Electrician Schools and Training in Massachusetts
If you live in Massachusetts and want to begin a career as an electrician, where do you start? There's a lot you need to know, and there's some really confusing information on the internet. It can be difficult to tie everything together and get the ball rolling.
So, to help you out, we've compiled all the data you'll need to embark on a high-paying career as a Massachusetts electrician. On the page below, we'll talk about the licensing process, your earnings potential, and the training you'll need to receive. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send us an email. Massachusetts needs electricians, and we're here to help!
How To Become An Electrician In Massachusetts
There are two ways that most electricians in Massachusetts start their careers: through an electrician training program at a technical college or community school, or through a formal apprenticeship with a union or non-union organization.
Electrician schools in Massachusetts do a great job of readying students for work in the field. They teach all the basics that a green electrician needs to know:
- How to develop and work from blueprints;
- How to install and maintain different types of electrical wiring in different settings (ie, residential homes, commercial office buildings, or industrial buildings);
- How to diagnose malfunctioning electrical systems to determine where the issue is, and how to fix it;
- How to measure the amount of electricity in a given system;
- How to determine whether an electrical system meets the guidelines set forth in the National Electrical Code (NEC);
- and a lot, lot more.
After you get your diploma or certificate from your electrical school, you'll be able to find work and put your skills to use in the local job market. If you look on Craig’s List or Indeed, there are almost always job openings for entry-level electricians.
Apprentice programs also include classwork, but the majority of training is done on the jobsite. Apprentices learn from electricians who have their license and have been working for many years. The program works very well, and by the end of the program---usually two to five years---participants are ready to take the state's licensing exam. The best part about the program is that participants are paid for every hour they work.
Now that you know your options, which should you choose? Here are some pros and cons of each option:
- Electrical schools cost money, and you won't be earning a salary while you're enrolled. Also, you'll ultimately need an apprenticeship if you want to get an electrician's license at later point in your career.
- Apprenticeships are a low-cost option, but the waiting period can be brutal, and many applicants need to wait a year or more before beginning. And, many applicants aren't approved, because they don't have any relevant experience.
The bottom line is, if you can get accepted into an apprenticeship, it can be a great opportunity. If, however, you have difficulty getting accepting into a program---and that's not uncommon---one of the electrician schools in Massachusetts can be the way to go. It'll allow you to develop your skills, and it'll make you an attractive candidate if and when your turn for an apprenticeship comes along.
We always suggest that you know ALL of your options. Contact all the schools near you, and reach out to the apprenticeship programs on the list below. When you have a full understanding of all of your options, you'll be able to choose the option that seems best to you.
Getting A License
Massachusetts offers different types of licenses:
- Journeyman Electrician;
- System Contractor; and
- Systems Technician.
Massachusetts also offers a Master Electrician license, which you can receive after you become a Journeyman Electrician.
We would urge you to eventually go for one of the licenses above. Licensed electricians make a LOT more money than unlicensed electricians, and they find work a lot quicker. And, not only that, but the work licensed electricians are allowed to do is more varied and more rewarding.
We mentioned this in the last section, but if you're going to get an electrician's license, you'll need to do it through an apprenticeship program.
Massachusetts Electrician Salary
According to figures released by the federal government, licensed electricians in Massachusetts are among the highest-paid tradeworkers in the state:
|Massachusetts||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in MA||$17.67||$36,750|
As the diagram shows, electricians make $62,850 a year, which is $8,420 less per year than plumbers (which is a little surprising---in most states, electricians make more than plumbers), but the income for electricians is $6,400 more than carpenters, $7,010 more than HVAC workers, and $13,780 more than construction workers.
Some other observations:
- Plumbers and electricians both earn more than $30 per hour, whereas the other trades sampled do not;
- Carpenters and HVAC workers seem to make a comparable income, but both make less than plumbers and electricians; and
- The average hourly wage for "All Occupations" is very, very low.
Perhaps what is most surprising about the data is how much more electricians make than the average employee. The "All Occupations" figure represents that average income of a person in Massachusetts, so the average person in Massachusetts makes $36,750 per year. The average electrician in Massachusetts makes $26,100 more than that. That is a SIGNIFICANT difference. In many states, electricians earn about the state average, and in some states (such as Texas and Virginia), electricians actually make less than the state average. If you live in Massachusetts and you're thinking about the electrician trade, don't let money stop you! Electricians in Massachusetts can make a great living.
Massachusetts Electrical Schools and Development Programs
The list below has all of the training options available to you in Massachusetts, including electrician schools, community colleges, and union/non-union apprenticeships.
If you're just starting out, gather all the information about programs near you, weigh your options, and see which make sense to you.
Electrical Schools in Boston, MA
Ben Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley Street
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Massasoit Community College
1 Massasoit Boulevard
Brockton, MA 02302
Bay Street Tech
225 Turnpike Street
Porter and Chester Institute of Canton
5 Campanelli Circle
Canton, MA 02021
Porter and Chester of Chicopee
134 Dulong Circle
Chicopee, MA 01022
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Martin Electrical and Technical School
130 Kerry Place
Norwood, MA 02062
Springfield Technical Community College
1 Armory Street
Springfield, MA 01102-9000
The Peterson School of Vocational Training — Westwood Campus
350 University Ave.
The Peterson School of Vocational Training — Woburn Campus
25 Montvale Ave.
Porter and Chester Institute of Woburn
8 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
Electrical Schools in Worcester, MA
The Peterson School of Vocational Training — Worcester Campus
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Porter and Chester Institute of Worcester
220 Brooks Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Worcester Electrician School
Locations in Worcester, MA
Call (978) 407-2708 for information
Massachusetts Bay Community College — Wellesley Hills Campus
50 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Massachusetts
JATC of Boston
194 Freeport Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
JATC of Brockton
111 Rhode Island Road
Lakeville, MA 02347
JATC of Springfield
185 Industry Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
JATC of Worcester
242 Mill Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Massachusetts (Non-Union)
IEC of New England
1800 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067