Electrician Classes in North Dakota (Top Schools)

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Job Outlook

North Dakota is a good place to learn a new trade, and electrician jobs are on the rise.

As an electrician in this state, expect to be paid $44,594 per year, though the salary can reach $50,815 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:
$39K
$44K
$50K

Average Salary of Electricians in North Dakota

City NameSalary
Fargo$44,796
Bismarck$44,695
Grand Forks$41,880
Minot$43,976
Mandan$44,695
Dickinson$43,976
Jamestown$44,026
West Fargo$44,796
Williston$43,976
Wahpeton$44,076
* Salary information last updated 2020

Read on to learn more about the requirements needed to pursue a career in this industry.

Become an apprentice

Before getting a journeyman license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 years and 8,000 hours of work experience, OR
  • A 2-year degree, along with with 6,000 hours of work experience over 3 years

If you have 3,000 hours of work experience in North Dakota, you can get a “Class B” electrician certification.

This license allows you to do wiring work in small homes before getting a journeyman license.

There are several ways in which you can get trained, including union and non-union programs or vocational schools.

Vocational Schools

Enrolling in a vocational school gives you the structures training you need and a 2-year diploma.

Some of the subjects you will take in class are:

  • Basic Math Computations
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Electrical Theory
  • OSHA Regulations and First Aid
  • Electrical Code
  • Telecom Cabling
  • Basic Telecommunications
  • Motor Controls
  • Basic Alarm Technology
  • Semi-Conductors
  • Logic Circuits and Programmable Controllers
  • Motor and Generator Theory
  • Fire Access & CCTV Systems
  • Power Distribution and Load Calculations

You can get your practical training by either looking for companies who are hiring or get placed into an apprenticeship by the school.

Union and Non-Union Apprenticeship Programs

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) teamed up to offer JATCS, which are training programs.

Getting into such an apprenticeship requires you to visit the Dakotas Area Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Fund JATC.

If you choose a non-union program, contact the Independent Electrical Contractors of the Dakotas for more info.

This JATC requires you to renew your apprenticeship every year and register it within 1.5 months of employment.

7 Electrician Schools in North Dakota

School NameAddress
Bismarck State College1500 Edwards Avenue Bismarck, ND 58506
IEC Dakotas, Fargo764 34th Street North, Fargo, ND
IEC Dakotas, Grand Forks1504 Mill Road, Grand Forks, ND,
JATC of the Dakotas2901 1st Avenue North Fargo, ND 58102
ND State College of Science — Fargo Campus1305 19th Ave North Fargo, ND 58102
ND State College of Science — Wahpeton Campus800 6th St. Wahpeton, ND
Turtle Mountain Community College10145 Bia Road 7 Belcourt, ND 58316

Getting a journeyman license

A journeyman performs electrical work without supervision, and the requirements are below:

  • 8,000 hours of job experience
  • Apprenticeship in North Dakota
  • Finish your training program

The needed paperwork includes an application form, your Apprenticeship Training Completion Certificate, and the job verification record.

To pass the exam, you need a score of 70%.

Your license should be renewed every year, by the last day of March.

Before renewing, you also need to complete 8 extra hours of classes from which 4 cover the electrical code.

Become a master electrician

To get licensed as a master electrician, you must be hired by a contractor and have experience as a journeyman.

To apply for the exam you must submit a form which includes a job verification record.

The minimum passing score for this exam is 70%.

Your license should be renewed every year by the last day of April.

Before renewing, you also need to complete 8 extra hours of classes from which 4 cover the electrical code.

North Dakota also allows you to get a Master of Record license.

This certification enables you to perform work on commercial buildings leased by your employer.

This exam is the same as the one for a master electrician, but you need to provide a $500,000 general liability bond.

Becoming an electrical contractor

To become a contractor, you need to have a master electrician certification and:

  • A year of experience as a journeyman in the state
  • General liability insurance of $500,000
  • Be an undertaking fund contributor

To apply for this exam, submit a form which includes a job verification record.

You must pass the testing with a 70% score to get your license.

Your license should be renewed every year by the last day of April.

Before renewing, you also need to complete 8 extra hours of classes from which 4 cover the electrical code.

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