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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Pics of Apprentices in their final semesters of their programs, completing their capstone labs

Pics from Instructor Zach Wallace's fifth year, second semester Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship class at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ in June, 2022



It's that time of year! Before graduating, WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentices must complete assessments (AKA "capstones") to demonstrate their knowledge of myriad real-world, on-the-job scenarios. The apprentice pictured here is working on Commercial Capstone Exercise 2: Commercial Miser Control, which requires apprentices to design a motor control circuit for a commercial bakery mixer from scratch and then install the circuit on the lab wall.



The apprentice pictured above is installing the conduit for the commercial mixer control circuit in the bakery.







Celebrating a job well done! As part of their final semester capstone projects, the apprentices in this class received a request in the form of a change order to add a mixer control circuit to the larger bakery project they were working on. This bakery project is used as a foundation to assess key competencies within the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. Students are given instructions stating the circuit requirements, and then they design the circuit in our simulation software. Once this is complete, they then install the entire circuit, including boxes, conductors, and equipment.

?Well done, everyone!

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Pics from Instructor John Arias' third year, second semester Low Voltage Apprenticeship class at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ in May, 2022









The third year, second semester Low Voltage Apprentices pictured above are working on a hands-on assessment of a data/phone system. This system is one of six systems that make up their program capstone. In their final semester, WECA assesses apprentices' complete system knowledge including designing, estimating, documenting, installing, and commissioning.

Students are also pictured installing the cable and terminations for a building network system. This system includes all wiring and connections typically found in a copper Structured Cabling System within a commercial building -- from the modem, through the cross-contacts, and all the way to the data and phone jacks found in an office work area. Students are then assessed on a comprehensive list of criteria to ensure mastery of this type of system, and others, before they are able to graduate.

Fun fact: the six systems that make up their program capstone are CCTV, data/phone, fire alarm, intrusion, audio, and access control!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets

Introducing the next self-paced online option for our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program series: GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets. Take it on your own time, at your own pace!



WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 103, the third class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 103 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 103 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 103 course which focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core competencies include:
  • Conduction in liquid and gases
  • 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
  • Water heater, water pump circuit calculations
  • Calculate overcurrent protection
  • Special purpose outlets
  • NEMA receptacle plug configuration
  • Selection of wiring devices
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course expands your electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of online, interactive lesson, lab, and practice activities.
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If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
enroll in GetWired 103 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 103 here!

 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Summer (and solar!) are heating up!

Want California continuing education or trainee hours plus NABCEP hours at the same time? Browse WECA's online solar course catalog in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), and enroll.



PVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct)(60 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to learn the fundamentals and gain a solid understanding of various components, system architectures, and applications for PV systems. Successful completion of this course results in State of California Journeyman Continuing Education or Electrician Trainee hours, and also counts as one of the two courses required to qualify students to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam. (Solar Energy International highly recommends completion of their free, online RE100 Introduction to Renewable Energy course before enrolling in PVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) (60 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to take a deep dive into National Electrical Code 2020 standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing grid-direct PV systems. (Prerequisite: Completion of PVOL101)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) (40 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is for students who want to focus on the fundamentals of battery-based PV systems. Components such as batteries, charge controllers, and battery-based inverters are covered in detail, along with safety and maintenance considerations unique to battery-based systems, load analysis, battery bank configuration, and the electrical integration of the system. ( Before participating in the PVOL203 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, an equivalent course from another organization, or demonstrate field experience and pass a placement quiz. Please contact sei@solarenergy.org if you feel you are qualified to skip the prerequisite for PVOL203; they will notify WECA of your equivalency if granted.)

Learn more and enroll here!

PVOL350: Tools and Techniques for Operations and Maintenance (40 Hour Course)

This scheduled self-paced instructor-led course from WECA education partner Solar Energy International is an advanced online training targeted towards solar professionals who want to take their technical skills to the next level. This course is geared towards training PV technicians to safely and effectively perform operations and maintenance (O&M) tasks including inspections, commissioning, performance verification, and troubleshooting. (Before participating in the PVOL350 course, students are required to complete PVOL101, AND PVOL202)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL101: Solar Electric Design and Installation (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)

Este es un curso fundamental para cualquier persona que quiera iniciar una carrera en energía fotovoltaica (FV) y/o comprender los pormenores de la generación de electricidad con base en el efecto fotoeléctrico. La plataforma del curso FV101 le permitirá continuar desarrollándose en áreas como: diseño, inspección, instalación, mantenimiento, ventas técnicas y soporte técnico; todo basado en los más rigurosos códigos eléctricos y en prácticas recomendadas por profesionales con décadas de trayectoria en la industria. (Solar Energy International recomienda enfáticamente que se complete su curso gratuito en línea, RE100 Introducción a la energía removable antes de inscribirse en el FVOL101.)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL202: Advanced PV System Design and the NEC (Grid-Direct) Spanish (60 Hour Course)

Sumérjase en los detalles avanzados de diseño y buenas prácticas relacionadas con sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV). Con un enfoque altamente técnico, este curso se diseñó para apoyar a diseñadores, instaladores, inspectores e ingenieros que quieren entender los detalles intrínsecos del diseño de sistemas FV, y los requerimientos para instalarlos correctamente. El curso ofrece una mirada profunda a los estándares del Código Eléctrico Nacional (NEC® 2014), así como a prácticas recomendadas de la industria de sistemas FV interactivos con la red. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!

FVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-Based) Spanish (40 Hour Course)

Este curso le proporcionará al estudiante una comprensión de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar de forma segura en sistemas FV basados en baterías; estos incluyen los sistemas FV aislados (o autónomos) y los sistemas FV conectados a la red con respaldo de baterías. Se estudia el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño requeridos para los diferentes componentes que se deben seleccionar e integrar como: controladores de carga, baterías, arreglo FV e inversores basados en baterías (sumamente distintos a los inversores conectados a la red). La información en este curso le proveerá una comprensión teórica de los sistemas FV basados en baterías que podrá aplicar en instalaciones reales y aplicaciones prácticas. (Prerequisitos: FV101)

Learn more and enroll here!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Save the date to celebrate the WECA Class of 2022!



WECA's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2022 will be held on the above dates, and our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will be held in the Winter, so stay tuned for that date!

?Grads: watch your inboxes for more details as these events draw closer. We look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments with you!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   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 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 ET/CE Specialist, 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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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Refresh your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Summer's here. Beat the heat and stay safe on the jobsite by refreshing your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

Stay safe on the jobsite and refresh your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Stay safe, cool, and hydrated on the jobsite, everyone!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Klein Tools visits WECA's Phoenix training facility; donates and installs shadow box of tools



Richard Adinolfi, Manager of Klein's End User Division (left) and Tristan Lotz, Klein's End User Sales Representative (right) pose in front of the shadow box of tools they donated and installed.

Richard Adinolfi and Tristan Lotz of Klein Tools visited WECA's Phoenix training facility on Friday, April 29 to donate and install a shadow box of Klein tools.

During their visit, WECA Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor Keith Smart discussed the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program with our visitors from Klein Tools.

"My overall impression of the WECA program is that it's a great career starter for people who are aspiring to be electricians," said Tristan. "I believe this program takes great pride in how they train and develop their apprentices to become valuable craftsmen. I foresee the Phoenix facility being able to keep up with the local workforce and sustain growth for years to come."

Tristan also said that he is interested in helping the WECA program succeed because "I know what it is like to work in the trades; having good quality tools makes the job easier and more efficient. I am also an advocate for blue collar tradesmen, and have seen firsthand what the trades can do for hardworking individuals and their families."

Speaking more broadly, Tristan also said that he and Klein Tools "Plan to work closely with WECA by introducing programs to help apprentices get started in their careers. Out of the several beneficial programs, the Klein Tools Metal Card program allows companies to partner with the distributor of their choice to receive Klein Tools at the counter of their distributors at a discounted price."

Thank you, Richard and Tristan, for visiting our Phoenix training facility. We appreciate your dedication to our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and look forward to partnering with you and Klein Tools in Arizona for years to come.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Milwaukee Tool offers GRID Program for Apprentices

Get connected to the industry, and enjoy exploring a content hub, exclusive access to promotions, contests, and swag!



Get the most out of your WECA Apprenticeship with MILWAUKEE GRID!

Andrew Spleth, the Territory Manager for Milwaukee Tool in Arizona, lays it out below, as described to Arizona Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor Keith Smart:

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MILWAUKEE GRID™ is a first of its kind apprentice-only community, giving members a unique connection to their industry and one another. Designed to add value to their education and future careers, by jumping on the MILWAUKEE GRID apprentices will be able to learn from industry experts and network with one another, all while have exclusive access to promotions, contests and swag.

Key Program Components
  • Content Hub
  • Videos, Articles, Podcasts, Supplemental Learnings
  • Quarterly Promotions
  • Contests and Raffles
  • Social Engagement
  • Network with Apprentices across the country
  • Partnership with 3rd Party Trade Influencers
Apprentices: Get started here!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   You're one click away from a great new career!

WECA's seeking Low Voltage Apprentices throughout California -- learn more and apply below.









Get paid to start a new career as a Low Voltage Technician with WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program. Get hands-on learning and real-world skills in the classroom and on-the-job, and get paid while doing it. We currently have high need for Low Voltage apprentice applicants from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, and Kern County, so click below to apply, or share this with someone looking to get trained for a well-paid career with no student debt.

Learn more about WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program below.

WECA's apprenticeship programs have been called the best in the West. High graduation rates; great reviews from apprentices and contractors alike; to-the-point, up-to-date curriculum and on-the-job training, and a dedicated, experienced teaching staff and administration all contribute to the success of these programs.

Each apprentice enrolled in the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program works under the supervision of a journeyperson technician installing and testing, servicing and maintaining systems utilizing the transmission and/or transference of voice, sound, video and digital signals for commercial, educational, security and entertainment purposes, as well as for fire, life and safety purposes.

A WECA apprentice's tuition costs are paid for by the WECA member contractors who employ them. WECA apprentices attend classes in an accelerated and intensive format consisting of full-time classroom training and hands-on labs for consecutive weeks every five to seven months. Each two-week session is equal to one semester of classroom instruction. The rest of the time, apprentices are learning on the job and getting paid to do it! No college debt here. This is the alternative path to a rewarding and well-paying career.

WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program is a three-year commitment to classroom and paid on-the-job training. We're actively seeking apprentices for our member contractors throughout California -- especially in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, and Kern County. Right now, there's little to no wait time for qualified applicants, so what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more and apply today!

Not for you? Please forward this email to someone who might be interested -- especially if they also live in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Joaquin County, San Diego County, or Kern County!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Save the date to celebrate the WECA Class of 2022!



WECA's 2022 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2022 will be held on the above dates, and our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will be held in the Winter, so stay tuned for that date!

?Grads: watch your inboxes for more details as these events draw closer. We look forward to celebrating your hard work and accomplishments with you!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   WECA Apprenticeship Outreach/Imperial Youth Skill Day Recap

WECA's Apprenticeship Outreach team joined Imperial Electric Service (owned by WECA alumni Windell Pascascio, Jr.!) at Imperial Youth Skill Day in Fresno on May 26 to promote exciting career paths in the electrical sustainable industry!



WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Instructor Jaron Stroud (second from left, in the blue shirt) poses with Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. (far left) and current WECA Apprentices/Imperial Electric Service employees at the event.

Apprenticeship outreach is always exciting and gratifying -- but especially more so when we get to do it with WECA member contractors (who also happen to be alumni!) and their employees!

We had a great time reaching out to Fresno-area high school seniors and college students exploring careers in the electrical sustainable industry at Imperial Electric Service's Imperial Youth Skills Day on May 26 in Fresno.

?The event encouraged individuals, especially high school seniors and other youth, to consider a career path not only in sustainable energy but in the construction industry as a whole. Imperial Electric Service owner Windell Pascascio, Jr. believes it’s his organization's duty to perform industry outreach in their community, and WECA appreciated the invitation to join in their workforce development efforts in the Central Valley.

Scroll down below to see some more snaps of the event!







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Tuesday, May 31, 2022   Put safety first year-round with WECA's safety courses in partnership with ClickSafety!

National Electrical Safety Month is coming to an end. But you can put safety first year-round with WECA's comprehensive suite of online safety courses in partnership with WECA educational partner ClickSafety!





OSHA 10 Construction

?This 10 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It covers fewer topics than OSHA 30. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 10 Construction Spanish

Este curso de 10 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA, cubriendo menos temas que el OSHA 30. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. Obtenga más información e inscríbase aquí.



California OSHA 10-Hour Construction

?This 10-hour online California OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It is specially designed to help keep California workers safe while obtaining their OSHA 10-Hour Card. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 30 Construction

This 30 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. Learn more and enroll here.



OSHA 30 Construction Spanish

?Este curso de 30 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. Obtenga más información e inscríbase aquí.



Health and Safety Leadership with NFPA 70E

Develop "competent person" skills in excavation and fall prevention, expand your knowledge of NFPA 70E for Supervisors and Managers, and hone your safety and leadership skills in conducting tailgate meetings, OSHA compliance basics, heat illness prevention, and more, in this course WECA offers in partnership with ClickSafety. Learn more and enroll here.
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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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