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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Behind the scenes at WECA: Low Voltage Apprentices working on an alarm systems lab

John Arias' second year, second semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class in the lab, March 2022.











 
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Recap: WECA hosts and judges electrical competitions at SkillsUSA's CA Conference











On April 23, WECA proudly sponsored and ran the electrical wiring competition and the industrial motor control competition at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition in Ontario, California. SkillsUSA is an organization which serves students, especially high school students, preparing for technical, skilled and service careers.

The conference had approximately 2,400 students in attendance. WECA instructors Jaron Stroud, Fernando Castro, and Neil Pesarillo ran the competitions, while Don Black, WECA Director of Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilties, and also a SkillsUSA California Board member, served as a judge for some competitions. Prior to this competition, instructors Jaron and Fernando also ran all six of the virtual regional electrical competitions in California.

“We had 15 high school students competing and two post-secondary students competing,” says Don. “The competition started early on Saturday morning with an electrical test, where each student is judged on their resume, uniform, and PPE preparedness. Neil, Jaron, and Fernando then held a brief orientation, and by 9 a.m. the contest was running. Each student is handed the same electrical diagram that they must build. The competition ended at 3 p.m. and the judging began. Fernando, Jaron, and Neil did a wonderful job representing WECA and the electrical trade while running and judging the competitions. We extend a huge thank you to our three stellar instructors for giving a significant amount of time to run these competitions.”

WECA and its instructors also received praise from a participant’s parent, with the parent stating that “I really appreciate you and the rest of the WECA staff (and the WECA resources) for making the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition happen! It was so great to see the young people competing in the event. I’m honored and blessed that my son received gold in the competition. He is going to the National SkillsUSA conference in Atlanta in June.”

Instructor Neil Pesarillo also praised the program, saying “I was able to talk to a few parents and coaches/teachers of the contestants. They were very excited to have a contest, and their students were very professional and respectful. It inspires me to get involved each year. I would encourage others to research SkillsUSA and, if possible, volunteer some time for it.”

Great job Jaron, Fernando, Neil, and Don for representing WECA at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition and for investing time and expertise in developing the next generation of electricians!
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Back by popular demand: ?WECA hoodies are available for purchase again!



WECA hoodies are available for purchase again by popular demand!

Purchase online at the link below, or in person at the front desk at our Rancho Cordova HQ.

Shop WECA Hoodies here.
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Advice to up-and-comers from 2022 San Diego Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduates



WECA San Diego instructor Neil Pesarillo's class in their final semester of the program this week had a great conversation with him about their advice for up-and-coming apprentices. We were lucky enough that Neil thought to collect and share their thoughts with us.

Darrell Mickle

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I have already given a friend advice. My friend Marco is currently in the Electrician Trainee program now and is waiting to be picked up by an electrical company so he can be indentured into and run through the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. I loved my class, and my classmates and teachers I have had through the program.

How would you explain what you have learned?: You'd had to have experienced it to understand or walk in these shoes, so until then my friends, stay humble and stay happy. WECA GANG

David Smith

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It seems long, but has gone by fairly quick and is worth the investment of time.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I've learned things in electrical and construction that many people don't know how to do correctly, and I have learned how to do it safely.

Kevin Martinez

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: The electrical apprenticeship is the best decision I have made in my life. After jumping from different jobs, becoming an electrician and working in the field, it gave me stability with a secure job. I get a lot of questions frequently, and I tell everyone the same thing. An electrical apprenticeship is the way to go, and WECA is by far the best one they can pick. Not only was I receiving the best education in the electrical industry, but I was also getting to work and get paid while doing it. Compared to other apprenticeships where they attend every week, we get to attend twice a year for two weeks, which is great because students get to focus more in their semester without being tired after work.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I have learned everything from work ethic to electrical work installation in new commercial and in residential. I have gotten the opportunity to work in different environments and different crews, meaning doing different tasks and becoming a well-rounded electrician. Not many get this opportunity. From underground, to deck work, rough-in, electrical rooms, equipment, lighting, the list goes on. Fell in love with the process and I recommend to anyone trying to join this trade to really give it a chance. It may be hard labor at times, but the more you learn and the more you see, it makes you as an apprentice strive for more.

Ryan Noll

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I would tell them to start to study for the test early on. Just poking your head into the NEC 30 minutes a week would be a big help. The earlier you start doing practice questions the better, too.

How would you explain what you have learned?: Most of what you learn is on the job as far as electrical installation.

Thorne Phillips

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It is a long process, and you will learn a lot. Best thing I can tell you is that it's worth it. No matter how hard it gets, keep pushing, it gets better. And at the end of the apprenticeship, you are in control of your future and the options and the opportunities are endless.

How would you explain what you have learned?: In this apprenticeship, you learn how to use the code book to be a safe electrician. You also learn how to be a professional, understanding what we are doing on the job. It also gives us the tools to grow professionally.

Tommy Meyers

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: There's a misconception that doing anything besides going to a four-year college will not obtain you a high-paying career. But, after attending that four-year college, most people will have a hefty amount of student loans. Going into a trade apprenticeship, you will achieve the skills and knowledge needed to excel in that trade, without any student debt to pay off in the end! In my case, I learned the skills to become a competent electrician at WECA, while being paid on the job, with full benefits! The demand for tradespeople is at an all-time high, the pay is great, the benefits are hard to beat -- what are you waiting for?

How would you explain what you have learned?: In class, you learn things such as electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, how to read blueprints, how to size conductors, how to size services for commercial and residential buildings, how to design and build motor control circuits, and so, so much more! WECA well prepares you to pass your Journeyman exam, so you walk into the examination site confident in passing. You take what you learn in class and apply it in the field, and it helps you understand the greater scheme of things. Don't get me wrong -- I still learn something new every day, but overall the WECA apprenticeship flew by in the blink of an eye, and I would recommend it to everyone!

Victor Martin Del Campo

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It's a great program. It changes the way you think and gives you confidence in life. By the time you finish the program, you walk out with your head held up, full of knowledge and hunger to show the world what you have learned. You get to meet people that have the same purpose in life as yourself. It's great to be part of something, and what's better than becoming part of the electrician family?

How would you explain what you have learned?: WECA taught me how to be professional and to care about the things we do in life.
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   The 2021-22 WECEF Lab Donation Scoreboard is live! Plus, some shots of Platt's visit to WECA!



Thanks to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in California and Arizona.

WECA extends a huge thank you in particular to the following donors, who are the first to post numbers on our lab donation scoreboard for the 21-22 academic year!
  • Jon Lerno of Platt Electric Supply donated a cumulative $21,375 worth of welcome bags -- consisting of tools -- to WECA's Sacramento, Fresno, and Phoenix training facilities.
  • Cristian Jimenez of Milwaukee Tool donated a total of $8,428 of tools to WECA.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity," says Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager at WECA's Sacramento training facility and headquarters. "Your donations are very beneficial to our students' educational experiences; the equipment helps replicate a real-world, on-the-job experience in the classroom."

Want to get on the scoreboard? View our lab donation wishlists here.



Platt sales representative Jon Lerno (left) presents low voltage apprentice Robert Daniels with a tool bag.



Low voltage apprentices listen as Platt sales representative Jon Lerno describes the contents of the tool bags.

WECA was pleased to host Platt sales representative Jon Lerno in John Arias' first year, first semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class on April 26.

Lerno presented the apprentices with Platt tool bags to welcome them to the low voltage industry. The bags contained Klein tool sets, hats, travel mugs, an Ugly's reference book, and other goodies.

Thank you for visiting, Jon! It was great to see you, and thank you for the generous gifts for our low voltage apprentices!
 
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102

Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series:
GetWired 102 : Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits
Take it on your own time, at your own pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 102, the second class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 102 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101 since last fall! Students who might prefer this format include:
  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
 
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
 
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 102 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 102 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • GFCI and AFCI
  • Series circuits
  • Parallel circuits
  • Luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps
  • NEC subject indexing
  • Lighting branch circuits
  • Combination circuits
  • Measuring instruments
  • Using wire tables and determining conductor sizes
  • Combined lighting circuits
 
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course is loaded with interactive practice and an online lab to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.
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If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 102 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 102 here!
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Thursday, April 28, 2022   WECA's July - September courses are available for enrollment online. Don't miss out -- enroll ASAP!



WECA's Summer 2022 (July - September) course catalog is now available for enrollment on our website.

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

View the Continuing Education course catalog here.


Are you a non-electrician construction professional who'd like to be learn more about electrical jobsites? Check out our Project Engineer to Project Manager program courses here:

View the Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) course catalog here

Enroll online, over the phone at (877) 444-9322, or by email at info@goweca.com.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   Women in Construction Week Recap

Meet some of the women in WECA's apprenticeship and electrician trainee certificate programs!



First-year WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice Sheila Moles cites “always being fascinated by electricity and how things work” as her motivation for pursuing a career as a commercial electrician through WECA and Member Contractor Ferrari Development, Inc.  

Thus far, Sheila says that her experience with WECA has been good and noted that everyone she has met has been very helpful. 

“The advantage of WECA is all of the benefits that you get and having people behind you every step of the way to success,” says Sheila. “My success and best interest is supported by WECA, and the WECA team has been on it. They have answered every question I’ve had.”   

Although her journey’s just begun, Sheila says that being an electrician has changed her life. 

“I feel more self-sufficient and that I am contributing to the world in a necessary trade,” says Sheila. “I am learning as much as I possibly can every chance I get. And there’s something about the work that makes me feel proud after finishing a task or a project. I enjoy problem-solving and giving it my all.” 

Sheila also notes that “Being in this field as a woman—a gay woman—is an experience. I’m growing and learning every day to keep my confidence in myself and my work. Just as life is, things happen around us and we can flow through knowing who we are. I’m very grateful to have my support system. I also think more women should join the field because we are able. We can motivate and support each other through the hard times and celebrate the successes.” 

Sheila, thank you for being part of the WECA family. We’re honored to be able to support you in your endeavors and look forward to celebrating your success with you!  

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WECA Electrician Trainee Tiffany Smith is proof that it’s never too late to find your dream career.

“I have held many jobs over the years, but this is the first time I have felt like I have found the thing I’m meant to do,” says Tiffany. “The job is satisfying, the work is plentiful, and the pay is pleasing. My favorite thing about my job is turning lights on for people for the first time. I love that on any given day, when I leave my job, I can see the progress I have made. It’s tangible.”

As a female electrician, Tiffany reports that sometimes people are confused by her presence or mistake her for the homeowner or someone’s wife.

“But once people see that I can do the work in front of me, they just let me do my thing,” says Tiffany.

In fact, Tiffany says that “sometimes my boss calls to ask for calculations because he knows that I know how to find them quickly.”

Tiffany says that WECA’s GetWired program has set her up for success in the field.

“WECA has been amazing. I feel like I have learned so much. Many times, my WECA experience has translated to useful real-world knowledge in job situations,” says Tiffany.

Additionally, Tiffany appreciates the flexibility and career stability that WECA and the GetWired program offer.

“I’m so grateful for a program that still allows me the time for my job and my family. The trainee program schedule allows me to work my job and take care of my family without having to give anything up. Plus, I have a college degree. It does not guarantee you a job. Electricians can always find a job,” says Tiffany.

Thank you for being a WECA Electrician Trainee, Tiffany! We’re thrilled to help you pursue your new career while maintaining that perfect work-school-life balance.

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First-year Low Voltage Apprentice Gina Raimondi with WECA Member Contractor North State Electrical Contractors, Inc., is new to the low voltage trade, but she’s no stranger to WECA.

Gina—who spent 10 years working as a supervisor at a retail pharmacy—was encouraged to become a WECA Low Voltage Apprentice by her brother, second-year Low Voltage Apprentice Tony Raimondi. Her parents and another brother—who works in the electrical field in Idaho—also encouraged her to leave her previous career.

“I spent about 10 years as a supervisor at a retail pharmacy, which can be tough to walk away from, but I was really not doing well, physically or mentally, anymore,” says Gina. “I saw how much my brother was enjoying his apprenticeship, so I kind of just said why not?”

Gina reports that she now feels great after changing careers, and “enjoys learning on the job 100 percent. I feel like being a Low Voltage Apprentice is super rewarding for me and I feel good about what I do.”

Being a woman in the low voltage industry is just another day for Gina, although she says she gets a huge kick out of people doing double takes because they don’t expect to see a woman running around on a jobsite. Additionally, Gina was surprised by how respectful some guys can be.

“My personal philosophy is ‘why not,” says Gina. “I like to try to understand things, whether it’s how something works, all the way to how someone works. Asking myself why not has led me to favorite foods, enjoying a new career field, and actually giving my husband a second chance after a pretty bad introduction when we first met!”

It has served her well thus far.

“I personally enjoy being a low voltage technician because I get to see the insides of a building, and the side perks include being in comfortable clothes, listening to music all day, and getting to install cabling that other people can use to help power their homes,” says Gina. “I get to learn and work with all sorts of people and add to my knowledge of how to work competently in my new career. Everyone has a slightly different method, and it’s really nice that I can create my own after seeing how many ways there are to do a task,” says Gina.

The flexibility doesn’t just stop with work, though. Gina also appreciates the flexibility that WECA’s Low Voltage Apprenticeship program offers.

“For me the perk of WECA is continuing to work without the added stress of a packed day,” says Gina. [Editor’s note: WECA—unlike some other apprenticeship programs, which require attendance at night—schedules two weeks of in-person classes during the daytime at a WECA training facility every six months.] “I’m not a very good multi-tasker in terms of trying to work, study, and go to class multiple times a week. I absolutely love that WECA gave me the chance to start a new career with a great company and learn while working.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   "A growing number of people w/o a bachelor's degree are out-earning their four-year college peers"



What we're reading this week:
  • "A growing number of people without a bachelor's degree are out-earning their four-year college peers, according to a study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce."
  • "Ryan Farrell is an economist who works on the (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook) handbook. He says when he first got into the data, he was surprised at how many opportunities there were in high-paying jobs that didn't require a bachelor's degree...Even for people with just a high school diploma, Farrell says there are a number of high-paying trade jobs where workers get on-the-job training or can acquire skills through an apprenticeship."
  • "The job security that comes from working in an in-demand field...brings peace of mind."
Click here to read the rest of "You don't need a bachelor's degree to land a high-paying job," from NPR
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   Out of work?

Utilize WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board and/or Student Referral Service to find your next great job with a WECA Member Contractor today!



Are you out of work and seeking employment? Post your resume to the WECA Job Board. Or view open positions posted by our members. Our contractors are hiring! 

WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry with the contractors who want to hire them. 
 
Our job board exists for...
  • Electricians, 
  • Low voltage technicians, 
  • Electrician Trainees and Journeymen,
  • Industry employees (including office personnel!),
  • And the Member Contractors who want to hire them. 
This is a free, no-obligation service open to all workers seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need.

Search open positions today!



WECA's Student Referral Service: Are you out of work? Connect with a great employer today!

WECA's Student Referral Service
 is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and WECA Grads to our Member Contractors. It's meant for students or grads who are currently out of work; to help them find a great new position.

There is no charge to Student or Member to use our Student Referral Service. WECA's Student Referral Service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.  

This is a free, no-obligation service. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

Electrician Trainees and Journeypersons are in extra-high demand now. If you're out of work, don't miss out on your next great opportunity! Act today!

Three ways to sign up for the Student Referral Service today!
  1. Contact Trisha Hughes, Client Services Specialist I, at thughes@goweca.com
  2. Or call our office and ask to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322
  3. Or fill out the SRS sign-up form on our website.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   Self-paced Get Wired 101: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the NEC

No matter your schedule, location, or what life is throwing at you right now, you can start your journey to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with self-paced GetWired 101: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC)



"I actually liked the way the course is set up. Worked perfectly with my schedule. Any free time I had, I could use it to complete this course unlike having to cancel things so I can make it to class at 5:30." - Feedback from a recent self-paced GetWired 101 student getting his introductory online electrician training with WECA

WECA's GetWired 101 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our Get Wired! 101 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • Refresher on basic math skills applied to electrical calculations
  • General information on electrical installations
  • Introduction to hand and power tools used in the field
  • Electrical symbols and receptacle outlets
  • Atomic structure
  • Electrical quantities and Ohm’s Law
  • Static electricity and magnetism
  • Resistors
  • Conductors
  • Voltage drop and neutral sizing for services
  • Wiring methods
  • Switch control of lighting circuits, receptacle installation, bonding, and induction heating
Safety best practices are covered along with tips on study skills. In this course, math equations are applied to the safe and sound wiring and load choices for electrical installations, troubleshooting and maintenance. Theories are discussed and applied to on-the-job situations and tasks. An online, interactive, lab activity reinforces practical applications of key concepts.
  • Total class hours available: 40
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 101 Self-Paced today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?

Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 101 here!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   Course spotlights: Get Wired 102 and Get Wired 103

GetWired! 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits

GetWired! 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets




GetWired 102, Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits, is the second course in the path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with WECA.

This 42-hour course covers topics like GFCI and AFCI; series circuits; parallel circuits; luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps; measuring instruments; using wire tables and determining conductor sizes; and more!

If you've taken the GetWired 101 course; keep going on your path to becoming an electrician!

?The next GetWired 102 course session runs from April 4 through May 23.

We've waived the late fees for you.


Click here to enroll in the next GetWired 102 today. But act fast for April--only a few open seats remain!



GetWired 103, Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets, is a 42-hour course covering topics like installing lighting branch circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices; batteries and other sources of electricity; inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm's Law in calculating basic measurements; sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout; and more.

If you've taken the GetWired 101 and 102 courses; keep going on your path to becoming an electrician!

?The next GetWired 103 course session runs from April 5 through May 24.

We've waived the late fees for you.


Click here to enroll in GetWired 103 today. But act fast for April--only a few open seats remain!

 
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022   Join WECA on Apr. 13 for an open house celebrating our new San Diego facility!



Please join us this April for WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our upgraded, expanded new training facility in San Diego! All are welcome!

When: April 13, 2022 from 4 to 7 PM

Where: 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Enjoy food and libations
  • Tour our new facility
  • Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the San Diego electrical industry and community
  • Learn about WECA and how the association serves electrical contractors and the industry
  • See how our apprentices and electrician trainees learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's learning labs!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please take a moment to RSVP:

Register for the San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony here!
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Instructor Spotlight: Meet WECA's new Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructor Randy Rivera!



WECA’s newest Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructor has come full circle.

Randy Rivera, a native of Los Angeles and the Philippines, was one of WECA’s first Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduates in 2004. Randy—who overall has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry—also became certified as a BICSI Level 1 and 2 installer in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and most recently worked as a Telecommunications Foreman for Valley Communications, Inc.

Randy is being mentored as a new instructor by longtime Low Voltage Apprenticeship and GetWired! instructor John Arias and has set his sights high with WECA—as evidenced by his personal philosophy of “we can always do better.”

“I try to give students feedback as far as my experience out in the field,” says Randy. “My goal here at WECA is to be one of the top instructors and pass on knowledge to my students.”

Outside of work, Randy loves hanging out with his family and airbrush painting.

“I airbrush portraits on canvas and also work on murals with my wife,” Randy concludes.

Welcome back, Randy! We’re excited to have you here and look forward to your future with WECA. Perhaps a mural is in order? 
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Behind the scenes: WECA's semi-annual Apprenticeship instructor workshop in San Diego



From left to right, back to front: Instructors Zach Wallace, George Leach, Keith Smart, Raymond Newton, James Hall, David Schoettler, Neil Pesarillo, Lakeal Morris, Jimmie Slemp, Jaron Stroud, Randy Rivera, John Arias, Curriculum Developer Talon Pobuda and Apprentice Training Director Don Black are all smiles for the camera.



From left to right: Instructors Jimmie Slemp, John Arias, Lakeal Morris, James Hall, Apprentice Training Director Don Black, George Leach, Raymond Newton, Randy Rivera, Zach Wallace, Jaron Stroud, Keith Smart, Neil Pesarillo, Fernando Castro, and David Schoettler pose for the camera outside of WECA's new, updated and expanded training facility in San Diego.

It was a busy week last week for WECA Apprenticeship instructors! They convened at their semi-annual apprenticeship instructor workshop; this one was held at WECA's new San Diego training facility.

Here, they shared ideas and collaborated on continuous improvement in teaching. Please join us in thanking them for everything they do!
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Monday, February 28, 2022   WECA Apprentice and veteran Joseph Aragon III; WECA Apprenticeship featured in CAC newsletter

WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice and veteran Joseph Aragon III and WECA Apprenticeship featured in "A Word from an Apprentice" article in California Apprenticeship Council's first quarter e-newsletter

Read below! Congratulations, Joseph!




A Word from an Apprentice
What does Apprenticeship Mean to You?




Joseph Aragon III
United States Army Veteran and 3rd year Commercial Electrical Apprentice, WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric Company

"My name is Joseph Aragon III, and I’m a United States Army veteran and third-year Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA Member Contractor Reyff Electric Company.

Before becoming a commercial electrical apprentice, I served as a 63B-wheeled vehicle mechanic in Afghanistan and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord just outside of Tacoma, Washington. My Army career instilled in me principles like strong leadership, an excellent work ethic and more. I’ve applied these principles in both the classroom and on the jobsite during my apprenticeship. For this reason, I absolutely recommend an electrical career not only for veterans, but also for those going into the military.

There’s a lot that I like about my commercial electrical apprenticeship with WECA, but I really like my instructor James Hall’s teaching style. I appreciate how much detail he puts into his instruction, and his willingness to pause to further explain concepts to his students who have questions.

I know that apprenticeship can be hard, but when you’re in doubt or grappling with a particularly rough patch in your apprenticeship, remember the ultimate goal and why you decided to pursue being an electrician. Don’t forget that we light the way."


From the Western Electrical Contractors Association

Joseph is an excellent example of how apprenticeships can be advantageous for veterans.

Eligible veterans enrolled in one of WECA’s three apprenticeship programs can receive G.I. Bill benefits upon approval. In addition to G.I. Bill benefits, veteran apprentices, like all of our apprentices, receive a salary from their employer and have their apprenticeship program tuition paid for by their employer. WECA also accommodates active duty service members, and works with their employers to provide flexible scheduling that works with active duty military leaves.

Veterans also typically already possess desirable traits for employing contractors, such as leadership, strong work ethics, familiarity with jobsite safety procedures, the ability to work well under pressure and being technically and mechanically inclined. Additionally, if the veteran apprentice previously worked in the electrical field, or a related one, during their service, they can build on their previous knowledge and experience.

WECA’s apprenticeship programs involve hands-on work, and apprentices and certified electricians work together in a cohesive team atmosphere, much as service members do in the armed forces. Electrical apprentices have a dynamic workload, and those who are veterans will likely appreciate that just as in the armed forces, every day on the job can be different.
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WECA’s three apprenticeship programs have many veterans enrolled. Veteran apprentices are likely to find a fellow veteran in their classes or on the jobsite, extending the camaraderie enjoyed by those who have served.
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Join WECA on Apr. 13 for an open house celebrating our new San Diego training facility!



Please join us this April for WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our upgraded, expanded new training facility in San Diego! All are welcome!

When: April 13, 2022 from 4 to 7 PM

Where: 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Enjoy food and libations
  • Tour our new facility
  • Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the San Diego electrical industry and community
  • Learn about WECA and how the association serves electrical contractors and the industry
  • See how our apprentices and electrician trainees learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's learning labs!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please take a moment to RSVP:

Register for the San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony here!
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Find the career you've been looking for with a WECA Commercial or Low Voltage Apprenticeship

Find the career you've been looking for with a WECA Commercial Electrical or Low Voltage Apprenticeship.

Now indenturing Commercial Electrical apprentice applicants in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

Now indenturing Low Voltage apprentice applicants in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas
Not for you? Share this email with someone you think should apply!




Do you enjoy working with your head and your hands? Would you rather be out in the world than in an office all day? Do you want to have an important role in building the infrastructure of your community?

If so, a career as an electrician or low voltage technician is a great choice!


Being accepted into a WECA apprenticeship program means that you get paid to learn on the job, your employer pays for your WECA education, and when you graduate, you're ready for your career without taking on any student debt!

WECA is now indenturing enthusiastic Commercial Electrical Apprentice applicants in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and indenturing Low Voltage Apprentice applicants in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas!

Our electrical and low voltage industry education and careers power your life.

Not having to pay tuition during your apprenticeship and having no college debt to pay back after graduation means that you can get your life started earlier--starting a family, buying a house, or buying that sweet car or boat or whatever it is you have your eye on just got a whole lot easier!

So what exactly do Commercial electricians and low voltage technicians do? Great question!

Commercial electricians install electrical distribution centers, panel boards, sub panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, and temporary wiring in commercial buildings, and so much more.

Low Voltage Technicians specialize in installing, testing, servicing, and maintaining systems such as fire alarm systems, security systems, cable and satellite TV, the internet, and so much more.

The possibilities are nearly endless. And at WECA, we can help you achieve a fast-paced, satisfying career as a commercial electrician or low voltage technician!

What are you waiting for? Click here to learn more and apply today and get started on your apprenticeship journey!

Not for you? Please forward this email to someone who might be interested--especially if they live in the Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, or Orange County areas!
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Course Spotlight: GetWired 101: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the NEC

No matter your schedule, location, or what life is throwing at you right now, you can start your journey to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate with self-paced GetWired 101: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC)



"I actually liked the way the course is set up. Worked perfectly with my schedule. Any free time I had, I could use it to complete this course unlike having to cancel things so I can make it to class at 5:30." - Feedback from a recent self-paced GetWired 101 student getting his introductory online electrician training with WECA

WECA's GetWired 101 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our Get Wired! 101 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • Refresher on basic math skills applied to electrical calculations
  • General information on electrical installations
  • Introduction to hand and power tools used in the field
  • Electrical symbols and receptacle outlets
  • Atomic structure
  • Electrical quantities and Ohm’s Law
  • Static electricity and magnetism
  • Resistors
  • Conductors
  • Voltage drop and neutral sizing for services
  • Wiring methods
  • Switch control of lighting circuits, receptacle installation, bonding, and induction heating
Safety best practices are covered along with tips on study skills. In this course, math equations are applied to the safe and sound wiring and load choices for electrical installations, troubleshooting and maintenance. Theories are discussed and applied to on-the-job situations and tasks. An online, interactive, lab activity reinforces practical applications of key concepts.
  • Total class hours available: 40
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 101 Self-Paced today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?

Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 101 here!

 
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Monday, February 28, 2022   Mike Rowe Works Foundation is giving away $1,000,000 in scholarships in 2022!

Mike Rowe Works Foundation is giving away $1,000,000 in scholarships in 2022!
Apply by April 14 for consideration.




Content courtesy of Mike Rowe Works Foundation:

WE’RE GIVING AWAY $1,000,000.


That’s right—we’re giving away $1,000,000 for this year’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Through this program, we recognize people who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. These are hardworking men and women who will keep the lights on, water running, and air flowing. These are people who show up early, stay late, and bust their asses day in and out. It’s not for everyone. Hard workers are hard to find, but we know you’re out there.

Learn more and apply here!
 
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