Electrician Schools and Training in Maine
There's a lot of info on the web about what it takes to become an electrician, but most of it is confusing, and a lot of it is wrong! Here are the steps you'll take to start your electrician career in Maine, the salary you can expect to make, and the training you'll need to move up the ladder. Let's dig in.
Getting Your Start
There are third options when you're starting an electrician career in Maine: you can go to a community college/electrician school, you can get an electrical apprenticeship, or you can get training through the Department of Corrections. We would recommend that you avoid that third route, if possible!
Let's take a look at the first and second option, and see which one is right for you.
- Community Colleges / Electrician Schools. Community colleges and tech schools give you a great mix of hands-on laboratory experience, as well as knowledge about electrical theory. You'll learn how to plan the layout of electrical systems, how to bend conduit and install electrical wiring, and how to connect cable to electrical systems such as transformers and circuit breakers. When you graduate from an electrical program, you'll be able to find work as an electrician's helper or assistant.
- Apprenticeships. These programs have been around for centuries, and they're one of the most reliable ways to learn a trade. If you get accepted into one of these programs, you'll work with licensed electricians on different work sites, and "learn by doing"---all while collecting a paycheck every week. You'll also take a number of classes to provide electrical theory knowledge you might not get on a job site.
So which option is right for you? If you can jump right into an apprenticeship, we would definitely urge you to do so! We've listed two such opportunities below, so give them a call and see if they'll have you.
There's only one catch: it can be difficult to obtain an apprentice position. Spots are limited, and it may be that the candidates who are chosen have been to school and have some on-the-job experience.
So what's the right course of action? Learn about all your options. We've included a list of all of your training choices below, so contact each and make a list of career paths you can take. If you can nab a spot, take it. If you can't, or if the wait is too long, look into electrician schools.
Becoming A Licensed Electrician In Maine
Ultimately, you should try to acquire an electrician's license. A license will allow you to take of different types of work, receive higher pay, and ensure more career stability.
The state of Maine offers a couple of different types of licenses to people working in the electrical field:
- Master Electrician;
- Journeyman Electrician;
- Limited Electrician;
- Journeyman-in-Training; and
- Helper Electrician.
Each license allows electricians to specific tasks. Licenses are given by the state's Electricians' Examiners Board, so be sure to contact them if you have questions or need more information.
The Average Maine Electrician Income
So what does the average licensed electrician in Maine make every year? And how does it compare to what other people in the trades are making?
To bring you the most accurate, most up-to-date information, we gathered salary data from the government's office of salary information. Here's what we found:
|Maine||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in ME||$20.26||$42,140|
Among the careers we sampled, plumbers and electricians earned the highest salaries of trades workers in Maine. Here are some interesting facts taken from the data:
- The average salary in the state of Maine is $42,140 per year, or $20.26 per hour. Plumbers, electricians, and HVAC workers all made more than that, whereas carpenters and construction workers made less than the state average. Carpenters made $3,340 less than the state average, but construction workers made an alarming $12,290 less than the state average.
- Plumbers and electricians made a very similar income. In some states, electricians earn much more, and in others plumbers earn much more, but it seems like the need for both professions is about equal.
- Perhaps the most positive data point in the graph above is the relationship between the electrician salary and the "All Occupations in Maine" salary. Electricians earn $4,900 more than the average Maine resident.
Keep in mind, the figures above represent the averages of each occupation. Some professionals in those fields make a higher income, and some make a lower income.
Electrician Development Opportunities in Maine
Below, we've put together a full list of electrical schools, electrical training programs, and apprenticeships in the state of Maine. Reach out to all the ones you can, and try to figure out what your options are.
Schools update their curricula frequently, so you'll need to contact the school or visit their webpage to see whether they have a course of study that will help you on your career as an electrician.
Electrical Schools in Maine
Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner Street
Auburn, ME 04210
Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Rd.
Washington County Community College
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619
Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Ave.
Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Dr.
Presque Isle, ME
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Rd.
S. Portland, ME
York County Community College
112 College Drive
Wells, ME 04090-5341
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Maine
JATC of Augusta
176 Main Street
Fairfield, ME 04937
JATC of Portland
238 Goddard Road
Lewiston, ME 04240