A&T Committee Summer Updates

4 Students Pass Recent CPE Exam

In June, IEC held its third Certified Professional Electrician (CPE) exam of 2018, this time at host chapter IEC of Greater Cincinnati. Three of the chapter’s apprentices passed the exam and Training Director Kevin Collins could not be prouder. In addition, one apprentice from Dayton IEC/MECA also passed.
“I’m very happy how well our students did on the CPE exam,” said Collins. “We seem to be doing better every year. This exam tests electricians not only on their knowledge but also on their mechanical aptitude.”
IEC of Greater Cincinnati apprentices receiving the CPE credential are Russell Anderson, Matt Deininger, and Aaron Hamburg. Dayton IEC/MECA apprentice Jacob Fondriest also earned the credential.
Dayton IEC/MECA Training Director Laura Bachman shared that Jacob was a top student all four years while he attended the apprenticeship program. “What makes it even more special is that he also had perfect attendance for all four years,” Bachman said. “He has excelled in the field as well as a journeyman and is going to become an IEC instructor this fall.”
Gary Golka, IEC Executive Committee treasurer and former A&T Committee chairman, has attended several of the CPE test weekends and stated that the exam “is proving to be an extremely accurate, valid indicator of an electrician’s knowledge and ability to work under pressure.”
“I would happily hire any graduate of this test without hesitation, and any of my employees that earned that credential would be proving to me they are worth more than the average journeyman,” Golka added.
Future CPE testing dates and locations are:

  • September at IEC Convention & Expo 2018
  • October 19-20 at IEC Atlanta
For more information about the CPE exam, contact IEC Vice President of Education and Training Paul
Dolenc at pdolenc@ieci.org.
A&T Summer Meeting
A&T Summer meeting photo.jpgIEC Platinum Partner Milwaukee Tool hosted the A&T Committee Summer Meeting at its headquarters July 10–12. In addition to two full days of discussions and planning, A&T members were treated to a tour of the Milwaukee Tool facility.
The in-depth tour included visits to the battery, motors, and rapid prototype labs; as well as hands-on demonstrations of the latest power tools, hand tools, and worksite lighting solutions.
“Getting a behind the scenes tour of Milwaukee Tool R&D was truly impressive,” said A&T Committee Chairman George Thess. “It’s an example of quality and the type of partners that I am happy to associate with. Milwaukee Tool’s hospitality was outstanding and a great asset to a very successful A&T meeting.”
“It was such a pleasure to have the IEC A&T Committee in Brookfield during the week, and a tremendous learning experience,” said Milwaukee Tool Senior Account Manager–Electrical Trades Brett Wilson. “The partnership and ability to be transparent to the challenges we face together is the driving factor that shapes opportunity and solutions now and into the foreseeable future. Thank you to the IEC team and I’m excited to build the future together.”