Electrician Schools and Training in Texas

Welcome, Texans, to The Electrician Careers Guide! We have all the information you'll need to get started as a high-paid professional electrician, including:

  • Steps to get your license and become a journeyman electrician;
  • Wage information and salary data from electricians all across the state;
  • Electrician schools in Texas, and whether or not they're a good option for you; and
  • Info on the apprenticeships you may need to get your license.

Are you ready to learn about a high-paying career that helps keeps our nation prosperous and productive? Let's get to it.

How To Become An Electrician In Texas​

​People enter the trade in a number of different ways. Typically, they do one of two things:

1. Enroll in one the electrician schools in Texas; or

2. Find an apprentice program and apply.

Let's take a closer look at each of those options, and see if we can find the right one for you.

Electrical Schools. Many electricians get their start by going to school. Some attend an electrician program at a community college; others enroll in a private technical institute and receive workplace training.

Schools are a fantastic option because they allow students to practice job-related skills in an environment that is free of danger. As you would image, the work that electricians do can be hazardous, so electrical schools offer hands-on training in a laboratory setting so that the learning environment is safe and secure.

Students are taught a broad range of electrical job tasks, including how to:​

  • Work from blueprints, and draft blueprints that other construction professionals can use;
  • Use power tools, hands tools, and the tubing that houses electrical wire (usually called "conduit");
  • Wire residential structures, as well as commercial and industrial structures;
  • Measure the amount of electricity moving through a circuit, using meters and gauges like oscilloscopes and ohmmeters and voltmeters;
  • Install wiring in different types of building structures, such as homes and apartment complexes, office buildings and restaurants, and industrial centers and factories; and
  • Maintain electrician systems that have already been installed by other electricians (this is very important in factories, power plants, and hospitals).

Schools also provide a basic understand of electrical theory and the physics of electricity, and introduce students to electrical safety regulations.

Apprenticeship Programs. Many electricians enter the field through an apprentice program, and are paired with an electrician who "knows the ropes"--someone who is licensed and has practiced for many years--and are given small tasks to start, and gradually given larger responsibilities as they learn the trade.​

Apprentice programs are lengthy, and they usually last anywhere from four to five years. The two best aspects of the program are 1) by the time the program is over, participants are fully trained and able to take the state's licensing exam, and 2) participants earn a living wage and are paid for every hour they work.

The only problematic issue with these programs is that there can be a very long waiting period for people to be selected and begin. Because apprenticeships are a popular option, many people sign up for them, and a waiting period of a couple months to two years is not uncommon.

Electrician Schools in Texas

A Quick Note About Licenses​

One of your ultimate career goals should be to get an electrician license. Electricians who work with a license tend to earn higher salaries (a lot higher, in fact), get better benefits, and enjoy more job security. They're also able to take on a wider range of jobs, and take jobs they find interesting.

In Texas, you can get any of the following licenses:​

  • Electrical Contractor
  • Master Electrician
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Residential Wireman
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Residential Appliance Installer
  • Residential Appliance Installer Contractor
  • Electrical Apprentice

and...

  • Electrical Sign Contractor
  • Master Sign Electrician
  • Journeyman Sign Electrician
  • Electrical Sign Apprentice

To get a license, you have to have to accrue a certain number of work hours, and pass a licensing exam.

​Here's the important part: when you find work, make sure that the hours you accrue count towards getting a license. Texas has strict requirements on what counts towards your license and what doesn't, so make sure that the work you do counts towards a license. You can check some of the requirements for different licenses here. It would be an awful shame to work hard and not have that work result in a license, so when you start working--check and make sure!

Electrician Salary In Texas​

Every couple of years, the United States government releases information about the salaries of residents from each state. We checked with their latest figures, and collected the following data about tradespeople in Texas:​

Texas Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Electricians $21.70 $45,130
Plumbers $21.49 $44,690
HVAC $20.28 $42,180
Carpenters $16.38 $34,070
Construction Laborers $13.59 $28,270
All Occupations in TX $21.79 $45,330

Of the professions reviewed, licensed electricians earned the highest salary, taking in an average of $45,130 per year. Their income was relatively similar to plumbers and HVAC workers, but much higher than carpenters and significantly higher than construction workers (which is most likely because the training period for electricians is much greater than the training period for construction workers).

Here are some things you'll want to keep in mind when reviewing the salary data:​

  • The figures above represent averages---the mean hourly wage and the mean annual wage. There are plenty of Texans in the trades who bring home more money every year, and plenty of Texans who bring home less.
  • Annual income is affected by a variety of factors, including your work experience (whether you're the "new guy" or a seasoned pro), your local economy (cities vs. towns vs. rural areas), and your area of specialty (ie, outside linemen can earn a LOT more than telecommunications technicians). The decisions you make about your career (and where you choose to live!) will determine the wages you make.
  • You have some control when it comes to the income you will make. If you are healthy, willing to work, and know what you're doing, you can become one of the higher-earning electricians.

Various Work Settings for Different Electrician Types

Above, we mentioned the different types of licenses that electricians can get. We'd also like to mention the different types of environments that electricians can work in: private homes and apartment complexes, commercial buildings, industrial factories and warehouses, telecommunications centers, and, of course, when they're setting up cable and phone lines, the great outdoors!

Here's a quick video of a commercial electricians working on a couple of job sites, both large and small:

Electrical Schools and Training in Texas

​We've combed through all of the apprentice programs and electrician schools in Texas and put together the list below. Take a look, and see if there's anything near you.

If you make the decision to become an electrician, we're pulling for you! Our country needs more electricians, and you'll be helping us remain strong in the years to come.

Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 223-4ACC
(512) 223-4222

Lee College
200 Lee Drive
Baytown, TX 77520
(800) 621-8724

Texas Southmost College
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 295-3600

Cisco College
101 College Heights
Cisco, TX 76437
(254) 442-5000

Greyson College — Main Campus
6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, TX 75020
(903) 465-6030

Electrical Schools in El Paso, TX

El Paso Community College
9050 Viscount Boulevard
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 831-EPCC

Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-4242

Electrical Schools in Houston, TX

Houston Community College
3100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 718-2000

San Jacinto College — North Campus
5800 Uvalde
Houston, TX 77049
(281) 998-6150

North Lake College — Central Campus
5001 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 273-3000

Kilgore College
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662
(903) 983-8209

Brazosport College
500 Colleges Drive
Lake Jackson, TX
(979) 230-3000
(979) 230-3229

Laredo Community College — South Campus
5500 South Zapata Highway
Laredo, TX
(956) 794-4002

Kilgore College — Longview Campus
300 South High Street
Longview, TX 75601
(903) 753-2642

South Texas College
3201 West Pecan
McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 872-8311

Paris Junior College — Workforce Education
2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX 75460
(903) 782-0445
(903) 782-0447

San Jacinto College — Central Campus
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77505
(281) 998-6150

Electrical Schools in San Antonio, TX

St. Philip’s College
1801 M. L. King Drive
San Antonio, TX 78203
(210) 486-2000

Western Texas College
6200 College Avenue
Snyder, TX 79549
(325) 573-8511
(888) 468-6982

Texarkana College
2500 North Robison Road
Texarkana, TX 75599
(903) 823-3456

Lone Star College — Tomball Campus
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375
(281) 351-3300

Greyson College — South Campus
1455 West Van Alstyne Parkway
Van Alstyne, TX 75495
(903) 415-2500

Victoria College
2200-A East Red River
Victoria, TX
(877) 843-4369

Texas State Technical College
3801 College Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
(254) 799-3611

Union Apprenticeship Programs in Texas
(A quick note: JATC is short for “Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee”)

JATC of West Texas
200 South Fannin Road
Amarillo, TX 79105
(806) 372-1581

JATC of Austin
4000 Caven Road
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-3024

JATC of Texas Gulf Coast
2301 Saratoga
Corpus Christi, TX 78417
(361) 884-8414

JATC of El Paso
6040 Luckett Court
El Paso, TX 79932
(915) 872-9927

JATC of North Texas
680 West Tarrant Road
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
(972) 266-8383

JATC of Houston
108 Covern Street
Houston, TX 77061
(713) 649-2739

JATC of East Texas
2914 East Marshall Avenue
Longview, TX 75601
(903) 753-7646

JATC of Rio Grand Valley / Laredo
224 North McColl Road
McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 630-3108

JATC of Texarkana
114 Elm Street
Nash, TX 75569
(903) 838-8531

JATC of Beaumont
707 Helena Avenue
Nederland, TX 77627
(409) 727-3102

JATC of San Angelo
909 Caddo Street
San Angelo, TX 76901
(325) 655-1401

JATC of South Texas
2503 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 225-8900

JATC of Tyler
200 North John Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 595-0294

JATC of Waco
1813 Orchard Lane
Waco, TX 76705
(254) 754-3121

JATC of Wichita Falls
6111 Jacksboro Highway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302
(940) 322-1661
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Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Texas (Non-Union)

CenTex Chapter IEC
8868 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-1333

El Paso Chapter IEC
6596 Montana Avenue
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 777-6649

IEC Dallas Chapter
1931 Hereford Drive
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 550-1133

IEC of East Texas
Tyler, TX 75710
(903) 597-7054

IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County
5809 East Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
(817) 496-8422

San Antonio Chapter IEC
2307 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78228
(210) 431-9861

IEC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
601 North Shepherd Road
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-1976

IEC of the Texas Panhandle
200 South Main Street
Borger, TX 79007
(806) 274-7169

Lubbock Chapter IEC
Lubbock, TX 79464
(806) 798-3660

Rio Grande Valley IEC
219 East Monroe Avenue
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-4878

IEC of Texas
Austin, TX 78716
(512) 389-0006

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