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.

Electrical Schools in Hawaii

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
Carpenters $32.15 $66,880
Electricians $30.94 $64,360
Plumbers $30.10 $62,610
HVAC $25.38 $52,790
Construction Laborers $24.33 $50,610
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). ​

Hawaii Community
200 West Kawili
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 934-2500

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Career and Technical Education Center
Lunalilo Freeway Lower Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-7461

Honolulu Community
874 Dillingham
Honolulu, HI
email address: honcc@hawaii.edu

Kauai Community
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-8225

Leeward Community
Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD)
96-045 Ala ‘Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 455-0477

Union Apprenticeship Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii Electricians JATC
1935 Hau Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 847-0629

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