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IEC Welcomes FLIR Systems as a Bronze Partner

IEC is pleased to announce that FLIR Systems, Inc. will join its community of industry partners as a Bronze Partner. FLIR offers the widest selection of infrared cameras for everyone from beginners to professionals.

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White House FY 2015 Budget Proposal At A Glance

On March 4, President Obama publicly released his $3.9 trillion Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, representing the Administration’s funding “wish list” that, unlike past years, contains fewer compromises to court Republican appropriators’ support and emphasizes regulatory agencies’ enforcement activities.

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IEC Welcomes Schneider Electric as a Partner in Learning

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is pleased to announce Schneider Electric as an IEC Partner in Learning. With this partnership, Schneider Electric has invested in IEC’s world-class training program and is dedicated to providing the workforce with qualified and educated electrical professionals.

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Congressman Scott Perry Speaks to Central Pennsylvania IEC Apprentices

Congressman Scott Perry visited Central Pennsylvania IEC's apprentice class to talk about the value of learning a skill and how a hard-working attitude can boost a career.

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Water vs. Electricity: Important Considerations for Safety

Water at the right place at the right time sustains life; water at the wrong place and the wrong time can become a nightmare. We need water to survive, but on the other hand, water can be quite dangerous and create unsafe conditions especially where electricity is involved. An important part of any design addresses and manages water. Builders work to ensure water does not intrude into the structure and their fight rages on many fronts; some are as obvious as dealing with rainwater through proper roof structures and a gutter system that removes the rainwater from the structure. Other less obvious fronts include preventing water intrusion from ground springs. Managing the elements of nature is important for safety as water intrusion can cause mold, rust, and other similar types of degradation that also may not be received well by electrical equipment. Mixing water and electrical equipment can have devastating results for safety. It’s worth a probe on this topic to get you and your team in the game and ensure safety is not compromised on your next project.

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Safety is the Mission of the National Electrical Code

On a lovely spring day, a young tenant of an apartment complex we’ll call “Tommy” was playing outdoors rather than sitting in front of the TV playing video games with his siblings and eating junk food. Tommy was playing Frisbee golf around the swimming pool. The disc was thrown over the bushes and landed on an air conditioning (AC) unit. He went to retrieve the disc, happily stepping from one AC unit to the next, being very mindful not to jump too hard onto the metal so that he would not make a dent, carefully and with precision placing one foot at a time on each unit, not knowing the next unit he was going to touch would be his last.

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Boost Productivity with Smartphones

Mobile devices are a key to profits for today’s businesses. We are all aware that minutes are the underlying success or failure to any business. Converting even a small amount of minutes per day per worker from lost time to productivity will increase the bottom line.

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Why Should You Be Involved in IEC?

Over the last few years I have been asked the same question on numerous occasions: Why are you involved with IEC? Depending on the topic or location of the meeting, I might have a different answer but there are three main reasons why I am involved: giving back to improve our industry, personal growth, and ownership. These three reasons have created a passion in me for IEC and a mission for me to improve myself along with improving the electrical industry.

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Leading Thrugh Generational Differences

With exponentially exploding technology, individuals prolonging retirement, and the melding of generations, leaders today face a variety of challenges. Differences in cultures, values, genders, and educational experiences form a wide divergence between traditionalists and Generation Y. A majority of traditionalists have retired or are in the process of retiring; Baby Boomers are continuing to work; and Generation Y is entering the workforce. Due to these various factors, leaders are facing challenges that have never been faced. Skills vary from the top-level management throughout the organization’s structure and to the customer.

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Motivating Generation Y

The stereotypes that haunt Generation Y have carried over into today’s workplaces. The generational gap between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y is filled with miscommunication and fallacies. With the elders of Generation Y established in their careers and a high number just entering the workforce, many Baby Boomers and Generation Xers are struggling with how to motivate the Millennials to take pride in their work.

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