Electrician Schools and Training in Indiana
Would you like to become an electrician in Indiana? Below, we'll outline the steps you'll take to start your career, the income you can make, and list each of the training facilities near you.
How To Jumpstart Your Career
When it comes to starting your career, you've got two main choices. You can find an apprenticeship, or enroll in an electrician program at a school. Let's take a look at both options, and see if we can find which one makes sense for you.
Electrician School. You can find classes at local community colleges--they often offer hands-on classes at very affordable rates--and you can also find training programs at technical schools. Tech schools are a little more costly, but they prepare you for all the work you'll be doing on the job. That means you'll learn how to install wiring, check it to make sure it's "up to code," test electrical systems that have already been installed, and so on. We've included a list of all the electrician schools in Indiana below, so you can take a look and see if there's one close to you.
Apprenticeships. In an apprenticeship, you'll be learning "on the job" instead of in the classroom. You'll go to worksites and be coached by licensed electricians, who will show you the ropes. You'll learn everything you would learn in school, but you'll also get a paycheck. The program is a tried-and-true method of learning the work, and many electricians have started their career through it.
If you're like most people, you're wondering, "Why would I go to school, when I can just get an apprenticeship, and get paid while I learn?"
There are a couple reasons. There are a limited number of apprenticeships in any given area, and there's often a waiting list to get started (and that waiting list can be a couple of months, but sometimes it can be a couple of years). Some people enroll in school because they want to start their careers, and don't want to wait around for an apprentice spot to open up.
But there's another reason. Very often, apprentice programs choose people who have gone to school, because it means they've made a commitment to the career, and they already have some experience. In other words--going to school can help your chances of getting an apprenticeship.
So what's the right plan of action for you? If you can find an apprenticeship that'll take you on, you should go for it. If you can't, school is a great way to get started.
The best way forward is to learn about all of your options. Find out about the apprenticeships in your area and see if they have a waiting list, and also check out schools and training programs. Once you know all of the options you have, you'll be able to make an informed decision.
Indiana State Electrician Licenses
Unlike many states, Indiana does not issue state-wide journeyman licenses, and instead leaves licensing up to the municipalities across the state.
That doesn't mean you don't want a license, however! Just the opposite: licenses are important, because they allow electricians to take bigger and higher-paying jobs.
So you'll have to do a little research when it comes to the requirements to get a license in your area. You can contact the Building Safety Commission for more information, and you can also talk with the professors at your electrician school or the organizers of your apprenticeship program.
Average Annual Income
Here's some good news if you live in Indiana: licensed electricians in the Hoosier state make a very decent living.
We checked with the federal government's statistical database, and we found that electricians are among the highest-paid trades workers in the state.
Here's how it shakes out:
|Indiana||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in IN||$19.94||$41,470|
Some interesting things to note:
- Electricians make $560 more per year than plumbers; $13,590 more than HVAC professionals; $16,850 more than carpenters; and a whopping $17,920 more than construction workers;
- Each of the trades sampled earned more than $20 an hour, except for construction workers, who earn $19.51 per hour; and finally
- Electricians make well above the state-wide average for all occupations. In other words, the average person with a job in Indiana makes $41,120 per year, but the average electrician makes $51,520 per year. Not too bad!
List of Indiana Electrical Schools and Development Programs
We've compiled a full list of all the electrician schools in Indiana, as well as all the apprenticeships available in the state. Take a look and see the ones that might be possibilities for you.
Ivy Tech Community College — Operations Campus
50 West Fall Creek Parkway North Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Ivy Tech offers electrician training at the following locations:
- Each Chicago, IL
- Evansville, IL
- Fort Wayne, IL
- Kokomo, IL
- Muncie, IL
- Richmond, IL
4415 Forest Manor Ave.
Electrical Training Institute
1751 South Lawndale Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
1002 North First Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Indiana
JATC of Evansville
1321 Edgar Street
Evansville, IN 47710
JATC of Fort Wayne
138 Chambeau Road
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
The Electrical Training Institute — JATC of Indianapolis
1751 South Lawndale Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
JATC of Kokomo
2739 North 50 East
Kokomo, IN 46901
JATC of Lafayette
2953 South Creasy Lane
Lafayette, IN 47903
JATC of Lake County
7200 Mississippi Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
JATC of Northern Indiana
301 East 8th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
JATC of Muncie
4601 South Meeker Avenue
Muncie, IN 47302
JATC of the South Bend Vicinity
56365 Peppermint Road
South Bend, IN 46619
JATC of Terre Haute
950 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Indiana (Non-Union)
Central Indiana IEC
10640 Deme Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46236
Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter
1810 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
Southern Indiana Chapter
4300 Highway 68
Poseyville, IN 47633
IEC of Greater Cincinnati
586 Kings Run Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45232
371 Kairns Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307