Electrician Classes in South Dakota (Top Schools)

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Job Outlook

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation predicts job growth of 12.5% between 2014 and 2024 for electricians.

As an electrician in the State of South Dakota, expect to be paid $40,902 per year, though the salary can reach $46,608 annually.

These salaries are lower than the national ones, where the median one is $47,951 per year and the highest $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Electricians in South Dakota

City NameSalary
Sioux Falls$42,024
Rapid City$41,616
* Salary information last updated 2023

You can work as an electrician only if you get a license from the South Dakota Electrical Commission, and we’ll guide more through the process.


  • Complete the apprenticeship period
  • Pass the journeyman exam
  • Get your independent electrical contractor

Complete the Apprenticeship Period

The apprenticeship period consists of either one of the following:

  • 8,000 hours (4 years) of work experience and 576 hours of technical training; OR
  • Earn the Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Trades diploma and complete 6,000 hours (3 years) of field experience

If you want to get back into the trade, you need to prove 4 years of experience, though they’ll only count as 1 year out of the total you need.

To accumulate the number of hours you need for your license, you can either enroll in a technical school and then slowly transition into a full-time job, or simply enroll in an apprenticeship program.

Technical School

By attending a technical school or college, you’ll enter the electrical trade through the second option mentioned earlier, through the diploma.

These colleges offer enough training to get you an entry-level position and you’ll only need to complete 3 years of work experience before taking the journeyman exam.

some of the classes include:

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

You can contact one of the following companies when you’re ready to get employed:

  • Cherne Contracting
  • AL Sutton Electric
  • Freeman Electric
  • Conrad’s Big C Electric
  • Kennecott Energy Company
  • American Electric
  • Clarke Electric
  • Muth Electric, Inc

8 Electrician Schools in South Dakota

School NameAddress
IEC of the Dakotas102 N Krohn Pl #214, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
JATC of Dakota922 East St. Patrick Street Rapid City, SD 57701
JATC of Sioux Falls3509 South Norton Street Sioux Falls, SD 57501
Mitchell Tech1800 East Spruce Street Mitchell, SD
Oglala Lakota College3 Mile Creek Road Kyle, SD 57752
Sinte Gleska University101 Antelope Circle Mission, SD 57555
Southeast Tech2320 North Career Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Western Dakota Tech800 Mickelson Rapid City, SD

Direct-entry Apprenticeship Programs

The traditional apprenticeships are available either through a union or through non-unions.

The Dakotas Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee is the body offering union apprenticeships for both Dakotas and a few areas of Minnesota.

Documents needed for enrolling:

  • A copy of your birth certificate showing you are at least 18 years old
  • A copy of your high school diploma or GED
  • Proof of passing an algebra 1 class or higher
  • Hold a valid driver’s license

If you prefer a non-union apprenticeship, you can contact the IEC Dakotas office.

Additionally, you can directly contact one of the following companies and ask about an apprenticeship opportunity:

  • Muth Electric Inc in Mitchell
  • City of McLaughlin
  • City of Volga
  • Govert Powerline Services in Newell
  • Rosebud Electric Co-op in Gregory

Apprenticeship Registration

Even as an apprentice you’ll need a license, and you can apply for it using  this application and send it to:

  • South Dakota Electrical Commission
    • Department of Labor & Regulation
    • 308 S. Pierre Street
    • Pierre, SD 57501

The next step is to use this application to renew your license every 2 years until the period is over.

Take the Journeyman Exam

As a journeyman you can perform electrical work without being supervised.

You need to first fill out this application in which you have to mention all the related experience you have.

If your application is approved, you can schedule your exam, and if you pass, you have to use this form to renew your license every 2 years.

Make sure to also continue your education with 8 hours out of the total of 16, covering the updates on the Code.

Become an Independent Electrical Contractor

After 2 years or 4000 hours as a journeyman, you can become an independent electrical contractor, after you pass an exam.

You must fill in the electrician application and provide the following:

  • A $10,000 bond to the Commission (use this form)
  • Proof of $100,000 of pubic liability insurance
  • Proof of $300,000 of bodily injury and property damage insurance

If your application is accepted, you can find out more details regarding the exam, and if you pass you’ll get a license.

The contractor license gets renewed the same way as the journeyman license.