Electrician Classes in Mississippi (Top Schools)

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As an electrician in the State of Mississippi, expect to be paid $41,591 per year, though the salary can reach $47,394 annually.

By contrast, these salaries are lower than at the national level, where the median one is $47,951 per year and the highest reach $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$36K
$41K
$47K

Average Salaries of Electricians in Mississippi

City NameSalary
Jackson$42,671
Gulfport$42,163
Biloxi$42,499
Hattiesburg$41,899
Greenville$42,628
Meridian$42,421
Tupelo$40,451
Southaven$45,294
Vicksburg$42,240
Pascagoula$42,158
* Salary information last updated 2020

Becoming An Electrician

The process of becoming an electrician is easier in the State of Mississippi compared to most other states, and you could run your own business much sooner than in other regions.

Steps:

  • Become a trainee
  • Get the primary license for your area
  • Get the Electrical contractor’s license

Becoming a Trainee

In this state, every city has a city’s Electrical Board that issues primary licenses for electricians, and you’re restricted to work within that city.

It is still very common to get licensed through an apprenticeship and getting a certificate of completion at the end of that period, however in some cases you need to have a certification issued by the municipal government.

If you want to enroll in a state-accredited apprenticeship, you must complete:

  • 5 years (8,000 hours) of job experience
  • 1,000 hours of classroom-based technical instruction

Usually, when these hours are completed, folks prefer to gain an Electrical Contractor license through the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.

You need to fulfill one of these 2 requirements:

  • Certification from an electrical trade school AND 4 years experience performing electrical work under a master-level electrician

OR

  • A 4-year degree AND 1 year of experience working under a master-level electrician

You can also contact your local Electrical Board if you want a license as a master electrician or contractor, but you’ll be restricted to working in your jurisdiction.

Technical Schools

Most technical schools have electrical programs that ensure the success of their students no matter the type of environment they’ll work in.

Once you graduate from of these schools, you’ll usually find entry-level positions such as a helper or apprentice, where you’ll earn the needed experience or your license.

Among the classes you’ll attend, you’ll have:

  • Commercial wiring
  • Residential wiring
  • Industrial wiring
  • AC and DC circuits
  • Branch circuit and service entrance calculations
  • Electrical drawings and schematics
  • Motor control systems
  • Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Solid-state motor control
  • Programmable logic controllers

Many companies prefer hiring those who graduated from one of these technical schools.

16 Top Electrician Schools in Mississippi

School NameAddress
Copiah Lincoln Community Junior College1028 J C Redd Drive Wesson, MS 39191
East Mississippi Community College — Golden Triangle8731 South Frontage Road Mayhew, MS
Hinds Community College3925 Sunset Drive Jackson, MS 39213
Itawamba Community College3200 Adams Farm Road Belden, MS 38826
JATC of Corinth and Tupelo105 North Madison Street Corinth, MS 38835
JATC of Gulfport2417 32nd Street Gulfport, MS 39502
JATC of the Meridian AreaDouglas Olson P.O. Box 964. Meridian, MS 39302
Jones County Junior College900 South Court Street Ellisville, MS 39437
Meridian Community College910 Highway 19 North Meridian, MS
Mississippi Delta Community College289 Cherry St. Moorhead, MS
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College — Perkinston Campus51 Main Street Perkinston, MS 39573
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College — Jackson County Campus2300 Highway 90 Gautier, MS 39553
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College — Jefferson Davis Campus2226 Switzer Rd, Gulfport, MS 39507
Northeast Mississippi Community College101 Cunningham Boulevard Booneville, MS
Pearl River Community College101 Highway 11 Poplarville, MD
Southwest Mississippi Community College1156 College Dr. Summit, MS

Apprenticeship Programs

Most people who want to enroll in an apprenticeship program must submit the following documents:

  • Filling out an apprentice application
  • Copies from: driver’s license (valid in the state), social security card, birth certificate, an official transcript with all the classes you attended in high school (or college) or GED
  • Records of classes you attended that are mandatory in the program, such as Algebra I
  • Live within the jurisdiction
  • Pay the fee ($25)
  • Pass the test and the interview

If you want to join an apprenticeship program through the union, you’ll have to pay dues and carry a card.

Do know that the Mid-South Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors from Memphis, Tennessee also offers apprenticeship programs with licensed you can use in Mississippi.

Your local electrical contractors and the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) are other options on finding apprenticeships.

Earn Your Primary Electrician License

You need to pass an exam in order to be licensed, and you can do so only when the previous period ends.

This period usually ends after 8,000 hours of experience on the job and 1,000 hours of classroom instruction.

Each area of Mississippi has its own rules, so check with your local Board of Electrical Examiners or your local government found here.

During the exam, your competencies related to the following knowledge is tested:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceways and Boxes
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Electrical Power
  • Motors
  • Low Voltage
  • Lighting
  • Illuminated Signs
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Safety Information
  • Overcurrent Protection

All these subjects are found in the National Electrical Code which you’re allowed to consult during the examination.

To pass, you have to score over 70% while some jurisdictions require a score of over 75%.

Earn the Electrical Contractor’s License

Being an electrical contractor in Mississippi allows you to:

  • Hire and employ electricians and other staff
  • Bid jobs as an independent electrical contractor
  • Work unrestricted across the state, according to the type of license you have.

You have to pass an exam consisting of 2 parts:

  1. Master Electrician and Mississippi Law
  2. Business Management.

Requirements to apply:

  • Have a license from an electrical trade school
  • Work experience of 4 years, while being supervised by a master electrician

Alternatively, if you have a 4-year degree you’re only required 1 year of supervised experience.

You can apply for Residential Contractor or Commercial Contractor, depending on the type of work you want to perform, however, you can apply for additional classification.

Remember the following when applying:

  • Owners of corporations, LLCs or LLPs, must have it registered with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office before applying for the electrical contractor license.
  • Obtain a Mississippi Income Tax ID Number or Federal Tax ID number before applying.
  • Have a certificate of general liability insurance coverage, showing current coverage.
  • Have a certificate of insurance showing current workers’ compensation (only when employing more than 5 people).
  • Have 3 reference letters: 1 from your bank and 2 from people you worked for or with.
  • Show 3 jobs you performed that are in the classification for which you want your license.
  • You need proof of employment
  • Pay the application fee, of $50 per 1 classification, and of $100 for each additional classification.

The Mississippi Bureau of Contractors will send you an Examination Application form if they consider you qualified for it.

The exam costs $240 for both parts, and so on the application, you have to check off the exams you wish to take.

You must travel to Jackson to take it, or to Louisiana or Alabama if they’re closer.

The master electrician exam lasts for 3 hours, has 80 questions, and you pass with a score of over 70%.

Subject breakdown:

  • General electrical knowledge
  • Service, feeders and branch circuits
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Conductors and cables
  • Raceways and boxes
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Special occupancies and equipment
  • Electrical power
  • Motors
  • Low voltage
  • Lighting
  • Illuminated signs
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Safety information

You’re allowed to consult with the National Electrical Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and Ugly’s Electrical References during this exam.

The Law and Business Management exam lasts 2 hours, is 50 questions long and you have to score over 70% to pass.

Breakdown of questions:

  • Licensing
  • Estimating and bidding
  • Lien law
  • Financial management
  • Tax laws
  • Labor laws
  • Project management
  • Contracts
  • Business organization
  • Risk management
  • Environmental and safety

You’re allowed to consult the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management-Mississippi, 4th edition during the exam.

When the exams are over, you’ll instantly receive your scores on the screen, though hard copies of your results and license will also be sent to you by mail.

Mississippi has a reciprocity agreement with the following electrician boards:

  • Alabama General Contractors Board and Electrical Board
  • Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors
  • Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors
  • North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board
  • South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
  • Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractor

If you got licensed through one of these boards, you’ll have to sit through the Mississippi Law and Business Management exam to become a licensed contractor in the state.

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