes to become a successful electrician? If you're good with your hands, enjoy working in varied work atmospheres, and want to do work that helps people all over Delaware, you're a good fit to become an electrician.
We've gathered all the data you'll need to jump into an electrician career, including the licensure process, the income you can expect to make, and the electrician schools and training programs near you.
How To Get Started
You've got two main options when it comes to start a career as an electrician. You can:
1. Enroll in an electrician school. Tech schools provide a fantastic education, and get you ready for everything you'll do on a jobsite. You'll learn how to wire buildings, make sure your work is "up to code," and maintain electrical systems that have been installed by others. You'll be able to develop your skills in a safe environment, and when you earn your degree or diploma or certificate, you'll be able to join the local job force as an electrician's helper or electrician's assistant, and begin building your career.
2. Skip school and get an apprenticeship, either through a union or non-union organization. Apprenticeships are low-cost training programs, and require both on-the-job training and classroom hours, and they prepare you for the state licensing exam. Apprenticeships are a fantastic means of training, and many electricians have been apprentices.
You may be wondering: why would a person go to school, when he or she could just get an apprenticeship instead?
There are a bunch of reasons, but the reason why many people go to school is that most apprenticeships go to people who have some experience. Apprentice programs are more likely to select candidates who have made a commitment to the profession, and having a diploma/certificate can be the reason why one person gets an apprenticeship, and another person has not.
So what's the best course of action? Gather all the information you can, and see what you can drum up. Check to see if there are open apprenticeships, and call each of the schools to see what classes they offer.
Note: There's one other option we should mention: you can look on Craigslist.org or Indeed.com and become an unskilled electrician helper. They're the "unskilled labor" at an electrician's worksite, and they do the menial tasks the electrician doesn't want to do (such as preparing the worksite in the morning, lifting and moving heavy equipment, and so on). It's nobody's dream job, but it's a great way to learn a little bit about the trade.
Delaware Electrician Licenses
As an electrician, one of your career goals should be to earn an electrician's license. There are a few different reasons why that should be your aim: licensed electricians earn more than electricians who don't have a license, they're allowed to take on a wider variety of jobs (ie, residential vs. commercial and industrial), and they tend to find work more quickly.
Delaware allows electricians to get five different types of licenses:
- Master Electrician
- Limited Electrician
- Master Electrician Special
- Limited Electrician Special
- Journeyperson Electrician
A journeyperson electrician would be your first license, and you can get that license by entering an apprenticeship, or going to school and graduating and finding a job.
This is important: you must complete paperwork with the state of Delaware in order to accrue hours towards your license. Unrecorded hours won't count. As you move through your career, make sure that the work you do is properly recorded, so that it'll count towards a license. Contact the Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners for more information.
For most job seekers, the most important statistic about a new job is the salary. If you decide to put in the time and become a licensed electrician, how kind of an income can you expect to make?
We turned to the U.S. government's facts agency for the official incomes of tradespeople in Delaware. Here's what we found:
|Delaware||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in DE||$23.81||$49,520|
Of the Delaware trades we surveyed, plumbers earned the most (at $56,300 per year), followed by electricians (at $52,950 per year).
Some notes about the data above that you'll want to consider:
- Electricians earn about $3,000 more than the average salary in Delaware, which is good to know (and not bad for a professional that technically does not require a college degree!).
- Electricians and HVAC professionals earned a similar living, but both earned much more than carpenters ($45,050) and MUCH more than construction workers ($33,210).
- Plumbers, electricians, HVAC professionals, and carpenters all make more than $20 per hour, whereas construction workers do not.
If you decide to work in Delaware as an electrician, odds are you'll be suitably reimbursed for your efforts.
Delaware Electrician Development
Here's that list of electrician schools in Delaware, as well possible apprenticeship opportunities. Reach out to each and see what you can find! When you know all of your options, you'll have an easier time deciding how to move your career forward.
Delaware Electrical Schools
Delaware Technical Community College
Charles L. Terry Jr. Campus
100 Campus Drive
Dover, Delaware 19904
823 Walnut Shade Road
Dover, DE 19901
Delaware Technical Community College
Jack F. Owens Campus
21179 College Drive
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
Delaware Technical Community College — Stanton Campus
Innovation and Technology Center (ITC)
97 Parkway Circle
New Castle, DE 19720
Delaware Technical Community College — Orlando J. George, Jr. Campus
300 North Orange Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
James H. Groves Adult High School — Marshallton Education Center
1703 School Lane
Wilmington, DE 19808
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Delaware
Local 313 JATC
814 West Basin Road
New Castle, DE 19720
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Delaware (Non-Union)
8751 Freestate Drive
Laurel, MD 20723