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Alabama saw a boom in the housing market in the recent past.

Newly built houses also require new and custom electrical wiring, leading to an increased demand for qualified electricians.

Reasons to Become an Electrician in Alabama

The Department of Labor in Alabama predicts that by 2024 there will be 12.9%  more positions available for electricians.

Median Wage for Electricians

Electricians have a good median income in Alabama, as they earn about $44,728 per year.

This salary is a bit lower than the national one for electricians, which is of about $47,951 per year.

The best-paid electricians in the state make around $50,968 per year, while nationally the best-paid electricians earn about $54,640 annually.

Annual Salary Range:
$39K
$44K
$50K

Average Salaries of Electricians in Alabama

City NameSalary
Birmingham$45,112
Montgomery$42,905
Mobile$44,387
Huntsville$45,361
Tuscaloosa$44,956
Dothan$42,335
Decatur$43,975
Auburn$42,986
Gadsden$44,853
Florence$41,350
* Salary information last updated 2020

The Steps of Becoming an Electrician

Future electricians must familiarize themselves with the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board.

This board will issue licenses after the individual finishes first their apprenticeship and becoming a journeyman.

These are the steps of becoming an Alabama electrician:

  • Must earn 8,000 hours experience as an apprentice
  • Sit through the examination to become a journeyman
  • Become an independent electrical contractor by getting a license.

Earning 8,000 Hours of Experience

Before becoming a journeyman, you must work between 4 and 5 years as an apprentice or helper.

There are 2 ways of completing this step:

  • Gaining experience on the job (8,000 hours or 4 years) while attending a course (576 hours)
  • Attend a technical school for 2 years and gain 6,000 hours of field experience

As you may guess, you can directly become an apprentice or you can enroll for a course and slowly transition to an entry-level job in the field.

At this stage, your salary will be lower than the shown ones, however as you gain experience, the salary will increase.

Technical schools

Many vocational schools have a program for an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology diploma, in which you can enroll.

27 Top Electrician Schools in Alabama

School NameAddress
Alabama Southern Community College — Gilbertown Campus251 College Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908
Alabama Southern Community College — Jackson Campus235 College Avenue, Jackson, AL 36545
Alabama Southern Community College — Monroeville Campus2800 South Alabama Avenue, Monroeville, AL 36460
Alabama Southern Community College — Thomasville Campus30755 Highway 43 South, Thomasville, AL 36784
BEJATC of Birmingham5000 East Lake Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35217
Bevill State Community College1411 Indiana Avenue, Jasper, AL 35501
Bishop State Community College351 North Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36603
Gadsden State Community CollegeEast Broad Campus 1001 East Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35902
George C Wallace State Community College - Dothan1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL 36303
George C Wallace State Community College - Selma3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, AL 36703
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36108
J F Drake State Community and Technical College3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, AL 35811
J F Ingram State Technical College5375 Ingram Rd, Deatsville, AL 36022
JATC of Mobile2244 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36606
JATC of Montgomery1469 Jean Street, Montgomery, AL 36107
Jefferson Davis Community College220 Alco Dr, Brewton, AL 36426
John C Calhoun State Community College6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, AL 35671
Lawson State Community College3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Greenville Campus750 Greenville, Greenville, AL 36037
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Luverne Center886 Glenwood Road, Luverne, AL 36049
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — MacArthur Campus1708 North Main Street, Opp, AL 36467
NALJATC of North Alabama1805 East 17th Street, Sheffield, AL 35660
Northeast Alabama Community College138 AL-35, Rainsville, AL 35986
Northwest-Shoals Community College800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Reid State Technical College100 AL-83, Evergreen, AL 36401
Shelton State Community College9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Wallace Community College1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL 36303

If you choose this route, you still need 6,000 hours of experience on the job.

This means that when you find an electrical contractor in need of a helper, he should also be willing to record the hours you completed.

Luckily, many electrical contracting companies in Alabama are searching for apprentices that will turn into long-time employees when they complete their training.

These are some of the aforementioned firms:

  • Alabama Electric Company, Inc (Dothan)
  • Alabama Electrical Contractors (Cullman)
  • North Alabama Electric (Decatur)

Apprenticeship

If you want to skip the training school and go straight into being an apprentice, contact Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC).

This committee will help you find someone in need of a helper.

This is a union route, and the apprenticeships are made possible through the collaboration of Alabama chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union, through the Electrical Training Alliance.

To partake, you’ll be required to become a union member as well.

Here are the JATCs in Alabama:

  • North Alabama Electrical JATC
  • Birmingham Electrical JATC
  • Montgomery Alabama Electricians, IBEW Local 443
  • Mobile Electricians JATC

There are also some requirements you must meet before joining these JATCs:

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • A passing grade in algebra, in high school
  • Having your driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Pass a general aptitude test
  • Going for an interview

Non-union apprenticeships are also possible, but more difficult to find.

You can inquire here:

  • Central Alabama Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
  • ABC-affiliated Construction Education Foundation Alabama – CEFA (Birmingham)

Becoming a Journeyman

You must pass a test in order to become a journeyman, a title that allows you to earn the full pay and work on your own.

You can’t get your journeyman license without completing the previous step and having your employer filling in a Work Affidavit.

You also must fill in an application with the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board, which they must approve before you can schedule your examination that lasts 4 hours.

There are 80 questions to which you must answer and you’re allowed to consult your 2014 National Electric Code and the American Electricians Handbook during the exam.

The topics covered in the test are:

  • General electrical knowledge, Conductors and Cables, Raceways and boxes – a total of 30 questions.
  • Service, feeders, and branch circuits – 9 questions
  • Grounding and bonding – 8 questions
  • Special occupancies and equipment, Motors – a total of 12 questions
  • Safety Information and Overcurrent Protection – 10 questions in total
  • Lighting – 3 questions
  • Electrical power, Low voltage, Illuminated signs, Fire detection, and alarm systems – 8 total questions

If you pass the test, you’ll have to pay the licensing fee and then get your license which needs renewing every year, though no extra credits are needed for this.

To renew it, you can just fill out an online form.

Becoming an Independent Electrical Contractor

Journeymen electricians have the possibility of starting their own business and thus becoming independent electrical contractors.

To do so, you’ll need a license from Alabama’s Electrical Contractors Board.

To qualify, you need to meet these requirements:

  • 8,000 hours of work experience and maintenance work doesn’t count towards the total.
  • Have some experience as a manager

After you made sure these 2 requirements are met, fill out an application with the Board and schedule an exam once your application is approved.

The exam lasts for 5 hours, has 110 questions and you can bring these books with you for reference:

  • The American Electricians Handbook
  • Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management
  • Alabama Electrical Contractors Supplement to the Contractors Guide
  • 2014 National Electric Code

These are the topics covered in the exam:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 10 questions
  • Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits – 10 questions
  • Conductors and Cables – 10 questions
  • Grounding and Bonding – 9 questions
  • Raceways and Boxes – 8 questions
  • Overcurrent Protection – 6 questions
  • Motors – 6 questions
  • Safety Information – 5 questions
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment – 4 questions
  • Licensing Law – 4 questions
  • Estimating – 4 questions
  • Tax Laws – 4 questions
  • Financial Management – 4 questions
  • Electrical Power – 3 questions
  • Lighting – 3 questions
  • Labor Laws – 3 questions
  • Contracts – 3 questions
  • Low Voltage – 2 questions
  • Illuminated Signs – 2 questions
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems – 2 questions
  • Risk Management – 2 questions
  • Project Management – 2 questions
  • Safety and Environmental – 2 questions
  • Business Organization – 1 questions
  • Lien Law – 1 questions

If you pass this exam you can pay for your license and then pick it up.

Remember that you must renew it every year, and you can do so with an online form.

You should also continue your education and the Board can give you more details regarding this aspect.

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