Electrician Schools and Training in Illinois
Did you know that there are almost 13 million people in the state of Illinois? Think about that for a second. That's a lot of people.
Now, when you think of the electrical needs of 13 million people, you'll realize that Illinois is a VERY good place to become an electrician!
On the page below, we'll outline everything you need to know to start a satisfying (and profitable!) career as an electrician in Illinois. We'll discuss your training options, give an overview of licensing, and review the salary you can expect to make. After that, we'll list all the electrician schools in Illinois, and the other training programs available to you.
How To Become An Electrician In Illinois
First things first: if you want to become an electrician in the state of Illinois, where do you begin?
Most people enter the trade through an electrician school or an apprenticeship. Both are excellent options, so let's detail the pros and cons of each.
Tech Schools and Community College Programs
Schools provide an excellent place to learn the electrician trade, because they provide a safe environment where you get learn "hands on" skills before you enter the workplace. Students learn how to:
- Plan and design the layout of electrical systems in types different of buildings;
- Draft and work from blueprints;
- Work with high-voltage wiring and cable, and install wiring so that it meets safety codes and regulations;
- Inspect the work that other electricians have done, and ensure that it is safety compliant;
- Maintain wiring that has already been installed, and determine where problem areas may occur;
- Test electrical system using various tools, including oscilloscopes and ohmmeters;
- Work with other trade professionals to construction commercial and residential buildings; and
- Earn various electrician licenses in the different municipal areas of Illinois.
Electrician programs are offered at community colleges throughout the state, and at private technical schools in each county.
Union and Non-Union Training
Other electricians enter the field through various union and non-union training programs, called apprenticeship programs. "Apprentice" may seem like a dated term, but it's still a very popular way of learning the trade.
Here's how it works: an apprentice works side-by-side professional electricians on the jobsite for a period of two to five years, observes the work that the electrician does, and gets one-on-one guidance on how to perform each of the skills and techniques that the electrician performs. He or she given a number of small tasks, and as he or she completes those tasks, is given tasks that require more and more skill. There is some classroom study involved, but most training is done on the jobsite by working electricians.
The particular model of learning is centuries old, and it's an extremely effective way to learn the trade. We have a list of programs below, so be sure to take a look and see if there's one near you.
Which Is The Right Option?
Both are great options. But which one is the right career choice for you?
Here's how it usually plays out:
- Apprenticeships are a fantastic option, and the best part is, they're low-cost, and participants of the program are paid for all the work they do. Not only that, but the work apprentices do may count towards an electrician license. The only problem is that it can be difficult to get accepted into an apprenticeship program. There is an entrance exam, one or more interviews, and a waiting list of a couple months to a couple years. Apprenticeships are a great way to enter the career, but it may take a while to get things moving--which is why...
- Schools can also be a great option. An electrician school or community college program will allow you to start whenever you want to, and upon graduation, you'll be able to enter the workforce and find an entry-level job. Many people attend one of the electrician schools in Illinois, get a job, and then apply for an apprenticeship. That way, that have an income while they wait their turn for a spot to open up.
The best thing to do is figure out all the options you have. Make a list of all the schools in your area and contact them, and make a list of all the apprenticeship opportunities in your area and reach out to them, as well. When you have a list of all your options, you'll be able to select the option that makes the most sense for you.
A Note About Licensing
Illinois is unique among the states in that it does not offer state-wide Journeyman Electrician licenses. Licenses for electricians and electrical contractors are many by the various municipalities in the state.
As you go through your career, you'll eventually want to get an electrician license. That should be one of your main career objectives. Licensed electricians earn more per year, are allowed to accept more challenging (and higher-paying) jobs, and are generally more attractive to employers.
So, you'll need to do a little research about the licenses you can acquire. You don't need to worry about it now, but as you take classes or apply for apprenticeships, ask the professors/apprenticeship organizers about the licenses available to you, and what you need to do to attain them.
Electrician Salary In Illinois
So we've talked about how to become an electrician in Illinois, so now let's talk salary. What kind of living can you expect to make if you work as a licensed electrician?
According to the latest measurements from the federal government, the following tradespeople earned the following salaries:
|Illinois||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in IL||$23.45||$48,780|
Plumbers topped the list, earning more than $70k per year, with electricians right behind, earning just under $70k. Not too shabby!
In fact, the electrician salary in Illinois is the second-highest salary for electricians in the United States. The only state where electricians earn more is Alaska, where they earn $78,800 per year.
Now that we've got the good news, let's take a closer look at the data (for some more good news).
- Tradespeople in Illinois make fantastic livings. In many states, construction workers earn less than $30,000 per year, but in Illinois they are nicely paid, earning an average of $51,630 per year. That's $18,310 less than electricians, but it's still pretty darn good.
- Electricians make a LOT more than the average resident of Illinois. According the figures, the average Illinois citizen makes $48,780 per year, meaning that electricians (on average) make more than $20,000 more per year. That is a significant difference.
- Something we should repeat: these numbers are averages. It is not a given fact that you'll earn just under $70,000 per year; some electricians earn more than the stated figures, and some earn less. Your earning potential is tied to your experience, your area of specialty, and your willingness to take on new jobs.
Electrical Schools & Programs in Illinois
As promised, here is the list of electrician school in the state of Illinois. We've followed it up with union and non-union apprenticeships.
Figure out which electricians schools and training programs are near you, and then do some research to figure out what your opportunities are.
Electrical Schools and Programs
TCD — Tech Center of Dupage
Southwestern Illinois College — Belleville Campus
Belleville, IL 62221
John A. Logan College
700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918
27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801
2400 West Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821
Electrician Schools in Chicago, IL
City Colleges of Chicago
226 West Jackson
Chicago, IL 60606
City Colleges of Chicago — Kennedy-King
6301 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
Oakton Community College — Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Lewis and Clark Community College — National Great Rivers Confluence Campus
East Alton, IL 62024
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, IL
Lewis and Clark Community College — N. O. Nelson Campus
600 Troy Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Frontier Community College
2 Frontier Drive
Fairfield, IL 62837
Lewis and Clark Community College — Benjamin Godfrey Campus
5800 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL 62035
Southeastern Illinois College
3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Rend Lake College
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
Electrician Schools in Joliet, IL
Joliet Junior College
21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150
(815) 825-9106 / 2086
Prairie State College — Matteson Area Center
4821 Southwick Drive
Matteson, IL 60443
5001 Lakeland Boulevard
Lincoln Tech — Melrose Park Campus
8317 West North Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160
Black Hawk College
6600 34th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
Wabash Valley College
2200 College Drive
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Heartland Community College — Technology Division
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
Olney Central College
305 North West Street
Olney, IL 62450
Lincoln Trail College
11220 State Highway 1
Robinson, IL 62454
Electrician Schools in Rockford, IL
Rock Valley College — RVC
3301 North Mumford Road
Oakton Community College — Skokie Campus
7701 North Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Road
Springfield, IL 62794
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
Union Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Programs in Illinois (JATC)
6201 West 115th Street
Local 649 JATC
3941 Humbert Road
JATC of Local Union 461
591 Sullivan Road
JATC of Bloomington and Normal
2407 Beich Avenue
3301 North Boardwalk
Southwestern Illinois JATC
2000 Mall Street
McHenry & North Kane Counties JATC
765 Munshaw Lane
Crystal Lake, IL
3390 North Woodford Street
JATC for Local Union #176
1110 Northeast Frontage
JACT of Lake County
31290 North U.S. Highway #45
Quad City JATC
1700 52nd Ave
707 Northeast Jefferson Avenue
Northern Illinois JATC
619 South Rock
Local 193 JATC
3150 Wide Track Drive
JATC of DuPage County
28600 Bella Vista Parkway
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Illinois (Non-Union)
371 Kairns Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
IEC of Greater St. Louis
12704 Pennridge Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044