How To Become an Electrician in Oregon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average annual wage for an electrician in Oregon is $85K. Thats #5 state in the nation for electrician pay.

Training and Education

Get started with an online certification program from a local trade school.

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What Are the Benefits?

You will learn comprehensive electrical skills including applying the National Electrical Code, sizing electrical components like boxes, conductors, fuses, and circuit breakers, as well as mastering wiring techniques such as using tools effectively, splicing wires, mounting electrical boxes securely to building frames, fishing cables through walls, and installing overhead service entrances.

Some programs even include free tools.

How Long Does It Take?

Between 7 to 12 months for the average course.

What Are the Costs?

Expect to pay a minimum of $2,200. If you opt

What Do You Study?

A curriculum might look something like this:

Math

  • Math Fundamentals
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Units of Measurement
  • Basics of Tolerance
  • Geometry: Lines, Angles, Triangles, Circles, Polygons, Pythagorean Theorem, Sine, Cosine, Tangent
  • Statistics

Inspection

  • Basic Measurement
  • Introduction to GD&T
  • Major Rules of GD&T
  • Inspecting Prismatic and Cylindrical Parts

Safety

  • Intro to OSHA, PPE, Noise Reduction, Respiratory Safety, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, SDS, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Safety, Ergonomics, Lifting Device Safety, Powered Industrial Trucks, Confined Spaces, Environmental Hazards, Machine Guarding

Quality and Manufacturing Management

  • Lean Manufacturing, Leadership, Communication, ISO 9001:2015, Process Improvement, Performance Management, Maintenance Approaches, Conflict Resolution, 5S, Six Sigma, Quality Assurance, Customer Service, Manufacturing Operations, Troubleshooting, Kaizen Events, Diverse Workplace Management, SPC, Harassment Prevention

Machining

  • Safety, Metal Cutting, CAD/CAM, Machining Processes

Electrical/Mechanical Systems and Motor Controls

  • Electrical Units, Safety, Circuits, Relays, Contactors, Motors, Magnetism, DC/AC Fundamentals, NEC, Electrical Instruments, Print Reading, Power Sources, Conductors, Circuit Calculations, Logic Diagrams, Battery Selection, Switches, Sensors

PLCs

  • Basics of Siemens PLCs, Hardware, Communication, Networking, Inputs/Outputs, Human Machine Interfaces, Programming, Registers, Safety Integration

Automation

  • Automated Systems, Robot Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Installations, Industrial Network Integration

Fasteners

  • Threaded and Non-Threaded Fasteners, Tools, Ergonomics, Properties, Torque, Selection

Certificates

  • Electrical Technology I and II: Includes courses in Electrical Theory, Calculations, Safety, Wiring, Motor Controls, Testing, Maintenance, and Distribution Systems

Other Local Trade Schools

    Blue Mountain Community College
    The Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies programs prepare students for specialized electrician roles through a combination of State of Oregon-approved on-the-job training (OJT) and related coursework. The Limited Electrician Apprenticeship requires 4000 hours of OJT, focusing on limited licensure areas such as limited energy technician and limited renewable energy technician, while the full Electrician Apprenticeship demands 6000 to 8000 hours of OJT, covering inside electrician, manufacturing plant electrician, and more.

    • Pendleton


    Carrington College
    Carrington College's Electrical Technology program prepares students for careers in designing, installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems in residential and commercial properties. Students can earn a Certificate of Achievement in as few as 9 months, with the option to pursue an Associate in Trade Studies in an additional 6 months. The program, available at the Trades Education Center in Phoenix and Sacramento, offers flexible learning options and covers key skills such as blueprint reading, wiring, programmable logic controllers, and electric circuits.

    • Portland


    Clackamas Community College

    • Oregon City


Salary Range

How much you get paid will vary a bit based on where you are in the state. See below:

AreaHourlyAnnual
Albany$38.59$80,270.00
Bend-Redmond$35.90$74,680.00
Central Oregon$39.22$81,570.00
Coast Oregon$36.55$76,030.00
Corvallis$39.31$81,750.00
Eastern Oregon$36.25$75,400.00
Eugene$36.89$76,740.00
Grants Pass$35.18$73,170.00
Medford$36.77$76,480.00
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro$42.88$89,190.00
Salem$37.12$77,210.00

Oregon Requirements

Apprenticeships & Training

To become an electrician in Oregon, you must meet the minimum educational requirements, which include completing an approved apprenticeship program or having prior vocational experience.

If you wish to use apprenticeship experience as your prerequisite training before applying for a license, you must complete an internship approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Alternative pre-exam training routes include completing 8,000 hours of work experience and 576 hours of classroom training, or 16,000 hours of work experience, according to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Servicesdocumentation

Licensing & Certification

Requirements (Local & State)

A state license is required to become an electrician in Oregon. Oregon issues specialty and limited electrical licenses requiring specific experience and classroom training.

The Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) issues non-contracting electrical permits, including:

  • Limited Residential Electrician
  • Limited Journeyman Manufacturing Plant Electrician
  • Limited Renewable Energy Technician
  • Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician
  • Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician
  • Limited Maintenance Electrician
  • Limited Building Maintenance Electrician
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class A
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class B

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) issues contracting electrical licenses, including:

  • General Supervising Electrician
  • Limited Supervising Electrician
  • General Journeyman Electrician
  • Reciprocal General Supervising Electrician
  • Reciprocal Journeyman Electrician

Licensing fees range from $50 to $100.

To acquire an electrician’s license of any level in the state of Oregon, you must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, a GED certificate, or a college degree, in addition to any educational or vocational experience requirements that may vary depending on the level of licensure you seek.  

Becoming a Journeyman Electrician 

To become a journeyman electrician in Oregon, you must complete only one of the following options:

  • Complete an apprenticeship or internship program from the list approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.
  • Complete 8,000 hours of work experience and 576 hours of classroom/technical training, including:
    • 1,000-3,000 hours in residential settings.
    • 1,000-3,000 hours in commercial settings.
    • 1,000-3,000 hours in industrial settings.
  • Complete 16,000 hours of electrical installation experience outside of Oregon, including:
    • 2,000-6,000 hours in residential settings.
    • 2,000-6,000 hours in commercial settings.
    • 2,000-6,000 hours in industrial settings.

After meeting these requirements and passing the exam, submit an electrical experience verification form with your license application to the Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Business Codes Division.

Make sure to abide by their checklist before submitting your application to ensure that every requirement is met.

General journeymen can work in all areas under the supervision of a licensed electrical contractor or supervising electrician, while limited electricians work within their specialty area.

Both licenses must be renewed every three years and require continuing education credits.

Completing the requirements to become a journeyman electrician makes you eligible to become a limited electrician.

Becoming a Supervising Electrician

To become a supervising electrician in Oregon, you must work as a journeyman for four years. Supervising electricians can oversee general electricians and pull city permits for electrical projects. To apply:

  1.  Fill out and submit the electrical license application to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Building Codes Division.
  2. Submit an electrical experience verification form for each previous employer.

Upon approval, schedule and pass the exam. A Supervising Electrician license requires renewal every three years, which requires continuing education credits.

Becoming an Electrical Contractor

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) issues electrical contractor licenses. Electrical contractors own and operate their businesses, hiring other licensed employees.  To obtain a permit:

  1. Complete 16 hours of pre-license training from an approved educator.
  2. Take and pass the exam provided by your training provider.
  3. Determine your endorsement type based on the CCB chart.
  4. File your corporation, LLC, or assumed business name with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Corporate Division.
  5. Submit a CCB surety bond.
  6. Provide proof of general liability insurance with the CCB as the certificate holder.
  7. Obtain workers’ compensation insurance if hiring employees, following Oregon Workers Compensation Division regulations.
  8. Pay the $325 fee for a two-year license.

The CCB offers a licensing guide for those seeking to become licensed electrical contractors and documentation detailing licensing endorsement options for prospective contractors.

Renewals

As per the Oregon Building Codes Division, all licenses are eligible for online renewal within 45 days of the expiration date. Many licenses require continuing education for renewal, with credit hour requirements varying by license level.

State Reciprocity

Oregon has reciprocity agreements for General Journeyman Electricians with Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For General Supervising Electricians, reciprocity agreements exist with Arkansas and Utah, per the Oregon Building Codes Division’slicensing reciprocity page.

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