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Rick Burnosky is a third year Low Voltage Apprentice with long-time WECA member contractor, Bergelectric Corporation. Rick is well on his way to graduating this spring, and WECA had the chance to speak with him recently about his apprenticeship. So, what appealed to him about the program? It seems one of Rick's friends originally got him interested in the Low Voltage apprenticeship, versus another trade, because low volt seemed like a good choice for someone "...more tech-savvy, as it involved computers." Rick also has an interest in CAD (computer-aided design) development, so this proved to be a natural fit for him.

Rick currently works with Bergelectric Corporation as a Fire Alarm Apprentice. He enjoys "working at all sorts of places and traveling, so you're never really in one place at the same time. We go all over California; all the way from San Diego to Sacramento, to Lemoore. We just worked on a naval base there. We've worked all over the country."

Enjoying travel as he does, it's no surprise that Rick's favorite project to date was a recent opportunity in Omaha. He said, "I liked working on Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska. We worked on the fire alarms there...from wire pull all the way to final approval."

In addition to the travel opportunities they've provided, Rick appreciates the strong support he has received from his employer. He shares that "Bergelectric has helped me get my NICET 2 certification, and I passed my Fire Life Safety exam as well." Soon Rick will be out of the classroom, and moving forward as he grows his career with Bergelectric. Congratulations, Rick, and we wish you the very best in your continued endeavors!