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Steve Killius

Steve Killius is Vice President, Contractor Industry Affairs and Programs, for the Electrical Wiring Systems Division of Legrand, North America, an IEC National Bronze Industry Partner and Partner in Learning.

3 Things to Consider When Specifying Outdoor Power for Your Customers

An explosion in technology is changing the way people live, work, and use space. Wi-Fi, cell phones, and tablets have blurred the lines of where people connect for work and leisure – inside, outside, it no longer matters. As a result, people are spending more time outside for work and leisure activities, and they’re bringing their mobile devices with them. This presents homeowners, businesses, and facility managers with a new challenge – providing the convenience of safe, permanent, and dependable power sources for outdoor events or for charging cell phones, tablets, and laptops outside.

Installer of Tomorrow

Electrical contracting, like the rest of the construction industry, is in a state of rapid change. The increased demand for skilled labor in many parts of the country coupled with the evolution of building delivery systems, more complex building controls, the proliferation of preconstruction and prefabrication, new technology entering the jobsite and the owner’s demand for compliance to new code and standards changes are all contributing to the need to prepare our next generation electrical workers to meet increasing needs for productivity and expertise.

Open Wire Management

Building construction has failed to keep pace with productivity improvements found in other segments of the economy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm (manufacturing) productivity has improved 200 percent since 1964 while construction productivity has actually declined. Studies also indicate that only about one-third of the working day is physical, hands-on installation and testing. The rest is overhead activities associated with installation or nonproductive time such as breaks, cell phone use, and so forth. Whatever the causes of lost or unproductive time, electrical contractors must identify new methods that will improve productivity and remove impediments to success.