Apprentice Essay Contest

Each year, IEC seeks short stories from apprentices in their final year of an IEC Apprentice Training Program. This program allows for individuals to share their thoughts, experiences and personal testimonials about their time within the electrical trade. The contest highlights the remarkable men and women who train on the IEC four-year electrical apprenticeship program. 

The IEC Apprentice Essay Contest allows for our contractor members, chapters, industry partners and other audiences to hear directly from the future journeymen electricians who are entering the field.

“The first day on a construction site, I felt oddly at home. Grinders, drills, the deafening zip of wires through metal studs. The cacophony of construction immediately filled me with a sense of purpose and exposed an endless world of learning.”

Evan Hlava, IEC Central Ohio 
Contractor: Express 

The narrative must address the topic below:

  • How has becoming an electrician changed or influenced your life and where do you see this career path taking you?

The contest is open to all apprentices in their final year of an IEC Apprentice Training Program. 

IEC National will award prizes for the best submissions. The Grand Prize is a $250 Visa® gift card and four runners-up will each receive a $100 Visa® gift card. Each winning essay will be featured in the summer issue of IEC’s Insights magazine.

“This trade is something I can be proud of and take all over the country and even the world. I can stand tall and say, I am an electrician. There are endless possibilities to this trade and the life lessons it has to offer. “

Luke Vanderhoff, IEC Central Ohio 
Contractor: Settle Muter Electric 

IEC National requests that all IEC chapter executive directors and/or training directors encourage their fourth-year apprentices to participate in the contest. The contest generally opens at the start of the year with a deadline for submissions is early March.

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be typed and not exceed 250 words. 

*Please note that any essay more than 250 words will be disqualified.

Winners of the 2021 Apprentice Essay Contest

  • Grand Prize
    Merritt Zollars, IEC Rocky Mountain
    Apco Electric, Inc.
  • First Place
    Richard Mooney, IEC Central Ohio
    Denier Electric Co., Inc.
  • Second Place
    Vince Apicella, IEC Central Pennsylvania
    D.L. Heiges Electrical
  • Third Place
    Andrew Fiedler, IEC-OKC
    Delco Electric, Inc.
  • Fourth Place
    Adam Ruth, IEC of Greater Cincinnati
    Ohio Valley Electrical Services


Contact the national staff member below for any questions regarding apprenticeship.