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Newsroom & Insights: June 2015

Two IEC Graduates Earn Distinguished IEC Journeyman Credential

Josh Schmidt of Queen City Electric and Erich Hunter of Biz Com Electric have earned the impressive credential of IEC Journeymen. By obtaining an IEC Journeyman Credential, they have demonstrated their superior abilities and knowledge of electrical theory and practices.

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IEC Welcomes Thompson Brown as a Bronze Industry Partner

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is pleased to welcome Thompson Brown, Inc. (TBI) as a National Bronze Industry Partner. TBI helps electrical contractors compete in today’s market by removing the cost burden, worry, and loss associated with the complete onsite build.

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Code Considerations for Furniture with Power

Understanding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and doing it right the first time can save a contractor thousands of dollars every year.

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Developing an Effective SCCR Plan

One of the most fundamental calculations made on a power distribution system is that which yields available short-circuit current. Maximum available short-circuit current is an important parameter for every power distribution system as it provides a data point necessary to ensure equipment is being applied within its rating and the system is performing to meet expectations. Available short-circuit current is used in many other applications as well. The National Electrical Code demands this data point for enforcement of such Sections as 110.9 “Interrupting Rating,” 110.10 “Circuit Impedance, Short-Circuit Current Ratings, and other Characteristics,” and 10.24 “Available Fault Current.” Today we will discuss the development of an effective short-circuit current rating (SCCR) plan. Having a good plan in place can help increase electrical safety.

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Safety, Productivity, & Morale are Connected

We have all been on a jobsite where the morale was not good. People hated going to work, they didn't want to be there when they were at work, and all they could think about all day was getting away from work. These jobsites were always less productive because most felt that the job was not worth any extra effort, and anything that they said or did was more likely to get them in trouble. These jobs also create more work-related accidents since people are not focused on what they are doing, are easily distracted, and in some instances, people feel that if they are injured they will be allowed to "get away from the job for a while." Poor morale on the jobsite is like a cancer; left alone it will spread until it kills the job.

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Zero Tolerance

In the past five years, more than 20 states (and the District of Columbia) have either legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes or decriminalized possession of small amounts of the substance. Two states—Colorado and Washington—have voted to legalize marijuana entirely. These numbers reflect a growing trend in the United States towards legalizing the use of what were once considered illegal, mind-altering substances for recreational use.

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Old Houses, New Business

Each spring, many homeowners look to improve their homes by undertaking some remodeling projects. For some electrical contractors, the practice of “upselling” has come to espouse a negative connotation, implying that consumers can be convinced to purchase more expensive options that do not provide necessary benefits. However, as the expert, you are presented with an opportunity to enhance your clients’ safety, aesthetics, and quality of life with the opportunity to provide products and services about which your customers may be unaware. As an electrical professional, you are uniquely positioned to employ your training to enhance the lives of those you serve. While upselling products and services can certainly add to your bottom line, you will likely find this result without it being your primary objective.

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Temporary Power in Construction

Temporary electrical power systems during the construction phase can be equally as dangerous as any permanent installation, especially when installed by non-qualified electrical workers. This is why it is important that all installations regardless of their intended use be installed in a good craftsmanship manner. As we have all come to understand, a code-compliant installation is a safe installation.

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NESC: A New Century of Focus on Worker Safety

Last year the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), published under the aegis of the IEEE Standards Association, marked a century of work on best practices to protect the public and electrical and communications workers from the potential hazards of electricity.

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