Electrician Schools in Alabama
Welcome to the Electrician Careers Guide! On this page, we'll present a list of all the electrician schools in Alabama, as well as all the information you need to become an electrician in Alabama, including:
- training options;
- salary data; and
- sources you can contact to get your career started.
Let's get to it.
Starting Your Electrician Career
There are a couple of different ways to start an electrician career in Alabama. You can:
Find an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are an "earn as you learn" situation, where you'll be assigned to different jobs and learn the trade as you work. You'll also take some evening classes to learn theory and the National Electric Code (NEC). The program usually lasts about four years (but remember, you get paid for all the work you do) and you will learn everything you need to know in order to become licensed. It's a fantastic option, and we've listed all of your apprenticeship opportunities in the sections below. The one problem with apprenticeships is that they can be difficult to attain, which is why some people go with Option #2, which is:
Attend an Electrician Training Program. Every state has community colleges and technical schools that provide excellent training for electricians. Among other things, you'll learn:
- How to wire houses, office buildings, and industrial centers;
- How to read blueprints, and how to draft your own blueprints;
- How to use tools that measure the flow of electricity in a system;
- How to make sure that a building's wire is up to local safety codes; and
- What you'll need to do to get an Alabama electrician license.
Plus, an education makes you a very attractive candidate for apprentice programs, and when you graduate, you'll be eligible for an entry-level position as an assistant or helper.
There are a few other things you'll need to keep in mind when you're starting out:
- Alabama has two types of electrician license: a journeyman electrician license and an electrical contractor license. Your first goal should be to attain a journeyman license. You'll need to complete four years of work experience (with much of it in commercial or industrial work). Your license is something you'll need to think about when you get your first job, so keep that in the back of your mind. For more information about licenses, check out the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board website.
- There are a few requirements to get into an apprentice program or a school. There are many fields that have a very restrictive set of requirements to enter the career, but "licensed electrician" isn't one them. Basically, you need have a high school degree or GED, completion of one or more courses of high school algebra with a passing grade, be 18 years old, speak English, and be physically capable of working all day.
- There are different types of electricians. There are many different types of electricians, and some do very specialized work. We discuss each type on our homepage, so check that out.
- This page is a broad overview of what it takes to become an electrician in Alabama. You should research all of your options, and contact apprenticeships and electrician schools in your area to figure out your best course of action.
How Much Do Alabama Electricians Make?
If you're like most people, the first thing you check out when you're thinking about a new career is SALARY. We've consulted with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and gathered the following information about licensed electricians:
|Alabama||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in AL||$19.66||$40,890|
As you can see, electricians make a very decent living. Of the various trades we've surveyed, they earned more than plumbers, heating/venting/air conditioning workers, carpenters, and construction workers.
In fact, electricians in Alabama earn a higher salary than most residents of the state. The average income for an electrician was $44,430, whereas the average salary for all other occupations combined was $40,890. That's an increase of $3,540, or 8.66%. Not too bad!
Alabama Electrician Training and Schools
Below you’ll find a list of all the electrical schools in the state, followed by different apprenticeship opportunities that are available to you.
Electrical Schools in Alabama
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Andalusia, AL 36420
Gadsden State Community College
Anniston, AL 36207
Electrician Schools in Birmingham, AL
Lawson State Community College
3060 Wilson Road Southwest
Birmingham, AL 35221
Wallace Community College
1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
Reid State Technical College
Evergreen, AL 36401
Gadsden State Community College
East Broad Campus
1001 East Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35902
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Greenville Campus
Greenville, AL 36037
Alabama Southern Community College — Gilbertown Campus
251 College Street
Gilbertown, AL 36908
J.F. Drake Community and Technical College
3421 Meridian Street North
Huntsville, AL 35811
Alabama Southern Community College — Jackson Campus
235 College Avenue
Jackson, AL 36545
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Luverne Center
886 Glenwood Road
Luverne, AL 36049
351 North Broad Street
Mobile, AL 36603
Alabama Southern Community College — Monroeville Campus
2800 South Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36460
NW Shoals College
800 George Wallace Boulevard
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — MacArthur Campus
1708 North Main Street
Opp, AL 36467
Northeast Alabama Community College
Rainsville, AL 35986
Bevil State Community College
Sumiton, AL 35148
Alabama Southern Community College — Thomasville Campus
30755 Highway 43 South
Thomasville, AL 36784
Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Alabama
Note: “JATC” stands for “Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee”
BEJATC of Birmingham
5000 East Lake Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35217
JATC of Mobile
2244 Halls Mill Road
Mobile, AL 36606
JATC of Montgomery
1469 Jean Street
Montgomery, AL 36107
NALJATC of North Alabama
1805 East 17th Street
Sheffield, AL 35660
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Alabama (Non-Union)
Central Alabama Chapter
Birmingham, AL 35213