Electrician Schools and Training in New Jersey
If you've had some difficulty figuring out how to start your career as a New Jersey electrician, don't worry about it---there's a LOT of information out there, and a lot of it is very confusing!
To make things easier for you, we've gathered all the facts you'll need to get started, and compiled them into the post below. We'll discuss your training options, talk about the salary you can expect to make, and provide a full list of apprenticeships and electrician schools in New Jersey.
Are you ready to learn about a career that pays great, and helps keep our nation up and running? If so, read on.
How To Become An Electrician In New Jersey
There are two ways to become an electrician in New Jersey: through a training program in a community college or technical school, or through an apprenticeship.
Both are excellent options, so let's take a look at the pros and cons of each.
- Tech Schools and Community Colleges. Electrician schools and electrical training programs offer an excellent way to break into the trade. They provide a safe and controlled environment to learn all of the tasks you'll complete on a job site. You'll be taught how to assemble and test electrical wiring; how to create blueprints and use them to wire residential and commercial structures; how to connect wires to transformers and circuit breakers; and much more. After you graduate, you'll be able to enter the job market and find an entry-level job.
- Apprenticeships. This is a very popular route to an electrician career. As an apprentice, all of your training will be done on the job. You'll be linked with an electrician who has been in the field for many years and knows the ropes, and he or she will assign you bigger and bigger tasks as you gain knowledge. You'll have to take some night classes in order to round out your theoretical knowledge of electricity and electronics, but the majority of your training will be done OTJ ("on the job"). You'll also receive a paycheck for all the work you do, and all the hours you complete will go towards your electrician license.
So which career path is right for you? Let's break it down.
- Pro: The programs are low cost (you'll have to pay for some equipment and some classes), and you'll make money as you work.
- Con: Can be very difficult to obtain, and many applicants get turned away. There are multiple rounds of interviews, one or more entrance exams that deal with electrical theory, and a waiting list of eligible candidates. You may be waiting for a while.
- Pro: You get a sound education, graduate with skills that can land you a job, and you can start right away.
- Con: It costs money, and you have to be careful how much you spend.
So what do you do? We suggest you get to know your options by contacting all the schools and apprentice halls you can. We've included a list of all the electrician schools in New Jersey, as well as the apprentice opportunities available to you, so scroll down below and check those out.
Your ultimate goal as an electrician should be to get licensed. Most states have different electrical licenses you can get, but New Jersey has only one: the electrical contractor license. To get a license, you'll need to work for four or more years and record your hours with a supervisor or apprentice leader. For more information, talk to your electrician school or apprenticeship coordinator.
New Jersey Electrician Salary
Here's some good news: licensed electricians in New Jersey are among the highest-paid electricians in the United States.
According to recent measurements taken by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trades workers in New Jersey earned the following incomes:
|New Jersey||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in NJ||$25.92||$53,920|
That is a fantastic salary for a career that doesn't technically require a college degree.
Let's take a closer look at those statistics, and see how they relate to each other.
- Electricians made roughly $3,000 more per year than plumbers, more than $10,000 more per year than carpenters and HVAC workers, and more than $19,000 more per year than construction workers;
- Electricians earned $13,650 more than the average New Jersey worker;
- We mentioned earlier that the New Jersey electrician salary was one of the highest in the nation; here are the other states that had a high income for electricians: Alaska ($78,800 per year), Illinois ($69,940 per year), New York ($69,820 per year), Oregon ($68,690 per year), Washington ($65,590 per year), California ($64,370 per year), Hawaii ($64,360 per year), Massachusetts ($62,850 per year), and Montana ($60,700 per year).
If you're on the fence about an electrician career, the income may be enough to get you to sign up!
New Jersey Electrical Schools
The list below includes all of the electrical schools in New Jersey, followed by apprenticeship programs.
Atlantic Cape Community College — Atlantic City
1535 Bacharach Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Atlantic Cape Community College — Cape May County
341 Court House-South Dennis Road
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Electrical Schools in Edison, NJ
Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818
Ocean County Vo/Tech School — Jackson Center
850 Toms River Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
Atlantic Cape Community College — Mays Landing
5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ
Bergen County Tech Schools
540 Fairview Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
HoHoKus School for Trade and Technical Sciences
634 Market St.
Paterson, NJ 07110
Camden County Tech School — Pennsauken Campus
6008 Browning Road
Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Union County Vo/Tech
1776 Raritan Rd.
Scotch Plains, NJ
Camden County College — Gloucester Campus
343 Berlin Cross Road
Monmouth County Vo/Tech
2 Swartzel Drive
Middletown, NJ 07748
Mercer County College — Trenton Campus
102 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882
(908) 835-WCCC (9222)
Mercer County College — West Windsor Campus
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Union Apprenticeship Programs in New Jersey
JATC of Folsom
1125 Black Horse Pike
Folsom, NJ 08037
JATC of Local Union 456
1295 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
JATC of Jersey City
65 West Century
Paramus, NJ 07652
JATC of Paterson
50 Parsippany Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
JATC of Local Union 269
676 Whitehead Road
Trenton, NJ 08648
JATC of Asbury Park
3301 Highway 138
Wall, NJ 07719
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in New Jersey (Non-Union)
New Jersey IEC
Springfield, NJ 07081