Electrician Schools and Training in Iowa

Thanks for visiting our site! We've gathered all the facts about becoming an electrician in Iowa, and organized them below. You'll learn about the process of becoming an electrician, salary and wages, electrician schools, and other training opportunities. 

If you want to make a great living keeping our country great, you're in the right place. Let's get to it.

Electrician Schools in Iowa

First Steps​

Many people want to jump right in to an electrician job, but they're not sure where to start. Basically, people enter the electrician trade through one of two ways: they go through a training program at a community college or tech school, or they become an electrician's apprentice.

Every state has community colleges and technical schools that offer courses on how to become an electrician. The courses will teach you everything you need to know to be an electrician: how to create, install, and maintain electrical systems in a building; how to inspect buildings to make sure they meet the requirements set forth in the National Electrical Code (NEC); and how to work with the wide array of tools and measuring devices that electricians use. When you graduate from one of the electrician schools in Iowa or an electrical program at a community college, you'll be fully prepared to get an entry-level job as an electrician.​

There are also apprentice programs that will also teach you all the job skills you need to become a successful electrician. An apprenticeship is a program where you learn your skills on the job. You'll go to different jobsites with licensed electricians, and they'll "show you the ropes." The best thing about the program is that you'll actually get paid for the work you do, and every year you work you'll get a raise. After a certain number of work hours (usually around 4,000 hours, completed over the course of four years) and a few required classes, you'll be able to become a licensed electrician.​

Iowa Electrician Licenses​

We mentioned licenses in the last section. Iowa offers many different types of licenses to electricians, including:​

  • Journeyman Electrician "A" class;
  • Journeyman Electrician "B" class;
  • Master Electrician "A" class;
  • Master Electrician "B" class;
  • Electrical Contractor;
  • Residential Contractor;
  • Residential Electrician;
  • Residential Master Electrician; and
  • Special Electrician;

Iowa also offers three specialty electrician licenses:

  • Sign Installer License;
  • Irrigation System Wiring License; and
  • Disconnect / Reconnect of Existing Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems.

Each license allows the electrician to do different tasks, so somewhere during the beginning of your career, you'll want to think about the license you'll want to get.

An Important Note about Licenses: In order to get an electrician license in Iowa, you may need to complete an apprenticeship. We've included a list of apprentice programs below, as well as schools. We urge you to contact each of the programs and schools, so you get an idea of your options. It can be difficult to get into a program, as there is often a waiting list, so it may be useful to attend a training period to get some experience first.​

Income and Salary Estimates​

So, now you know how to get started as an electrician in Iowa. The next question you're probably asking is, "Is it worth it?" How much do licensed electricians in Iowa make?

According to the latest information released by the federal government, electricians in Iowa earn an average of $51,520 per year. Here's how that compares to a couple of the other "popular" trades in the state:​

Iowa Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Electricians $24.77 $51,520
HVAC $23.32 $48,510
Plumbers $22.62 $47,050
Carpenters $19.32 $40,180
Construction Laborers $15.75 $32,770
All Occupations in IA $19.77 $41,120

As you'll notice, licensed electricians are at the top of the heap, and earn...

...$3,010 more than HVAC workers;

...$4,470 more than plumbers;

...$11,340 more than carpenters; and

...and astounding $18,750 more than construction workers.

Nice to know that if you start a career as an electrician, you'll be rewarded for your efforts!

The best aspect of the data above, however, is the relationship between an electrician's income and the "All Occupations in Iowa" statistic. The average person with a job in Iowa makes $41,120 per year, while the average electrician with a job earns $10,400 more than that. Nice!

Iowa Electrician Training Programs​

​Below, we've listed all of the electrician schools in Iowa, and after that, we've listed all the apprenticeship options you can apply for.

It may take a little work, but reach out to them and find out what opportunities are available to you. We wish all the best of luck!

Electrical Schools in Iowa

Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(319) 398-5411

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(800) 432-5852

Iowa Lakes Community College — Estherville Campus
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA 51334
(712) 362-2604
(800) 242-5106

Iowa Central Community College — Main Campus
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA
800-362-2793

Marshalltown Community College
3700 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 752-7106
(866) 622-4748
mccinfo@iavalley.edu

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) — Newton Campus
600 North 2nd Avenue West
Newton, IA 50208
(641) 791-3622
(800) 362-2127

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5111
(800) 726-2585

Northwest Iowa Community College
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, IA 51201
(712) 324-5061

WIT — Western Iowa Tech Community College
4647 Stone Ave
PO Box 5199
Sioux City, IA
(800) 352-4649

Southeastern Community College
1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, IA 52655
(866) 722-4692
http://www.scciowa.edu/

Union Apprenticeship Programs in Iowa

JATC of Southwest Iowa
1205 North Central Avenue
Burlington, IA 52601
(319) 753-1165

JATC of Cedar Rapids Electrical
2300 Johnson Avenue Northwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
(319) 654-9238

JATC of Des Moines
1948 Northwest 92nd Court
Clive, IA 50325
(515) 224-4349

JATC of Dubuque
680 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

JATC of Missouri Valley
1707 North 14th Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-5062

JATC of Waterloo
3395 Newcastle Road
Marion, IA 52302

JATC of Sioux City
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51102
(712) 274-8733

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