Electrician Schools and Training in Louisiana

Starting a career as an electrician can be tough. There's a lot of information out there, and it can be difficult to put it all together. Do you need to go to an electrician school? What kind of electrical training will help you get a job? And---perhaps most importantly---how much can you expect to earn?

Below, we'll discuss each of these questions, and share what you need to know to get a jumpstart on an electrician career.

Electrician Schools in Louisiana

How You Can Get Started​

Most electricians in Louisiana start their careers through one of the following ways:

1) Apprenticeships. If you're the type of person who "learns by doing," an apprentice program may be the right fit for you. Apprentices go from jobsite to jobsite and learn from licensed electricians who have been in the field. They are required to take some classes to round out their knowledge, but the majority of their training happens in the field and on the job.

2) Electrician Schools / Technical Schools / Community Colleges. Like most states, Louisiana offers a few excellent options for those who want to go to school. Students will learn every aspect of electrical work, including:​

  • How to prepare and work from blueprints;
  • How to wire buildings so that they meet local electrical codes;
  • How to use tools that measure the flow of electricity; and
  • How to maintain an electrical system after it has been built.

Here's one big difference between apprenticeships and schools: the first option is free, and the second option is not. So why would anyone go to a school, instead of an apprenticeship?

There are a couple of reasons: 1) There are usually many applicants to an apprentice program, and you may have to a few months (or even a few years!) before you can begin a program; 2) Many programs select candidates who have some "real world" experience, so it helps if you've been to school and been working jobs for a while; and 3) Many programs have an entrance exam that include questions about electrical theory, and that's the kind of thing you learn in school.​

So, you don't have to go to school, but it can be a very good career decision nonetheless, especially if you're finding it difficult to get enter an apprenticeship program.

For your reference, we've included a full list of electrician schools and other electrical training options in your area in one of the sections below.

Salary Estimates​

If you're like most people considering a new profession, the first thing on your mind will be salary. What kind of an income does a career as a licensed electrician generate?

As you would imagine, the income figures for people in different parts of the country varies greatly. We checked with the federal government's website to see how much electricians (and other trades workers) in Louisiana make every year.​

Louisiana Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Electricians $22.72 $47,260
Plumbers $21.99 $45,730
HVAC $20.55 $42,740
Carpenters $18.05 $37,530
Construction Laborers $14.38 $29,910
All Occupations in LA $19.32 $40,190

Among the professions we sampled, electricians are at the top of earnings chart. They make a salary that is

... $1,530 higher than plumbers;

... $4,510 higher than HVAC workers;

... $9,730 higher than carpenters;

... an amazing $17,350 more than construction workers; and

... $7,070 more than the average Louisiana worker.

That last statistic is perhaps the most relevant to your career search. "All Occupations in LA" is the average salary of everyone who has a job---teachers, police officers, nurses, business owners, bankers, and so on. The average electrician salary is $7,070 higher than the average Louisiana salary.

It's nice to know that if you complete your training and make your living as a fully licensed electrician, you'll be making more than the average Louisiana resident!​

Louisiana Electrical Training and Schools​

​We've put together a complete list of electrician schools, electrical training programs, and apprenticeships in the state of Louisiana. We'd recommend contacting each of the programs in your area to find out more information.

Electrician Schools in Louisiana

Central Louisiana Tech — Main Campus
4311 South MacArthur
Alexandria, LA 71302
(318) 487-5443 

Electrical Schools in Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge Community College — Acadian Campus
3250 North Acadian Thruway East
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 359-9201
 
ITI Tech
13944 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA
(888) 211-7165
 
Northshore Technical Community College
1710 Sullivan Drive
Bogalusa, LA 70427
Phone: (985) 732-6640
 
Nunez Community College
3710 Paris Road
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 278-6467
 
South Central Louisiana Technical College — Galliano Campus
318 East 90th Street
Cut Off, LA 70345
(985) 632-5177
 
River Parishes Community College
925 West Edenborne Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
(225) 743-8500
 
Northshore Technical Community College
948 Highway 1042
Greensburg, LA 70441
(800) 827-9750
 
Northshore Technical Community College
111 Pride Drive
Hammond, LA 70401 / 70404
(985) 543-4120
 
South Louisiana Community College — Lafayette Campus
1101 Bertrand
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 521-9622
lafayettecampus@solacc.edu
 
Sowela Technical Community College — Main Campus
3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483
 
Northwest LTC – Mansfield Campus
943 Oxford Road
Mansfield, LA 71052
(318) 872-2243
 
Northwest LTC – Minden Campus
9500 Industrial Drive
Minden, LA 71058
(318) 371-3035
 
Louisiana Delta Community College
7500 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71203
(866) 500-LDCC
(318) 345-9000
 
Northwest LTC – Natchitoches Campus
6587 Highway 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 357-3162
 
Northwest LTC – Sabine Valley Campus
1255 Fisher Road
Many, LA 71449
(318) 256-4101

Electrical Schools in New Orleans, LA

Delgado Community School
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA
(504) 671-5000
 
Fletcher Technical Community College
1407 Highway 311
Schriever, LA 70395
(985) 448-7900
 
Ayers Career College
8820 Jewella Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71108
(800) 317-0131

Northwest LTC – Shreveport Campus
North Market Street
Shreveport, LA

South Central Louisiana Tech — Thibodaux Campus
1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-0924

Union Apprenticeship Programs in Louisiana
(JATC = Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee)

JATC of Alexandria Electrical
6703 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 443-5811

JATC of Baton Rouge Area
13456 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 752-4861

JATC of Shreveport Area
1013 Gould Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 746-6180

JATC of Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA 70616
(337) 433-7277

JATC of Monroe Electrical
901 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 387-4411

JATC of New Orleans / Metairie
3200 Ridgelake Drive
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 835-9899

JATC of Bogalusa
501 Commerce Point
New Orleans, LA 70123
(504) 733-9370

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