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Thursday, May 31, 2018   Instructor Jimmie Slemp Published in EC&M Magazine

Our very own Instructor Jimmie Slemp had an article called "The Safety Net of Grounding and Bonding: Lack of a system bonding jumper produces shock hazard on a transformer" published in EC&M Magazine this past month! 
 
The article delves into a recent experience Jimmie had with an alumni, where: 
 
His company was performing a tenant improvement (TI) project at a strip mall when one of the construction workers received an electric shock. However, it was unclear what the worker was doing at the time he received the shock, and this obviously made it difficult for the team to locate the source of the voltage.
 
The rest is a mystery solved in the article, available online here , and also featured in the current print edition! Congratulations Jimmie, and we look forward to solving more mysteries with you, soon! 
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Thursday, May 31, 2018   National Teacher Appreciation Week Recap


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, earlier this month, we highlighted the hard working teachers at WECA! Trent Wragg is WECA's Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Instructor Supervisor, and we'd like to give a big shout out to him for the incredible work that he does for WECA, and the ET instructors he works with. Trent had this to say about the ET instructor team:

 

WECA's staff of part-time ET instructors is comprised of representatives from many areas of the electrical industries. Many WECA part-time instructors are employed in Residential work, others in Commercial work, and others are involved in primarily Industrial work. These instructors, who work full-time during the day, maintain a commitment to teaching their ET classes that occur at night. They express genuine enjoyment in teaching and being able to help beginning electricians advance in their careers.  The part-time instructors' incredible experience and depth of knowledge in the electrical industry makes supervising them and placing them in a great classes extraordinarily fulfilling.
  
And a huge shout out to our apprenticeship instructors! These dedicated individuals come from the industry as former contractors, foremen, project managers and estimators--all with an unwavering foundation of experience. Our credentialed instructors are all currently-certified electricians and/or low voltage technicians in the State of California, to ensure we give our apprentices the very best expertise from which to learn. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we're sharing them with you!
  



Jimmie Slemp primarily teaches second year Apprenticeship full time, manages the Rancho Cordova lab facility, and helps with apprenticeship curriculum development.
 
 
  
 
Dan Bierly utilizes his teaching and field experience, along with his technical expertise, to develop rigorous exam prep curriculum to prepare WECA's apprentices for the State certification exams.
 
 


 Rick Labon has been the lead apprenticeship instructor at the Riverside training facility since its inception (and taught in San Diego before that), and also works with WECA's instructional development team to create leading electrician education curriculum. 
 


Mike Moyer is WECA's fourth year Apprenticeship Instructor and specializes in instrumentation and controls. He's made incredible contributions to the apprenticeship education program with his highly detailed and effective labs.
 
 
 
 Rick Mortensen has worked with WECA for more than six years, first as a Get Wired! Instructor, and now as an Apprentice instructor in San Diego. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program.
 
 
 
Zach Wallace teaches for WECA as an apprenticeship instructor, primarily teaching 3rd year. Zach feels that his greatest reward as a teacher is knowing that students are moving forward in their careers because of a concept he helped them to understand.
 


LaKeal Morris primarily teaches 1st year apprenticeship, where he is able to combine his knowledge of the trade with his love for teaching in order to keep WECA's apprentices at the top of their game.
 
 
 
Keith Smart continues his teaching passion as an Apprenticeship Instructor at WECA with duties that take him from teaching Ohms Law and load calculations, to proper conduit bending, and navigating trainees through Pythagorean theorems. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical program.
 

 Steve Kappes is based at WECA's Rancho Cordova training facility as the LowVolt apprenticeship instructor, and holds a C-10 Electrical Contractors license, and is a certified Low Voltage Technician and Fire Life Safety Technician in California, as well as NICET Level III, Senior Electronics Technician certification.
 


Tom Thompson has worked at nearly every level of the electrical construction business and has expertise in commercial and residential settings, as well as in low voltage. He's the lead curriculum developer for our low voltage apprenticeship programs.

 


 Neil Pesarillo is based in San Diego as a Low Voltage apprenticeship instructor, and holds VDV and FLS technician certifications. He brings expertise from the field and a knack for helping others understand concepts and applications.

Are you a qualified journeyman electrician, passionate about sharing your knowledge, looking to join the WECA instructional team? See our open positions here
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Thursday, May 31, 2018   WECA Staff Spotlight: Janaya Orejel

Janaya Orejel has been a part of the WECA team for five years now! 

She currently works as an administrative assistant, and came to WECA with an Associate Degree in Business Administration from American River College. You may see her in the front lobby at WECA HQ or hear her voice on the phone, as she frequently assists students, interested applicants, member contractors, and staff members. She primarily works on providing document assistance, helping with class enrollments, and utilizing her extensive knowledge of all things WECA to provide answers to the WECA community. 
 


Janaya truly does it all! She says, "A typical day at WECA never looks the same for me! One day can be calm, and the next day I will be particularly busy and have a plethora of visitors to assist." She loves being the face of WECA HQ, adding, "What keeps me engaged in the work is the feeling I get after being told by a student or member how I made their experience at WECA a great one."

 
Janaya was raised in Sacramento with her two older brothers, and typically spends her non-WECA hours travelling, bike riding with her dad, and spending time with family.
 
Please join us in celebrating five years of Janaya's hard work, positive attitude, and dedication to the WECA family. We look forward to many more years with this wonderful team member!
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Thursday, May 31, 2018   2018 WECA Graduation: Reserve Your Seats!

Graduating Apprentices and Electrician Trainees: You should have received additional information, including event registration information in the last weeks. 

Please reserve your seats through the registration link you received by email, and get ready to enjoy a celebration of your achievement.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018   2018 Ideal Nationals Qualifying Rounds at WECA HQ & San Diego. Bergelectric Student Apprentice Team

 
WECA Apprentices with Bergelectric, David M., Ryan G., and Brock B., have been appearing on the national leaderboard following the qualifiers!

Keep joining us this Spring and Summer for the 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying rounds! Plan to compete and earn your chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?  
 
Contestants at the most recent WECA HQ Ideal Qualifying Round

The next qualifying round at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova is on June 20, from 2:30-4:30pm! 
 
Contestants at the most recent WECA HQ Ideal Qualifying Round
The qualifying rounds in San Diego are occurring on the following dates and times:
  • June 22, 1:00-3:00pm
  • July 27, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 10, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 31, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 7, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 28, 1:00-3:00pm 
The competition is open to:
  • Students: Apprentices and/or State-Registered Electrician Trainees
  • Journeymen
  • 3-person Student teams: Apprentices and/or Electrician Trainees
  • 3-person Journeymen teams
Contestants at the most recent WECA HQ Ideal Qualifying Round

Visit Ideal Nationals to pre-register for this event, learn more about the qualifying task, and the National Championship. You can even watch a video of the qualifying activity each contestant (or team) will have to perform to earn a place at the National Championship. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018   Apprentice Instructors: Teacher Appreciation Week

A huge shout out to our apprenticeship instructors! These dedicated individuals come from the industry as former contractors, foremen, project managers and estimators--all with an unwavering foundation of experience. Our credentialed instructors are all currently-certified electricians and/or low voltage technicians in the State of California, to ensure we give our apprentices the very best expertise from which to learn. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we’re sharing them with you!


Jimmie Slemp primarily teaches second year Apprenticeship full time, manages the Rancho Cordova lab facility, and helps with apprenticeship curriculum development.


Dan Bierly utilizes his teaching and field experience, along with his technical expertise, to develop rigorous exam prep curriculum to prepare WECA’s apprentices for the State certification exams.



Rick Labon teaches apprenticeship at the Riverside training facility and also works with WECA's instructional development team to create leading electrician education curriculum



Mike Moyer is WECA's fourth year Apprenticeship Instructor and specializes in instrumentation and controls. He’s made incredible contributions to the apprenticeship education program with his highly detailed and effective labs.



Rick Mortensen has worked with WECA for more than six years, first as a Get Wired! Instructor, and now as an Apprentice instructor in San Diego. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical apprenticeship program.


Zach Wallace teaches for WECA as an apprenticeship instructor, primarily teaching 3rd year. Zach feels that his greatest reward as a teacher is knowing that students are moving forward in their careers because of a concept he helped them to understand.



LaKeal Morris primarily teaches 1st year apprenticeship, where he is able to combine his knowledge of the trade with his love for teaching in order to keep WECA’s apprentices at the top of their game.


Keith Smart continues his teaching passion as an Apprenticeship Instructor at WECA with duties that take him from teaching Ohms Law and load calculations, to proper conduit bending, and navigating trainees through Pythagorean theorems. He teaches all five years of the Commercial Electrical program.


Steve Kappes is based at WECA's Rancho Cordova training facility as the LowVolt apprenticeship instructor, and holds a C-10 Electrical Contractors license, and is a certified Low Voltage Technician and Fire Life Safety Technician in California, as well as NICET Level III, Senior Electronics Technician certification.


Tom Thompson has worked at nearly every level of the electrical construction business and has expertise in commercial and residential settings, as well as in low voltage. He’s the lead curriculum developer for our low voltage apprenticeship programs.

Neil Pesarillo is based in San Diego as a Low Voltage apprenticeship instructor, and holds VDV and FLS technician certifications. He brings expertise from the field and a knack for helping others understand concepts and applications.
 
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Friday, April 27, 2018   2018 WECA Graduation: Your Alumni Hoodie Size

Graduating Apprentices and Electrician Trainees: You will be receiving additional information, including event registration information, in the weeks ahead! 

For now, please let us know what Alumni Hoodie size you prefer to receive at your graduation by filling out this form
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Friday, April 27, 2018   WECA Apprentice Spotlight: Rick Burnosky

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!
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Friday, April 27, 2018   2018 Ideal Nationals Qualifying Rounds at WECA HQ & San Diego: Competition Dates

Do you have what it takes to be the best electrician in the nation? Join us this Spring and Summer for the 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying rounds. Plan to compete and earn your chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?  

 
There will be qualifying rounds at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova on May 16, from 2:30-4:30pm, and June 20, from 2:30-4:30pm! 
 
The qualifying rounds in San Diego are occurring on the following dates and times:
  • May 25, 1:00-3:00pm
  • June 22, 1:00-3:00pm
  • July 27, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 10, 1:00-3:00pm
  • August 31, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 7, 1:00-3:00pm
  • September 28, 1:00-3:00pm 
The competition is open to:
  • Students: Apprentices and/or State-Registered Electrician Trainees
  • Journeymen
  • 3-person Student teams: Apprentices and/or Electrician Trainees
  • 3-person Journeymen teams
Visit Ideal Nationals to pre-register for this event, learn more about the qualifying task, and the National Championship. You can even watch a video of the qualifying activity each contestant (or team) will have to perform to earn a place at the National Championship. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
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Friday, April 27, 2018   Work Ethic Scholarship Opportunity


The fifth annual Work Ethic Scholarship round is underway! This scholarship program under the mikeroweWORKS Foundation will give away a scholarship to those who demonstrate a strong work ethic, and a drive for skilled training.

The program launched on Monday, April 2, 2018, and the deadline to submit applications is Monday, June 4, 2018. Explore the scholarship through the link above, then apply!

Apply here!
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