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Thursday, June 30, 2022   GetWired 103: Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets

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



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

We've long offered GetWired 103 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101 since last fall! Students who might prefer this format include:
  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 103 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 103 course which focuses on installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while exploring NEC requirements for safe installations and standard industry practices. Core competencies include:
  • Conduction in liquid and gases
  • Batteries and other sources of electricity
  • Inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm’s Law in calculating basic measurements
  • Sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout
  • Water heater, water pump circuit calculations
  • Calculate overcurrent protection
  • Special purpose outlets
  • NEMA receptacle plug configuration
  • Selection of wiring devices
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course expands your employees' electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of online, interactive lesson, lab, and practice activities.

If all of this sounds like it would work for your employees,
encourage them to enroll in GetWired 103 Self-Paced Online today!

Think your employees would prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Encourage them to enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 103 here!

 
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   Stay safe on the jobsite with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.



Summer is here, and so are heat waves.

Keep yourself and your employees safe on the jobsite by refreshing your heat illness prevention knowledge with OSHA's Prevent Heat Illness at Work flyer.

Stay safe, cool, and hydrated on the jobsite, everyone!
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Thursday, June 30, 2022   Reach out to the next generation of the electrical workforce at SDUSD's Construction Expo July 13

San Diego Member Contractors: reach out to the next generation of the electrical workforce at the San Diego Unified School District's Construction Expo on July 13!



Register to attend here!
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Thursday, June 30, 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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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.

It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA California Graduating Classes of 2022!
Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.




WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

WECA is proud to announce the California 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 California 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. California graduation 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 California graduation sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Note: A commencement ceremony for the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will take place in the Phoenix area this winter. Please stay tuned for further details about the event. We look forward to celebrating our Arizona graduates' hard work and achievements together!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your California graduation sponsorship package
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Employee Spotlight: Bob Bartlett, Membership Director, celebrates 20 years with WECA!



Bob Bartlett – WECA’s diligent and enthusiastic Membership Director, who celebrated his 20th working anniversary with WECA this June – is a huge driver of WECA’s continued success and expansion across the American West.

When Bob joined the team in 2002, WECA was on the precipice of change and contending with significant challenges spurred by unions and the California Apprenticeship Council.

“Times were difficult and challenging for a span of about eight years because the unions and the California Apprenticeship Council were collaborating to disenfranchise WECA’s ability to offer an apprenticeship program,” says Bob. “WECA rose to each challenge with a strong resistance and fought back legally, intelligently, and strategically to finally prove that we do indeed deserve the right to offer an exceptional apprenticeship program.”

WECA persevered and emerged as the victor, thanks to the concerted efforts of WECA’s Board of Directors and leadership team. Bob, however, muses that “WECA might never have built the ‘world-class’ curriculum and programs being offered today” had it not been for these challenges.

The challenges have been plenty – but Bob has risen to each of them with his cheerful tenacity.

“Initially, my primary role was strictly to build statewide membership. As membership numbers grew throughout the years, the ‘boss’ [Terry Seabury, WECA’s Executive Director and CEO] enthusiastically found more and more non-member, ancillary ‘fun’ projects for me to do,” says Bob. “Eventually, anything that touched membership within the next decade was assigned to me. After hiring and training the ‘new guy’ [Jeff van de Moere, WECA’s Membership Manager in California], I was able to finally reassign those projects … only to pack up and move to Phoenix to face my current challenge, which is to build statewide membership in Arizona. Beyond membership, a smattering of my additional responsibilities in Phoenix includes indenturing apprentices, attending political events and socializing with Richard’s [WECA Government Affairs advocate Richard Markuson] political cohorts, attending outreach events at high schools, and doing whatever is possible to assist Keith [Smart, Apprenticeship Manager and Instructor] in managing the Phoenix facility,” says Bob.

Though Bob has quite the workload in Phoenix, we cannot imagine having anyone better to help build the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program in Arizona. And knowing Bob, he’s just getting started – his foremost goal in Arizona is to accomplish “increasing Arizona membership sufficiently, so that, financially, it can stand on its own [as an entity].”

Bob continues, saying that the “Electrical industry is interesting, and every day offers unique challenges. I enjoy and thrive on interfacing with the contractors and convincing them that their membership will indeed elevate their prestige and profitability. Every new member that comes on board, whether I signed them up or someone else did, is a sign that WECA is indeed a hot commodity, and we should all take pride in that.”

In his personal time, Bob enjoys staying active, working out, and eating a healthy diet, among other pursuits.

“Hiking is my number one thrill. Then comes exercising with weights or machines, then riding my bike. Watching sports like football and baseball is enjoyable when the bod needs a rest. And, sharing laughs and telling stories regarding our younger years with my long-time fraternity brothers and recently with my new neighbors never gets old.”

In reflecting upon his two decades with WECA, Bob says that “Just about everyone I have worked with at WECA deserves recognition for helping me thrive, but a couple of names that float to the top are Terry, Richard, Don, Michelle, and Jeff.”

Bob, we cannot thank you enough for your twenty years of excellence at WECA. WECA would not be as successful or dynamic as it is today without your guidance and perseverance. Cheers to twenty years – but we all know you’re just getting started! 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   Industry Partner Spotlight: Talent Corps



Are you an Arizona Member Contractor looking for new talent? Look no further than WECA’s newest Industry Partner, Talent Corps.

Talent Corps, a Dallas-based skilled staffing company with a Phoenix-based Arizona branch, was founded in 2017 by Jared DeRuby, who is a fourth-generation electrician, construction staffing expert, and Marine Corps veteran.

“Talent Corps tailors its recruitment by learning first what the client is truly looking for,” says Mike McBride, Talent Corps’ National Account Manager. “Talent Corps specializes in tailoring unique staffing solutions for each client. We know each job is unique, so we don’t use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Our sales team will meet with you and cultivate a deep understanding of the type of candidates you are looking for and then pass those parameters on to our recruiting team, who will find and vet candidates before submitting them to you for final approval.”

To find and vet suitable candidates, Talent Corps sources electricians through job boards, job fairs, trade school visits, and leads generated from referrals. Suitable candidates are invited to come into the office for face-to-face interviews, electrical skill tests, reference follow-ups, and license checks. When clients put in staffing requests, Talent Corps’ recruiters sort through their candidate database to create call lists, decide on applicable pre-screening questions and tests, and call and dispatch candidates to jobs.

“Talent Corps is different from other staffing companies because we are on a mission to strengthen America’s workforce. We have three different divisions: Construction Talent, Light Industrial Talent, and Medical Talent. [We’re also unique in that we are] veteran-owned and veteran-friendly. Our CEO is a former Marine and understands the challenges of navigating newly civilian life. We make it easy to transition into a skilled trade and jumpstart your career as a tradesman,” says McBride.

Additionally, Talent Corps’ strength lies in its commitment to providing excellent contractor support through their local and national branch teams, and helping contractors accept more business by expanding their workforce. To that end, Talent Corps provides “very competitive pricing” that is “customized to meet the needs of each client” and makes a strong effort to never allow pricing to “deter any contractor from utilizing our services.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with WECA,” says McBride.

Phoenix-based Member Contractors may contact Brett Elliott, Account Manager at Talent Corps’ Phoenix office, via phone at (480) 482-7195 or via email at belliott@talent-corps.com. Member Contractors based outside of Phoenix or Arizona may contact Mike McBride, National Account Manager, via phone at (858) 229-0130 or via email at mmcbride@talent-corps.com
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   Employee Spotlight: Christine Hall, Director of Operations, celebrates 25 years with WECA!





There is nobody at WECA with quite the pedigree of Christine Hall, WECA’s Director of Operations, with whom we're now celebrating 25 years with the organization! 
 
Christine started working at WECA as a receptionist in 1997. Over the quarter century that she’s been with the organization, she’s tried her hand at pretty much everything in every department– past roles and responsibilities have included overseeing the IT department, working in human resources and payroll, assisting with the administration of Apprentice health and welfare benefits, doing membership sales and support for Northern California and consulting on California’s prevailing wage, creating WECA’s existing internal database and its first basic website, helping to form the Electrician Trainee program, publishing the early years of the WECA newsletter, helping organize various events and golf tournaments, and so much more!  
 
Currently, Christine oversees the operations and administration of the Arizona and California Apprenticeship programs and Electrician Trainee programs, as well as directing the Client Services and Database Programming departments. She is also involved with special projects as needed, such as Apprenticeship programs expansions.  
 
“Many of my opportunities have come about because of my desire to learn and grow, and I’d love to continue to learn new things – whatever those opportunities might be and to continue to strive to be the best leader I can be. I really enjoy both personal growth and expanding my knowledge, and it brings me joy to share what I have learned if it can help someone else be better,” says Christine. 
 
With 25 years under her multi-talented toolbelt, it’s safe to say that Christine possesses unique insights regarding WECA. 
 
“The people [make WECA a premier merit shop electrical contractors association],” says Christine. “We have the most dedicated Board and Trustees committee, who are committed to WECA’s success and never allow for WECA to be the status quo. We also have a great staff team – every person cares about WECA’s success and is committed to making WECA the best, from customer service to education. And Terry Seabury [WECA’s Executive Director and CEO] is the reason why WECA has such a great team.”  
 
Christine says that there have been too many favorite memories or moments she’s been proud of WECA during her career, but one event that was most impactful for her and brought her the most growth personally and professionally were trainings that WECA sponsored her for – Leading from the Center and Going Deeper – both held by the Authentic Leadership Center in Rancho Cordova, CA. 
 
“These experiences were truly life changing for me and I will be forever grateful to Greg Anderson [Director of Human Resources at Rex Moore Group, Inc., and President of WECA’s Board of Directors and Chair of WECA’s Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees/Apprenticeship Training Committee] for taking the time to mentor me and introduce me to the Authentic Leadership Center,” says Christine. 
 
Christine further credits her success at WECA to her coworkers and mentors – such as former boss Diana Titus and current boss, Terry Seabury. 
 
“There are too many people to name [who contributed to my success]; I have been fortunate to have some great people in my life. There are two women who have been the most influential – my former boss Diana Titus, who was just an amazing example of a boss and human and is still a friend of mine, and Terry Seabury, who has been such a great leader and influence and who has challenged and supported me for the last 20 years,” says Christine. 
 
Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the mountains around where she lives, and just enjoying life. 
 
Christine, congratulations on a quarter century with WECA! We are inspired by your “Jill of all trades” status and mentality, and look forward to the next quarter century of advancing WECA in the American West with you! 
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   US Department of Labor to Offer Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminars



Content courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers, and other stakeholders to provide information on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

The virtual prevailing wage seminars will include video trainings on a variety of Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act topics that participants can view at their convenience, followed by corresponding virtual Question & Answer sessions, which will be offered live on multiple dates throughout the year to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Sessions on Davis-Bacon compliance are scheduled for:
  • June 14, and
  • September 13
Sessions on SCA compliance are scheduled for:
  • June 15, and
  • September 14
The training is a component of WHD’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve compliance with federal prevailing wage requirements.

?While seminar attendance is free, registration is required. More information, including the links to video trainings and virtual Q&A session dates, will be provided to registrants in the near future.

Register now!
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA California Graduating Classes of 2022!

Support WECA California graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.



WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters:

WECA is proud to announce the California 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 California 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. California graduation 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 California graduation sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Note: A commencement ceremony for the WECA Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Class of 2022 will take place in the Phoenix area this winter. Please stay tuned for further details about the event. We look forward to celebrating our Arizona graduates' hard work and achievements together!


Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team


Reserve your California graduation sponsorship package
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Thursday, June 16, 2022   Need California continuing education with NABCEP hours for your journeyperson electricians?

Browse WECA's online solar course catalog in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), and encourage your journeypersons to enroll.




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

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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!

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


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

Learn more and enroll here!
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Thursday, June 16, 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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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Pictorial spotlight on your Low Voltage apprentices in the lab

Pictorial spotlight on your Low Voltage apprentices in the lab: apprentices in their final semester of WECA's program work on one of the six systems in their program capstone









The 3rd year, 2nd semester low voltage apprentices pictured above are working on a hands-on assessment of a data/phone system. This system is one of six systems that make up their program capstone. In their final semester, WECA assesses apprentices' complete system knowledge including designing, estimating, documenting, installing, and commissioning.

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

Fun fact: the six systems that make up their program capstone are CCTV, data/phone, fire alarm, intrusion, audio, and access control!
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Building the next generation of the electrical sustainability industry

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



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

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

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

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

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









 
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Klein Tools visits WECA's Phoenix training facility; donates and installs shadow box of tools



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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you, Richard and Tristan, for visiting our Phoenix training facility. We appreciate your dedication to our Arizona Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and look forward to partnering with you and Klein Tools in Arizona for years to come.
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Save the date to celebrate your graduates in the WECA Class of 2022!



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

?Make their graduation memorable. Your attendance is especially meaningful for them if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Please mark your calendars now, and watch your inbox for ticketing and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon!

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating our graduates' achievements together!
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Thursday, June 02, 2022   Navigate CA's prevailing wage laws; prevailing wage contracting in CA w/ WECA Prevailing Wage eBook

Navigate California's prevailing wage laws and prevailing wage contracting in California with WECA's downloadable eBook, "Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide"





Are you grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, or simply want to learn more about prevailing wage contracting in California? Perhaps you're taking this time to study up. WECA has you covered with the second edition of our downloadable eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide. 

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today and have this useful resource at your fingertips - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 

Our 2nd edition is updated with the latest changes to California law.

Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.

Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Thursday, June 02, 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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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Fight against PLA threats on the Central Coast of California in June with WECA Industry Partner CFEC

Fight against PLA threats on the Central Coast of California
Join WECA Industry Partner the Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction (CFEC) at any of three anti-PLA events in June



Content courtesy of Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction

Thanks to the help of key contractors along the Central Coast and due to the increasing threats union-only Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) pose to work along the Central Coast we will be holding three events on three different days in June to help raise awareness and funds to help fight PLAs.

We will have key elected officials there to hear what PLAs are and we will let everyone know what the threats are and what we are doing about them.

BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!

SAVE THE DATES:


Monday, June 27th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Ventura County (site TBD)

Tuesday, June 28th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cushman Contracting in Santa Barbara

Thursday, June 30th from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Chapin Companies in Monterey

More to follow but please mark your calendar for one of them at least and let me know if you can help sponsor!

Yours in the fight for freedom,

Eric Christen
Executive Director
Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
858-431-6337
ericdchristen@gmail.com
www.opencompca.com
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Check out what fourth year, second semester Commercial Electrical Apprentices are up to in the lab

Commercial Electrical Apprentices in Instructor Jimmie Slemp’s recent 4th year, second semester lab connect devices and set up some basic parameters on Allen Bradley PowerFlex Drives.














 
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Reap the benefits of WECA Membership in CA and AZ with discounted tax and accounting services

Reap the benefits of WECA Contractor Membership in California and Arizona with discounted tax and accounting services from WECA Industry Partner Scott & Baldwin, CPAs



WECA Member Contractor Membership in California and Arizona comes with many perks -- like 25% off for WECA Members for tax and accounting services for the first year from Scott & Baldwin, CPAs. This exclusive benefit includes:
  • confidential review and feedback on prior year tax returns
  • specialized uncommon knowledge tax strategies for Capital Gains
  • comparative analysis of your company financials against industry peers/benchmarks

Contact
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Recap: WECA hosts and judges competitions at SkillsUSA CA State Conference on April 23

Recap: WECA hosts and judges electrical wiring and industrial motor controls competitions at SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition on April 23











On April 23, WECA proudly sponsored and ran the electrical wiring competition and the industrial motor control competition at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition in Ontario, California. SkillsUSA is an organization which serves students, especially high school students, preparing for technical, skilled and service careers.

The conference had approximately 2,400 students in attendance. WECA instructors Jaron Stroud, Fernando Castro, and Neil Pesarillo ran the competitions, while Don Black, WECA Director of Apprentice Training, IT, and Facilties, and also a SkillsUSA California Board member, served as a judge for some competitions. Prior to this competition, instructors Jaron and Fernando also ran all six of the virtual regional electrical competitions in California.

“We had 15 high school students competing and two post-secondary students competing,” says Don. “The competition started early on Saturday morning with an electrical test, where each student is judged on their resume, uniform, and PPE preparedness. Neil, Jaron, and Fernando then held a brief orientation, and by 9 a.m. the contest was running. Each student is handed the same electrical diagram that they must build. The competition ended at 3 p.m. and the judging began. Fernando, Jaron, and Neil did a wonderful job representing WECA and the electrical trade while running and judging the competitions. We extend a huge thank you to our three stellar instructors for giving a significant amount of time to run these competitions.”

WECA and its instructors also received praise from a participant’s parent, with the parent stating that “I really appreciate you and the rest of the WECA staff (and the WECA resources) for making the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition happen! It was so great to see the young people competing in the event. I’m honored and blessed that my son received gold in the competition. He is going to the National SkillsUSA conference in Atlanta in June.”

Instructor Neil Pesarillo also praised the program, saying “I was able to talk to a few parents and coaches/teachers of the contestants. They were very excited to have a contest, and their students were very professional and respectful. It inspires me to get involved each year. I would encourage others to research SkillsUSA and, if possible, volunteer some time for it.”

Great job Jaron, Fernando, Neil, and Don for representing WECA at the SkillsUSA California State Conference Electrical Wiring Competition and for investing time and expertise in developing the next generation of electricians!
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   Protect your business with free cybersecurity services and tools

Protect your business with free cybersecurity services and tools from the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency



Content courtesy of: U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

As part of our continuing mission to reduce cybersecurity risk across U.S. critical infrastructure partners and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, CISA has compiled a list of free cybersecurity tools and services to help organizations further advance their security capabilities. This living repository includes cybersecurity services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community. CISA will implement a process for organizations to submit additional free tools and services for inclusion on this list in the future.

Free Services and Tools

Organizations can use the free services and tools listed below to mature their cybersecurity risk management. These resources are categorized according to the four goals outlined in CISA Insights: Implement Cybersecurity Measures Now to Protect Against Critical Threats:
  1. Reducing the likelihood of a damaging cyber incident;
  2. Detecting malicious activity quickly;
  3. Responding effectively to confirmed incidents; and
  4. Maximizing resilience.
Access the free services and tools here.
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Thursday, May 19, 2022   WECA's Project Engineer to Project Manager Program Certificate

WECA's Project Engineer to Project Manager Program Certificate
Helping your non-electrician construction professional employees gain electrical job site fundamentals



Our contractors asked, and WECA delivered.

Essential training for non-electrician construction professionals:

The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager
(PE to PM) Program

Get acquainted with a quick video:


The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Program is here.

And now learn a whole lot more:

The WECA Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) Program


Providing training in electrical concepts, code, and best practices for non-electrician construction professionals, WECA's PE to PM Program was designed and developed in close consultation with our contractors. It's designed to give construction professionals--including Project Engineers who have a background in construction but little or no electrician-specific training--the electrical fundamentals and crucial concepts they need to talk the talk and walk the walk on your projects. 

The PE to PM Training Path is made up of five online courses which should be taken in the following order:

1. Practical Electrical Theory is an online, self-paced introduction to electrical theory, laws, and circuits. Course topics include:
  • Atomic Theory
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
Learn more and enroll here.

2. Subject Indexing and Code is an online, self-paced course in which students will learn how to effectively navigate and answer code-related questions in the National Electrical Code (NEC 2017) book and complete the calculations needed for electrical installations. Course topics include:
  • NEC Subject Indexing
  • Conductor Sizing and Protection
  • Raceway, Box Fill, and Conduit Fill Calculations
  • Service Sizing, Clearances, and Terminations
  • Wiring Methods, Special Equipment and Occupancies
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Motors
  • General Equipment, Lighting and Panelboards
Learn more and enroll here.

3. Electrical Wiring Methods and Installations is an online, self-paced introduction to the most used wiring methods with emphasis on proper installation and correctly applying electrical code. Course topics include:
  • Installation basics
  • National electrical code
  • Workmanship standards
  • Identification of methods
Learn more and enroll here.

4. Job Costs and Estimating Basics is an online hybrid (a scheduled instructor-led introduction and otherwise self-paced) course which introduces estimating job costs, material and labor for electrical installations. Course topics include:
  • Material estimations
  • Labor estimations
  • Voltage drop as applied to installation
  • Total job cost analysis
Learn more and enroll here.
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5. Commercial Electrical Blueprint Reading is an online, scheduled, instructor-led course in which students learn how to coordinate cut sheets, submittals, the NEC and more with digital blueprints to plan electrical installation for commercial construction from the ground up. 

Learn more and enroll here.
 
FAQs
 
Q: Is the PE to PM Program for Project Engineers only?
A: Nope! Any construction industry professional (for instance, General Contractors, Construction Managers, etc.) who requires a grounding in electrical concepts, the National Electric Code, and best practices on the electrical job site can benefit from this program. 

Q: Does the WECA discount structure for Member Contractors and their employees apply to the PE to PM program?
A: 
Yes, discounts on these classes are available to WECA Member Contractors and their employees as a WECA membership benefit. Members: Please log in to your secured member dashboard to download the PE to PM program discount rate sheet, or call our office for more information. Member employees: Please speak to your contractor about accessing a discount.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: 
The program is modularized and was designed to accommodate individual choice in the intensity and speed of completion. Motivated students might complete it in as little as 6 months. A student who would like to integrate the concepts more slowly, or who is combining this program with other on-the-job training, might prefer to enroll in only one course per quarter, taking approximately 18 months to complete the program.

Q: Will the timing of the classes interfere with job duties?
A:
 The program has been designed for busy working professionals and should not interfere with full-time job duties. All of the courses are fully online. Three of the courses are entirely self-paced. One of the courses has an instructor-led introduction, which is held online in the evening, and then the remainder is self-paced. The final course is scheduled, online, instructor-led, but classes occur on weeknight evenings and one Saturday.

Q: I'm a construction professional who has had some electrical training already. Can I skip a class? 
A:
 WECA recommends the full program, taken in the order outlined above. However, if you've had previous electrical training (for instance, by taking some WECA GetWired! classes), we recommend you review the course outlines closely, and then enroll in whatever is most appropriate for you. Call WECA and talk to one of our client services specialists if you're not sure what to take.

Q: Does WECA provide a certificate of completion at the end of this program?
A:
 Yes, a student who successfully completes all five courses in the PE to PM Program Path with be granted a certificate of completion from WECA. (Credit towards the certificate for alternative courses previously taken at WECA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Q: I'm ready to get started (or to get my employees started) in this program! What do I do next?
A:
 Enroll online through our PE to PM Course Catalog, or call our office at 1-877-444-9322 for enrollment guidance.

Enroll your employees (and be sure to utilize WECA's member training discounts) today!
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Thursday, May 19, 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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Thursday, April 21, 2022   WECA's San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting on April 13 was a success!



The ribbon-cutting on our upgraded new San Diego training facility in action! From left to right are WECA Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT, and Facilities Don Black, observing; Bill Baber, City Councilman, La Mesa; Joel Anderson, Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors; WECA Executive Director and CEO Terry Seabury; President of WECA's Board of Directors and WECA Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees / Apprenticeship Training Committee Chair Greg Anderson; and Eddie Sprecco, CEO of Associated General Contractors San Diego, in whose space our new training facility is co-located.

Above, the moment the ribbon is cut, and below, the immediate aftermath!




WECA held an open house in celebration of our new, expanded, and upgraded training facility in San Diego on April 13.

Don Black, WECA Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT, and Facilities, says "I thought we had a wonderful turnout. We had a good mix of members, prospective members, local political officials, and people from the public in attendance."

Notable guests in attendance included Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilman, Joel Anderson, San Diego Supervisor, and Eddie Sprecco, the CEO of AGC - San Diego. These individuals also assisted Terry Seabury, Executive Director and CEO of WECA, and Greg Anderson, Human Resources Director at Rex Moore Group and President of WECA's Board of Directors and Chair of WECA's Apprenticeship Training Trust Board of Trustees / Apprenticeship Training Committee, with the ribbon-cutting.

During the open house, instructors Neil Pesarillo and David Schoettler were busy giving tours to guests and showing their incredible skills as educators, per Don.

Jeff Van de Moere, WECA's Membership Manager, echoed Don's sentiments, saying that "Our instructors did a dynamite job of helping our guests experience our high-tech labs and classrooms."

Jeff added that "Some of our newer members brought field workers who had previously gone through other programs and they shared with me that they were very, very impressed by what we offer in comparison."

WECA was also thrilled to receive a plaque commemorating the opening of our new San Diego training facility. The plaque was presented by supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and was signed by five other supervisors, including Jim Desmond, who was also listed on the proclamation as a presenter.

We're gratified that the open house was successful, and eagerly look forward to our upgraded new training facility serving our electrical and low voltage member contractors, their employees, and the electrical industry and education communities in the San Diego area for years to come!



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Thursday, April 21, 2022   The 2021-22 WECEF Lab Donation Scoreboard is live!

Contribute to the delivery of WECA's premier electrical industry education in California and Arizona -- donate today!



We could not do what we do here at WECA without the help of our dedicated members, industry partners, and donors. Thank you to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in California and Arizona.

WECA extends a huge thank you in particular to the following donors, who are the first to post numbers on our lab donation scoreboard for the 21-22 academic year!:
  • Jon Lerno of Platt Electric Supply donated a cumulative $21,375 worth of welcome bags -- consisting of tools -- to WECA's Sacramento, Fresno, and Phoenix training facilities.
  • Cristian Jimenez of Milwaukee Tool donated a total of $8,428 of tools to WECA.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their generosity," says Jimmie Slemp, Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager at WECA's Sacramento training facility and headquarters. "Your donations are very beneficial to our students' educational experiences; the equipment helps replicate a real-world, on-the-job experience in the classroom."
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102

Introducing another self-paced online option for our GetWired course series: GetWired 102: Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Branch Circuits

Take it on your own time, at your own pace!




WECA is excited to announce another way students can take GetWired 102, the second class in WECA's Path to an Electrician Trainee Program Certificate!

We've long offered GetWired 102 as an online-led instructor course. And we still do!

But for students who would prefer to take this course at their own pace, on their own time, we're now offering a fully self-paced online option, just like we've been offering for GetWired 101 since last fall! Students who might prefer this format include:
  • Students with job, childcare, or other obligations preventing them from taking the instructor-led scheduled course in the evenings
  • Students who would benefit from being able to review the material at a slower pace, such as students for whom English is a second language
  • Students who just prefer to work on the coursework at times when it best works for them
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WECA's new GetWired 102 Self-Paced Option is an entirely online, self-paced alternative version of our GetWired 102 course which introduces fundamental electrical laws and theory and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Core competencies include:
  • GFCI and AFCI
  • Series circuits
  • Parallel circuits
  • Luminaries, fixtures, ballasts and lamps
  • NEC subject indexing
  • Lighting branch circuits
  • Combination circuits
  • Measuring instruments
  • Using wire tables and determining conductor sizes
  • Combined lighting circuits
 
  • Total class hours available: 42
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
This course is loaded with interactive practice and an online lab to ensure that skills covered in class can be applied on-the-job.
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If all of this sounds like it would work for you,
Enroll in GetWired 102 Self-Paced Online today!

Think you'd prefer being able to ask an instructor questions and learn with other students?
Enroll in an upcoming instance of the original, online evening instructor-led GetWired 102 here!

 
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Thursday, April 21, 2022   Read: Bug Zappers. Content courtesy of: EC&M

Read: Bug Zappers
COVID-19 spurred demand and budgets for disinfection technologies in classrooms, offices, and other public spaces. That's creating opportunities for ultraviolet lighting, which could get an additional boost from new standards.
Content courtesy of EC&M




By Tim Kridel, Freelance Writer

By the time you read this, the World Health Organization (WHO) might have officially declared COVID-19 endemic. Or maybe yet another variant has emerged to keep the pandemic going. Either way, one thing is certain: COVID has triggered a long-term change in how and why schools, hospitals, businesses, and other organizations disinfect their buildings and the air inside. Those changes create opportunities for the electrical industry,
starting with disinfection lighting.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically spurred awareness and is defining a ‘new normal’ focused on indoor air quality and indoor health,” says Travis Jones, vice president and general manager at Pittsburgh-based Wesco International. “As we move forward, there are other air and surface quality hazards — such as mold, influenza, E-coli, and salmonella — that still cause millions of occupants to suffer.”

Disinfection lighting covers a variety of technologies and use cases, including ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which is used to disinfect the air or surfaces such as desktops. Water also is a big market, says Mike Krames, president of Arkesso, a consultancy specializing in LED technologies. Like lighting for illumination, UVGI is available in incandescent and solid-state versions. The research analyst firm IHS predicts that the germicidal LED (GLED) segment alone will be worth over $5 billion by 2024. Just to put that into perspective: In 2019 (before the pandemic), it forecast just $150 million
over the same period.

BROAD-SPECTRUM BUSINESS CASE

That hockey stick growth is even more impressive in light of how long UVGI has languished as a niche play. Since the 1950s, it’s been used mainly to neutralize
tuberculosis (TB) — an application that’s become the foundation for Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidance for the design, installation, testing, and safe operation of “upper-room” UVGI systems. Read more here.

Also known as “upper air,” these systems have luminaires installed close to the ceiling, where the light can zap viruses as they’re circulated up by the HVAC system. This location also keeps the UV light directed horizontally rather than being projected down on the room’s occupants, thus helping to alleviate concerns about damage to their skin and eyes — more about that aspect in a moment.

Read the rest of the article here.
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Thursday, April 21, 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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Thursday, April 07, 2022   Happy 93rd Birthday, WECA!



This week we're celebrating 93 years of excellence in apprenticeship and training, governmental advocacy, workforce development, and the promotion of merit shop electrical and low voltage contracting as the most valuable, qualified choice for the industry. What a ride it's been -- thanks for joining us on it!
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   Advice to Up-and-Comers from Instructor Neil Pesarillo's Class

Advice to Up-and-Comers from Instructor Neil Pesarillo's Class In the Final Semester of Their Apprenticeship Education This Week in San Diego



WECA San Diego instructor Neil Pesarillo's class in their final semester of the program this week had a great conversation with him about their advice for up-and-coming apprentices. We were lucky enough that Neil thought to collect and share their thoughts with us.

Darrell Mickle

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I have already given a friend advice. My friend Marco is currently in the Electrician Trainee program now and is waiting to be picked up by an electrical company so he can be indentured into and run through the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program. I loved my class, and my classmates and teachers I have had through the program.

How would you explain what you have learned?: You'd had to have experienced it to understand or walk in these shoes, so until then my friends, stay humble and stay happy. WECA GANG

David Smith

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It seems long, but has gone by fairly quick and is worth the investment of time.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I've learned things in electrical and construction that many people don't know how to do correctly, and I have learned how to do it safely.

Kevin Martinez

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: The electrical apprenticeship is the best decision I have made in my life. After jumping from different jobs, becoming an electrician and working in the field, it gave me stability with a secure job. I get a lot of questions frequently, and I tell everyone the same thing. An electrical apprenticeship is the way to go, and WECA is by far the best one they can pick. Not only was I receiving the best education in the electrical industry, but I was also getting to work and get paid while doing it. Compared to other apprenticeships where they attend every week, we get to attend twice a year for two weeks, which is great because students get to focus more in their semester without being tired after work.

How would you explain what you have learned?: I have learned everything from work ethic to electrical work installation in new commercial and in residential. I have gotten the opportunity to work in different environments and different crews, meaning doing different tasks and becoming a well-rounded electrician. Not many get this opportunity. From underground, to deck work, rough-in, electrical rooms, equipment, lighting, the list goes on. Fell in love with the process and I recommend to anyone trying to join this trade to really give it a chance. It may be hard labor at times, but the more you learn and the more you see, it makes you as an apprentice strive for more.

Ryan Noll

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: I would tell them to start to study for the test early on. Just poking your head into the NEC 30 minutes a week would be a big help. The earlier you start doing practice questions the better, too.

How would you explain what you have learned?: Most of what you learn is on the job as far as electrical installation.

Thorne Phillips

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It is a long process, and you will learn a lot. Best thing I can tell you is that it's worth it. No matter how hard it gets, keep pushing, it gets better. And at the end of the apprenticeship, you are in control of your future and the options and the opportunities are endless.

How would you explain what you have learned?: In this apprenticeship, you learn how to use the code book to be a safe electrician. You also learn how to be a professional, understanding what we are doing on the job. It also gives us the tools to grow professionally.

Tommy Meyers

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: There's a misconception that doing anything besides going to a four-year college will not obtain you a high-paying career. But, after attending that four-year college, most people will have a hefty amount of student loans. Going into a trade apprenticeship, you will achieve the skills and knowledge needed to excel in that trade, without any student debt to pay off in the end! In my case, I learned the skills to become a competent electrician at WECA, while being paid on the job, with full benefits! The demand for tradespeople is at an all-time high, the pay is great, the benefits are hard to beat -- what are you waiting for?

How would you explain what you have learned?: In class, you learn things such as electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, how to read blueprints, how to size conductors, how to size services for commercial and residential buildings, how to design and build motor control circuits, and so, so much more! WECA well prepares you to pass your Journeyman exam, so you walk into the examination site confident in passing. You take what you learn in class and apply it in the field, and it helps you understand the greater scheme of things. Don't get me wrong -- I still learn something new every day, but overall the WECA apprenticeship flew by in the blink of an eye, and I would recommend it to everyone!

Victor Martin Del Campo

What advice would you give a friend about your apprenticeship?: It's a great program. It changes the way you think and gives you confidence in life. By the time you finish the program, you walk out with your head held up, full of knowledge and hunger to show the world what you have learned. You get to meet people that have the same purpose in life as yourself. It's great to be part of something, and what's better than becoming part of the electrician family?

How would you explain what you have learned?: WECA taught me how to be professional and to care about the things we do in life.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   WECA's July - September Courses are now available for enrollment online



WECA's Summer 2022 (July - September) course catalog is now available for enrollment on our website.

Are you sponsoring any of your electrician trainees through our certificate program? Many of our members are. If so, get them enrolled in their next GetWired class before seats fill up (and remember to call us and sign up to get the substantial member discounts available to you as a sponsor):

View the Electrician Trainee course catalog here.

And you can point your journeyperson electricians to our Continuing Ed options here:

View the continuing education course catalog here.

And do you have non-electrician construction professionals you'd like to be learn more about your electrical jobsites? Check out our Project Engineer to Project Manager program courses here:

View the Project Engineer to Project Manager (PE to PM) course catalog here

Enroll online, over the phone at (877) 444-9322, or by email at info@goweca.com.
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   It's one week away! Join us in San Diego on April 13 for an open house!

It's next week, and you're invited! Join us in San Diego on April 13 for an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating our new, upgraded, and expanded San Diego training facility!



Please join us next week for WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our upgraded, expanded new training facility in San Diego! All are welcome!

When: April 13, 2022 from 4 to 7 PM

Where: 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121
  • Enjoy food and libations
  • Tour our new facility
  • Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the San Diego electrical industry and community
  • Learn about WECA and how the association serves electrical contractors and the industry
  • See how our apprentices and electrician trainees learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's learning labs!
We look forward to seeing you there! Please take a moment to RSVP:

Register for the San Diego open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony here!
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Thursday, April 07, 2022   WECA and Sacramento-area Member Contractors reach out to Sacramento-area high school students!?





WECA's Apprenticeship outreach team has been busy lately, and loving it!

On March 29, WECA visited Oakmont High School in Roseville with WECA Member Contractor Mark III Construction. The event was well-attended by all grade levels looking to explore their future opportunities.

On March 30, WECA visited Lincoln High School in Lincoln with WECA Member Contractors Teichert Solar, Mark III Construction Inc., and Royal Electric Company.

And finally, on April 6, WECA visited Sheldon High School in Elk Grove with Teichert Solar, Mark III Construction Inc., and Royal Electric Company. Diane Trotter, WECA's Workforce Development Supervisor, reports that the event was "super busy" and added that WECA's Client Services Specialist I, Ralph Williams, and new Workforce Development Specialist, Jeanette Santos, were also in attendance. "They were both fantastic at engaging this large group of students," says Diane.
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Thursday, April 07, 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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