Electrician Schools and Training in New Hampshire
We get a lot of readers who are confused about what it takes to start an electrician career in New Hampshire. In the post that follows, we'll outline the training you'll need to receive, the income you can expect to make (good news: it's pretty excellent), and the steps you need to take to become licensed. Are you ready to learn about a high-paying career that keeps our country great? Good!
Important Facts You Need To Get Started
There are two ways that electricians enter the trade: through union apprenticeships with the local IBEW in Concord (IBEW is short for "International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers" and, despite the name, includes a few women among its ranks) or through a training program at an electrician school or community college. Let's take a look at both options.
Electrician schools provide a solid base for an electrician career. They provide a safe environment for students to learn how to wire different types of buildings (ie, residential vs. commercial vs. industrial), how to measure the amount of electricity speeding through a system, and how to make sure that electrical wiring has been installed as per local and national electrical codes. The great thing about many New Hampshire electrician schools is that they count towards your licensing requirements (see here for more information). This is important: if you decide to go to school, MAKE SURE that the hours you complete will count towards your license. It's an awful shame to go to school and not have those hours make a difference.
Apprenticeships are another fantastic option. Apprentices are paired with a professional electrician, and learn from him or her on the jobsite. There is some schooling involved--the state requires a certain number of classroom training hours--but the majority of learning is done in the field. The best aspect of the program is that trainees are paid for all the hours they work, and they get a wage increase for every year they work (programs usually last about four years).
Get Your License
You can start your career as an electrician's helper or electrician's assistant, but eventually you'll want to get an electrician's license. New Hampshire offers two kind of licenses: a Journeyman license and a Master Electrician license. You would get the Journeyman license first, and then go for the Master Electrician license.
So, why should you get licensed? Licensed electricians earn more, get better jobs, and have waaaay more job security. Plus, depending on where their career takes them, they benefits are much better, as well.
This is important: in order to apply for a license, you'll have to complete an apprenticeship.
If there are no apprenticeships available right now, that's fine--you can go to one of the electrician schools in New Hampshire, complete the program, and become an electrician helper--and then continue the search for an opening.
Licenses aren't really something you'll need to worry about right now, but it's important, so try to remember it for later on.
Your Estimated Income
Electricians in New Hampshire make a fine living. According to figures released by the federal government, licensed electricians in the state make an average of $48,050 per year.
If you're wondering how that income relates to similar occupations, here's a breakdown of the trades and their respective incomes:
|New Hampshire||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in NH||$22.63||$47,060|
The graph shows that plumbers, heating/ventilation/air conditioning workers, and electricians all make a similar living, and carpenters and construction workers make considerably less.
The good news for electricians is that the salary they make--$48,050--is more than the state salary of $47,060.
One other aspect of the data is also relevant: the figures above represent averages. There are plenty of electricians who earn more than $48,050 per year, and plenty who earn less. The average electrician income is dependent upon:
- The electrician's area (electricians in metropolitan areas such as Manchester, Nashua, and Concord will most likely make more than electricians in less populated areas);
- The electrician's specialty or focus (an outside lineman will make more than a residential electrician);
- Whether the electrician is willing to work overtime or particulary challenging jobs; and
- The health of the local and national economy.
It's good to know that if you decide to enter the job market as an electrician, you'll be able to make a solid living.
Electrician Development Opportunities in New Hampshire
For your convenience, here's a list of all the schools you can attend, followed up by an apprenticeship opportunity. If you decide to become an electrician, we wish you the best of luck!
Helpful Note: This page on the New Hampshire state website has a great section on where you can get training. Not many state sites have such a page; it's very helpful.
Another Helpful Note: here is a list of all the technical programs offered at community colleges in New Hampshire. You can see that you can get an Associate Degree and Certificate at Manchester Community College and/or complete a certificate program at NHTI-Concord.
New Hampshire Technology Institute in Concord
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Lakes Region Community College
379 Belmont Rd.
Electrical Schools in Manchester, NH
The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades
7 Perimeter Road
Manchester, NH 03103
Manchester Community College
1066 – 1070 Front St.
Union Apprenticeship Programs in New Hampshire
JATC of Concord
48 Airport Road
Concord, NH 03301