We live and work in an electrical industry that can be dangerous at times. We all must continue to sharpen our skills through continuous education. This education does not come from a one-size-fits-all,off-the-shelf training program. There are many approaches to training and the best program is that which meets your needs and yields results. Results come in a safer work environment and dollars to the bottom line. Electrical safety is more than just applying a product or sitting through a training class; it’s a regiment of training and procedures implemented in combination with technology that saves lives. Working smarter, utilizing what you learn and the tools available on the job, is a good way to begin to work safer.
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Does the change from 600 volts to 1,000 volts in the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC) create confusion? After speaking at several seminars and writing presentations concerning the 2014 NEC changes, it has become very apparent that the change of the voltage threshold from 600 volts to 1,000 volts has many in the industry wondering how or if this affects their industry or market. The answer could be yes or no. This sounds just as confusing as the change in the NEC itself.
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With increased enforcement by a myriad of state and federal agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), do your managers and employees have the know- how to ensure your company’s compliance with workplace rules and regulations? What follows are some short scenarios to illustrate some of the issues that arise in the workplace, as well as a short primer on some of the training you should provide to your workforce. Providing training will ensure the company is better prepared to defend employment-based charges or claims and have a well-trained, smarter and, in the end, more productive workforce.
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Is an electrician a professional? That question has been swirling around for the past few months as we challenge the thinking of the Departments of Education and Labor. For the past few years, one of the initiatives in high schools is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). STEM programs feed students into fields of study that are considered professional. Many of these programs are college programs. I believe that an electrician is a professional and a professional occupation.
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IEC San Antonio partners with a local high school for the MacArthur Electrical Apprenticeship Program. The chapter is privileged to work with the school and its electrical program. The relationship began over 12 years ago and it continues to grow and thrive today.
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IEC is proud to announce the winners of the Seventh Annual IEC Apprentice Short Story Contest. The first place winner is Ryan Tedford of Encore Electric, a fourth-year apprentice at IEC Rocky Mountain.
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The construction industry is beginning to see the light of day. Companies are no longer struggling with layoffs and are beginning to hire again. The anxiety of paying the bills is being replaced with thoughts of growth and expansion - or at least getting companies that survived back to what they once were.
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Electrical contractors today face a dynamic landscape with new technologies and digital solutions, evolving codes and standards, an aging workforce, environmental concerns, and rapidly changing customer requirements.
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Faulty workmanship is a risk that specialty contractors, such as electrical, face each time they take on a project. Problems can come from a variety of factors and often take years to arise. For this reason, electrical contractors need insurance coverages built for their unique exposures.
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Written by Chrissy Skudera
 

Social media is a new arrival to the world of marketing, but one that has grown so much that it cannot be ignored. How does social media fit with your company’s marketing strategy? Social media should complement your website, marketing materials, and overall brand. Which sites should your company be using in social media? As with all marketing, the answers will be different for each business.
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