You’re in a pinch. You need a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) for a project, but you’re running up against a deadline and you don’t think you have time to order through a distributor. So, naturally, you jump online and look for a reseller who can offer you a lowpriced option with fast turnaround. You find product that looks like a good choice. Sure, it’s being sold as unused surplus product, but that doesn’t matter – it should work as well as a new one. Finally, you place your order using next-day shipping (of course) and in less than 24 hours the product shows up at your door ready to be installed. No problem, right?
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Written by Jack Lyons
 

In January 2018 IEC published an article written by MCA with focus on the topic of recruiting workers (Recruiting for the Future, January 2018, Insights Magazine); hopefully by now you were able to successfully implement some of the concepts and it has satisfied your head count needs. The next step is of course to retain the best people that you have; the aspiring and capable leaders for your business. Offering more money is not always the solution. People are less motivated by money then what they want you to believe, and this is especially true of skilled workers.
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Let’s clear the smoke on this issue – the expanding societal acceptance and legalization of marijuana usage (medical or recreational) poses a substantial workplace safety issue on construction job sites. Contractors should take immediate action to address this expanding risk.
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Where is the electrical industry going and who is going to take us there? Well, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) have teamed up in identifying some of our very own emerging leaders and asking them questions about leadership and the pathway to a better future for our industry.
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Hazards and risks are two terms that we all have to understand. It’s not necessarily just something for the electrical worker. Hazards are all around us and we all accept some level of risk each and every day but many use these terms without really understanding them. This article will help identify the differences between hazards and risks and provide some insight to how NFPA 70E looks at these two terms.
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Crimping, done correctly and according to manufacturers’ specifications, is reliable and effective, but the process is not nearly as simple as it looks. Crimping electrical connections reliably on a mass scale actually requires a fairly sophisticated blend of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering in order to work well.
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Welcome to 2019, a new year, and hopefully a happy and prosperous one, at your business and at IEC. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be elected by my peers to serve our Association in another capacity; that of National President.
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The Apprenticeship & Training (A&T) Committee welcomed several new members in January. Three members cycled off the committee: Joe Chandler of IEC Dallas, Brian Haines of Pyramid Electric, and Dale Weis of Encore Electric. Their replacements are Kathy Gurba of IEC Southern Colorado, Jake Jackson of IEC Rocky Mountain, and Cesar Ramirez of Precision Power Solutions.
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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.
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IEC National’s annual Apprentice of the Year (AoY) competition is the biggest event IEC apprentices prepare for all year. It’s a grueling three-day competition involving early mornings, long days, and timed events judged with watchful eyes. If that doesn’t sound stressful enough, it takes two and a half days and about 60 volunteers to prepare the competition area.
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