Electrician Schools and Training in Kansas
Welcome, future electricians of Kansas! Thanks for visiting. On this page, we'll outline everything you need to know to start a career in The Sunflower State. If you've got questions, we've got answers.
The Process Of Becoming An Electrician In Kansas
Most electricians in Kansas get their start in one of two ways: they either go to one of the electrician schools in Kansas, or they get an electrical apprenticeship. We'll give a description of each option, and then see if we can sort out the path you should take.
Electrician Schools and Tech Schools. There are plenty of community colleges and technical schools in Kansas, and many offer excellent training at a fair price. In an electrician training program, you'll learn the basics of the profession, including:
- How to work from blueprints, and how to create them;
- How to bend conduit and create an infrastructure for wiring;
- How to operate measurement tools--and what the different measurements mean; and
- How to use the National Electrical Code to determine whether a building or residence has been wired in a safe way.
Apprenticeships. Many electricians---both union and non-union---get their start in this type of program. As an apprentice, you'll be paired with licensed electricians who knows the business inside and out, and he or she will teach you on each jobsite you visit. Not only that, but you'll earn a paycheck for every hour you’re on the job.
The program usually takes a while to complete---most take two to four years (or more)---but it's a tried-and-true method of becoming an electrician, and when you're done, you'll be ready to take your licensing exams.
Which Training Option Should I Choose?
In 21st Century America, school is expensive. Even some community colleges will put you back a few grand. If you can find an apprenticeship that will accept you, you should most definitely take it.
However, be aware that apprenticeships can sometimes be difficult to attain. There are a limited number of spots available, and very often, those go to people who have already been to an electrician school and have some experience in the "real world." Plus, there is an entrance exam for electrician apprenticeships that may contain a lot of questions about electrical theory, so you'll need to be prepared.
So, what should you do? Find out all of your options. We've included a list of schools and training programs below. Contact each of them, and figure out the choices you have. Once you know what your options are, you'll be able to make an informed decision.
Licenses Are Given At The Municipal Level
Most states offer state-recognized licenses that electricians can receive, with the most common being "journeyman electrician" and "master electrician." Kansas, however, does not issue licenses at the state level, and instead lets cities and/or counties issue licenses. You'll need to check with your school or training program about the licenses available in your area.
How Much Do Kansas Electricians Make?
So what does the average electrician in Kansas pull in every year? We've checked with the Bureau of Labor Statistics for an answer, and to see how the Kansas electrician salary compares to some other trades in the state:
|Kansas||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in KS||$20.20||$42,020|
The statistics show that licensed plumbers and licensed electricians are among the highest-earning trades workers in Kansas, earning $51,540 and $50,320 per year, respectively. HVAC workers (heating, venting, and air conditioning professionals) earned a couple thousand less, and made just over $46k per year.
The data above is interesting, because it shows the difference in income among the skilled trades. Plumbers and electricians are extensively trained, and make far more than the other trades. At the lower end of the spectrum, construction workers---a very tough gig, but one that doesn't require as much training---pays a lot less ($17,740 less, in fact!).
But perhaps the best aspect of the graph above is that the electrician salary is so much higher than the average Kansas income. The data point titled "All Occupations in KS" refers to the average income of every Kansas resident who has a job. In other words, the average Kansas income is $42,020. The average electrician income is $8,300 higher than that.
Remember, the figures represented in the chart are averages, so if you start a career as an electrician, you may earn more and you may earn less.
Schools and Training in Kansas
Here's a full list of the electrician schools in the state (as well as community colleges that offer electrical programs), followed up by all of electrical apprentice opportunities.
North Central Kansas Tech (NCK Tech) — Beloit Campus
3033 US Highway 24
Beloit, KS 67420
400 West 11th Street
Dodge City Community College and Area Technical Center
2501 North 14th Avenue
Dodge City, KS 67801
Northwest Kansas Technical College
1209 Harrison Avenue
Goodland, KS 67735
North Central Kansas Tech (NCK Tech) — Hays Campus
2205 Wheatland Avenue
Hays, Kansas 67601
Hutchinson Community College
1300 North Plum
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Labette Community College
200 South 14th Street
Parsons, KS 67357
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway Street
Pratt Community College
348 Northeast SR 61
Pratt, KS 67124
(800) 794-3091 (KS Only)
Salina Area Technical College
2562 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401
Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 Southwest Huntoon
Topeka, KS 66604
Vatterott Educational Centers
8853 East 37th Street North
Wichita, KS 67226
Wichita Area Tech
4004 North Webb Road
Wichita, KS 67226
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Kansas
JATC of Hutchinson Electrical
427 North Main Street
Hutchinson, KS 67501
JATC of Topeka Electrical
1620 Northwest Gage
Topeka, KS 66618
JATC of Wichita
810 West 13th Street North
Wichita, KS 67203
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Kansas (Non-Union)
IEC of Kansas City
8820 Northeast 108th Street
Kansas City, MO 64157
Wichita Chapter IEC
914 East Gilbert
Wichita, KS 67211