Electrician Schools and Training in Wyoming
Thanks for visiting www.ElectricianCareersGuide.com! As you would imagine, there's a lot you'll need to know in order to become a licensed electrician, so we've put together a post that'll help you get your start. Take a look at the topics below (we discuss schools, training, salary, and licenses), and if you have any questions, let us know!
Info To Get Started
We'll keep things simple for right now, and say that there are two different ways to become an electrician. You can go to electrical school/electrician training program and find an entry-level position, or enter an apprentice program and get "on-the-job" training.
Let's take a closer look at each of those options, and figure out which is the best choice for you.
Electrician schools and electrician training programs are a great way to get receive training that will make you attractive to local employers. In school, you'll receive very specific instruction on how to read blueprints and determine if wiring adheres to local safety codes, install and maintain electrical wiring, and test electrical systems using various measurement devices. Your training will make you a viable job candidate upon graduation, and the electrical school you attend may help you find a job after you're done with school.
Apprenticeships are a tried-and-true method of receiving the training you need. These are basically work programs where you receive training on the job. There are opportunities offered by local unions, as well as local organizations that are not affiliated with a union. The best thing about these programs is that you get paid for your efforts, and you'll get a regular paycheck as you complete the program. Also--this is noteworthy---in Wyoming, an apprenticeship will be required to get an electrician's license.
You Just Mentioned Licensing. What Do I Need to Know?
Some states only have a few different licenses for electricians--Texas has two--but Wyoming offers many different licenses, including:
Low voltage / Limited Technician
Low voltage / Limited Contractor
You'll need to accrue a certain number of work hours to gain each license--usually 4,000 or more hours of training--and getting a license usually takes two to four years. The work that electricians do is very dangerous, and the state of Wyoming wants to make sure that you're safe on the job!
An Important Note About Apprenticeships
You may have noticed that in the section above, we wrote that "an apprenticeship will help you get an electrician's license." What does that mean, exactly?
In order to accrue the hours necessary to get any of the licenses listed above, you'll need to be in an apprenticeship.
If that's the case, why would you go to school, instead of just getting an apprenticeship?
The reason is that it can be difficult to get accepted into a program. Many have a waiting period, and the organizers of these programs want to see that candidates have some real-world experience. Going to an electrician school get help you get into the program over another candidate.
If you can get into a program without school, definitely do so--but if you're having trouble, an electrician school may help get you accepted into an apprenticeship program.
Is The Pay Decent?
So, before we get back to schools and training, let's answer the question on everyone's mind: is the pay worth it?
Yes! As a matter of fact, the average annual salary for licensed electricians in Wyoming is $57,160 per year. There are only fourteen states in the U.S. where electricians make a higher average salary.
But how does that compare to some of the other trades in Wyoming? We took data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics---the government's job data agency---and came up with the following:
|Wyoming||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in WY||$21.60||$44,930|
As the chart displays, electricians are among the highest-paid trades workers in the state. They make:
- $12,440 more than heating, ventilation, and air conditioning workers;
- $14,300 more than plumbers;
- $14,300 more than carpenters; and
- $24,140 more than construction workers.
That's all good news, but here's the most interesting statistic from the graph: the average Wyoming salary (represented by the "All Occupations in WY" metric) is $44,930. That means that electricians, with an average salary of $57,160 per year, earn about $12,230 more than the average Wyoming resident. That's a pretty significant difference in salary, and can result in a big difference in quality of life.
It's good to know that a career as an electrician is not only professionally satisfying, but it pays pretty well also!
Wyoming Electrician Training
Featured below is a full list of your training options, including JATC opportunities and electrician schools in Wyoming. We wish you all the best!
Northern WY Community College District — Gillette College
300 West Sinclair
Gillette, WY 82718
Central WY College
2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY 82501
Western WY Community
2500 College Drive
Rock Springs, WY
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Wyoming (“JATC”)
JATC of Wyoming
2080 North Skyview Drive
Casper, WY 82601
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Wyoming (Non-Union)
IEC Rocky Mountain Chapter
480 East 76th Avenue
Denver, CO 80229
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