Electrician Schools and Training in Ohio
Did you know that there are over 11 million people living in Ohio? There are only six states---California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania---that have more residents.
With over a dozen metropolitan centers and hundreds of suburban communities, Ohio has an incredible need for electricity.
So if you're looking for a career that has a LOT of job security, "electrician in Ohio" is a very good bet!
We've put together the post below to include data about electrician licensing, annual salaries, and all the apprenticeships and electrician schools in Ohio.
Let's get to it.
How To Become An Electrician In Ohio
Most professional electricians enter the profession in one of two ways: they attend an electrician school or training program, or they get accepted into a union or non-union apprenticeship program.
Both options are great ways to get started. Here are the details:
Ohio Electrician Schools
A degree or diploma from a community college and private vo/tech school allows graduates to apply for entry-level jobs in the local economy. The skills taught at electrician training programs teach students how to:
- draft blueprints and plan the layout of entire electrical systems;
- direct electricity through residential and commercial buildings;
- work with high-voltage cable and wiring;
- use hand tools and power tools;
- test electrical systems using meters and gauges;
- install fixtures and appliances;
- find malfunctioning components of an electrical system and correct errors;
- ensure that the work that other electricians have completed meets safety standards;
- maintain electrical systems in factories, hospitals, and industrial centers; and
- work with other tradespeople on a job.
Schools are an excellent place to safely learn about working with electricity. Labs provide a danger-free environment for students to learn skills, and ensure that students understand safe worksite procedures.
Ohio Electrical Apprenticeships
Many electricians get their start as apprentices, and follow a trained electrician from worksite to worksite. These trainees take some classes, but most learning is done OTJ ("on the job"), and trainees are given more and more responsibilities as they develop their skills.
At the completion of the four-year program, apprentices are fully capable electricians, and usually allowed to apply for an electrician's license.
The best part about the arrangement is that apprentices earn a wage for every hour they work, and get a wage increase at scheduled times during the program.
Which Is The Right Option?
There are pros and cons to each of the options we've listed above. They are:
Apprenticeships are a low-cost way to receive training, and all the hours worked usually count towards an electrician license. BUT, they can be difficult to get. The waiting list can be anywhere from a few months to a few years, and you'll have to pass an entrance exam and be selected by a committee.
Electrician schools in Ohio are available to pretty much anyone with a high school diploma or GED, and as soon as you graduate, you can start looking for a job. BUT, school can be expensive, and the credits you earn may not transfer to other schools, and the work hours you do after graduation may not count towards an electrician license.
So, what do you do?
Here's what we advise: make a big list of all your options. Contact electrician schools and community colleges and take notes (and always, always, always ask what it'll cost you, because borrowing too much money to go to school is a BIG mistake). Reach out to all of the apprenticeship programs near you, and see if you can get on a waiting list (or, if you're lucky, start sooner than that).
When you have a list of concrete options open to you, you'll be able to make an informed decision.
Ohio Electrician Salaries
If you decide to make "electrician" your career, what kind of income can you expect to pull in?
We checked with the Bureau of Labor Services---a federal agency that collects data regarding jobs and income---and compiled the following figures:
|Ohio||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in OH||$21.11||$43,900|
In Ohio, licensed plumbers and licensed electricians are among the highest-paid trades, with each earning a little over $50,000 per year. They earn significantly more than heating/venting/air conditioning workers and carpenters (at least $7,000 more per year), and they earn a LOT more than constructions workers (to the tune of at least $12,000 per year).
The best news, however, is that electricians earn significantly more than the average of all occupations in Ohio. In other words, the average resident of Ohio makes $43,900 per year, whereas the average electrician in Ohio makes $51,370 per year. That's $7,470 per year, or 17.02% more. That $7,470 can make a big difference over the course of a year!
Remember: the figures above are averages. In your career, you make less and you may make more. It depends on your work experience, your area of expertise, and how much you choose to work.
All Electrical Training in Ohio
Scroll down to a find a list of electrician schools and apprenticeships in Ohio. If you decide to become an electrician, we wish you all the best!
Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34
Collins Career Tech Center
11627 Collins Career Center Drive
Electrical Schools in Cleveland, OH
Cuyahoga Community College (multiple locations)
700 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Electrical Schools in Columbus, OH
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
444 West 3rd Street
Lorain County Community College
1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
Miami Valley Tech Center
6800 Hoke Rd.
Owens Community College — Findlay Campus
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
The Construction Craft Academy School
9760 Shepard Rd.
Macedonia, OH 44056
North Central State College
2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44906
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville OH 45764
Buckeye Career Center
545 University Drive NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Stark State College
6200 Frank Ave.
North Canton, OH
Auburn Careers Center
8140 Auburn Rd.
Painesville, OH 44077
Edison Community College
1973 Edison Drive
Piqua, OH 45356
Upper Valley Career Center
8811 Career Avenue
Eastern Gateway Community College (multiple locations)
4000 Sunset Boulevard
Steubenville, OH 43952
Owen Community College — Toledo
30335 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
Trumball Career and Technical Center
528 Educational Highway
Warren, OH 44483
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Ohio
JATC of Akron
2650 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44319
JATC of Cincinnati
5455 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45238
The Electrical Trades Center
947 Goodale Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43212
JATC of Dayton
6550 Poe Avenue
Dayton, OH 45414
JATC of Butler / Warren County
4300 Millikin Road
Hamilton, OH 45011
JATC of Lima
2285 North Cole Street
Lima, OH 45801
JATC of Lorain County
6100 South Broadway
Lorain, OH 44053
JATC of Portsmouth
P.O. Box 35
Lucasville, OH 45648
JATC of Mansfield Area
67 South Walnut Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Canton Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County
3855 Wales Avenue Northwest
Massillon, OH 44646
ALBAT — American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training
1900 Lake Road
Medway, OH 45341
JATC of Lake, Ashtabula, and Geauga Counties
8376 Munson Road
Mentor, OH 44060
JATC of Newark
5805 Frazeysburg Road
Nashport, OH 43830
JATC of Marietta
50 Sandhill Road
Reno, OH 45773
JATC of Toledo
803 Lime City Road
Rossford, OH 43460
JATC of Steubenville
626 North 4th Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
JATC of Cleveland
9333 Sweet Valley Drive
Valley View, OH 44125
JATC of Warren
4550 Research Parkway
Warren, OH 44483
JATC of Youngstown
493 Bev Road
Youngstown, OH 44512
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Ohio (Non-Union)
Central Ohio AEC-IEC
3128 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
IEC of Dayton
8242 North Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH 45414
IEC of Greater Cincinnati
586 Kings Run Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45232
Western Reserve Chapter of the IEC
Boardman, OH 44513