Electrician Schools and Training in Missouri
If you've considered embarking on a career as an electrician in Missouri, what do you need to do to make it happen? Below, we'll outline everything you need to know to get the ball rolling.
First Steps and Getting Started
Most electricians in Missouri get their start by 1) attending an electrician school, or 2) getting an electrical apprenticeship.
Let's take a look at both options, and see which one is a good fit for you.
Electrician Schools. There are a number of community colleges and tech schools that will provide all the training you need to become a sought-after electrician. Not only will schools provide lessons about electrical theory and the National Electrical Code, they'll also teach you hands-on skills in a laboratory environment. You will learn:
- How to plan, install, and maintain the wiring in different types of building structures;
- How to inspect various buildings to see that electrical systems are "up to code";
- How to prepare blueprints for other electricians to use, and how to use them yourself; and
- How to use various measurement instructions, to gauge the flow of electricity through different systems.
After you earn your degree or diploma (depending on the program you attend), you'll be able to find entry-level work, and build your career.
Apprenticeships. An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction and "real world" experience. In such a program, you'll work side-by-side professional electricians, and develop skills as you complete new tasks. If you have questions, you ask the electrician you are working with. You'll take a few evening classes to understand electrical theory, but most of your training will occur on the job---and you'll get a paycheck for all the hours you work.
Which Option Is Better?
Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity, but it can sometimes be difficult to get them: spots are limited, and the entrance tests and interviews can be daunting. For many people, going to an electrician school or electrical program is a great way to break into the professional and get the experience necessary to land an apprenticeship.
If you can enter an apprenticeship program without any experience, that's wonderful! That would probably be your best bet. It's cheaper, and your hours may go towards an electrician license. However, if you can't get into an apprentice program, or don't want to deal with the long waiting period, a certificate or diploma from a community college or electrician school will give you the skills you need to find work and nab an apprenticeship.
What Do Missouri Electricians Pull In Each Year?
In order to be happy in your professional career, you need to 1) enjoy the work you do, 2) believe it's important, and 3) feel like you're getting a fair wage.
That said, how much do licensed electricians in Missouri earn per year?
We gathered figures from the U.S. government's website on salaries and employment, and put together the following chart:
|Missouri||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in MO||$20.57||$42,790|
As you can see, electricians (and plumbers) in Missouri make a fine living!
Here are some other points of interest:
- Electricians earn well above the state average income of $42,790 (in fact, the average electrician makes $14,510 more than the average Missouri resident), and they earn far more than carpenters, HVAC professionals, and construction workers.
- Plumbers, electricians, and carpenters all average more than $50k per year, while the state average was right below $43k per year;
- Construction workers actually earn below the state average income, and make $3,020 less than the state average.
Remember, the graph represents averages, not hard wages. If you make a career out of being an electrician, you may make more, and you may make less.
Electrical Training and Electrician Schools in Missouri
We've compiled a list of all the training options available to people who live in Missouri. We've got electrician schools and programs, as well as union and non-union apprenticeships (for more information on the difference between union and non-union, check out our post on the topic).
Contact each, and see what turns into an opportunity for you.
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Electrical Schools in Kansas City, MO
Pinnacle Career Inst.
1001 East 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64131
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Drive
Lexington, MO 64067
State Technical College of Missouri
One Technology Dr.
Linn, MO 65051
Neosho, MO 64850
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
ATS — American Trade School
3925 Industrial Dr.
Saint Ann, MO 63074
Hillyard Technical Center
Saint Joseph School District
3434 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO
Electrical Schools in St. Louis, MO
Ranken Technical College — St. Louis Campus
4431 Finney Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63113
State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 East Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
Ranken Technical College — Wentzville Campus
755 Parr Road
Wentzville, MO 63385
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Missouri
(JATC = Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee)
JATC of Jefferson City
209 Flora Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
JATC of Joplin
3302 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804
JATC of Kansas City
303 East 103rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64114
JATC of Saint Joseph
742 South 6th Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64501
JATC of St. Louis
2300 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139
Springfield Area JATC
2902 East Division Street
Springfield, MO 65803
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Missouri (Non-Union)
Central Missouri IEC
216 South Missouri Avenue
Sedalia, MO 65301
IEC of Greater St. Louis
12704 Pennridge Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
IEC of Kansas City
8820 Northeast 108th Street
Kansas City, MO 64157
IEC of Southeast Missouri
433 County Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701