Electrician Schools and Training in Oregon
Are you interested in becoming an electrician in Oregon? If so, you've come to the right place. The Electrician Careers Guide has a full description of the profession, guidance on how you can get your first job, and info about the licenses you'll need to "move up the ladder."
In the page below, we've compiled a full list of Oregon electrician schools and apprenticeships, along with some data about salary and licenses, to help you begin your professional career. If you've got questions, feel free to leave them in the "Comments" section below.
The Oregon Training Process
Oregon electricians usually get their start in one of two ways: they go to one of the electrician schools in Oregon, or they become an electrician's apprentice. Let's take a closer look at each option.
1. Electrician Schools. There are plenty of excellent training facilities in Oregon, both at community colleges and technical schools. They provide a safe atmosphere where you can learn how to read blueprints, create electrical systems, measure the flow of energy through a circuit, and so on. Upon graduation, you'll be able to find entry-level work, and start building your career.
2. Apprenticeships. Enrollees in an apprentice program learn on the job site from licensed electricians, and are given more and more responsibilities as they gain different skills. Not only that, but participants get paid for every hour they work. There is some classroom learning involved, but most of the training is done on the job.
Oregon Electrician Licensing
Oregon offers a wide array of licenses that electricians can get. In fact, whereas most states only have a "journeyman" license and perhaps a few others, Oregon has more than twenty licenses that electricians can get. When you sign up for classes or an apprenticeship program, ask your professors or program leads about the licenses available, and what you'll need to do to attain them. As with all licenses, you'll need to complete a certain number of supervised work hours, take a few required classes, and pass a licensing exam.
Let's get down to brass tacks and answer the question everybody wants to know:
How much do licensed electricians in Oregon make per year?
We consulted the government's statistics division to find salary information for electricians in Oregon.
|Oregon||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in OR||$22.53||$46,850|
First we'll give you some good news, and then we'll give you some really good news.
The good news: $68,690 is a fantastic living for an electrician. In fact, there are only three states---New York, Illinois, and Alaska (yes, Alaska) where electricians make more per year. If you become a licensed electrician in Oregon, chances are you'll be among the highest-paid electricians in the U.S. Not too bad!
Now here's the really good news: the average salary for a person who lives in Oregon is $46,850 per year. That's the "All Occupations in OR" statistic at the bottom of the chart. The average electrician in Oregon earns $68,690 per year---that's $21,840 more than the average person with a job! If you're into percentages, that's an increase of 46.62%. If you decide to pursue a career as an electrician in Oregon, you have the potential to earn a salary that high above the state average.
Some other insights about the data:
- Electricians in Oregon earn more than $30 an hour. That is remarkable, especially considering that electricians in many states earn $20 to $25 per hour.
- There's a steep drop-off in salary for HVAC workers and carpenters, which is a little bit unusual. In many states, those salaries are a little closer to the salaries that electricians and plumbers make.
- Construction workers earn LESS than $20,000 per year. It may take more training to become an electrician, but it sure pays off in the end!
Electrical Programs in Oregon
Below you'll find all the training options open to you as a resident of Oregon.
If you decide to embark on a career as an electrician, we're rooting for you!
Electrician Schools in Oregon
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Boulevard SW
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 917 4999
Clatsop Community College
1651 Lexington Avenue
Astoria, OR 97103
Electrical Schools in Eugene, OR
4000 East 30th Avenue
Rogue Community College — Redwood Campus
3345 Redwood Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Clackamas Community College — Oregon City Campus
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801
Electrical Schools in Portland, OR
Northwest Institute of Electrical Technology
6915 NE 42nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97218
Portland Community College — Swan Island Trades Center
6400 North Cutter Circle
Portland, OR 97217
1140 Umpqua College Road
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Oregon
JATC of Crater Lake
4864 Airway Drive
Central Point, OR 97502
Inside Electrical JATC
3427 Ash Street
North Bend, OR 97459
JATC of Portland
16021 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
JATC of Central Electrical
33309 Highway 99E
Tangent, OR 97389
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Oregon (Non-Union)
IEC of Oregon
8625 Southwest Cascade Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97008
Mid-Oregon Chapter IEC
1907 Garden Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403