Electrician Schools and Training in North Dakota
There are many people who would make great electricians, but they don't know where to start. Are apprenticeships required? Is schooling necessary? Can you simply walk onto a job site and get a job, or do you need some kind of certificate or license?
We've organized all the information you'll need to know about becoming an electrician in North Dakota, and added it below. If you have any questions, feel free to jump over to our "Contact Us" page and drop us a line!
The Training Process
Most electricians in North Dakota get their start through an electrician school (either at a community college or a tech school), or through an apprenticeship. Both options will provide you the training you need to start your career, but there are some differences between the two that are worth noting.
Electrician schools provide a safe environment for students to gain all the skills that make them valuable employees. Most provide a mock work environment, where you'll learn how to use hand and power tools, how to use electrical test equipment, how to wire residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, and how to use mathematics to create electrical systems. The best thing about school is that you'll learn about the theory of electricity, and how to use it so that you'll be safe in the workplace.
Apprenticeships are the other option, and they're a time-honored path to employment. Instead of going to school, you go directly to the jobsite, and work under the tutelage of a licensed electrician. You'll learn as you go, and you'll be given more and more opportunity as you build your skills. The best part about an apprenticeship is that you'll get paid for all the hours you work, with your salary increasing every year of the apprenticeship.
So which should you choose--school or apprenticeship? Here are some things to consider:
- School will cost you, and an apprenticeship will not (in fact, you'll get paid from your first day on the job site). Winner: apprenticeship.
- In order to get a North Dakota electrician license and work as a journeyman electrician, you'll need to get an apprenticeship. Winner: apprenticeship.
So it looks like apprenticeships are the better option, right? They are! But, there's one catch: there's often a waiting period for apprenticeships, and the people who are chosen often have some experience in the field. They can be difficult to get, and having experience---or prior training---can help your chances of landing an apprenticeship. Plus, there are often entrance exams that include a lot of electrical theory, and having some formal education can help a great deal.
There's one other benefit of schools: if you graduate from a two-year electrician program that is approved by the state electrical board, the time you spent in class may count towards your apprenticeship. If you decide to go to school, contact the state board before you start, and make sure they will honor your school. If they don't, it might be wise to find a school that will count towards your apprenticeship.
To sum up: if you can get accepted for an apprenticeship, it can be a great opportunity. If you need some training and experience, consider school.
We've listed all apprentice programs and electricians school in North Dakota below. Look into each of them, and learn about your options. Once you have a clearer understanding of what options you have, you'll have an easier time deciding where you should go.
The Most Recent Salary Estimates
If you decide to make "electrician" your career title, what kind of a living will you make?
We checked with the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics to see how much the average trade worker makes in North Dakota. Here's what the data shows:
|North Dakota||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in ND||$21.20||$44,100|
Of the trade professions we sampled, licensed electricians are at the top of the earning scale, bringing in just over $56k per year. According to the data, they earn:
- $5,260 more than plumbers;
- $5,640 more than heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installers;
- $18,160 more than carpenters; and
- $18,770 more than construction workers.
That is a pretty dramatic difference in wages. If you look at the data in a different way, electricians and plumbers and HVAC workers all make MORE than $50,000 per year, whereas carpenters and construction workers make LESS than $40,000 per year.
It's pleasant to know that if you decide to pursue an electrician career, you'll make a very decent income.
Training for Future North Dakota Electricians
Here are all the schools and community colleges in North Dakota that have electrician training programs. We've also included apprenticeship opportunities (scroll down to the bottom).
If you know of a school or apprenticeship program not included in the list, let us know and we'll most definitely add it.
Electrician Schools in North Dakota
Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58506
ND State College of Science — Fargo Campus
1305 19th Ave North
Fargo, ND 58102
Turtle Mountain Community College
10145 Bia Road 7
Belcourt, ND 58316
ND State College of Science — Wahpeton Campus
800 6th St.
Union Apprenticeship Programs in North Dakota
JATC of the Dakotas
2901 1st Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in North Dakota (Non-Union)
IEC of the Dakotas
Pierre, SD 57501