Electrician Schools and Training in Montana
If you live in Big Sky Country and you want to enter the electrical trade, how do you begin?
We've got all the info you need to get started. Below, we'll discuss:
- various training options;
- the average salary for electricians in Montana; and
- the different electrician schools and training programs near you.
Let's take a look at what it takes to become an electrician in Montana.
How People Become Electricians
In order to get your electrician career started, you can enroll in an electrician training program at a community college or tech school, or get an apprenticeship. Here are the details on both options:
Electrician Schools at Educational Institutions. Schools do a great job of preparing you for the jobsite: they offer classes on the characteristics of electricity and how it can be used in different electrical systems, and they provide a laboratory setting where you can practice the skills you'll use in a safe environment. You'll learn how to use measuring devices and construction equipment; how to design and work off of blueprints; and how to install, maintain, and inspect electrical systems. If you have zero experience with electricity, practice in a safe environment is well worth the cost of classes.
Apprentice Programs. This model of training has been around for many years, and it works really well. An apprentice is paired with one or more professional electricians, and learns all of the skills necessary on the job (and also gets paid for every hour he or she works). There are a few night classes that need to be taken, but the majority of the training takes place on the jobsite.
If you can't find an apprenticeship--and very often, these programs have a lot more applicants than they have openings---an electrician school or electrical training program can be a great alternative. You'll develop skills that'll help you land a job, and when a position opens up, you'll be a candidate who has experience and some prior training.
Info Regarding Licenses
If you decide to become an electrician, you'll eventually start working towards an electrician license. The state of Montana offers different licenses that electricians can acquire:
- Residential Electrician;
- Journeyman Electrician;
- Master Electrician;
- Limited Electrical Contractor; and
- Unlimited Electrical Contractor
Obtaining a license should be a goal of yours, for the following reasons: electricians who have earned licensed make more per year, get better jobs, and enjoy more career security.
To get a license, you'll need to accrue a specific number of work hours. According to the Montana state website, you can do that through an apprenticeship or through on-the-job experience.
Earnings And Salary Estimates
Did you know that electricians in Montana are paid higher wages than electricians in most other states? It's true. In fact, even though there are 43 states that have higher populations, there are only NINE states where electricians earn more. That's a fantastic discovery, because in our research, most states with smaller populations have much lower wages for electricians.
So how much do licensed electricians in Montana earn per year? We checked the federal government's statistics bureau, and came up with the following salary figures:
|Montana||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in MT||$19.17||$39,880|
Of the different trades we sampled, electricians are on the high end of the salary scale, and bring in $60,700 per year. That is a fantastic salary for a resident of Montana---especially considering that the average resident of Montana earns $39,880 per year (see the "All Occupations in MT" figure).
That means that the average electrician in Montana is making $20,820 more than the average resident of Montana. It's good to know that if you commit yourself to your craft and learn how to be an excellent electrician, you'll be handsomely rewarded for your efforts!
Montana Electrician Development
We've gathered information on all the electrician schools and electrical training programs in Montana, and organized the data below. We've also included information about apprentice programs you can contact.
Take a look, keep some notes, and see what pans out. If you decide to become an electrician, we wish you all the best.
Electrician Schools in Montana
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701
Montana State University — Northern
300 13th Street West
Havre, MT 59501
Flathead Valley College — Main Campus in Kalispell
777 Grandview Dr.
Flathead Valley College — Lincoln County
225 Commerce Way
Libby, MT 59923
909 South Ave
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Montana
JATC of Helena
2616 Bozeman Avenue
Helena, MT 59604
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Montana (Non-Union)
IEC of Montana
Helena, MT 59604