In Ohio, electrician jobs are stable and will grow by 11.5% in the next 6 years.
On average, an Ohio electrician makes $46,752 per year, while the highest salary can reach $53,274 per year.
At a national level, the average salary for an electrician is $47 951 annually with the highest salaries reaching $54,640 per year.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of Electricians in Ohio
In this state, the requirements for certification vary according to the city, but all are issued by The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board.
Read on to learn more about becoming an electrician in Ohio.
Become an apprentice
In this state, the journeyman licenses are needed only in Middletown and Hamilton.
For this, you need 8,000 hours of experience and 3 years of training as an apprentice.
Most programs have a duration of 4 years, and you can get a contractor license after working for 5 years.
You can get the needed training in several ways:
The programs offered by trade schools satisfy the training requirements to get licensed.
During your training, you will learn both practice and theory covering subjects as:
- 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
- Logic Circuits and Programmable Controllers
- Motor and Generator Theory
- Fire Access & CCTV Systems
- Power Distribution and Load Calculations
In Hamilton and Middletown, you need a formal apprenticeship to get your license.
You can use the resources from your school, browse ads, or contact companies like:
- Studebaker Electric Company in Dayton
- ESI Electrical in Moraine
- Kee Electrical Contractors in Brookville
43 Electrician Schools in Ohio
|ALBAT — American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training||1900 Lake Road Medway, OH 45341|
|Auburn Careers Center||8140 Auburn Rd. Painesville, OH 44077|
|Buckeye Career Center||545 University Drive NE New Philadelphia, OH 44663|
|Canton Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County||3855 Wales Avenue Northwest Massillon, OH 44646|
|Central Ohio AEC-IEC||3128 East 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43219|
|Collins Career Tech Center||11627 Collins Career Center Drive Chesapeake, OH|
|Columbus State Community College||550 East Spring Street Columbus, OH 43215|
|Cuyahoga Community College (multiple locations)||700 Carnegie Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115|
|Eastern Gateway Community College (multiple locations)||4000 Sunset Boulevard Steubenville, OH 43952|
|Edison Community College||1973 Edison Drive Piqua, OH 45356|
|Hocking College||3301 Hocking Parkway Nelsonville OH 45764|
|IEC of Dayton||8242 North Dixie Drive Dayton, OH 45414|
|IEC of Greater Cincinnati||586 Kings Run Drive Cincinnati, OH 45232|
|JATC of Akron||2650 South Main Street Akron, OH 44319|
|JATC of Butler / Warren County||4300 Millikin Road Hamilton, OH 45011|
|JATC of Cleveland||9333 Sweet Valley Drive Valley View, OH 44125|
|JATC of Cincinnati||5455 Glenway Ave Cincinnati, OH 45238|
|JATC of Dayton||6550 Poe Avenue Dayton, OH 45414|
|JATC of Lake, Ashtabula, and Geauga Counties||8376 Munson Road Mentor, OH 44060|
|JATC of Lima||2285 North Cole Street Lima, OH 45801|
|JATC of Lorain County||6100 South Broadway Lorain, OH 44053|
|JATC of Mansfield Area||67 South Walnut Street Mansfield, OH 44902|
|JATC of Marietta||50 Sandhill Road Reno, OH 45773|
|JATC of Newark||5805 Frazeysburg Road Nashport, OH 43830|
|JATC of Portsmouth||P.O. Box 35 Lucasville, OH 45648|
|JATC of Steubenville||626 North 4th Street Steubenville, OH 43952|
|JATC of Toledo||803 Lime City Road Rossford, OH 43460|
|JATC of Warren||4550 Research Parkway Warren, OH 44483|
|JATC of Youngstown||493 Bev Road Youngstown, OH 44512|
|Lakeland Community College||7700 Clocktower Drive Kirtland, OH 44094|
|Lorain County Community College||1005 North Abbe Road Elyria, OH 44035|
|Miami Valley Tech Center||6800 Hoke Rd. Englewood, OH|
|Northwest State Community College||22600 State Route 34 Archbold, OH|
|North Central State College||2441 Kenwood Circle Mansfield, OH 44906|
|Owens Community College — Findlay Campus||3200 Bright Road Findlay, OH 45840|
|Owens Community College — Toledo||30335 Oregon Road Perrysburg, OH 43551|
|Sinclair Community||444 West 3rd Street Dayton, OH|
|Stark State College||6200 Frank Ave. North Canton, OH|
|The Construction Craft Academy School||9760 Shepard Rd. Macedonia, OH 44056|
|The Electrical Trades Center||947 Goodale Boulevard Columbus, OH 43212|
|Trumball Career and Technical Center||528 Educational Highway Warren, OH 44483|
|Upper Valley Career Center||8811 Career Avenue Piqua, OH|
|Western Reserve Chapter of the IEC||2007 South Ave. Youngstown, OH 44502|
A union program offers structured training and job opportunities after the course.
These programs are called JATCs (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees) and are managed by the National Training Alliance.
If you don’t want to get into a union program, you can attend a non-union course also called “open shops”.
These programs are especially suitable for those who already have a diploma.
Pass the journeyman exam
In Ohio, most electricians work as employees under their contractor, except in Middletown and Hamilton.
After your apprenticeship ends, you can take the exam by filling a form through the City of Middletown Division of Building Inspection.
The address of the exam location is:
- City of Middletown Division of Building Inspection
- One Donham Plaza
- Middletown, OH 45042
The exam needs to be passed with a score of 70% and has 50 questions.
Reach out to the City of Hamilton directly at (513) 785-7353 in order to learn more about the exam.
If your apprenticeship was with a union, The Butler County Electrical JATC IBEW Local Union 648 will ease the process.
Become an electrical contractor
With an electrical contractor license, you can start your own electric company.
The requirements for this license are:
- Be 18 years old
- Have an experience of 5 years
- Pass the electrical contractor exam and the business and law test
- Have a general liability insurance bond of $500,000
The exam has 100 questions, lasts for 4 hours and is open book.
The exam topics are as follows:
- General Electrical Knowledge – 10 questions
- Transformers & Equipment – 12 questions
- Service Feeders and Branch Circuits – 16 questions
- Raceways, Boxes and Panelboards – 10 questions
- Conductors & Cables – 12 questions
- Control Devices – 8 questions
- Motors and Generators – 12 questions
- Utilization Equipment – 8 questions
- Special Occupancy & Equipment – 12 questions
The business and law test lasts 2 hours, is open book and includes 50 questions.
The topics are:
- Business Organization – 2 questions
- Licensing – 3 questions
- Estimating & Bidding – 8 questions
- Contract Management – 5 questions
- Project Management – 4 questions
- Insurance and Bonding – 5 questions
- OSHA Recordkeeping and Safety – 5 questions
- Personnel Regulations – 5 questions
- Financial Management – 6 questions
- Tax Laws – 5 questions
- Lien laws – 2 questions
The license will need to be renewed once a year, online.