Electrician Schools and Training in Minnesota
Electricians are integral to our way of life, and keep our schools, homes, and office buildings humming. They make a great living, and make a great contribution to our country.
But how do you become an electrician in Minnesota? What are the steps you need to take, and what kind of training do you need? And, perhaps most important, what kind of income can you expect to make when you're a fully-licensed electrician?
We've got all the answers below!
Most electricians in Minnesota begin their careers by attending one of the electrician schools in Minnesota, or through a union or non-union apprenticeship. Each option will allow you to start your career and find work, so let's take a closer look at each.
Minnesota Electrician Schools
Many of the community colleges in Minnesota offer a training program for electricians (it's often called "Electrical Technology") and there are also private trade schools that focus solely on providing electricians with the skills they'll need in the workplace. Community colleges are usually a little less expensive than trade schools, but trade schools do a better job of finding their students jobs after they complete training.
Regardless of the type of school you go to--community college or tech school--the courses you take will teach you the following:
- The basics of electrical theory and safe ways of working with electricity;
- How to use various measurement tools to determine the measure the amount of electricity in a specific system;
- How to use drafting software and work from blueprints;
- How to coordinate with other trade workers to build a residence or office building;
- How to wire an entire building so that it is compliant with local electrical regulations;
- How to find and fix electrical problems in a system; and
- How to maintain a system in an already-wired building.
There is a LOT else you'll learn, but those are the major items.
Minnesota residents may join an apprentice program and learn their skills "on the job" (OTJ). Apprentices are partnered with a professional electrician with years of experience, and learn their skills on each jobsite they go to. The program lasts anywhere from two to five years (most apprentices finish in four), and apprentices are paid for all the work they do.
We've compiled a list of all the apprentice programs in Minnesota (see below).
Which Is The "Right Option" For You?
Don't worry--there is no "right option." There are many different ways that people enter the trades, and whatever helps you find your first job and begin your career is the "right option." What we recommend is discover the opportunities available to you. Contact each of the electrician schools in Minnesota, and reach out to all the apprenticeship organizers. Find out how quickly you could start each program, and keep a file of all the options you have. When you have all the data, you'll be able to make an informed decision about your future.
The state on Minnesota offers a range of licenses that electricians can get. Because you're just starting out, you don't have to worry about licenses just yet, but it's something you keep in mind for later. In order to make a high salary, be awarded new work, and progress in your career, you'll need a license.
You can find more information about licensing at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.
Your Earning Potential
We added this section before we got to the "Electrician Schools" and "Apprenticeships" section, because it's what most people want to know about. If you work as a licensed electrician in Minnesota, how much will you make in a year?
We consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the average salaries of trades workers in Minnesota, and gathered the following data:
|Minnesota||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in MN||$23.23||$48,310|
Here are some interesting facts about the data:
- Tradespeople in Minnesota are pretty well paid! Each of the trades we sample made over $20 per hour, and plumbers, electricians, and HVAC specialists all made over $50k per year.
- Plumbers are among the highest paid trades workers in the state, earning $7,500 more per year.
- That said, electricians in Minnesota still make a fantastic living, and there are only twelve states in the country where electricians earn more.
- As in most states, construction workers earn less than most other trades.
Before we finish up with salaries, there's one more measurement we'd like to focus on, which is the "All Occupations in MN." That measures the average income of every person in Minnesota who has a job. As you'll notice, that average salary ($48,310) is a lot less than the average salary of an electrician ($57,830). In fact, it's $9,520 less. That means that the average electrician makes almost $10k more per year than the average Minnesota resident. Good to know!
Minnesota Electrical Schools
Below you'll find a list of all the electrician schools in the state of Minnesota, following by all the apprenticeship opportunities available to you.
Check each of them out, and keep a running list of schools and programs that might be opportunities for you. We wish you the best of luck!
Riverland Community College — Albert Lea Campus
2200 Riverland Drive
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Anoka Technical College
1355 West Highway 10
Anoka, MN 55303
Riverland Community College — Austin Campus
1900 8th Avenue Northwest
Austin, MN 55912
905 Grant Ave. Southeast
Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Northland Tech — East Grand Forks Campus
2022 Central Avenue Northeast
East Grand Forks, MN
Electrical Schools in Minneapolis, MN
818 Dunwoody Boulevard
Minneapolis Community / Tech School
1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College — Moorhead Campus
1900 28th Ave South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Dakota County Tech School
1300 145th Street East
St. Cloud Tech
1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Electrical Schools in St. Paul, MN
St. Paul College
235 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota State Community and Technical College — Wadena Campus
405 Colfax Ave Southwest
2101 15th Avenue Northwest
Willmar, MN 56201
Southeast Technical College — Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Minnesota
Twin Ports / Arrowhead
802 Garfield Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802
802 Garfield Avenue
Duluth, MN 55802
JATC Minnesota State
452 Northco Drive
Fridley, MN 55432
JATC South Central Minnesota
80th Street Southeast
Rochester, MN 55904
13100 Frankfort Parkway
Saint Michael, MN 55376
JATC Saint Paul Electrical
1330 Conway Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106