The IEC National Apprentice of the Year (AOY) Competition features the top graduates from IEC apprenticeship programs across the country in head-to-head competition for prizes and recognition as the IEC National Apprentice of the Year.
The competition is held during the annual SPARK event in cities across the nation. Held in the Expo Hall, the competition is witnessed by thousands of SPARK attendees there to cheer on the next generation of electrical professionals, and is live streamed to a national audience
During the competition, the apprentices demonstrate their skills in the following areas:
- A written exam to evaluate their knowledge of electrical theory, code, materials, and installation practices.
- Preparation of a motor logic diagram based on a written description of a field application.
- Bending electrical metallic tubing.
- Troubleshooting by accurately diagnosing a fault in a common piece of electrical equipment.
- Demonstrate their jobsite productivity by participating in a speed exercise in which they install common electrical circuitry.
- Accurately installing electrical distribution and control circuitry utilizing customer-supplied materials, circuit descriptions, specification, and control diagrams.
- Demonstrating their knowledge of safe work practices.
The competition is judged by teams of journeymen, contractors, inspectors, and others actively involved in electrical industry codes and standards, safety, and training.
Competition winners receive awards recognizing their accomplishments, cash prizes, a selection of tools and reference materials provided by the competition sponsors, and national recognition.