Electrician schools in Wisconsin educate students through apprenticeship training and help them prepare for a career in electrical technology. The average program may take approximately four years to complete and requires 144 hours in the classroom per year and 2,000 hours per year in the field working alongside a licensed electrician. Some programs are shorter and may take three years, while others may take five years to complete the training. Most programs utilize several agencies to run their apprenticeships, such as junior colleges, community colleges, local chapters of electrical trade unions and electrical contractors. The coursework covered throughout the training program may include National Electrical Code (NEC), residential wiring, commercial wiring, blueprint reading, and occupational safety.
To apply to an electrical apprenticeship the applicant must have at least a high school diploma or GED and acceptable test scores on an aptitude test. Some states may look favorably to an applicant who holds an associate’s or bachelor’s degree when applying. The occupation is expected to grow by 23% through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The licensing agency in Wisconsin is the Safety and Buildings Division within the Department of Commerce.