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IEC National Apprentice of the Year

The IEC National Apprentice of the Year Competition places the top graduates from IEC chapter apprentice training programs across the country in head-to-head competition for prizes and recognition as the IEC National Apprentice of the Year.

During the competition, the apprentices may be evaluated on any aspect of the material covered during their on-the-job and classroom training, including:

  1. Take a written exam to evaluated their knowledge of electrical theory, code, materials, and installation practices.
  2. Prepare a motor logic diagram based on a written description of a field application.
  3. Accurately install electrical distribution and control circuitry utilizing customer supplied materials, circuit descriptions, specification, and control diagrams. Commonly known as a "wire-off," this portion of the competition will take place on the IECCon Expo show floor.
  4. Demonstrate their skills in bending electrical metallic tubing on the show floor.
  5. Demonstrate their troubleshooting skills by accurately diagnosing a fault in a common piece of electrical equipment on the show floor.

The competition was judged by teams of journeymen, contractors, inspectors, and others actively involved in electrical industry codes and standards, safety, and training.

2017 Apprentice of the Year Winner:

Matt Doth

BizCom Electric
IEC of Greater Cincinnati

2nd Place

Hunter Bakel
IEC San Antonio

3rd Place 

Kelly Sustaire
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County


Motor Control Problem: Hunter Bakel, JMEG, LP, IEC San Antonio

Written Exam: Gabriel DiGiacomo, Namaste Solar, IEC Rocky Mountain

Ladder Diagram: Hunter Bakel, JMEG, LP, IEC San Antonio 

Conduit Bending: Vladimir Zhuk, AC&E Electric, IEC Oregon

Troubleshooting Activity: Vladimir Zhuk, AC&E Electric, IEC Oregon 

Productivity Challenge: Matt Doth, BizCom Electric, IEC of Greater Cincinnati