Electrician schools in Minnesota offer four-year apprenticeship programs that may teach students about the electrical trade. Electrician work is very technical and is learned in a hands-on environment under the watchful eye of a licensed electrical mentor. Apprenticeships may allow students to learn on-the-job in a real world environment. In addition to on-the-job training, students may also spend time in a learning lab and classroom, going over the principles of electrical wiring and installation, National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, licensing requirements, safety procedures and codes, occupational safety, and construction project management.
Students need to have a high school diploma, GED and acceptable test scores to gain admittance to a program. Competition is keen as there are limited spots in each program. Upon graduation, students may be prepared to sit for the required state licensing exams. In Minnesota electrician licenses are handled by the Department of Labor and Industry. Electrical work is expected to grow 23% by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately one-third of all electrical workers belong to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).