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Thursday, November 08, 2018   WECA Prepares to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week November 12 - November 18


WECA is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week November 12-18! Be sure to stay tuned to your email and to WECA's social media feeds, as we'll be highlighting WECA's apprentices, specialized courses, and apprenticeship program all week. 
 
Want to join in the fun by sharing information about your WECA Apprentices? Just tag us on any social platform, and we'll be happy to share it. We'll also be hosting two open houses; one in San Diego, and one in Rancho Cordova. 
 
Do you have employees who would benefit from learning more about apprenticeship with WECA? Want to tour the facilities yourself? (Contractors are welcome, too, whether members or not!) Our doors are open to all who are interested in WECA's apprenticeship program. 
 
Northern California
Tuesday, November 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WECA Headquarters
3695 Bleckely Street
Rancho Cordova, CA 
 
Southern California
Wednesday, November 13, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WECA Training Facility 
9320 Hazard Way 
Suite B-1
San Diego, CA 
 
Register: Northern California Open House
 
Register: Southern California Open House
 
Pre-registration for this event is encouraged. Day-of walk-ins are fine. However, pre-registration will allow you to receive event reminders and updated information.

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Thursday, November 08, 2018   WECA Wishes David Moore Good Luck at the 2018 Ideal National Championship!

WECA sends a big congratulations to Apprentice David Moore for having the fastest qualifying time in California, competing in the individual apprentice category! He will be travelling to Florida to represent Bergelectric Corporation and WECA. Here's a photo of him at last year's competition!

At the 2018 Ideal National Championship, competitors have a chance to qualify for the Championship Weekend at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida--and did we mention that $500,000 in cash and prizes is also up for grabs?

Good luck, David!

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Thursday, November 08, 2018   Your Employees Can Prepare for the State VDV and FLS Technician Certification Exams Online, at Thei

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

Learn more and enroll your employees in VDV Exam Prep.



Next up, FLS. WECA's 32-hour, interactive, and self-paced California Fire/Life Safety exam prep course is geared toward students who want to study for the technician certification exam online, at their own pace. Also appropriate for Journeymen electricians, and those looking to further their FLS knowledge, the course includes hundreds of sample exam questions, which students take in a timed environment that emulates State exam timing.

Learn more and enroll your employees in FLS Exam Prep.

Call us at (877) 444-WECA if you have questions about either of these courses. And don't forget: Your "$25 off any course" member discount cards for your employees apply here, too!  
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Thursday, October 25, 2018   WECA Apprenticeship vs. WECA Electrician Trainee Program Infographic

We've created a new infographic that breaks down the differences--and similarities!--between WECA's Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and WECA's Electrician Trainee Certificate program! Check it out, and please share with your employees! Download as a flyer.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018   WECA's Student Referral Service: Helping You Meet Your Staffing Needs TODAY

WECA Member Contractors: We Have Qualified Applicants For You

What is this Service?
A free job referral service connecting currently-unemployed ETs, Journeymen, and WECA Graduate job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help meet their staffing needs. It's included with your contractor membership!
 
Who does this benefit?
Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, available, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And unemployed WECA ETs, Journeymen, and graduates get valuable job referrals. 
 
How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?
WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job-seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.
 
This new service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words, we take some of the hard work off your plate. The Student Referral Service refers job-seekers to you, and you hire them directly.
 
To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Ana Lopez, WECA ET/Journeyman Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com or 1-877-444-9322.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018   WECA Prepares to Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week November 12 - November 18


WECA is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week on November 12-18! Be sure to stay tuned to your email and to WECA's social media feeds, as we'll be highlighting WECA's apprentices, specialized courses, and apprenticeship program all week. 
 
Want to join in the fun by sharing information about your WECA Apprentices? Just tag us on any social platform, and we'll be happy to share it. We'll also be hosting two open houses; one in San Diego, and one in Rancho Cordova. 
 
Do you have employees who would benefit from learning more about apprenticeship with WECA? Want to tour the facilities yourself? (Contractors are welcome, too, whether members or not!) Our doors are open to all who are interested in WECA's apprenticeship program. 
 
Northern California
Tuesday, November 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WECA Headquarters
3695 Bleckely Street
Rancho Cordova, CA 
 
Southern California
Wednesday, November 13, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WECA Training Facility 
9320 Hazard Way 
Suite B-1
San Diego, CA 
 
Register: Northern California Open House
 
Register: Southern California Open House
 
Pre-registration for this event is encouraged. Day-of walk-ins are fine. However, pre-registration will allow you to receive event reminders and updated information.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018   WECA Visits Apprentices on the Job with Alessandro Electric

We tagged along with Alsessandro Electric's team at one of their job sites on October 5th. WECA Apprentices were hard at work, so we captured a few photos to share!
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, October 25, 2018   Try Our Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board


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

Post a job today!
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Friday, September 28, 2018   2017-2018 Lab Donation Wrap-Up: Thank you to all our donors!

And the 2017-2018 Lab Donation MVP award goes to....*drum roll*....
Platt Electric Supply! Over the last year, Platt has generously donated in support of WECA's electrical education efforts. 

In addition to Platt, we also want to thank all of this year's donors who loaded the bases and made electrical education a home run. 
Other donors on the scoreboard include: Western Tube and Conduit, Ideal Industries, Milwaukee Tool, Klein Tools, Thomas & Betts, Construction Innovations, Valance Staffing Group, and St. Denis Electric.

Thank you to everyone who donated. It's a coordinated effort that brings together industry standard materials and tools that benefit learning! All of you helped WECA have a winning season in support of our students and electrical education!

 
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Friday, September 28, 2018   WECA Outreach Team Attends Fall Events

WECA's outreach team attended multiple events this month, including an education fair at Beale Air Force Base on Wednesday, September 19th. The Education Fair was for military members, their spouses, and civilian employees. Apprenticeship Instructor Jimmie Slemp is pictured at the fair, on the left. Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, said, "We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the military members that were planning for their future once they leave the service. Some were already Air Force electricians, and so we were able to discuss all of their options."

Yesterday, Curriculum Development Manager Tom Thompson promoted WECA's Apprenticeship programs at the largest solar event in North America, Solar Power International, in Anaheim, CA. The job fair was hosted by GRID Alternative and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Tom says, "It was the busiest job fair at which I've ever run a table...in three and a half hours, there were no breaks in the steady stream of job-seekers.




 
Watch for WECA's outreach team at the following upcoming events: 
  • 9/28 SRBX Trades Day - Cal Expo
  • 10/10 SAVA College & Career Day
  • 10/10 Valley High School 6th Annual Career Fair
  • 10/17 Career Tech Expo 2018- Fresno
  • 11/2 Pacific High School Career Day
  • 11/15 Veteran's Employment Committee of San Diego Job and Resource Fair
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Friday, September 28, 2018   Introducing Four New Online Solar Courses, Offered in Partnership with Solar Energy International

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

 
Successful completion of "Solar Electric Design and Installation" paired with "PV System Fundamentals" qualifies you to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Exam.
 
  With the need for highly trained PV electricians rapidly growing in California, WECA Curriculum Development Lead Mike Moyer believes "It's great that WECA is able to partner with SEI to offer another way for the WECA community to get solar training. Our apprenticeship program covers solar basics, our existing online self-paced courses "Solar Power for Electricians" and "Faultless Solar" take solar to the next level for Journeyman Electricians and Advanced Electrician Trainees, and now our partnership with SEI allows another level of training for these students, plus the opportunity for NABCEP certification."
 
To learn more about enrolling yourself or an employee in these courses through WECA (enrollment through WECA is necessary for any student desiring State of California Continuing Education or Electrician Trainee hours in addition to the NABCEP hours granted by SEI), please visit WECA's Solar Course Catalog. Act now to enroll your Electrician Trainees and Journeymen in courses starting October 1! November course dates also available now.
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Friday, September 28, 2018   2018-2019 Lab Donation Scoreboard Launch

The 2018-2019 Donation Scoreboard has officially launched. Please follow the link below to click the baseballs and get our pitches--our Electrical and LowVoltage lab donation wishlists! The scoreboard is currently blank--who will be the first to score?

2018-2019 Donation Scoreboard

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

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

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Friday, September 28, 2018   CFEC's Annual Sacramento Fundraiser on 10/11/18 at Bergelectric

Please read the following message from WECA Industry Partner Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction regarding their annual fundraiser, hosted this year by our Member Contractor, Bergelectric.

Please join CFEC in Sacramento on Thursday, October 11th as we celebrate 20 years of fighting for your right to work!
 
We will also be holding an important strategy discussion that you won't want to miss.
 
For sponsorship opportunities and/or to RSVP please download the response form here or contact Alicia Pearlman at Alicia.pivirotto@gmail.com.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018   WECA Now Offering Online Voice Data Video Exam Prep to the Industry

 

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

Learning how to effectively subject index exam questions will help students to:

·  Effectively find the answers to any exam question
·  Improve exam-taking speed
·  Gain a greater understanding of their field
Course Lessons Include:

·  Subject Indexing in the NFPA 70
·  Review of Several Key NFPA 70 Articles, including 720-725, 800, 810, 820, 830 and 840
·  Ohm's Law Review
·  Kirchhoff's Law Review
·  Basic Metering
·  Copper Connectors
·  Cables, Pathways, and Equipment
·  Foundations of Signal Transmission
·  Networking Fundamentals
·  Fiber Optic Theory and Installation
·  Telephone Basics
·  Audio Theory and Installation
·  CCTV Systems and Installation
·  Fire-stopping Basics
·  Intrusion Detection and Access Control
·  Safety-Maintenance and Repair
·  Useful Symbols - Low Voltage and Electrical
 
Get more information and enroll yourself or an employee in this course here or by calling us at (877) 444-WECA. And don't forget: your "$25 off any course" member discount cards for your employees apply here, too! 
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Thursday, September 13, 2018   New Requirement for Residential Solar Energy System Contracts


A message from the State of California Contractors State License Board.

New Requirement for Residential Solar Energy System Contracts to Take Effect January 1, 2019
 
SACRAMENTO - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is notifying the California construction industry that effective January 1, 2019, contractors who install residential solar energy systems will be required to comply with a new consumer notice requirement.

Assembly Bill 1070, Stats of 2017, Ch 662 established  Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 7169. This new law requires the CSLB, in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), to develop and make a solar energy system disclosure document available on its website by July 1, 2018.  The disclosure document must be provided to consumers prior to the completion of a sale, financing or lease of a system. CSLB posted online a proposed one-page Solar Energy System Disclosure Document on June 29, 2018 and indicated the document was pending PUC approval.

At its August 23, 2018 meeting, the PUC approved Final Resolution M-4836 to endorse PUC staff's collaboration with CSLB to draft consumer disclosures required by AB 1070 and approved the Solar Energy System Disclosure Document posted on the CSLB's website.

Contractors will be required to comply with this new requirement beginning January 1, 2019.

Some of the requirements of BPC section 7169 include:
  •       Solar energy system companies must provide the Solar Energy System Disclosure Document to consumers printed in boldface 16-point font on either the front or cover page of every solar energy contract prior to completing a sale, financing, or lease of a solar energy system to be installed on a residential building.
  •       The disclosure document and the contract must be written in the same language principally used in the oral sales presentation or the marketing materials provided to the consumer. English and Spanish versions of the disclosure document are available on CSLB's website in English and Spanish. The contractor must translate the document into other languages, as necessary.
  •       If the sale of the solar energy system utilizes Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, the PACE Financing Estimate and Disclosure form may be used in place of the new solar energy system disclosure document. The PACE form is available on the California Legislative Information website and State Assembly website.
PACE contractors must still comply with the current home improvement disclosure requirements of the Contractors State License Law (LINK).

BPC §7169 also contains provisions for the development of further disclosure content for residential solar energy systems contracts. To that end, CSLB hosted a meeting of stakeholders on August 24, 2018 to seek industry and consumer input on the development of further disclosure content. Please stay tuned for new Industry Bulletins regarding possible additional stakeholder meetings and possible future solar energy system contract disclosure requirements that will be implemented through the regulatory process, which will provide an additional opportunity for public comment. 

CSLB hopes the requirement to include the Solar Energy System Disclosure Document in the contract for residential solar energy systems will reduce misunderstandings between contractors and consumers and help our licensees improve their relationships with customers.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018   Apprentices on the Job!

This summer, WECA instructors have been busy visiting member job sites as part of our continuous effort to make sure our classroom and lab education components complement our apprentices' on-the-job training. We captured photos of two of our apprentices hard at work on one of longtime member H & D Electric's job sites. 

Do you have photos of apprentices on your jobsite you'd like to share with the rest of WECA? Please send them to us at communications@goweca.com.
 

 
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Thursday, September 13, 2018   WECA Seeks Qualified Part-Time Instructors! Earn extra money: The teaching schedule works with your

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

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

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