Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: August 2016

The Cost of Ergonomics in the Electrical Industry

Over the past decade, the electrical industry has done a great job of recognizing the ergonomic safety issues caused by the use of manual tools. The negative effects these tools have caused on the body and risk to ergonomic injury make workers more injury prone and create hidden dangers on job sites. During this same period of time, some electrical tool manufacturers have listened to the voice of the electrical industry and have constantly innovated and invented new tools and features to improve the safety, accountability, and ergonomics of electrical tools in the marketplace.

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The Great Idea Swap

Over one hundred attendees from twenty-two companies were represented at MCA’s annual symposium (Fig 1). Attendees included owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and distributors. Contractors in attendance varied from electrical to mechanical, and included all stakeholders from executive management to foremen. They all collaborated on topics on increasing productivity and profitability within the construction industry.

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Online Tools That Save Time and Money

There are many specialized hand and power tools that electrical contractors (EC) use every day to help save time and money. Beyond these physical implements, however, there is a wealth of online tools available, which can be equally valuable.

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Empowering Electrical Contractors with Smart Technology

It’s no secret that the nature of work is shifting. Across all industries, the makeup of the workforce continues to evolve as baby boomers increasingly retire and millennials become the largest demographic among U.S. employees. Amidst the Digital Age, new connected technologies and the proliferation of available information have transformed buzzwords like the cloud, digitization, Internet of Things, and big data into inescapable components of business operation and strategy. Established industry titans are looking for ways to maintain their market share against emerging disruptors with new products, services, and business models.

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Test Before Touch

Think back in time to when you had that “aha” moment and began a statement with those two, sometimes embarrassing, words, “I thought.” Maybe you thought the door was locked and it wasn’t. Maybe you thought the car was in “Park” or in “Reverse.” Some of life’s most embarrassing moments begin with those two words “I thought.” When working in and around electricity, those “gotcha” moments can be avoided if we understand what it means to test before touch.

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Why Your Apprentice Should Become an IEC Certified Professional Electrician

In 2013, the IEC National Apprenticeship and Training Committee (A&T Committee), along with chapter executive directors and training directors began discussing a test for graduates of the IEC Apprenticeship Program. The IEC Certified Professional Electrician (IEC-CPE) Credential was created at that time to offer a "final" exam to our chapters and contractor members.

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Training Is Essential for Success in the Connected World of Today and Tomorrow

As homes and businesses require complex wiring and more connected points, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components – but many electrical contractors are having difficulty finding qualified applicants, especially those that can perform more specialized work.

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Southwire Embraces Sustainability Through Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships create well-prepared workers with the best form of education: experience. An apprentice will shadow and work for an electrical contractor, while also learning the trade in a classroom setting. Southwire supports apprentices and believes in the mission of IEC’s apprentice program, which is to enhance the independent electrical contractor’s success by developing a professional workforce and providing leadership for the electrical industry.

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Teaching the Newcomers How to Manage Time

According to the online Cambridge dictionary, the ol’ cliché “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” is said to mean that it is very difficult to teach someone new skills or to change someone’s habits or character. With over 20 years of research in the field, MCA Inc. finds this definition to be true in just about every industry, and it especially holds true in construction.

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The Rising Need for Apprentices

The need for electrician apprentices is great. As our country's infrastructure needs continue to grow, so does the need for electricians. If you're an electrical contractor, then that's great news ... if you can find qualified workers to meet your area's demand.

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