Electrician Schools and Training in Florida
Welcome, Florida! You're on www.ElectricianCareersGuide.com, the site that helps men and women across the country become high-paid and success electricians. You may be confused at what it takes to begin a career as an electrician in Florida, and we're here to help you out. We've got an easy-to-follow guide on how to get started, data on the salary you can expect to earn, and a full list of electrician schools in Florida and training options in your area. If your desire is to learn all you need to know about becoming an electrician, you're in the right place.
How To Become An Electrician In Florida
There are a couple of different ways that people start their careers. We'll take a look at the two most popular ways that people become electricians, and figure out if we can find the best option for you.
Florida Electrical Schools.
There are plenty of community colleges and technical schools in Florida that offer training to future electricians. They provide a safe environment where students can build their skills and learn how to work in the electrical trade. As you would imagine, a safe environment is important when you're working with electricity.
A good training program will teach students how to:
- Work from blueprints, and draft blueprints that other tradespeople and construction professionals can read and work from;
- Install electrical wiring in different types of structures, including residential structures (like houses and apartment complexes), commercial structures (such as office buildings and restaurants), and industrial structures (like factories, power plans, and hospitals);
- Inspects the work that other electricians have done, and make sure that it has been safely installed and meets local electrical codes;
- Test different electrical systems and make sure that electricity flows properly, and measure the amount of electricity using tools like voltmeters and ohmmeters;
- Earn the appropriate licenses that electricians in Florida need to practice; and
- Work with other trades professionals in the field.
While there are many other concepts and techniques that you'll learn in school, that gives you an idea of what you can expect.
After attaining a degree, diploma, or certificate, you'll be able to enter the local workforce, find an entry-level job as an electrician helper or electrician assistant, and begin building the professional contacts that will propel your career forward.
Many electricians enter the field through an apprentice program. The idea behind the program is very simple: an apprentice works side-by-side a professional electrician, and learns the trade on-the-job. He or she is given small tasks at first, and as he learns the trade, graduates to bigger tasks that require more skills.
The apprentice "style" of learning has been around for centuries, and it works really well. The program usually lasts between two and five years, so by the time an someone goes through the entire program, he is fully capable of being hired for any job that comes his way.
The best part about the program is that apprentices are paid for every hour they work, and get regular pay increases once a year.
Which Option Should You Choose?
For most people, there are a couple of variables that determine what professional route they take. They are:
1. The waiting list for apprentice programs. Apprenticeships can be an incredible opportunity, and most people are thrilled at the idea of "earning while learning." However, the waiting list can be very, very long, and it's not uncommon for the waiting period to be several months to several years.
2. The cost of electrician school. In the United States, schooling ain't cheap. Community colleges are a good value, but they don't always offer a "top tier" education; technical schools are specifically devoted to training electricians and may help them find jobs upon graduation, but some of the schools can be very expensive.
So what do you do? You find out your options and you weigh them. Contact each of the electrician schools on the list below, and reach out to all the apprenticeship programs. Get a feel for how much schools cost, and how long the waiting period is for apprenticeships. Keep a list of your options and observations, and after a while of thinking it over, make a choice and commit to it. Whatever gets in the door is how you'll get started, and there's no "right" answer!
Florida Electrician Salary
According to the latest statistics released by the federal government, licensed Florida electricians are among the highest-paid trades workers in the state:
|Florida||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in FL||$20.11||$41,820|
As the chart shows, electricians make more per year (on average) than heating/ventilation/air conditioning workers, plumbers, carpenters, AND construction laborers. In fact, electricians earn $14,360 per year more than construction laborers.
Another notable fact: electricians in Florida earn just above the state average of $41,820, whereas many of the other trades earn less than that figure.
Finally, please keep in mind that the figures above represent averages. There are some Florida electricians who are making more than $41,970 per year, and some who are earning less than $41,970. The income you make as an electrician will be affected by many, many factors, including the area you work in (you'll make more in an urban environment than a rural one), the hours you choose to work, the licenses you choose to seek (some areas of electrician work, such as lineman work, pay better than others), and your work experience and time on the job.
Index of Electrical Training Programs and Schools
Here's a full list of all the electrician schools in Florida, followed by each union and non-union (aka, "merit shop") apprenticeship program you can contact.
Gather all the info you can, and you'll have taken the first step to a long and prosperous career.
Southern Technical College
298 Havendale Boulevard
Auburndale, FL 33823
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
Southern Technical College
608 East Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511
Florida Panhandle Technical College
757 Hoyt Avenue
Lake Sumter State College — South Lake Campus
1250 North Hancock Road
Clermont, FL 34711
Atlantic Technical College
Coconut Creek, FL
Daytona State College
1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Atlantic Technical College — Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus
1701 Northwest 23rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Electrician Schools in Jacksonville, FL
Florida State College
The Advanced Technology Center
401 West State
Lake Sumter State College — Leesburg Campus
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
Electrician Schools in Miami, FL
Miami Dade College
300 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Suncoast Technical College — North Port
6400 West Price Boulevard
North Port, FL 34291
Everest University — Orange Park
805 Wells Road
Orange Park, FL 32073
Southern Technical College
1485 Florida Mall Avenue
Orlando, FL 32809
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
George Stone Career Center
2400 Longleaf Street
Suncoast Technical College — Newtown
2706 North Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234
Lake Sumter State College — Sumter Campus
1405 County Road 526A
Sumterville, FL 33585
Electrician Schools in Tallahassee, FL
Lively Tech School
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
3319 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
Suncoast Technical College — Venice
409 Bahama Street
Venice, FL 34285
Florida State College
The Nassau Center
76346 William Burgess Boulevard
Yulee, FL 32097
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Florida
JATC* of Florida East Coast
201 Southeast 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
* = Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
JATC of Gainesville
2420 Northeast 17th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32627
JATC of Jacksonville
4951 Richard Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207
JATC of Miami
1657 Northwest 17th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125
JATC of the Gulf Coast
7830 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32534
Tampa Area JATC
5625 Harney Road
Tampa, FL 33610
JATC of Central Florida
2738 North Forsyth Road
Winter Park, FL 32792
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Florida (Non-Union)
IEC Florida West Coast
4400 140th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33762