Electrician Schools and Training in Nevada
We've gathered all the details you need to become a working electrician in Nevada, including the different career paths you can take, the average income of a Nevada electrician, and the training options available to you to jumpstart your career.
Our need for electricians is going to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years---if you want to be part of the well-paid group of men and women to supply electricity and spur our nation's growth, you're in the right place!
How Do I Begin My Career?
There are some jobs where the training you need is a no-brainer. If you want to become a lawyer, you go to law school. If you want to become a doctor, you go to medical school.
Becoming an electrician is a little more tricky. There are a couple of different ways to enter the career, and you'll have to figure out the right choice for you.
Here are the ways most people enter the trade:
1. Through An Apprenticeship. For as long as there have been trade workers, there have been apprentices. The "model" of learning pairs an trainee with an electrician who has been in the field and attained all the required licenses needed to practice and teach others. Apprentices accompany electricians to every worksite they go to, and they "learn by doing" (and collect a paycheck for all the hours they work). There are a few classes that trainees need to take, but most of the training is done at the worksite.
2. Through An Electrician School Or Community College. It can be very difficult to attain an apprenticeship---not everyone is chosen, and the wait times can be many years---so many people opt to go to get an education. There are a few excellent electrician schools in Nevada, and as a student, you will learn:
- Electrical theory, and how to work safely with electricity in the field;
- The different types of wiring and material needed for different electrical needs;
- To draw up and work from blueprints;
- The methods that are used to wire different structures, such as office buildings, homes and residents, and factories and industrial complexes; and
- How to check the wiring in a system to make sure that it has been properly installed, and how to maintain an electrical system over the years.
There's a lot more that you'll learn, but those are the most important aspects of a training program.
The best part about school is that once you graduate, you'll be able to find an entry-level job and begin building your career.
Should I Choose School or Apprenticeship?
We've listed each of the training options available to you in Nevada. We'd recommend that you get a full understanding of the career choices you have, by contacting each program and each school, and seeing what they have to offer. If you can get an apprenticeship, that's fantastic; if you can't, or if you don't feel like waiting, you can become a student and get a job. It's up to you!
Salary And Wage Estimates
Here's some good news if you're worried about the income you may make as an electrician: licensed electricians in Nevada are handsomely rewarded for the work they do, and bring in (on average) $57,070 per year, or about $27.44 per hour.
That's a pretty fantastic wage, when you consider that the average resident of Nevada earns $42,310 per year. That means that average electrician earn $14,760 more than the average Nevada worker.
To the salary into perspective, here are some "related fields" and the income associated with each:
|Nevada||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in NV||$20.34||$42,310|
According to the figures above, electricians earn
- $1,580 more than HVAC workers in Nevada;
- $5,520 more than plumbers in Nevada;
- $8,270 more than carpenters in Nevada;
- $15,590 more than construction laborers in Nevada.
It's also interesting to note that all occupations make more than $20 an hour, except for construction laborers, and only electricians and HVAC workers earn more than $25 per hour. That's a considerable statistic, when you look at the state's average income-per-hour, which is only about $20 per hour.
It pays to enter a skilled trade!
Schools and Training in Nevada
In the list below, you'll find all of the electrician schools and electrical training programs in Nevada, followed up by the apprenticeship programs you can contact. Good luck!
Western Nevada College — Career and Technical Education
Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801
College of Southern Nevada — Henderson Campus
700 College Drive
Henderson, NV 89002
Electrical Schools in Las Vegas, NV
College of Southern Nevada — Charleston Campus
6375 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89146
College of Southern Nevada — Cheyenne Campus
3200 East Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Truckee Meadows Tech School / Community College
IGT Applied Technology Center
475 Edison Avenue
Career College of Northern Nevada
1421 Pullman Drive
Sparks, NV 89434
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Nevada
Southern Nevada JATC
620 Legion Way
Las Vegas, NV 89110
JATC of Northern Nevada
4635 Longley Lane
Reno, NV 89502