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Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Plan Ahead to Be EV Ready

Plans for investment in commercial property enhancements and municipal revitalization projects generally include a storyboard picture of nice sidewalks, landscaping, building facades, and parking, but how often do you see an electric vehicle (EV) charging station incorporated into that portrait or plan? These projects can include significant electrical infrastructure for lighting, including parking, security, and landscape, which require underground installation of conduit before the sidewalks are completed and landscape installed.

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The Uniqueness of Solar Projects

Dominic Ballesteros, operations manager for Jokake Electric in Phoenix, Arizona, began working on solar projects almost seven years ago. He eventually met Jorge Garcia, CEO of Jokake Electric, when they were working on a project for Arizona Public Service - the Deer Valley Mission Critical Operations Center.

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Transforming Efficiency: What You Need to Know About Changing Government Standards

The way I see it, there are two ways to look at the energy-efficiency profile of a transformer. Since a transformer is always on, it is either always wasting energy or always saving energy through lower energy consumption. With a new low-voltage, dry-type transformer efficiency standard on the way, the difference is more than a point of view. Ultraefficient transformers deliver significant energy savings that cut costs and lower the environmental impact of commercial and institutional buildings.

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Use Non-Traditional Sources for Developing Your Labor Force

Much has been written about the potential shortage of skilled electricians, HVAC technicians, and plumbers. How did this happen? It is not like the service trades have not been doing their best to build a system that will turn out skilled employees; a visit to any IEC chapter will illustrate this statement. There you will find quality training programs in place, the latest equipment for training and a knowledgeable staff to support the apprentice throughout the program.

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IEC & 4H: Encouraging the Next Generation of Electrical Contractors

If you attended the 56th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo in Fort Worth, Texas last October, you may have noticed some young faces in the exhibit hall on Friday morning. Perhaps you saw people with stickers that had a four-leaf clover on them; those future leaders were the 4-H’ers attending the Electrical Industry Career Exploration Day!

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The Unprecedented Feat of Perfection

One of the rare achievements in life is perfection. When people claim that something is perfect, there are typically flaws that have gone unnoticed. Furthermore, when perfection is accomplished, it is commonly over a very brief period of time. Steven Nemeth, a 2013 graduate of the Mid-South IEC and employee of Davis Electric in Memphis, Tennessee, debunks this conventional wisdom, by getting 100 percent in the Apprentice Program. Not only did he accomplish perfection, but he did it over four years.

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Pathway to Finding Women to Become Workers in the Electrical Industry

How do you spark an interest in an electrical career to your audience? An effective presentation is a dynamic presentation that involves the audience. To quote William Glasser’s How We Learn Theory, individuals learn “20 percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they see, 50 percent of what we see and hear, 70 percent of what we discuss, 80 percent of what we experience and 95 percent of what we teach others.” Out goes the lecture style of a presentation and in we bring the hands-on demonstration. Engage your audience in wiring a simple circuit so that they can flip a switch and turn the light on, to making a fluorescent light bulb glow while in the presence of the electromagnetic field of a plasma ball. No matter what the project is, make sure your audience is experiencing aspects within an electrical career (and while they are doing it, they are having fun).

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Shocking Statistics ... Don't Be One!

While arc flash awareness has been growing over the past decade (as well it should), the dangers of shock and electrocution should not be overlooked. According to the most recent statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), electrocution is the second leading cause of construction site fatalities in the U.S. In an average eight-hour day, 16 workers require time off the job to recover due to electrically-induced injuries.

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The Dollars and Cents of Employees Texting While Driving

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommended a total ban on texting by commercial motor vehicle drivers while driving, and the Department of Labor launched an educational campaign aimed at encouraging employers to prohibit texting while driving. That same year, more than 3,000 people were killed in distraction-related vehicular crashes and an estimated 416,000 drivers and passengers were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. More recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated, “Employers who require their employees to text while driving – or who organize work so that doing so is a practical necessity even if not a formal requirement – violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

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System Design and Arc Flash Labeling - The Importance of Protecting Against Worker Injuries

The incident energy from an arc flash event can cause severe worker injuries, shut down a facility, and cripple a business. Since the electrical industry is focused on safety and reliability, it is no surprise that everyone, from engineers and system designers to facility managers and electricians, is focused on minimizing the risk of arc flash incidents.

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