IEC of Oregon Uses Volt Wagon for Recruitment and Training
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY JEFF HOOPER, EDUCATION DIRECTOR, IEC OF OREGON IEC of Oregon secured victory in the IEC SPARK 2022 raffle, winning the coveted Volt Wagon / Mobile Training Lab designed and built by the 2022 Emerging Leaders cohort. This triumph not only highlights IEC’s commitment to excellence but also underscores its dedication to advancing education and training within the electrical industry.  At the heart of winning the raffle lies the Volt Wagon — an invaluable resource that revolutionizes education and training within the electrical community. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and hands ..read more
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Tom Seiter: A Career Built by Hard Work and Company Support
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY IEC STAFF Thirty years plus. Tom Seiter, safety director at Denier Electric, joined the company at 19 years old following his service in the U.S. Army reserves. Mom and Dad signed so he could enter the Army at 17 after graduating high school. It was in the Army that Tom began his electrical career.  He perfected it at Denier, and his career path illustrates perfectly what IEC promotes about the benefits of this trade. Work hard and take advantage of the various twists and turns offered.    The Path Traveled  “I’ve been with Denier since 1991 and started out as an apprent ..read more
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Tips for an Effective Lobbying Visit
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY IEC STAFF  In late May, IEC offered a webinar featuring Former Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) and IEC Vice President, Government Affairs Jason Todd titled, Holding an Effective Lobbyist Visit. The duo offered insight into what it takes to hold a meeting with your senators and representatives. While Tom spoke from his perspective as a national representative, similar principles and strategies can be applied with state legislatures.  The webinar is summarized below and IEC members can listen to the recording on the IEC website.  Tom repeatedly emphasized that your overall meetin ..read more
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Shelby Pennington: Be the Solution
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY IEC STAFF How many of us can identify that single defining moment that solidified our future path? Shelby Pennington, safety director at MSF Electric, Inc., based in Stafford, TX, can point directly to the day that led him to pursue a career in safety. It was 23 years ago. Shelby teaches a telescopic forklift operator class at KBR in Afghanistan. “I got bit by the bug when I was working offshore,” he recalls. “I helped the roustabouts laying out all of the rigging for the ‘Safety Man’ to do the monthly inspection. Some of these slings picked up 50,000 lb. items. The safety guy came out, loo ..read more
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Pat Thomas: Safety First, Every Day and Every Way
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY IEC STAFF  Pat Thomas, CSP, CHMM, CET, owner and president of Thomas Loss Control Enterprises, Argyle, TX, says her passion for safety started in her childhood.   “I was raised in a small mining town, and all of my family worked in the mines,” she says. “For so many people in that town, that was their livelihood. All through my youth I saw the effects firsthand of industrial accidents and what they did to the individual and to the community. Many of the kids that I was going to school with had accidents happen with their parents and I saw what that did to a lot of families ..read more
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Lineliz Cartagena: Tackling New Challenges Daily
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
BY IEC STAFF “I jumped in as green as can be,” says Lineliz Cartagena, who just completed her Third Year in the IEC Apprenticeship Program with IEC Florida East Coast and Kasper Electrical in West Palm Beach, FL. “I’m really excited to go to work each day. Not only do I get to see value from how hard I work, but the fact that other people will get to enjoy what I’ve worked on always provides great satisfaction too. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.”  Lineliz, often called Lina, took that leap into electrical after she was already in college. Concerned about building college debt, she was ..read more
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Artificial Intelligence: Evaluating Risks and Rewards
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
1w ago
Throw “AI” into Google search and you get a mere 249,000,000 results. That’s a lot of information. Some IEC members have already implemented AI technology into their daily work, some are deep into investigation, and others are beginning to contemplate these tools for their business. In March 2024, the Forbes article, Illuminating The Future: The Electrifying Impact Of AI On Electricians, stated:  AI is redefining electrical work, a field traditionally reliant on manual expertise and human judgment. The integration of AI isn’t about replacing the skilled electrician; it’s about augmenting ..read more
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Meredith Balmforth: An Electrical Career Fits Me
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
2M ago
BY IEC STAFF  Meredith Balmforth took a few somewhat drastic turns before becoming an electrician. But once on that path, it was full speed ahead and watch out world. Today, she’s a licensed electrician, an instructor for IEC of Utah, works with IEC National on test banks and curriculum errata, a wife, and a mother. As one of the participants in The House That She Built initiative, Meredith is committed to actively promoting trades as a career option to girls.    The Back Story  Utah born and bred, Meredith earned a scholarship to her college of choice — Brigham Young Unive ..read more
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An Electrical Contractor’s Guide to Light in WELL-Certified Buildings
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
2M ago
Recently awarded WELL Platinum, the highest level of WELL certification, Lutron’s Global Experience Center in New York is designed with both visitors and everyday employees in mind.   BY MICHAEL JOUANEH, LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.  As sustainability becomes increasingly important in the design and construction industry, more business owners are leaning on performance-based certifications for guidance. While you are likely familiar with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a certification focused on energy-efficient, green buildings, the complementary WELL Buil ..read more
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IEC Foundation Scholarships Fuel Future Workforce
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by Mikayla Hrinowich
2M ago
BY IEC STAFF IEC strongly believes in building a resilient and prepared workforce that can adapt to changing economic times and bolster the electrical and systems contracting industry. Attracting and training future electricians through the IEC Apprenticeship Program is key.  “IEC has always taken responsibility for ensuring that individuals desiring to become electricians can benefit from top-notch training that equips them with the basic skills, latest techniques, and hands-on experience to ensure quality and safety in the workplace,” says Tom Alexander, Atkins & Stang and IEC Found ..read more
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