Electrician jobs in Utah are lucrative, so you may want to consider starting a career in the field.
Read below for the steps you need to take to get licensed.
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Become an Apprentice
The electrician licenses in Utah are handled by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
Before getting licensed, you will need to get some training, but first, you have to decide which type of license you want.
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For the journeyman electrician (JE) license you need either:
- 8,000 hours of work experience and a degree from a technical school
- An experience of 8 years working as an electrician.
To get a residential journeyman electrician (RJE), you need either:
- 4,000 of work experience and a degree
- 8,000 hours of work experience
A trade school program will combine theory with practice to meet the education criteria for licensing.
The subjects taught in class include:
- Trade Electricity
- Wiring & Commercial Wiring
- Conduit Bending
- Motor & Motor Control
- Basic Voice & Data Cable Installations
- Basic Designing & Installing Solar Photovoltaics
- Understanding Electrical Meter Testing
- Security & Fire Alarms
- Gas & Oil Burner Control Wiring
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|Utah College of Applied Technology||1301 North 600 West, Logan, UT 84321|
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|Utah College of Applied Technology||200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404|
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Enroll in a Union or Non-union Program
The Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee offers in house electrician programs.
To get into one, you need to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
You can also get enrolled in a non-union training program, through the Independent Electrical Contractors of Utah.
To register your apprenticeship, submit an application form and a $110 fee to the DOPL.
Become a Journeyman Electrician
To apply for the exams, one for code and the other for theory, you need to submit an application form and official school transcripts.
You also need to pay a $110 fee, and the passing score for both is 75%.
The code exam has 80 questions and lasts for 3 hours.
The theory exam has 50 questions and lasts for 100 minutes.
There is also a practical exam on:
- Motor control project
- Transformer project
- Light switch project
Become a Master Electrician
To get a master electrician license, you need:
- 4 years experience as a journeyman
- An associate’s degree and an experience of 2 years as a journeyman
- a BS from an accredited school along with one year of work experience as a journeyman
You can also get a Residential Master Electrician (RME) if you work as a Residential Journeyman Electrician (RJE) for 2 years.
To get it, you need to submit an application form along with a $110 fee.
You also need to detail your work experience and send official transcripts from your school.
The Utah Electrical Licensing Theory, Code and Practical Examination has 3 different parts.
The code test has 80 questions and lasts for 3 hours, requiring a 75% score to pass.
The theory test has 50 questions, lasts for 100 minutes and requires a 75% score to pass.
During the practical exam, you will be tested on:
- Motor Control Project
- Transformer Project
- Doorbell Project
- Light Switch Project
- Material Identification
- Complex Bending Project
- Simple Bending Project
The salary will depend on the type of license you obtained, and the time spent on that position.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
|Salt Lake City||$46,225|
Once you get your journeyman license, you should renew it once at 2 years and take 15 hours of education.
The master electrician licenses can be renewed online after you finish 16 extra hours of class.