Electrician Schools and Training in Hawaii
Starting a new career in the trades can be difficult. You need to know about licenses, training opportunities, and whether your chosen career will actually provide a salary that supports you.
And, not only is it difficult to gather all the information you need, but there is a LOT of mis-information out there about what it takes to break into a profession.
So, to help you out, we've compiled a list of everything you need to know to begin an electrician career: data on salaries, the licensure process, and an index of all the electrician schools in Hawaii. And, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below, and we'll reply.
First Things First
Most people want to know the steps they need to take in order to begin a career as an electrician. There are a couple of different ways to get started as an electrician, but here are the most popular:
1. Attend An Electrician School or Community College. Many electricians in Hawaii get their start by graduating from a training course at a local tech school or community college. Schools provide a guided course of study, where you will learn all the skills that employers need from an electrician. We've included a list of electrical schools in Hawaii that you can choose from.
2. Find An Apprentice Program. Apprentice programs are usually two to four years long, and teach you absolutely everything you need to know in order to get an electrician license. They're a "hands on" method of learning, where you go to worksites, learn from experienced electricians, and get paid just like a regular employee would.
Note: It may be difficult to get an apprenticeship without any training, so attending an electrician school or training program may increase your odds of getting a spot. Contact your local apprenticeship programs and electrician schools to find out your options.
Licensing in Hawaii
Once you get a job or an apprenticeship, your intention should be to receive a license from the state of Hawaii.
Here's why: electricians who earn licenses are paid more, get more job offers, and allowed to work in a wide range of environments (ie, they're not stuck doing residential work, and can branch into commercial, industrial, and so on).
To get a license, you'll need to complete a specified number of on-the-job work hours, or complete a specific number of apprenticeship work hours.
Whatever route you choose, make sure that the hours you're working count towards a license. You can talk with your employer or apprenticeship lead, and check with the Hawaii State Board of Electricians and Plumbers.
What You Can Expect To Earn
If you live in Hawaii and you want to enter the electrician trade, we've got some good news for you: licensed electricians in Hawaii make a fantastic living, and earn an average of $66,880 per year.
We consulted with the government's fact-collecting agency (called the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and gathered the following information about income and trade jobs in Hawaii:
|Hawaii||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in HI||$22.23||$46,230|
If you're interested in becoming an electrician, the good news is that you will be amply paid. Electricians, on average, earn $1,750 more than plumbers, $11,570 more than heating/ventilation/air conditioning professionals, and $13,750 more than construction workers. That is a considerable difference.
Perhaps the best news, however, is that the Hawaiian electrician salary is so much higher than the average Hawaiian income. The average person in Hawaii earns $46,230 per year; the average electrician earns $18,130 more than that (or, as a percentage, 39.22% more).
Should you decide to make "electrician" your career title, you can expect to make a great living.
Electrical Education Opportunities in Hawaii
Here's a list of five electrical schools you can attend, followed by a training program offered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
200 West Kawili
Hilo, HI 96720
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Career and Technical Education Center
Lunalilo Freeway Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)
96-045 Ala ‘Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Hawaii
Hawaii Electricians JATC
1935 Hau Street
Honolulu, HI 96819