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Friday, September 28, 2018   Electrician Trainee Spotlight: Mark Matias

Today we're highlighting an outstanding Electrician Trainee, Mark Matias, currently enrolled
 in WECA's GetWired Electrician Trainee program. After meeting his fiancé's father, who owns and operates an electrical company, Mark's interest in becoming an electrician was sparked. He says, "I didn't just want a position somewhere where a robot could replace me in ten years," so Mark began looking for convenient, yet informative online classes that fit his schedule. Many programs failed to offer Mark what he was looking for, but when he found the GetWired program it seemed almost "too good to be true; the schedule was perfect and the classes extremely informative."
Within a couple classes, Mark noticed how positive his experience was. "The fact that you can sit in your own home, relax in a comfortable environment compared to being nervous and going to a new school, I think, is one of the keys to WECA's success. You get to learn without the anxiety so you can focus more." His experience in the 101 class taught him "the basic fundamentals of the PIE chart and learning how to search through the Index of the NEC, which I think are key points in your "forever" knowledge of becoming an electrician." Learning in the hands-on labs also became a positive experience for Mark in that "once you actually perform a lab hands-on, compared to picturing it or listening or reading about it, it becomes more of a habit and a nature. And you need that especially for a job like this. Like they say, practice makes perfect!"
Mark has some great advice for potential Electrician Trainee students. "Be dependable; we have to be there to figure out the problem and fix it... it takes a lot of knowledge and common sense and it definitely requires motivation. If it was easy, everyone would do it."
Thanks for the words of wisdom, Mark!


Friday, September 28, 2018   Prepare for the Voice Data Video Technician Certification Exam Online, at Your Own Pace!

This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Voice Data Video Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through developing proficiency in the preparation for and execution of the VDV certification exam. It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Course Lessons Include:

·  Subject Indexing in the NFPA 70
·  Review of Several Key NFPA 70 Articles, including 720-725, 800, 810, 820, 830 and 840
·  Ohm's Law Review
·  Kirchhoff's Law Review
·  Basic Metering
·  Copper Connectors
·  Cables, Pathways, and Equipment
·  Foundations of Signal Transmission
·  Networking Fundamentals
·  Fiber Optic Theory and Installation
·  Telephone Basics
·  Audio Theory and Installation
·  CCTV Systems and Installation
·  Fire-stopping Basics
·  Intrusion Detection and Access Control
·  Safety-Maintenance and Repair
·  Useful Symbols - Low Voltage and Electrical

Get more information and enroll  here or by calling us at (877) 444-WECA. 

Friday, September 28, 2018   Journeymen: WECA Seeks Qualified Part-Time Instructors!

Download our hiring flyer to share with your employees
WECA is currently hiring part-time instructors for night and weekend classes!
Are you an experienced and knowledgeable electrical professional, with at least one of the following qualifications?
  • Certified Residential or General Electrician with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Current C10 Contractors license with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Electrical engineering degree with some electrical trade experience?
  • Vocational teaching degree with previous experience teaching electrical code and theory (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Retired Electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Maintenance electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Electrician working for a non-C10 contractor with 7 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
- Are you an excellent communicator? 
- Do you have a passion for teaching, explaining, and sharing your knowledge with others?
- Do you know how to use a computer?
- Would you like the opportunity to teach from your own home computer*, if you have the skills, equipment and an internet connection that meets WECA's requirements?
- Would you like to be paid a starting rate of $35 per hour, with regular evaluation for performance-based raises?


If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please email your resume and a letter of interest to hr@goweca.com.
*Partial list of requirements in order to be able to teach from home two nights per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
  • A quiet room containing all equipment needed to teach
  • Reliable, high speed internet connection
Computer Requirements:
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1; At least 2 GB RAM
  • Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
Mac OS
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor for Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, and 10.9
Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser

Friday, September 28, 2018   Introducing Four New Online Courses, Offered in Partnership with Solar Energy International

These unique 6-week courses range from introductory level to advanced level training, helping you explore the fundamentals of solar components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems to the inspection, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting of PV systems. You'll work through interactive online activities, power points, readings, quizzes, exercises, and homework, all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the full duration of the course.
Students who complete these courses successfully will gain not only Electrician
Trainee/Continuing Education (ET/CE) hours for California through WECA, but also North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) training hours through SEI.

Successful completion of "Solar Electric Design and Installation" paired with "PV System
Fundamentals" qualifies you to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.


With the need for highly trained PV electricians rapidly growing in California, WECA Curriculum Development Lead Mike Moyer believes "It's great that WECA is able to partner with SEI to offer another way for the WECA community to get solar training. Our apprenticeship program covers solar basics, our existing online self-paced courses "Solar Power for Electricians" and "Faultless Solar" take solar to the next level for Journeyman Electricians and Advanced Electrician Trainees, and now our partnership with SEI allows another level of training for these students, plus the opportunity for NABCEP certification."
To learn more about enrolling in these courses through WECA (enrollment through WECA is
necessary for any student desiring State of California Continuing Education or Electrician
Trainee hours in addition to the NABCEP hours granted by SEI), please visit WECA's Solar Course Catalog. Act now to enroll in courses starting October 1! November course dates also available now.


Friday, September 28, 2018   California Homebuilding Foundation Scholarships

A message from the California Homebuilding Foundation.

The  California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) is giving financial aid to worthy and ambitious students with a desire to pursue a career in building and construction! CHF upholds the philosophy that better education benefits students, communities, and trades.

CHF offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards each year to deserving students majoring in building, trades and related programs.

2018 scholarship opportunities are available, but offers expire December 1st! Please visit the Foundation's webpage for additional information.

Students can apply by contacting the school's department directly from the information listed hereRead more.

Friday, September 28, 2018   WECA Continues Hosting Ideal National Championship Qualifying Rounds

Join us on October 11 for the next 2018 Ideal National Championship qualifying round. Competitors have a 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?  
The next qualifying round at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova is October 11, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm!
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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