Electrician Classes in Nebraska (Top Schools)

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Job Outlook

Electrician jobs in Nebraska are on the rise, and a 15,5% growth is expected by 2020.

As an electrician in this state, expect to be paid $43,971 per year, though the salary can reach $50,105 annually.

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

Annual Salary Range:
$38K
$43K
$50K

Average Salaries of Electricians in Nebraska

City NameSalary
Omaha$45,335
Lincoln$45,031
Bellevue$45,335
Grand Island$44,407
Kearney$44,407
Fremont$44,638
Hastings$44,407
North Platte$43,073
Norfolk$39,463
Columbus$44,407
* Salary information last updated 2020

Become An Apprentice

In Nebraska, there are 2 types of journeyman certifications which require different skills:

Residential Journeyman Wireman (only allows you to perform wiring work in family homes):

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience on the job, OR
  • A 2-year degree in the trade plus 2 years of experience

Journeyman Electrician (you can perform work in family homes but also on commercial properties)

  • An experience of 3 years and a 2-year degree or military training

To get either of these licenses, you need to:

  • Get 8,000 of experience over 5 years.
  • The training must also include 900 hours of theory

OR

  • Get a 2-year degree diploma along with 3 years of work experience

The licensing process is different in Fremont, Hastings, and Lincoln.

In these counties, you have to take a municipal licensing exam additionally to the already mentioned requirements.

Apprentice Registration

To register your apprenticeship with the Nebraska State Electrical Division, reach out to them at:

  • State of Nebraska
  • State Electrical Division
  • 521 South 14th Street
  • Box 95066 Suite 400
  • Lincoln, NE 68508

The fee to register goes from $20 to $40 based on the year and requires renewal at every 2 years.

Community College Apprenticeship and Associate Degree Program

In Omaha, you can enroll in the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at the Metropolitan Community College.

The school offers a 4 year and a 2-year program.

The 2 years program features classes twice a week, for 11 weeks.

An associate’s degree is also available, which will count towards your experience.

Union Apprenticeship

Nebraska has a Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) that allows students to find employment with an unionized company.

The programs are available at the Omaha Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Committee (OJEATC) and the Lincoln Electrical JATC.

These include both theory classes and practical experience hours.

To attend a union apprenticeship program, you must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Bring a birth certificate copy and social security copy
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Have a high-school diploma/GED
  • Have completed one year of algebra in high-school
  • Have proof of experience on the job
  • Pay a fee of $20

Non-Union Apprenticeship

You can also get trained at a non-union company.

These programs are organized by the Cornhusker Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in partnership with non-union electrical businesses.

To apply, you need to visit the Lincoln or Omaha offices and meet the below requirements:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Bring a social security copy
  • Have a driver’s license
  • Have a high-school diploma/GED
  • Pay a fee of $25
  • Take an algebra test
  • Have physical skills to perform your job

12 Top Electrician Schools in Nebraska

School NameAddress
Central Community College — Grand Island Campus3134 West Highway 34 Grand Island, NE 68802
Central Community College — Hastings Campus550 South Technical Boulevard Hastings, NE 68901
JATC of Greater Nebraska8960 L Street Omaha, NE 68127
JATC of Lincoln6200 South 14th Street Lincoln, NE 68512
Metropolitan Community CollegeApplied Technology Center 10407 State Street Omaha, NE 68122
Mid-Plains Community College — McCook1205 East Third Street McCook, NE 69001
Mid-Plains Community College — North Platte Campus1101 Halligan Dr. North Platte, NE
Northeast Community College801 East Benjamin Ave. Norfolk, NE
Southeast Community College — Milford Campus600 State Street Milford, NE
Western Nebraska Community College — Alliance Campus1750 Sweetwater Avenue Alliance, NE 69301
Western Nebraska Community College — Scottsbluff Campus1601 East 27th Street Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Western Nebraska Community College — Sidney Campus371 College Drive Sidney, NE 69162

Pass the journeyman exam

As a journeyman, you will be able to install and maintain electrical devices.

To apply for a license, you need to:

  • Fill in an application
  • Have the required experience
  • Pay a $25 or $50 licensing fee
  • Pay a $60 test fee
  • Get a 76% score in the journeyman test

To apply for the license, you need experience of 4 years doing electrical work or a 2-year degree and a year of experience.

The journeyman test lasts for 3 hours, has 50 questions and allows using a manual.

The topics cover:

  • National Electrical Code (NEC) 2014
  • Basic electricity
  • Nebraska State Electrical Act
  • Blueprint reading
  • Emergency circuits
  • Fire alarm circuits

You will need to renew your license every other year and pay a $25 fee.

Before the renewal, you must have completed 12 extra hours of classes, from which 6 must cover the electrical code.

If you have a license in Nebraska, you can also work in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

For this, you need to pay a fee equal to the cost of the exam additionally to the certification fee.

Residential Journeyman Wireman License

This license allows you to perform electrical work in small family homes that don’t have more than 3 floors.

To apply, you need to:

  • Fill in an application
  • Have the required experience
  • Pay a $25 or $50 licensing fee
  • Pay a $60 test fee
  • Get a 76% score in the journeyman test

To apply for the license, you need experience of 3 years doing electrical work or a 2-year degree.

The journeyman test lasts for 3 hours, has 50 questions and allows using a manual.

The topics covered by the exam are the same as for the previous journeyman license.

You will need to renew your license every other year and pay a $25 fee.

Before the renewal, you must have completed 12 extra hours of classes, from which 6 must cover the electrical code.

Get an electrical contractor license

Master electrician licenses are not available in Nebraska, since 1993.

The following step in your electrician career is becoming an electrical contractor.

To get this license you must:

  • Fill in an application
  • Have the required experience
  • Pay a $150 or $250 licensing fee
  • Pay a $125 test fee
  • Get a 76% score in the electrical contractor test

To get the required experience, you must meet either of the following requirements:

  • Having completed a 4 years program in electrical engineering and an experience of a year as a journeyman
  • An experience of a year as a journeyman
  • An experience of 5 years in general electrical work

The electrical contractor examination is the same as the journeyman electrician test.

You will need to renew your license every other year and pay a $125 fee.

Before the renewal, you must have completed 12 extra hours of classes, from which 6 must cover the electrical code.

The liability insurance limits for an electrical contractor are as follows:

  • At least $100,000 per person
  • At least $300,000 per accident
  • At least $100,000 property damage

If you have a license in Nebraska, you can also work in Minnesota and South Dakota.

For this, you need to pay a fee equal to the cost of the exam additionally to the certification fee.

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