Electrician Schools and Training in Oklahoma
A lot of people are overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to start a career as an electrician. We must admit, it's true---there's a lot to know, and it can be kind of overwhelming.
To make your transition into the career easier, we've put together the following page that lists training options, schools and apprenticeships, and some other the info (including salary data) you'll need to have.
Your First Steps To Becoming An Electrician
In order to get started as an electrician in Oklahoma, you'll have to do one of two things: enroll in an electrician school, or find an apprenticeship. Both are great options, but let's take a look at the details and see which one is a tangible option for you.
Electrician Schools / Community Colleges
There are a number of different tech schools and community colleges that offer courses designed to get you ready for the workforce. You'll develop your skills in a safe and controlled environment, and learn how to:
- understand electrical theory and workplace safety;
- create blueprints and work from blueprints that others have created;
- install and maintain electrical equipment in houses, businesses, and factories;
- make sure that wiring in a structure meets local and national codes; and
- maintain electrical systems in various structures.
After you complete the course, you'll be an excellent job candidate for opportunities in your area, and you'll have a solid base of skills to build on.
Basically, an apprentice learns from skilled workers, and all of his or her training is done on the job site (there are a few classes that need to be taken, but the great majority of training is done OTJ, or "on the job"). The program usually lasts about four or five years, and the jobs a participant is given slowly increase in importance. The best part about the program is that enrollees are paid for every hour they work.
Apprenticeships are organized through various union and non-union entities, and we've put together a list of Oklahoma programs below.
Which Option Is The Right Choice?
We recommend you learn about each of the options available to you. That will take some research, but it's worth it. Contact all of the schools in your area and see what kind of programs they offer, and reach out to the apprentice programs and see if they have openings (they may not, but you should call anyway). When you know each of the options you have, you'll be able to figure out your best course of action.
While it isn't something you need to think about right now, "licensing" something you'll want to eventually consider. Because licensed electricians (usually called "journeymen electricians") earn far more than unlicensed electricians, and because licensed electricians can rely on more job security and much better benefits, one of your career goals should be to get an electrician's license.
The important thing to remember is that you'll need an apprenticeship in order to accrue the hours necessary to get a license. You can apply for an apprenticeship at any time, and remember, you can always go to one of the electrician schools in Oklahoma if you get waitlisted or told you're not ready yet.
Your Paycheck: What You Can Expect To Earn
If you live in Oklahoma and decide to commit to a career as an electrician, that decision can be lucrative one. According to the most recent surveys, the average licensed electrician in Oklahoma earns $47,510 per year. That's $6,660 more than the average Oklahoma resident, who earns $40,850 per year.
To put that salary into context, let's compare it with the average salaries of some other trades in Oklahoma. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gathered the following data about Oklahoma trade workers and salaries:
|Oklahoma||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in OK||$19.64||$40,850|
Here are two interesting takeaways from the stats above:
- Electricians in Oklahoma make $3,960 more than plumbers, $4,580 more than HVAC professionals, $13,080 more than carpenters, and an astounding $18,940 more than construction workers.
- Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC workers all make more than $20 bucks an hour, whereas carpenters and construction workers make less.
If you decide to make your living as an electrician, it's good to know that a healthy income won't be a problem!
Oklahoma Training Programs
We've taken a look at state records and found all of the community colleges and electrician schools in Oklahoma. See if any are near you, and reach out to them for more information.
After that, we've included the names of different apprenticeship programs. There are three that we know of, but there may be others out there, so do some research.
If you decide to make "electrician" your career title, we wish you the best of luck!
Electrical Schools in Oklahoma
Northeast Technology Center — Afton Campus
19901 South Highway 69
Afton, OK 74331
Eastern Oklahoma Tech Center
4601 North Choctaw
Canadian Valley Tech Center — El Reno Campus
6505 Route 66
El Reno, OK
Northeast Technology Center — Kansas Campus
450 North Highway 59
Kansas, OK 74347
Great Plains Tech Center
4500 West Lee Boulevard
Indian Capital Tech Center
2403 North 41st
Moore Norman Tech Center — Franklin Road Campus
4701 Twelfth Avenue
Electrical Schools in Oklahoma City, OK
Metro Technology Centers
1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-TECH (8324)
Moore Norman Technology Center — South Penn Campus
13301 South Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
(405) 364-5763 ext. 7260
Northeast Tech Center — Pryor Campus
6195 West Highway 20
Pryor, OK 74361
Kiamichi Tech Centers — Poteau Campus
1509 South McKenna
Central Tech — Sapulpa Campus
1720 South Main Street
Sapulpa, OK 74066
Gordon Cooper Tech Center
One John C. Bruton Boulevard
Meridian Tech Center
1312 South Sangre
6111 East Skelly Drive
Mid-America Tech Center
27438 State Highway 59
Wes Watkins Technology Center
7892 Highway 9
Wetumka, OK 74883
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Oklahoma
JATC Ponca City
112 Northeast 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
JATC of Tulsa
P.O. Box 50158
Tulsa, OK 74150
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Oklahoma (Non-Union)
IEC of Oklahoma City
1504 South Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73109