In order to work in most areas of the electrical field, Texas requires you to be licensed. To become licensed, the most basic starting license is a journeyman’s license, which requires 8,000 hours of on the job training work, or the equivalent of about 4 years of full-time work.
Although the time-commitment is significant, the good news is that you are paid a reasonable rate during your apprenticeship and employed the entire time. Kelly Steele, a receptionist at El Paso Electricians Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, said students start earning $9.10 an hour, and are eligible for raises twice a year if they satisfy school requirements such as not missing class more than twice per year.
As part of the apprenticeship program, you are enrolled in electrical classes but the tuition is covered as part of the program. However, the student is usually responsible for tools, equipment and required safety clothing, and occasionally for books.
At the end of the four or five years working and learning as an apprentice, you can apply for a license. Steele said at the end of the four years students are often able to get jobs with their license, earning about $20 per hour. To keep working as an electrician in Texas, the license also has to be renewed every year and requires four hours of renewed education each time.
You can apply for an electrician apprenticeship through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. To get into an apprenticeship program, many places will also require a valid driving license, and a clear background check with no convictions.