Electrician Schools and Training in Tennessee
Electricians are highly-trained professionals who spend years learning their craft. But how do they get their start? What kind of training do they need?
Below, we'll detail all the things you need to know to embark on an electrician career in Tennessee. We'll discuss training info, salary data, and apprenticeships and electrician schools in Tennessee.
Where Do I Begin?
People occasionally have a difficult time figuring out how to get an electrician career started. And that makes sense, because there are a few different ways to enter the trade. Let's take a look at each, and see if we can figure out the best way for you to get started.
Apprenticeships are one of the most common ways that people enter the field. An apprenticeship program will provide extensive workplace training, coupled with classroom learning, to provide an "A to Z" training program.
Here's how it works: apprentice programs field a large number of applicants, and after a round of interviews and an entrance exam, choose the candidates who they think will be a good match for the program. The people chosen become apprentices, and work side-by-side professional electricians on the various jobsites that electricians visit. Apprentices observe, learn the trade, and given small tasks. As they build vocational knowledge, they are given bigger and bigger tasks, until after a few years, they are fully-trained professionals.
There are some "pros" and "cons" to the apprentice model of training. The biggest "pro" is that apprentices earn a living wage, and are paid for each and every hour they work. In fact, they are usually guaranteed wage increases each year, so that by the time they are finished with the program, they earn almost as much as professional electricians. The biggest "con" is that it can sometimes take a LONG time to find an apprenticeship, get accepted, and get started. In fact, many apprenticeship programs have wait lists of a few months to a few years.
Electricians schools are another tried-and-true method of getting started. There are plenty of electrician schools in Tennessee, and most of them provide a high-quality education for a reasonable cost (there are some schools that are a bit pricey, so you'll have to watch out). Community colleges are an affordable option, and offer degree programs; tech schools are a little more pricey, and usually offer certificates or diplomas that teach job-specific skills.
Regardless of the type of school you go to, you'll want to learn the following:
- How to draft and work from blueprints;
- How to install wiring and electrical cable in various structures, including residential homes, commercial buildings, and industrial and factory settings;
- How to inspect wiring installations that other electricians have completed, and ensure that it is "up to code" and meets local and national safety codes;
- How to diagnose systems or components that are malfunctioning, and find fixes to broken systems;
- How to use measurement tools such as oscilloscopes and ohmmeters to determine the amount of electricity in a system; and
- How to work with other building professionals.
Which Is The Right Career Choice For You? There's no "right answer," and people start their electrician careers in different ways and at different times in their lives. We suggest that you learn all of the options available to you. Visit the websites of schools you're interested in, and call apprenticeship programs to find out about their programs. When you have more knowledge about the paths before you, you'll be able to make a more informed decision.
How Much Do Tennessee Electricians Make?
If you work as an electrician in the great state of Tennessee, what kind of an income can you expect to bring home?
We sifted through data from the BLS-- the United States' fact-finding agency for data related to salaries and employment--and came up with the following comparison chart:
|Tennessee||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in TN||$19.55||$40,650|
As you can see, licensed plumbers and licensed electricians are among the best-compensated trades workers in the state. Here are some relationships from the statistics above:
- Plumbers and electricians are the only trades sampled where workers made more than $20 bucks per hour. HVAC workers made a little under $20 an hour, carpenters made a little less than that at $16.95 per hour, and construction workers made a LOT less than that, at $13.77 per hour.
- Carpenters in Tennessee make a surprisingly low salary, and both plumbers and electricians earn, on average, $10,000 more per year than carpenters.
- The electrician salary is a good deal higher than the average Tennessee income. The data point named "All Occupations in TN" represents the average salary for ALL jobs---from CEOs and business types to teachers and cops and nurses. The average wage from all of those jobs is $40,650 per year. That means that the average electrician, with an annual income of $46,710 per year, makes $6,060 more than the average worker. Not too bad!
Many states don't pay their electricians well; it's good to know that the average Tennessee electrician is making a livable wage, and in fact earning more than the average state resident.
List of Tennessee Electrical Schools and Development Programs
We've done a lot of research and come up with a full list of training options in every part of the state.
Check below for more of the electrical schools in Tennessee, followed by apprentice opportunities throughout the state.
Northeast State Tech
2425 Highway 75
Electrical Schools in Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga State Community College — Main Campus
4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406
Chattanooga State Community College — Dayton Campus
200 North 4th Avenue
Dayton, TN 37321
Dyersburg State Community College
1510 Lake Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Chattanooga State Community College — Kimball Site
2100 Main Street
Kimball, TN 37347
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
1303 Old Fort Parkway
Electrical Schools in Nashville, TN
120 White Bridge
Nashville, TN 37209
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
1233 East College Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Tennessee
Note: “JATC” stands for “Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee”
JATC of the Tri-Cities Area
P.O. Box 388
Blountville, TN 37617
JATC of Chattanooga
3924 Volunteer Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37416
JATC of Knoxville (ETAK)
6107 Central Avenue Pike
Knoxville, TN 37912
JATC of Local Union #1925
402 Jackson Street
Martin, TN 38327
JATC of Memphis
6211 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
NEJATC — JATC of Nashville
310 Fesslers Lane
Nashville, TN 37229
JATC of Oak Ridge
138 North Lincoln Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Tennessee (Non-Union)
Mid-South Chapter IEC
2814 Stage Center Drive
Memphis, TN 38134