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Thursday, November 21, 2019   Showcasing WECA Apprenticeships with WECA's National Apprenticeship Week 2019 Open Houses

Recruiting Your Workforce 
 
WECA got into the spirit of National Apprenticeship Week 2019 with its open houses in Rancho Cordova on November 11th and San Diego on November 12th.

The open houses showcased WECA's state-of-the-art labs, top-notch instructors, and three cutting-edge Apprenticeship programs - all designed to show the enthusiastic prospects in attendance how they can achieve their dreams with a WECA Apprenticeship.
Both open houses began with presentations and lively question-and-answer sessions before segueing into the main attraction - the tour! During both tours, attendees gained enlightening insights into the inner workings of WECA's Apprenticeship programs and learned about all the benefits that a WECA Apprenticeship can afford them - tuition coverage, hands-on learning both on-the-job and in-the-classroom, a 
health & welfare plan, scholarship opportunities, and more!
But that's not all that prospects learned during the open houses.

Prospects also discovered that all the paths they can take with a WECA Apprenticeship under their toolbelts - like being an electrician, electrical instructor, or electrical contractor - means that the sky is virtually the limit for them.
 
You know that a WECA Apprenticeship is just the beginning - the pivotal first step to a satisfying, in-demand and respected career that provides you a high quality of life. If you know prospective Apprentices who would excel in the hands-on, intellectually stimulating career of an electrician, encourage them to take their first step toward the future today by applying to one of WECA's three Apprenticeship programs.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019   Renewal of Your Contractor's License and the Effect of a Late Renewal

Content courtesy of: Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

By: Kenneth S. Grossbart of Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

In past articles, we have addressed the issue of licensing and the effect on your ability to collect your money if for any reason you are deemed to be unlicensed. Not only will the unlicensed nature of your business affect your ability to collect monies but will also put you in the precarious position of having to return all monies that you have collected on the job. 
 
The harshness of Business and Professions Code Section 7031 which states in part that if you perform work that requires a license, you must be "duly licensed at ALL times." This means that if you have a gap in your license status at any time during the course of a construction project, you could be considered not to be "duly licensed" at ALL times. Be assured that if you are involved in a lawsuit, your opposition will check your license status and if a determination is made that you have a gap in your license, the issue of licensure will be raised and you will have to defend yourself and prove that you have been licensed at all times or satisfied the substantial compliance requirements of Business and Professions Code Section 7031. 
 
This brings us to the renewal of your contractors' license. As all contractors know, your contractors' license must be renewed on a regular basis. The Contractors' State License Board ("CSLB") sends out the renewal notice. The number one requirement for you as the contractor is to make sure that the CSLB has your correct address. If you have moved or changed address, you MUST notify the CSLB of your new address. The CSLB sends the renewal notice to the address they have on file and if you do not get the notice then you are not going to know that your license needs to be renewed and, ultimately, you could be operating with an expired license. Once your license is expired, you will then have a gap in your license history. Even if the license renewal is sent to you, often times you are so busy that you put it aside or delegate someone else to renew the license. Oftentimes, because of the press of business and the forgetfulness of people, your license is not renewed on time. In that scenario, you will have a gap in your license history. It could be days or even weeks before you recognize the fact that you forgot to renew your license.

To read the rest of the article, click here. 
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Thursday, November 21, 2019   Veteran and Apprentice Spotlight: Pedro Andrade


Some Apprentices and Electrician Trainees come to WECA already equipped with some electrical experience - like United States Marine Corps veteran and Commercial Apprentice Pedro Andrade, who accumulated electrical work experience while serving as a Corporal in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010. 

And after some time spent back stateside, Andrade decided to capitalize on his prior electrical experience with the Corps and found work with a WECA Member Contractor.

"I was lucky enough to work for a WECA Member Contractor," Andrade said. "And I was able to hear of WECA through the anecdotes of my fellow coworkers who were enrolled, and the journeymen who had graduated from WECA. After this, the decision [to apply to become a WECA apprentice] was a no-brainer."

As Andrade has progressed throughout his Apprenticeship, he's reflected upon his journey from the Corps to WECA.

"Serving in the military definitely instilled a work ethic in me, and I am grateful for that. Also, understanding leadership and what it takes [to succeed] makes me follow orders until I'm ready to lead in this field," Andrade said.

Andrade continued, stating that "I would 100 percent recommend for other vets to get into this trade and succeed."

But Andrade's advice isn't just limited to veterans - it's for everyone.

"My piece of advice for any newcomers is this: stay motivated and remember why you are here."
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Thursday, November 21, 2019   WECA's GetWired 402: New and Improved Solar Concepts Included in Path to ET Program Certificate


WECA's Electrician Trainees asked for solar in our GetWired! course repertoire, and we heard them! We're proud to introduce the new and improved GetWired! 402, now covering Solar Power; plus Residential Service and Troubleshooting.

This 33-hour online-learning based course covers concepts like systematic troubleshooting using the 5-step troubleshooting approach; technologies and diagnostic equipment; business elements of doing service work; service call "work order" simulations; array configurations and electrical design characteristics for grid-tied Photovoltaic (PV) systems, PV system installations from the perspective of the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), and more! 

Curious to see what else your Electrician Trainees will learn in this course? Click here to learn more! 
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Thursday, November 21, 2019   Your Electrician Trainees and Journeymen Can Use WECA's eCampus Mobile App w/ WECA's Online Courses

It's here! WECA's rolling out a new and updated version of our eCampus mobile app for students in our GetWired and self-paced online courses--a handy companion to our eCampus website--to give students a more seamless user experience.
  

Click here to share instructions on how to download and use the app to complete a task like taking a quiz, checking grades--and more!--with your Electrician Trainees and Journeymen.

But if your Electrician Trainees or Journeymen prefer the website to the app--not to worry. With our recent eCampus update, students can visit the website via any mobile web browser and the website will automatically scale to the size of their screen, giving every student the seamless user experience they deserve.
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Thursday, November 07, 2019   Alumni David Moore Competes and Instructor LaKeal Morris Judges at IDEAL National Championships


We've got some exciting news for you all! Our Commercial Apprenticeship Instructor, LaKeal Morris (above left), and 2019 Commercial Apprenticeship graduate--and current Bergelectric electrician--David S. Moore (above right) are representing us on the national stage this weekend at the IDEAL National Championships at Walt Disney World.
 
Morris is on the panel of judges, while Moore is competing for the title of 'best electrician in North America'. 

Morris--who is in his third year of judging this event--says that the event has gotten better each year, stating that "it is cool that a company like Ideal, a known contributor to this trade, could harness the competitive nature of all these electricians to culminate for one weekend at Walt Disney World. We race for lunch,
beer, and even pay checks at the end of the week just to be known as the fastest or even simply
'the best'. It's nice that I get to judge it."


Meanwhile, Moore is representing the state of California at the Championships for the third year in a row. His 2019 time of 0:50:47 seconds was the fastest in the state of California, and we wish him the 
best of luck in replicating--or even beating--his own personal best this weekend. 

We are proud of you both, LaKeal and David! Thank you to both of you for exemplifying what we--as well as our Member Contractors--already know: WECA and its Member Contractors produce California's finest electricians and low voltage technicians!

Want to get in on the action? Stay tuned for updates from LaKeal on our social media channels (links at the bottom of this communication) or download the IDEAL National Championships app in the App Store or on Google Play to stay up-to-date. 
 
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Thursday, November 07, 2019   California Apprenticeship Council Spotlights WECA Commercial Apprentice Nelson Caro

Content courtesy of: California Apprenticeship Council and Division of Apprenticeship Standards

From the article: "I am Nelson Caro, a fifth-year WECA commercial Apprentice and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served as a sergeant and an intermediate level hydraulics/pneumatic technician for FA-18s and KC-130s. I served two tours in Iraq, one in Iwakuni, Japan, and one in Bahrain and Syria-all before applying for WECA's Commercial Apprenticeship program. 

I've found success in WECA's Apprenticeship program in a few ways. First, you should ask as many questions as possible. The instructors are very knowledgeable and have no issues at all answering your questions. Second, discuss the topics with fellow classmates. Since not everyone learns the same way, it helps to get other points of view to get a better understanding of certain subjects. Last would be the labs. Having labs that show things like conduit bending, or properly connecting motors circuits etc. are very helpful.

To read the rest of the California Apprenticeship Council's Spotlight on Nelson and his story, click here
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Thursday, November 07, 2019   Do You Have Prospective Apprentices? WECA's National Apprenticeship Week Open Houses This Weekend

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), and in observance of NAW, we're hosting two open houses! The first will take place at our Rancho Cordova HQ on November 11th, and the second will take place at our San Diego training facility on November 12th. This is a great chance for your prospective apprentices to come see what's going on behind the scenes at WECA and decide if this is the right career path for them. Make sure they don't miss out--so have them register at the links below today! 
 

Click here to learn more about and register to attend our NorCal open house at our Sacramento-area headquarters in Rancho Cordova

Click here to learn more about and register to attend our SoCal open house at our San Diego training facility
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Thursday, November 07, 2019   WECEF's 2020 Scholarship Opportunity is Available Now--Share with Your Employees!

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The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.

The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.

Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.

Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.

Download scholarship application here

Application deadline:
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00 PM on January 13, 2020.

Email all materials to lsipes@goweca.com.

OR

Mail to:

WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckely Street
Mather Commerce Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
 
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   2019 Career Tech Expo Recap: the Future (of the Electrical Industry) is Female

On Thursday, October 17th, we--along with Member Contractors Sebastian Corp.and Electrical Power Source--made our annual visit to the Career Tech Expo in Fresno and shared the benefits of a career in construction as an electrician with upwards of 3,000 potential apprentices and their parents!

And Sebastian brought a familiar face from last year's Career Tech Expo--current WECA Low Voltage apprentice and Sebastian employee Alondra Mora! It was wonderful to see Alondra again, and see how far she's come since being a prospective apprentice at this very expo last year! What's more is that Electrical Power Source--pictured below--is also a female-owned electrical contracting company, with President Beatrice Pino at the helm. 

Way to go--thank you, Alondra and Beatrice, for representing women in construction and showing that it's never been a better time to be a female in the construction and electrical industries! 
 
 
 
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   Saturdays in the WECA Labs

Fall is here, and our Electrician Trainees and Journeymen are engaging in hands-on learning at WECA's Saturday labs--like Basic Motor Controls 1 (where they gain experience building control circuits for motors, and learn the basics of motor controls), and GetWired! 103 (where they learn to install lighting branch-circuits in residences, while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices).
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   Recording a Mechanics Lien? Hold Your Horses!

By: Sharice Marootian of Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

We have all heard of mechanic's liens being invalid when they are recorded after the statutory deadline (generally, 90 days from completion of the work, with certain exceptions). But did you know that your mechanic's lien can also be deemed invalid if it recorded too early? 

That was exactly the outcome in a recent California Court of Appeal case entitled 
Precision Framing Systems, Inc. v. Henry Luzuriaga. In this case, Henry and Deborah Luzuriaga undertook to construct a veterinary hospital. They hired a general contractor and architect. The general contractor then hired Precision Framing Systems, Inc. ("Precision") as the framing subcontractor. Precision contracted with Inland Empire Truss, Inc. ("Inland") for design and fabrication of the trusses. Although Inland contracted solely with Precision and invoiced Precision, it was paid directly by the construction lender.

The chronology of events is important in this case. Therefore, I will bullet point them:
  • July 24, 2013: Precision started work on framing
  • July 29, 2013: Inland delivered the trusses
  • August 2, 2013: Precision began installing the trusses
  • August 7, 2013: City issued a correction notice relating to the trusses 
  • August 14, 2013: Precision notified Inland that the trusses were defective
  • Later in August 2013: Inland carried out repairs to the trusses
  • December 9, 2013: City issued a second correction notice relating to the trusses
  • December 23, 2013:General contractor and Precision's superintendent walked the project
To read more, click here. 
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   A Round of Applause for Member Contractors Helix Electric, Inc., Power Design, Inc., & Bergelectric


Please join us in congratulating WECA Member Contractors Helix Electric, Inc.Power Design, Inc., and Bergelectric for being named to Engineering News-Record's Top 50 Firms in Electrical! You make us all proud--keep up the outstanding work!
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   Behind the Scenes at WECA: Checking Out the Latest in Curriculum Development and eLearning


Members of WECA's Curriculum Development team (L to R: Tom Thompson-Curriculum Development Manager; Maris Kaplan-Curriculum Project Coordinator; and Sadie Moua-Instructional Designer) are at the CBExchange from C-BEN (Competency-based Education Network) in Palm Desert, CA, this week. WECA's Apprenticeship programs are at the forefront of competency-based education for the trades, but that's no reason to rest on our laurels!
 

Meanwhile, WECA's Curriculum Production and eLearning Specialist, Rebecca Archer, is at the DevLearn 2019 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas this week. We pride ourselves on continually integrating the latest in eLearning technologies into our state-of-the-art labs and top-notch curriculum, but there's always more to see, learn, experience, and integrate when it comes to the rapidly-evolving world of learning technologies! 
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Thursday, October 24, 2019   WECEF Announces 2020 Scholarship Opportunity--Share with Your Employees!

wecef

The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.

The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.

Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.

Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.

Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.

Download scholarship application here


Application deadline:
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00 PM on January 13, 2020.

Email all materials to lsipes@goweca.com.

OR

Mail to:

WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckely Street
Mather Commerce Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   A Round of Applause for WECA Member Contractors Helix Electric, Inc. and Mark III Construction

Sacramento Business Journal's 2019 "Best Places to Work" Honorees sbj
 

Please join WECA in congratulating Member Contractors Helix Electric, Inc. and
Mark III Construction for being named among the best places to work in the
Sacramento Business Journal's 2019 Best Places to Work list

We're proud of our Member Contractors for fostering some of the happiest workplaces in town--keep it up, all! 
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   Brush Up on Your Mechanics Lien Knowledge--Courtesy of Porter Law Group

Content courtesy of Patrick G. McNamara, Esq., of Porter Law Group (Sacramento, CA): 


When is a Mechanics Lien Premature?

It is well-established law in California that the latest date on which a mechanic's lien may be recorded relates to the date of completion (or cessation) of the project work, or, if a Notice of Completion is recorded, to the date of the recording of that Notice. As to the earliest date a subcontractor or supplier lien may be recorded, Civil Code Section 8414(a) states the lien may be recorded only "after the claimant ceases to provide work." A California Court of Appeals opinion filed in August of this year (Precision Framing Systems, Inc. v Luzuriaga) sheds light (or fog) on when a subcontractor "ceases to provide work." Read the full article here. 
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   2019 SoCal Commercial Apprentice Graduate David S. Moore to Compete at IDEAL Nationals in November!


Congratulations are in order for WECA 2019 SoCal Commercial Apprentice Graduate David S. Moore of Bergelectric Corp.--he will be representing the state of California (for the third year in a row, no less!) at the 2019 IDEAL National Championships held from Nov. 7 - 9 at Disney World!

David's time of 0:50:47 seconds was the fastest in the state of California, and we here at WECA wish him good luck as he shows off his electrician chops on the national stage next month. Thank you, David, for exemplifying what we--as well as our Member Contractors--already know: WECA and its Member Contractors produce California's finest electricians and low voltage technicians! 
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   Learn How to Navigate Skilled and Trained Workforce Mandates and Exceptions at our Nov. 6 Webinar


Do the sheer volume of Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates and exceptions make you feel as though you're all bound up in red tape?

While we can't eliminate bureaucratic madness, what we can do is help you navigate it by providing you with up-to-date information on current Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates. This webinar will cover the basics of Skilled and Trained Workforce requirements, new interpretations of compliance, and legislative changes effective 2020.

Join Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs as he takes you through what he calls "the rabbit hole" of California's ever-evolving Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates for public works construction.

Assistant Director of Apprenticeship Wendy Flanagan will also be on the webinar to describe WECA's 'Accelerated Apprenticeship' option for WECA Member Contractors dealing with Skilled and Trained Workforce mandates.

Register today to join us online on November 6, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., for this informative webinar. 

This webinar is free for WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and their employees. All others are $50/registration.

Register now

Not yet a member of WECA? See our membership services and benefits. 
 
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   WECA's Hiring--Seeking Part-Time Instructors for Nights and Weekends

Please Share with Your Journeymen; Help Them Keep Their Skills Sharp While Earning Extra Money with the Perfect Side Gig
 

We bet you have exceptional Journeymen who are natural teachers and leaders, enjoy learning more about their field all the time, and sharing their knowledge about all things electrical with others!

We'd be excited to have them join our team and help us--and future you--in developing the workforce for our industry!

Part-Time Instructors for our GetWired! programs teach weeknights online and/or occasional Saturday labs at our training facilities. 

This is the side gig that lets your Journeymen earn extra money while keeping their day jobs!

Download this flyer containing the full job description to share with your Journeymen here.

And, view the job posting and application details here to learn more.
 
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Thursday, October 10, 2019   Swinging the Pendulum on Construction Careers--Content Courtesy of Construction Dive and NCCER

The unemployment rate in the United States has remained at or below 4% for the last 18 months, hitting the 3.7% mark in August. Yet, more than 5.8 million jobs have been added since January 2017, including the nearly 700,000 in construction alone.

With the average age of craft professionals at 43 and 21.7% over the age of 54, the industry is expecting to see 40% of seasoned workers retire by 2030. Even more alarming is that, in 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that only 1.7% of construction workers were 16-to-19-years old and less than 10% were under 25-years-old.

Where is our future workforce going to come from? The industry is facing a severe skilled worker shortage that is not going to change overnight. Read the full article here. 
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