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Thursday, September 22, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Northern California Class of 2022

Looking Back on This Year's Graduation Celebration

Enjoy this video recap and some pics from last weekend's 2022 Northern California WECA Graduation: 
































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WECA held its graduation ceremony for the Northern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, September 17th at WECA's California Headquarters in Rancho Cordova.

It was great to see our auditorium filled with our graduates and their families, as well as some of their employers.

"We had about 200 attendees," says Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship. "Everyone was in a fun and relaxed mood, and it was great to see so many familiar faces -- it's amazing how fast three to five years passes. (WECA's Residential and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship programs are three years each; Commercial Electrical is five years; and our Electrician Trainee Certificate program is four years."

Adding to the joyous atmosphere was emcee Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager, who had everyone laughing with his "dad jokes," according to Wendy.

Congratulations, graduates! We were proud to share in your special day with you and your loved ones, and look forward to your accomplishments in the electrical and low voltage fields!

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WECA would like to thank our generous sponsors and graduation gift donors for making the WECA Class of 2022 Northern California graduation celebrations memorable! 

Please join us in thanking:

Volts Level Sponsors:

  • Rex Moore Group, Inc.
  • Helix Electric
  • Bergelectric (Southern California Commercial Division)
  • Bergelectric (Low Voltage Division)
  • Rock and Sons, Inc.

Amps Level Sponsors:

  • Royal Electric Company
  • Vasko Electric
  • Bergelectric (Northern California Commercial Division)

Watts Level Sponsors:

  • Whitehead Electrical Systems
  • Bosley Electric Company
  • Graybar

Ohms Level Sponsors: 

  • KS Telecom
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Sueco Equipment Rental
  • Chief Transport

Graduation Gift Donors:

  • Klein Tools
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Platt Electric Supply
  • Empire Electrical Sales, Inc.
  • IDEAL Electrical
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Thursday, September 22, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Northern California Class of 2022: Graduate Spotlights

Spotlights on Some of This Year's Graduates

Michael Braaten, Employee of WECA Member Contractor

e1 Audiovisual Technologies


 

2022 Northern California Low Voltage Valedictorian Michael Braaten cites his WECA education as being “very wide-ranging and interesting” and says that “being in a cohort with people from many different subtrades really gave me a deeper understanding of how low voltage works and what it takes to be successful on a job site.” 

Michael, who works for WECA Member Contractor E1 Audiovisual Technologies, expounds on his sentiment by saying that “My WECA education gave me a lot of background knowledge about how low voltage works in general, and electrical code, project management, and tools to be successful on a job site. Beyond that, having classes with such a wide variety of people from various subtrades really gave me excellent insight into what it is like working in those other trades, as well as how to successfully collaborate with them on site to get the job done.” 

Michael also says that his on-the-job training with E1 was very diverse and challenging in many ways, but extremely rewarding. 

Read the rest of Michael's spotlight here!

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Rhoderic Tayaba, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric Corp.


 

2022 Northern California Low Voltage Salutatorian Rhoderic Tayaba says that if you want to be the best in your field and have state-of-the-art training and education, WECA is where you want to be.

“The opportunity with WECA is there,” says Rhoderic. “I had a strong desire to be successful in my career. I wanted to be the best in my field and WECA encouraged me to do it by providing all the tools I needed to be successful, such as a positive class environment and encouraging instructors, classmates, and coworkers. The [Low Voltage Apprenticeship] program was an incredible program that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to go into my field because it provided classroom learning with real-life field experience.”

Rhoderic – who works for WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric – says that WECA prepared him for his career by enabling him to take his classroom learning out into the field.

Read the rest of Rhoderic's spotlight here!

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Alondra Mora, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Sebastian Corp.


 

2022 Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduate Alondra Mora – who works for WECA Member Contractor Sebastian – got her start in the low voltage electrical industry when she met her boss, Frank Sierra, at a high school career fair.  

“I was introduced to him at a high school career expo, and he always kept doors of opportunities open for me to go through and explore,” says Alondra. 

Though some of Alondra’s apprenticeship was completed during the pandemic stay-at-home directive in California, when WECA apprenticeship classes moved temporarily online, she always eagerly looked forward to doing hands-on labs at WECA’s Rancho Cordova training facility, stating that it was her “favorite part because it would allow us to experience what it would really be like working out in the field.” 

Read the rest of Alondra's spotlight here!

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Shane Suddeth, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Rex Moore Group


 

2022 WECA Northern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Shane Suddeth says that the greatest aspect of WECA and his apprenticeship was “Going through the apprenticeship with the group of people that I went through it with. We’ve all grown and learned together.”

Shane also credits WECA and his apprenticeship with giving him “quite an arsenal of knowledge and a pretty heavy-hitting support group” but attributes his success to his motivation and eagerness to learn and be successful in the trade, as well as some key people in his personal circle.

“First of all, my employer, [Rex Moore Group] for seeing potential and investing in my future,” says Shane. “Secondly, everybody who plays a role in my education (instructors, partners in the trade, foremen) and my classmates, when at some points it was difficult, we all would pull together and build one another up.”

Read the rest of Shane's spotlight here!

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Thursday, September 22, 2022   WECEF Announces Its 2022 Scholarship Opportunity!

Encourage your Electrician Trainees to Apply for Consideration

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For students enrolled in the GetWired Electrician Trainee program:

Application Deadline:

October 31, 2022

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity for students enrolled in WECA’s Electrician Trainee (ET) Program. These scholarships help support students in continuing their education with WECA.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Active WECA Electrician Trainee at time of application or as of 10/1/2022
  • COMPLETION of at least one WECA ET course within the GetWired 100-300 series, with a passing grade of at least 80%, during the six months prior to 10/1/22 (between April 1, 2022-Sept 30,2022).
  • Accurate completion of the online scholarship application and answers to questions, by the deadline of October 31, 2022. Incomplete applications, or late applications, will not be considered.
  • Not currently a registered Apprentice.
  • Not a General Student or a Journeyman Student. This is only for Active Electrician Trainees.
  • Within the past two years, may not have received a notification of any violation of any WECA student conduct standards as outlined in our ET student handbook.
  • Was not a recipient of a WECEF scholarship during 2021

AWARDS:

Depending on the quality and quantity of the applications, up to ten (10) recipients will be awarded. This year the WECEF Board of Directors has decided to award a monetary amount plus a credit towards future courses.

  • Each monetary award will be between $500-$1000, PLUS tuition to cover two future classes in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate Path, namely the GetWired series and Basic Motor Controls 1 and 2.
  • Tuition awards towards courses cannot be converted to cash or transferred to another person.
  • Tuition award cannot be used towards a class already purchased.
  • Tuition can be used for only two future WECA courses; and both courses must be started before July 31, 2023.
  • Award towards tuition expires after July 31, 2023 and cannot be renewed.

A 1099 will be issued for tax purposes for the monetary and the tuition credit award.

The WECEF Board of Directors will review applications from eligible candidates. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s final decision within one month from application deadline, by mail and/or email.

Submissions must be fully completed by the 10/31/2022 11:59 PM deadline for consideration.

Please encourage your Electrician Trainees to login to WECA eCampus to access and complete your scholarship application.

Sincerely,

The WECEF Board of Directors

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Celebrating the WECA SoCal Class of 2022; Looking Back on This Year's Graduation Celebration

Go behind-the-scenes of the 2022 WECA Southern California graduation ceremony with our video (below):

WECA held a graduation ceremony for the Southern California Class of 2022 on Saturday, August 27th at the Falkner Winery in Temecula. 

We enjoyed celebrating our graduates and were thrilled to be joined by so many of their family and friends, as well as Member Contractors Helix Electric and Bergelectric, Industry Partner Milwaukee ToolWECA Board Member Rob McMillian, and Rick Guantone from the San Joaquin County Office of of Education LEA. 

The atmosphere of the event -- emceed by Don Black, WECA Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director -- was "electric", according to WECA Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan.

"Everyone was excited and had a fun time celebrating," says Wendy. "I met parents, wives, and several graduates brought their new little WECAns. I also spoke with several graduates that shared their appreciation for WECA and their future career goals now that they have graduated." 

Congratulations, graduates! It was wonderful to see your big smiles, celebrate your accomplishments, and share the excitement of your growing success in the electrical and low voltage fields! 

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WECA would like to thank our generous sponsors and graduation gift donors for making the WECA Class of 2022 Southern California graduation celebrations memorable! 

Please join us in thanking:

Volts Level Sponsors:

  • Rex Moore Group, Inc.
  • Helix Electric
  • Bergelectric (Southern California Commercial Division)
  • Bergelectric (Low Voltage Division)
  • Rock and Sons, Inc.

Amps Level Sponsors:

  • Royal Electric Company
  • Vasko Electric
  • Bergelectric (Northern California Commercial Division)

Watts Level Sponsors:

  • Whitehead Electrical Systems
  • Bosley Electric Company
  • Graybar

Ohms Level Sponsors: 

  • KS Telecom
  • Pacific Advocacy Group
  • Sueco Equipment Rental
  • Chief Transport

Graduation Gift Donors:

  • Klein Tools
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Platt Electric Supply
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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Celebrating the WECA Southern California Class of 2022; Spotlights on Some of This Year's Graduates

Cosimo D'Alessio, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Enovity

2022 Southern California Commercial Electrical Valedictorian Cosimo D’Alessio credits WECA with giving him a better understanding of the electrical field and a concrete base from which to build upon, while preparing him to exceed, thrive, and advance in his career.

“The impact this program has had on me both personally and professionally might be impossible to quantify,” says Cosimo, who works for WECA Member Contractor Enovity. “The time I’ve spent learning and absorbing the material within this program’s classroom environment over the last five years has been an invaluable asset; giving me the tools in which to develop and succeed.”

Read the rest of Cosimo's spotlight here.
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Austin Schroeder, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Bergelectric

2022 WECA Southern California Low Voltage Apprenticeship Valedictorian Austin Schroeder says that WECA provided a fully hands-on education due to being tasked with completing projects from start to finish and seeing them become fully operational.

“Starting a career in low voltage and joining WECA, I was unsure of what to expect or if I would even enjoy this line of work, as I was still unsure of what career path I wanted to take. I started my journey with [WECA Member Contractor] Bergelectric here in Southern California, and shortly after was indentured with WECA as an official apprentice,” says Austin. “But WECA helped me learn more in depth all the different low voltage systems, and it has been a great experience to get to where I am now.”

Read the rest of Austin's spotlight here.
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Bryce Picone, Employee of WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric

 

2022 WECA Southern California Commercial Electrical Apprentice graduate Bryce Picone, who works for WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric, describes his WECA experience as fun and practical.

“It was fun. From the friends and colleagues you make, to the teachers who get to watch their students learn and grow. It also taught me practical skills, but teachers and other students were able to show real-life applications as well. So, if we weren’t familiar with a specific topic, we were still able to learn hands-on and become familiar with it,” says Bryce.

Read the rest of Bryce's spotlight here.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   GetWired Instructor Franklin Tilley Finds Fulfillment in Teaching After Retirement

Retired Electricians: Want to Pass on Your Knowledge and Experience to the Next Generation? Become a GetWired Instructor!


 

Retirement doesn’t mean that electricians can’t stay involved in the industry or continue to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.

In fact, retired electricians can stay involved in the industry in ways like teaching. Take for instance GetWired instructor Franklin Tilley, who has taught at WECA in various capacities since 1988 and continued after his retirement from project management and construction supervision with the state of California in 2012.

Franklin, who began teaching for WECA after taking a class from former WECA instructor Bob Hogan in 1988, also served as the president of IAEI Sacramento Valley for three years, taught NFPA 70 updates to building inspectors for over ten years, and more.

“I have taught every level of apprenticeship classes with WECA, set up and operated the WECA program in Hayward for two years, and am now one of the instructors who teaches the GetWired 101 program online. I look forward to each class, and I hope to keep learning from the students. They teach me so very much with every class, and I now live vicariously through their stories of their companies and personal experiences,” says Franklin.

Franklin – and his wealth of knowledge and experience – are important contributors to WECA’s success and our students’ success.

“The legacy of quality work done safely, and courteous service to the customers of my employer has been my lifelong mantra, and I do my best to instill this same philosophy to all my students,” says Franklin.

In his personal time, Franklin enjoys writing to his seven children and 26 grandchildren, helping families in his church prepare for various emergency scenarios, gardening, cooking and delivering meals for the homeless, and more.

“I am nothing without the support of my wife and family, neighbors, friends, and students, and have been truly blessed to return to the community all that I have been given,” says Franklin.

Franklin, thank you for being part of the WECA family! Your lived knowledge and experience are an asset to us all, and we look forward to many more years of working with you.

Readers: are you a retired electrician (or an electrician thinking of retiring) who would like to give the gift of their knowledge and experience back to the electrical industry and their local community? Consider becoming an instructor for the WECA GetWired program, which consists of online, instructor-led, live-webcast classes on two weekday evenings per week, with one onsite, hands-on lab day per class on a Saturday at a WECA Northern or Southern California training facility. Learn more about and apply to become a WECA GetWired instructor here. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   Information for Your Apprentices Regarding Wildfire Evacuation Orders and Power Shutoffs

For Member Contractors:

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, or General Students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutoffs, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by wildfire evacuation orders or utility power shut-offs:

WECA will accommodate course make-up requests for currently enrolled Electrician Trainees, Journeymen, and General Students, course refunds or transfers and waive all associated fees for those whose homes are affected by fires or evacuations. Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 to get started.

Please note the following information for WECA students affected by utility power shutoffs:

WECA will still be running all scheduled GetWired! webcasts, GetWired! labs (whether scheduled for onsite or online), Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep classes, and all other instructor-led class instances at this time. Students should plan to attend class as normal.

Students who are unable to attend a scheduled webcast due to a power shutoff at their residence, and who cannot attend the class instance from an alternate remote location (which is encouraged), can contact WECA to arrange a class make-up. WECA will cross-check the student's address with outage maps or otherwise request proof of the outage before accommodating the make-up; this accommodation is for students living in power shutoff areas only.

Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 if you must miss a scheduled webcast due to the outage and wish to request a make-up class instance.

Please watch your email closely for further updates from WECA; if the power shutdown maps are expanded, classes may be further affected.

For Apprentices affected by wildfire evacuation orders:

If you are affected by a wildfire evacuation, please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 and we'll work with you to determine a resolution for your situation.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022   Industry Partner Spotlight: EV Range

The electric vehicle charging industry was already big business – but it became even bigger yesterday as the State of California announced its plan to ban the sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035. And EV Range, one of WECA’s newest Industry Partners, stands to benefit handsomely as the State and automotive industry phase out new gas-powered vehicle sales over the next thirteen years in anticipation of the new law.

San Pedro-based EV Range is a burgeoning electrical vehicle charging network that provides powerful cloud-based charging station software, installs DCFC and Level 2 charging stations nationwide, and intelligent and scalable load management via cloud-based and local management options for fleet charging.

Matt Peterson, Marketing Manager of EV Range, says that what sets EV Range apart from its competitors is that “Customers use the EV Range app to utilize QR codes to access a web payment portal versus requiring drivers to download an app on their smartphone. The number one complaint we heard from drivers was their frustration in needing to have a separate app for each charging vendor.”

Currently, EV Range boasts over 300 Level 2 chargers installed nationwide, or in various stages of installation, with plans to bring over 21 new DCFC charging stations online in California and Nevada.

“EV Range chargers arrive prepared and pre-networked for easy installation and are easily managed with the provided EV Range cloud-based charger station and management solution,” says Peterson. “We also continually add new features to our charging management software for our clients, and also to the driver interface for their users.”

Peterson also notes that EV Range’s commercial, fleet, and DCFC charger hosting offerings are all handled specifically to each client as they design each solution, apply for specific grants, consult on the build of future-proof EV charging stations, and provide management solutions for each. 

EV Range partners with electrical engineering firms, commercial electricians, electricians, commercial builders, and architects to expand their offerings, and looks forward to working with WECA Member Contractors to increase their ability to serve its clients with installation services of EV charging stations.

“WECA Member Contractors that partner with EV Range to easily provide their clients with leading EV charging station solutions will have full access to EV Range team guidance for site planning, grant applications, engineering designs, and equipment. We also provide charger station management software for existing chargers to help WECA members’ clients gain visibility into previously installed chargers. EV Range also provides discounts on leading EV charging equipment as well as a host of EV engineering, grant, and implementation support services to attain and complete charging station implementations,” says Peterson.

WECA Member Contractors interested in partnering with EV Range can contact Dave Stansel, Director of Business Development, at dave.stansel@evrange.com to learn more about EV Range’s support and products. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2022   WECA Member Contractors Make EC&M's 2022 Top 20 Electrical Contractors List!



WECA Member Contractors keep showing the electrical industry how it's done! Please join us in congratulating Helix Electric and Power Design Inc. in making EC&M's 2022 Top 20 Electrical Contractors List! We're proud of all the accolades our members garner from the industry, and commend the hard work, dedication, and expertise that made them possible.
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Thursday, August 25, 2022   Member Contractors: Participate in Our Sep. 22 "Jump Start Your Career" Job Fair at WECA's CA HQ

RSVP today!

We are excited to host the "Jump Start Your Career" job fair at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters on September 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

But, your help is needed to make this event a success! This is a great opportunity for our member contractors to connect with apprentice applicants about career opportunities in the trades as an electrician or low voltage technician, and to share information about your company.

We will be providing information about the different pathways and programs we offer at WECA and some hands-on activities.

Please let us know if you want to be included in this fabulous event to showcase all the great things about careers as electricians or low voltage technicians. WECA will provide tables and chairs for the event booths, as well as meeting space, if you would like to conduct interviews at the event. 

To RSVP, please email Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com or Diane Trotter at dtrotter@goweca.com

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Thursday, August 25, 2022   It's Not Too Late -- Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Events!



Note: Tickets are no longer available for our SoCal graduation ceremony, to be held this Saturday Aug. 27th, at time of publication. However, your generous contributions will benefit both graduation ceremonies and make them memorable for our graduates.
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Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2022!

Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:

  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package

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Thursday, August 25, 2022   Low Voltage Apprentices Learn to Bend Conduit in the Lab w/ Instructors Randy Rivera & John Arias













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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Considering Becoming a WECA Member Contractor in Arizona?

You Can Now Schedule a Tour of Our Phoenix Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facility to See the Benefits of Membership Firsthand! 





Arizona electrical contractors: want to see firsthand what association membership in WECA can offer you? Come meet us and tour our Phoenix electrical apprenticeship training facility! Bob Bartlett, WECA's Membership Director (in yellow polo in the pic above), would love to show you around.

Here are some of Bob's thoughts on why you should check us out:

WECA provides the nation’s best electrical apprenticeship training program…hands down! Some call it “world-class training.”

Question...What’s the secret ingredient for being the best?

Answer…"COMPETENCY-BASED" training, like WECA's.

No matter what you call it, the benefits are the following:

(1) Home-grown workforce. From new hire through apprenticeship training, then journeying out. This is the absolute best scenario for growth and profitability.

(2) Higher retention rates…less turnover

(3) Improved productivity

(4) Reduced accidents

(5) Happier, more satisfied workforce

(6) Fewer reworks…translates to higher profits

(7) Trained workers help improve work processes and cost reduction efforts

At WECA, we enthusiastically encourage facility tours because there is no better way to evaluate and judge the training program’s efficacy.  Our “open door” policy will continue forever. WELCOME!

Schedule a tour

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Course Spotlight: GetWired 104

Introducing The Next Self-Paced Online Option for Our GetWired Electrician Trainee Program Series: GetWired 104: Special Systems & Single-Phase Transformer Theory in Residential Electrical Applications

Your Employees Can Take It On Their Own Time, At Their Own Pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 104, the fourth class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 104 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 101102, and 103! 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 104 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 104 course which expands your skills and knowledge into a variety of special applications. Core competencies include:

  • Single-phase transformers
  • Special purpose outlets for electric heating and air conditioning
  • Gas and oil central heating systems
  • Installation of a twist-on coaxial connector
  • Television, telephone and low voltage signal systems
  • Heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire alarms and security systems
  • Arc flash protection
  • Service entrance equipment
  • Overcurrent protection-fuses and circuit breakers
  • Calculating residential loads
  • Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and hydro-massage baths
  • Wiring of home automation systems
  • Stand-by power systems

Practical applications that involve the interpretation of schematic wiring diagrams and/or accessing code requirements information are covered in this fast-paced course.

  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309


If all of this sounds like it would work for your employees,

encourage them to enroll in GetWired 104 Self-Paced Online today!

Think your employees would prefer being able to interact with an instructor and learn along with other students, on a schedule?

Encourage them to enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 104 here!

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Member Contractors: Participate in Our Sep. 22

RSVP today!

We are excited to host the "Jump Start Your Career" job fair at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters on September 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

But, your help is needed to make this event a success! This is a great opportunity for our member contractors to connect with apprentice applicants about career opportunities in the trades as an electrician or low voltage technician, and to share information about your company.

We will be providing information about the different pathways and programs we offer at WECA and some hands-on activities.

Please let us know if you want to be included in this fabulous event to showcase all the great things about careers as electricians or low voltage technicians. WECA will provide tables and chairs for the event booths, as well as meeting space, if you would like to conduct interviews at the event. 

To RSVP, please email Wendy Flanagan at wflanagan@goweca.com or Diane Trotter at dtrotter@goweca.com

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: Join CIE Foundation at upcoming Trades Day events!

WECA Member Contractors:

Are you located in or near: Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, Riverside, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Tulare County, Nevada County, or Kings County?

Join CIE Foundation at an upcoming Trades Day events to reach out to the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California!




 

Reach out to the next generation of electricians and low voltage technicians in California at one of CIE Foundation's Trades Day events.

Click on the event you're interested in below to learn more and register:

WECA is planning to be at the Sacramento event and may attend others as well. If you're a WECA member with strong workforce development needs in any of these regions and would like to join forces with WECA at the event, just say the word! (You can email Wendy Flanagan (wflanagan@goweca.com) or Diane Trotter (dtrotter@goweca.com) to plan that.)

Click here to learn more about CIE Foundation and its Trades Day events.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022   Have a Journeyperson You're Eyeing for Foreman?

GetWired 403: Jobsite Management Skills Teaches Leadership Skills, Project Management Concepts, Provides Training on Construction Management and Estimating Software, and More!

Do you have journeyperson employees you're considering promoting to a jobsite leadership position? Encourage them to enroll in GetWired 403: Jobsite Management Skills, a 32-hour online, instructor-led and project-based course that focuses on:

  • Providing an introduction to concepts, technology, and best practices for project management, electrical estimating in a software environment, jobsite leadership, and communications
  • Exposure to digital construction management platforms: Learn to use Procore's Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating using in-class instruction and self-paced video training
  • Interpersonal skills and communications with internal and external stakeholders on the job, as well as those under their supervision
  • Using typical construction documentation and resources on construction management software to plan, manage, and record the electrical work processes of a typical residential/commercial construction project
  • The general leadership and foremanship skills required for profitable and successful project completion

A few seats remain in the next class starting the evening of September 6th, online.

Encourage them to learn more and enroll here.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022   WECA Arizona Founding Member Corbins Named a 2022 Top Workplace in Arizona by The Arizona Republic

Have you heard the news? WECA Arizona founding Member Contractor Corbins was named a 2022 Top Workplace in Arizona by The Arizona Republic! Well done, everyone -- we're proud of our partnership and our work to advance fair and open competition and the rights of merit shop electrical contractors and their employees in the American West.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian Make Fresno Business Journal List

WECA Member Contractors Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian Named to Fresno Business Journal's 2022 Top Private Sector Employers in the San Joaquin Valley List

WECA Member Contractors are the best of the best in California's Central Valley! Please join us in congratulating our Member Contractors, Rex Moore Group, Inc. and Sebastian, for making the Fresno Business Journal's 2022 Top Private Sector Employers in the San Joaquin Valley List! 

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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Your Input Can Help Facilitate the Construction of 10,000 Miles of Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in CA

Member Contractors: Your Input Can Help Facilitate the Construction of 10,000 Route Miles of Middle-Mile Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in California

Provide Input by Participating in the California Department of Technology's Survey by August 5, 2022

The California Department of Technology Specifically Requests WECA Member Responses




Content courtesy of: California Department of Technology

Greetings All,
 
The California Department of Technology is seeking input from experienced telecommunications construction firms to help inform the planning and structuring of a competitive bid process that will facilitate the construction of approximately 10,000 route miles of middle-mile fiber-optic infrastructure. A primary objective of the planned bid process is to secure the construction labor resources necessary to complete the planned project, enabling the awarded firm(s) to begin their own internal planning and staging as soon as possible. 

Recognizing that detailed designs and permitting efforts will be ongoing in parallel to the construction, the envisioned approach will award contracts based on estimated quantities for unit-based bid items comprising the primary scope of work, with individual jobs issued to the contractor(s) against these contracts as the final designs and permits are secured by Caltrans. 
Your responses to the questions below and subsequent discussions will help us to determine the best path for the success of this project.

 
Please complete this survey by Friday, August 5, 2022.

Complete the survey here (responses are anonymous).

Select your meeting date preference here.

Any questions or inquiries can be sent directly to MMBI.PMO@state.ca.gov.
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Enforcement of Acceptance Test Requirements for Nonresidential Construction Permits

Content courtesy of: California Energy Commission



Enforcement Advisory

Scope: Permits issued for nonresidential construction projects and nonresidential spaces in multifamily projects that include the installation of mechanical systems, mechanical system controls, lighting systems, and lighting system controls.
 
Issue: Such construction projects require a certified acceptance test technician (ATT) to perform the acceptance testing required by the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) in sections 120.5 and 130.4.
 
Enforcement: The local jurisdiction can rely on the ATT who is required to perform and document the required acceptance tests on a certificate of acceptance issued by the acceptance test technician certification provider (ATTCP). The certificate of acceptance will be in PDF format for electronic submission to the authority having jurisdiction and will carry the logo of the issuing ATTCP. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has created an Inspector Field Sheet for local jurisdictions that includes the triggers for lighting controls and mechanical systems acceptance testing, as well as the ATTCP logos used on the certificates of acceptance.
 
Background: ATTs perform required tests for lighting controls and mechanical systems in high-rise residential, hotel/motel, and nonresidential buildings. CEC-approved ATTCPs train, certify, and oversee the technicians. All permit applications submitted for nonresidential construction projects on or after October 1, 2021, require mechanical systems acceptance tests in accordance with Title 24, Part 6, section 120.5 and must use an ATT to perform the acceptance test. All permit applications submitted for nonresidential construction projects on or after July 2014, require lighting controls acceptance tests in accordance with Title 24, Part 6, section 130.4 and must use an ATT to perform the acceptance test.
 
Educational Resources: ATTCPs are offering free training for inspectors and building officials for International Code Council continuing educational credit. The training will cover ways to verify the legitimacy of the forms and tests. The CEC also offers a Getting Started presentation as an introduction to the ATTCP program and how local jurisdictions can make the best use of it.
 
Additional information:

Please see the CEC’s ATTCP website or contact:
Energy Standards (Title 24) Hotline
916-654-5106
800-772-3300, toll-free in California
Title24@energy.ca.gov
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   GetWired Instructor Spotlight: Brian Ray

Brian Ray brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and skill to his position as a GetWired instructor.

Brian, a native of Redding, graduated from Sacramento State with a master’s degree in English and a certificate in teaching college composition before completing his electrical education with WECA’s Electrician Trainee program.

“I currently work as a full-time certified electrician [for WECA Member Contractor H & D Electric, Inc.],” says Brian. “I have also worked as a bicycle shop mechanic and manager, a high school teacher teaching students to work on bicycles, a college English teacher, an English writing tutor, an English as a second language teacher in Rome, and several part-time jobs while I was at Sacramento State.”

In his current role as a GetWired instructor, Brian brings six years of education and experience in the electrical field and many years of teaching experience to the classroom, where he helps students learn about the electrical trade and how to navigate the NEC.

“My goals for working at WECA are to help students learn about the electrical trade and pass the California electrical certification exam. What I love about my career is that as a foreman for H & D Electric, I am able to teach trainees in the field how to do hands-on, practical aspects of the electrical trade and as a WECA instructor I am able to teach trainees the theory behind what we do in the field,” says Brian.

Furthermore, Brian’s personal philosophy is evident in his dynamic career trajectory.

“Work hard in pursuit of your dreams, and you will meet with success,” says Brian.

In his personal time, Brian likes to spend time with his family, ride bicycles, and ride motorcycles.

Thank you, Brian, for being part of the WECA family! We love having well-rounded instructors, such as yourself, bring rich and diverse life experiences to our team and students. 
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Train the Trainer Recap: See What's New with WECA's GetWired Program and the People Who Deliver It!



WECA's GetWired online delivery and instructional teams convened virtually on Saturday, July 9th for the second semiannual meeting of the year.

Dan Bierly, Curriculum Development and GetWired Training Manager, reports a great turnout, noting that the GetWired team has welcomed five new instructors this calendar year in due part to the hard work of Galen Eckert, Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Online Manager.

"We talked about the interactive functions of GetWired's virtual classroom," says Dan. "And we listened and reacted to instructors' concerns about hard topics that students usually have trouble with, and created helpful crib sheets in response."

Rebecca Archer, Senior eLearning Specialist, added that the teams also discussed some upcoming 2020 curriculum changes, noting that beyond full Code updates to the 2020 NEC (coming to our online classrooms in January 2023, based as always on Code change timing from the State of California), most of them are "functionality changes."

Excellent work, everyone! We appreciate your dedication and commitment to ensuring that WECA's Electrician Trainees, Journeypersons, and Continuing Education students receive the most comprehensive, real-world electrical education possible both online and in the lab!
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   WECA Training Facility Spotlight: Fresno, CA

An Update on the First Year of WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Program in Fresno

Insight from George Leach, Lead Electrician Apprenticeship Instructor in Fresno and Jaron Stroud, WECA Fresno Apprenticeship Program Instructor

How are things going in Fresno since opening?: "Since the Fresno branch has opened, the apprenticeship program has been multifaceted yet productive. With the many changes and challenges COVID brought, apprentices and instructors alike, had to keep on our toes to try to get the most out of every situation, often developing new strategies, ideas, techniques, etc., for both teaching online as well as the transition back to the classroom."

How are you and the apprentices enjoying teaching and learning there?: "Speaking for myself, I love that WECA has a Fresno branch. I grew up and went through the apprenticeship living in the Fresno area, so I know how hard it was commuting to and budgeting for school when Sacramento was the closest facility. The Fresno facility has a large lab area, with brand-new tools and equipment, plus the added benefit of being so close for many Central Valley apprentices. As for the apprentices, when asking them about the facility, I get unanimously positive remarks, mostly about how they are glad to be back in the classroom, and the fact that their commute is so much closer."









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Thursday, July 28, 2022   Military Recruiting: Transform Your Organization from Military-Friendly to Military-Ready



Content courtesy of: Hiring Our Heroes/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

According to research by Indeed, more than 60% of military job seekers are currently employed and looking for new jobs and 45% are looking for work with critical or high urgency. Are you getting in front of these active job seekers with the right messaging?
Military Recruiting: Transform Your Organization from Military-Friendly to Military-Ready with Indeed

Tuesday, August 2 at 1 p.m. ET

Join Hiring Our Heroes and Indeed for thoughtful tactics to recruit and retain today’s top military talent. During this webinar, Indeed will cover:
•   Today’s military recruiting landscape
•   A deep dive into military talent job search behavior and preferences
•   Actionable steps taking your brand from military-friendly to military-ready
•   How Indeed for Military can help
•   Live Q&A 

REGISTER NOW →
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Thursday, July 28, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2022!

There's Still Time to Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Events.



Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2022!


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team


Reserve your sponsorship package
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Is It Time to Update Your Recruiting Strategy?

By Nat Peniston, Vice President of The Contractors Plan (a WECA Industry Partner)

The number one challenge contractors face nationally, by far, is an inability to hire and retain an adequate number of skilled craft workers. While businesses are having problems finding and retaining qualified employees in today's post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the construction labor market has been tightening for years, and contractors are uniquely affected. According to ABC analysis, there is a shortage of over 500,000 skilled workers in the United States. There are various reasons for this labor shortage, but false perceptions of a career in construction are a primary cause. Many Gen Y and Z workers perceive construction as dangerous work, with poor income potential and limited career opportunities.

The fact that these negative perceptions are demonstrably false is not enough;  
successful contractors must intentionally and forcefully dispel them. Fortunately, contractors have many tools at their disposal, but it will take time and effort.

Another factor frequently overlooked is an employee benefits program. Many contractors do not have any employee benefits at all. When it comes to hiring and retaining good employees, benefits work. Why does every Fortune 500 company have a robust benefits offering? In a word, outcomes. Contractors not only compete against other contractors for the next generation of talent, but Amazon, Starbucks, and other leading employers too. These corporate behemoths shower benefits on recruits and offer retirement, medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance plans, hiring bonuses, paid-time-off (PTO), and attractive career advancement opportunities. Contractors who offer these benefit programs will compete more effectively, and these programs do not have to be expensive and hard to administer.

If contractors want to find and hire people with unique talents and vital skillsets, they are going to have to tackle what corporate staffing executives call “talent branding.” Most construction job descriptions haven’t changed in 30 years and possess a “must-have” approach instead of a “we need you and recognize you have a choice” mindset. Take a look at the “Typical Job Description” versus the “Impactful Job Description” examples, which were customized from current job descriptions on Indeed. Which company would you want to work for?

If you have trouble hiring and keeping employees, ask yourself one question: "Am I recruiting and retaining employees the same way contractors did a decade ago?" If so, that's likely a problem. A skilled craft worker can enjoy a life-long career of excellent opportunities for advancement and significant compensation while enjoying exciting challenges using advanced technology while being healthful and uninjured. However, this scenario will only occur if contractors meet employee expectations for training, career advancement, employee benefits, and health and safety.

Written by Nat Peniston, The Contractors Plan
Nat Peniston is vice president of The Contractors Plan, a WECA Industry Partner, and author of The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs. 
Contact Info: (512) 827-5359, npeniston@fbg.com

 
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Member Contractor Barnum & Celillo Electric Inc. Makes SBJ's Top Employers -- Private Sector List

We love seeing WECA Member Contractors' excellence recognized! Please join us in congratulating Barnum & Celillo Electric Inc. for making Sacramento Business Journal's Top Employers - Private Sector List!

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Thursday, July 14, 2022   WECA Makes First Appearance on Sacramento Business Journal's Top Business Advocacy Groups List

WECA made its first appearance this year on the Sacramento Business Journal's Top Business Advocacy Groups List.

WECA focuses exclusively on the needs of electrical and low voltage contractors and their employees, and we're proud to represent thousands of electricians and low voltage technicians and hundreds of contractors across the West.

Our members believe that fair and open competition is the key to a robust and growing economy. WECA Advocacy is always hard at work to protect the rights of merit shop business owners and their employees.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022   WECA Member Contractors: The 2022 Labor Law Book Is In Your Mailboxes Now!



WECA Member Contractors, check your mailboxes: your complimentary copy, which is one of your annual member benefits, should have arrived!

The 2022 edition of WECA's "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors" is here. It's an important reference guide -- for members, the industry, and the general public -- to the latest new and amended laws that could affect your business.

Topics covered in this publication include:
  • Wage and Hour laws
  • Apprenticeship regulations
  • Prevailing Wage laws
  • Electrician Certification
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • And more!
Not yet a WECA Member Contractor? Get your copy of the 2022 edition of "Selected California Laws Affecting Electrical and Low Voltage Contractors" on Amazon!
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   Behind the Scenes: WECA Staff Convene at Long-Awaited In-Person TopGolf Team Building Event

WECA staff from across California and Arizona were finally able to get together for some in-person fun at TopGolf in Roseville, CA on July 7. Staff enjoyed an afternoon of competitive but good-natured golf and delicious food and drinks. Employees participated in two raffles as well, and WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury rounded out the afternoon with a rousing speech of gratitude that focused on our triumphs over the past two years, and a mini ice-breaker session where new and newer employees introduced themselves to the greater team. It was wonderful to finally get everyone together, and reflect on the diligent individuals that contribute to WECA's continued success serving electrical and low voltage contractors and their employees in the West.



Instructors Neil Pesarillo (left) and Jaron Stroud (right) get a couple of good practice shots in.



Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilities Director Don Black (left), Instructor Randy Rivera (middle), and Workforce Development Assistant Kierra Day (right) smile for the camera as they cheer on their teammates.



Human Resources Generalist Kim Delaney (left), Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan (middle), and Instructor John Arias (right) hang out while taking a break from golfing.



Workforce Development Specialist Jeanette Santos (left) and Education Technology Specialist Maris Kaplan (right) keep cool in the shade.



All together now! From left to right: Don Black and Randy Rivera join Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs, Membership Director Bob Bartlett, Membership Manager Jeff Van de Moere, and Client Services ET/CE Specialist Ralph Williams for an impromptu picture.



And last, but not least, WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury (left) takes a moment to reflect on the competition with ET/CE Online Education Manager Galen Eckert (right).
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   It's Time to Come Together to Celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2022!

Support WECA Graduates by Sponsoring Their Graduation Events.



Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2022!


Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our Get Wired program in the Class of 2022 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at WECA California Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
Help make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package
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Thursday, July 14, 2022   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors?

*COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards: What Employers Need to Know About the December 16 (2021) Standards
Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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