Electrician Schools and Training in Missouri

If you've considered embarking on a career as an electrician in Missouri, what do you need to do to make it happen? Below, we'll outline everything you need to know to get the ball rolling.

Electrician Schools in Missouri

First Steps and Getting Started

Most electricians in Missouri get their start by 1) attending an electrician school, or 2) getting an electrical apprenticeship.​

Let's take a look at both options, and see which one is a good fit for you.

Electrician Schools. There are a number of community colleges and tech schools that will provide all the training you need to become a sought-after electrician. Not only will schools provide lessons about electrical theory and the National Electrical Code, they'll also teach you hands-on skills in a laboratory environment. You will learn:​

  • How to plan, install, and maintain the wiring in different types of building structures;
  • How to inspect various buildings to see that electrical systems are "up to code";
  • How to prepare blueprints for other electricians to use, and how to use them yourself; and
  • How to use various measurement instructions, to gauge the flow of electricity through different systems.

After you earn your degree or diploma (depending on the program you attend), you'll be able to find entry-level work, and build your career.

Apprenticeships. An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction and "real world" experience. In such a program, you'll work side-by-side professional electricians, and develop skills as you complete new tasks. If you have questions, you ask the electrician you are working with. You'll take a few evening classes to understand electrical theory, but most of your training will occur on the job---and you'll get a paycheck for all the hours you work.​

Which Option Is Better?​

Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity, but it can sometimes be difficult to get them: spots are limited, and the entrance tests and interviews can be daunting. For many people, going to an electrician school or electrical program is a great way to break into the professional and get the experience necessary to land an apprenticeship.

If you can enter an apprenticeship program without any experience, that's wonderful! That would probably be your best bet. It's cheaper, and your hours may go towards an electrician license. However, if you can't get into an apprentice program, or don't want to deal with the long waiting period, a certificate or diploma from a community college or electrician school will give you the skills you need to find work and nab an apprenticeship.

What Do Missouri Electricians Pull In Each Year?​

In order to be happy in your professional career, you need to 1) enjoy the work you do, 2) believe it's important, and 3) feel like you're getting a fair wage.

That said, how much do licensed electricians in Missouri earn per year?

We gathered figures from the U.S. government's website on salaries and employment, and put together the following chart:​

Missouri Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Plumbers $29.28 $60,910
Electricians $27.55 $57,300
Carpenters $24.10 $50,120
HVAC $23.45 $48,780
Construction Laborers $19.12 $39,770
All Occupations in MO $20.57 $42,790

As you can see, electricians (and plumbers) in Missouri make a fine living!

Here are some other points of interest:

  • Electricians earn well above the state average income of $42,790 (in fact, the average electrician makes $14,510 more than the average Missouri resident), and they earn far more than carpenters, HVAC professionals, and construction workers.
  • Plumbers, electricians, and carpenters all average more than $50k per year, while the state average was right below $43k per year;
  • Construction workers actually earn below the state average income, and make $3,020 less than the state average.

Remember, the graph represents averages, not hard wages. If you make a career out of being an electrician, you may make more, and you may make less.

Electrical Training and Electrician Schools in Missouri​

We've compiled a list of all the training options available to people who live in Missouri. We've got electrician schools and programs, as well as union and non-union apprenticeships (for more information on the difference between union and non-union, check out our post on the topic).

Contact each, and see what turns into an opportunity for you.

Electrical Schools:​

Jefferson College
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050
(636) 481-3000
(636) 797-3000

Electrical Schools in Kansas City, MO

Pinnacle Career Inst.
1001 East 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 331-5700

Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Drive
Lexington, MO 64067
(660) 259-2264

State Technical College of Missouri
One Technology Dr.
Linn, MO 65051
(573) 897-5000

Crowder College
601 Laclede
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451.3223

Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
(573) 431-4593

ATS — American Trade School
3925 Industrial Dr.
Saint Ann, MO 63074

Hillyard Technical Center
Saint Joseph School District
3434 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO
(816) 671-4170

Electrical Schools in St. Louis, MO

Ranken Technical College — St. Louis Campus
4431 Finney Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63113
(866) 4-RANKEN

State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
(877) 311-7322

Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 447-7500

Ranken Technical College — Wentzville Campus
755 Parr Road
Wentzville, MO 63385
(855) RANKENW

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

JATC of Jefferson City
209 Flora Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 635-2145

JATC of Joplin
3302 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804
(417) 624-2499

JATC of Kansas City
303 East 103rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 942-3242

JATC of Saint Joseph
742 South 6th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64501
(816) 232-8090

JATC of St. Louis
2300 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 644-3587

Springfield Area JATC
2902 East Division Street
Springfield, MO 65803
(417) 869-7251

Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Missouri (Non-Union)

Central Missouri IEC
216 South Missouri Avenue
Sedalia, MO 65301
(660) 826-2405

IEC of Greater St. Louis
12704 Pennridge Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
(314) 739-4650

IEC of Kansas City
8820 Northeast 108th Street
Kansas City, MO 64157
(816) 842-3222

IEC of Southeast Missouri
433 County Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 388-4524

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