Electrician Schools and Training in Kentucky
Did you know that the need for electricians is supposed to increase by 20% over the next ten years---whereas the projected increase for all occupations combined is only 11%?
If you're considering a career as an electrician, that's great news, because it means that your chances of finding work are very high.
Below, we'll detail everything you'll need to do to find your place as an electrician in Kentucky. We'll give some career advice, tell you what you can expect to earn, and share some locations where you can receive training.
You ready to get started? Good.
Kentucky electricians enter the professional work force in one of two ways: through an electrician school, or through an apprenticeship. Let's take a look at each avenue, and discuss the pros and cons involved.
An electrician school will provide you with both "hands on" learning experiences, as well exposure to electrical theory. You'll need learn how to:
- design and install electrical systems and components
- create and work from blueprints
- inspect existing electrical systems, and determine whether they were safely installed
- use measurement tools to determine the flow of electricity through a system
and a LOT more. The best part about school is that you'll be able to get a job as electrician assistant or electrician's helper when you graduate, and navigate your career from there.
In an apprentice program, you'll learn all the skills you need while you're on the job. You'll be assigned as an assistant to one or more licensed electricians who will "show you the ropes," give you jobs to do, and increase your responsibilities as you develop skills. The best part about the program is that you'll actually be paid for the work you do.
Electrician Licenses in Kentucky
Like most states, Kentucky requires electricians to earn licenses to take higher-paying work and jobs of varied types.
Kentucky offers three different types of licenses: a contractor electrician license, a master electrician license, and an electrician license (often called a "journeyman license").
The electrician license will be the first license that you'll earn. To earn it, you'll need to have six years of experience, and complete a certain number of classroom hours.
Comparing Training Options
So, what's the better option? Let's get into the details.
Apprentice is really the better deal. It costs a lot less, and at the end, you'll have the experience you need to get a license. The only problem is, it can be difficult to get accepted into a program. There are often waiting lists, and even when a spot opens up, there are many rounds of interviews, and an entrance exam that requires a solid understanding of electrical theory and algebra. For some people, going to an electrician school is a great way to get ready for an apprenticeship.
So, if you can find and get accepted to an electrical apprentice program, you should definitely do so. If you have difficulty, or if the waiting period is extremely long, school might be an option you should look into.
As for what you can do right now, we always suggest learning about all your options. Contact all of the training programs on the list below, and find out what opportunities are open to you.
Average Income For Kentucky Electricians
When most people research a potential career, the first thing they want to know is about the salary. How much can you make as a licensed electrician in Kentucky?
Here's some good news: you can make a pretty darn good living. We checked on the government's jobs and salaries website and gathered the following information about Kentucky electrician salaries, and how that salary compares to other trades workers in the state:
|Kentucky||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in KY||$19.25||$40,040|
$49,070 is a pretty decent income! That's:
...$1,520 more than plumbers make;
...$8,540 more than heating/venting/air conditioning (HVAC) workers make;
...$11,450 more than carpenters make; and
...$13,770 more than construction workers make.
However, the most important metric is "Electricians vs. All Occupations in KY," which measures how much the average electrician makes versus the average Kentucky salary. Electricians make $49,070 per year, while the average resident makes $40,040 per year, meaning that the average electrician makes $7,030 more per year than the average Kentucky resident with a job. That's a very promising statistic!
Electrician Training Programs in Kentucky
All of the community colleges in Kentucky are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (described here). The KCTCS has more than 16 different colleges (with 70+ campuses), so chances are there's a location close to you.
For information about the system of schools, you can contact:
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
300 North Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383
(877) 528-2748 (Kentucky only)
Full List of Electrician Schools in Kentucky
Ashland Community and Technical College
1400 College Drive
Ashland, KY 41101
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
1845 Loope Dr.
Bowling Green, KY
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
700 College Road
Cumberland, KY 40823
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
600 Old College Street
500 Technology Way
Florence, KY 41042
Hazard Community and Technical College
Hopkinsville Community College
720 North Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-2100
470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40506
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 East Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Madisonville Community College
2000 College Drive
Owensboro Community and Technical College
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Paducah, KY 42001
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002-7380
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
1 Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Somerset Community College
808 Monticello Street
Somerset, KY 42501
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Kentucky
JATC of Louisville Electrical
4315 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213
JATC of Owensboro
2911 West Parrish Avenue
Owensboro, KY 42301
JATC of Paducah
2110 Shade Tree Drive
Paducah, KY 42002
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Kentucky (Non-Union)
IEC of the Bluegrass
493 Blue Sky Parkway
Lexington, KY 40509
IEC Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter
1810 Plantside Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
IEC of Greater Cincinnati
586 Kings Run Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45232
Southern Indiana Chapter
4300 Highway 68
Poseyville, IN 47633