Electrician Schools and Training in Utah
Interested in a career as a licensed electrician? Look no further! We've got all the info you need to start a successful career as an electrician in Utah.
Here's what we've got on the page: a description of how most electricians get their start, a discussion about salary/income for trades workers across Utah, and a list of all the electrical schools and apprenticeships in the state.
Want To Make A Career As An Electrician? Let's Start At The Beginning
Most Utah electricians start their careers in one of two ways. They either
- Go to one of the electrician schools in Utah; or
- Get an apprenticeship through a union program or a non-union program.
Each option offers different opportunities, so let's dissect each one and see if we can find the right choice for you.
Training At An Electrician College
There are some excellent educational opportunities in Utah, and many electricians get their start through a school-based electrician program. Those programs may be found at community colleges, vocational/technical schools associated with high schools or adult education programs, or technical colleges that specifically teach plumbing, HVAC, electricity, etc.
Schools will help you develop your skills in an environment that is safe, controlled, and secure. Electricians do dangerous work, and for many people, it's important to learn the trade in a controlled environment, where there is no threat of self-harm or injury. Most electrician programs include a laboratory setting, where students can work with electricity in a way that is safer than learning it on the jobsite.
Students learn a variety of skills, including:
- How to create an electrical system, and chart the movement of electricity through that system;
- How to maintain an electrical system, and make sure that the wiring is up to code and meets local regulations; and
- How to work with other tradespeople to construct residences, offices buildings, and industrial centers.
There's a lot else that students learn, but those are a few of the main lessons.
After students from electrical schools graduate, they're able to apply for entry-level work with electricians and contractors in their communities.
Training Through An Apprenticeship
If you've done any reading about electrician careers, you've probably heard about apprenticeships. These programs provide an excellent way to learn the skills necessary to practice.
Basically, the program pairs an untrained person with a trained electrician. The trained electrician will tutor the untrained person at every jobsite they visit, and by the end of the program--apprenticeships usually last from two to five years--the participant is 100% trained, and capable of finishing jobs on his or her own.
The best aspect of an apprentice program is that trainees are paid for every hour they work. There is some classroom learning involved, but most of the training takes place on OTJ ("on the job").
Which Is The Path I Should Take?
Your first step is to figure out your options. Take a look at the schools in your area, and give them a call find out what they teach, and how much it costs. Also check out apprenticeships, and be sure to ask what the entrance requirements are (also ask about the waiting list, because some programs have waiting lists that are many years long). Tally up all the opportunities you have, and go from there. There's no "perfect" answer, and whatever gets you into the field is a good option!
Let's Talk About Salary
Say you actually do embark on a career as an electrician---what would your personal annual income look like? There are a LOT of websites that list salary data, and they all seem to say different things. What can you actually expect to make every year?
To be certain that we're dealing with *accurate* statistics, we researched the federal agency that gathers salary information from every state in the Union (it's called the BLS). Here's what we found:
|Utah||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in UT||$20.94||$43,550|
As you can see, licensed electricians make $47,520 per year. Not too bad for a job that doesn't require a bachelor's degree!
Let's take a close look at the data, and the relationships between the different jobs listed.
- Of the trade jobs we looked at, plumbers, electricians, and HVAC workers earned the highest incomes, with all three professionals pulling in over $45,000 per year.
- All three of those trades were higher than the average salary of the average Utah resident, who makes $43,550 per year.
- Constructions workers don't make too much! On average, they pulled in $29,680, or just over $14 per hour.
So, to sum up---the average electrician in Utah pulls in a fine salary, and one that is higher than the average state salary.
Schools and Training in Utah
We've put together the following list of apprenticeships and electrical schools in Utah.
If you have any questions, drop us a line!
1410 North 1000 West
Ogden-Weber Tech College
200 North Washington Boulevard
Electrical Schools in Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake Community — Taylorsville Redwood Campus
4600 South Redwood Road
SLC, UT 84123
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Utah
Line Constructors JATC
7001 South 900 East
Midvale, UT 84047
JATC of Utah
3400 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Utah (Non-Union)
IEC of Utah
7044 Commerce Park Drive
Midvale, UT 84047