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Thursday, October 22, 2020   Register Now For Industry Partner ABB's Construction Solutions Showcase Nov. 10 - Dec. 10

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WECA Industry Partner ABB has asked us to share with you an opportunity for our member contractors to learn about the latest and greatest in solutions for the industry by taking advantage of complimentary registration for their upcoming Construction Solutions Showcase.

They've shared with us that "ABB is showcasing the “Best of Both” for Contractors in a can’t-miss event and hosting a premier online studio tour event. On behalf of the ABB Customer Experience team, we are inviting all the WECA members to join us and take a look at our newest construction solutions. The integration of GE Industrial Solutions’ portfolio with ABB’s one line electrical offering is a game changer. During the studio environment, attendees will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at actual products. Nearly 25% of the products are new to the market this year and they all demonstrate the value of our “best of both” approach in combining the GE and ABB offerings.
 
When visiting our online showcase, guests will have access to videos, case studies, white papers and more. Just like our in-person events, you’ll find demos like an interactive landscape that explores applications from residential to commercial—everything contractors need to deliver projects on time and on budget. You can even test your industry knowledge in our online trivia game with real—not virtual—prizes. Registration is open and we look forward to having the WECA members join us!"  

They believe the showcase will be particularly relevant to WECA's membership of electrical and low voltage contractors alike. “The integration of GE Industrial Solutions’ portfolio with ABB’s one line electrical offering is a game changer,” says David Kendall, Director – Industry Affairs at ABB. Kate Johnston, Customer Experience Marketing Director at the company, adds that “We’re really proud of our next generation power distribution technology that offers lower install costs and delivers smarter, safer and more reliable solutions for our customers.”  

Register Now:  https://events.bizzabo.com/233688
 

Get to Know ABB:

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 55,000+ employees are dedicated to delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification. With ABB AbilityTM enabled digital solutions at its core, our portfolio protects, connects and optimizes the flow of electrical energy, including the integration of renewables and energy storage for smarter electricity distribution for utilities, industry, infrastructure and transportation. For more information visit https://go.abb/electrification
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Thursday, October 22, 2020   Go Green (and Save Green!) with SMUD's Free Virtual Commercial Energy Assessment

Content Courtesy of: SMUD

SMUD has begun offering virtual energy assessments for our commercial customers. SMUD’s free virtual energy assessments are now online and contactless. To learn more and schedule your free energy assessment, click here.
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Thursday, October 22, 2020   WECA San Diego Moves to New Training Facility; Co-Located with AGC of San Diego

WECA has been successfully co-located with Associated General Contractors San Diego (AGCSD) at their Riverside Training Facility for the past decade, and the partnership has proven beneficial to our members, apprentices, and students alike. When AGC approached WECA’s Board of Directors with a proposal that WECA move to share their facility space in San Diego as well (their newly-built headquarters in San Diego opens this year), the win-win was evident.

Terry Seabury, CEO of WECA, explains “We’ve been outgrowing our previous San Diego training facility at 9320 Hazard Way, which we established back in 2002, due to the significantly increased number of Apprentices, Electrician Trainees and Journeyperson continuing education students taking classes from us in San Diego in the intervening years.  When AGC San Diego leadership invited us to consider sharing space in either their new location, or their existing Ferris Square location, we were excited to explore our options. We ultimately chose a large portion of the Ferris Square location as the best suited for our San Diego training facility expansion. Our Board of Directors and Apprenticeship and Training Trustees were happy to expand our co-location agreements with such a great organization—especially one like AGCSD which shares our commitment and passion for providing member services that help our contractor members to be successful in their businesses, as well as providing to them the most well-trained industry employees in the state.”

“Our partnership with WECA will enhance training for craft workers in each Apprenticeship program, and expand other benefits for members of either Association.  Working together, AGC and WECA have the unique opportunity to have 10 different craft trades train in close coordination— a scenario much closer to real-world job conditions than stand-alone training. WECAs track record in apprenticeship curriculum development and AGCs long history of continuing education complement one another to provide exceptional training at all stages of construction careers,” says Eddie Sprecco, CEO of AGC San Diego.

Bob Bartlett, WECA Director of Membership , adds that “WECA’s decision to co-locate with AGC San Diego is a strategic plus. With the new facility and lab space nearly doubling, WECA members can rest assured that the apprentices they enroll in the program will be excited to attend classes in a state-of-the-art training center. AGCSD has fun events and we are looking forward to co-sponsoring membership meetings which will give WECA’s electrical contractor members the opportunity to rub elbows with the Generals.  Quality space…Quality education…and Quality benefits…all coupled with a Quality Partnership can only lead to increased successes and opportunities for everyone involved.” 

From the training and curriculum perspective, the opportunities seem boundless. Don Black, Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT and Facilities, explains that “The move to Ferris Square really gives our instructors an opportunity to leverage the additional hands-on lab space in support of our curriculum and student success. The instructors are excited to have two large open lab spaces where they can spread out the lab activities to enhance the student experience. Additionally, the classroom spaces are comfortable and an excellent environment for learning.  Our new location will serve WECA and our students for many years to come.” Tom Thompson, WECA Curriculum Development Manager, adds that “Our Low Voltage program in San Diego will benefit quickly from the expanded space, as the curriculum team is excited to further develop the hands-on labs on our current low voltage systems competencies, and also build new competencies around the addition of “data rooms” (not only in San Diego, but also in Rancho Cordova) that will very closely simulate what students will be installing on a real job site!” WECA’s GetWired! Electrician Trainee Certificate Program is likewise excited over the expanded lab space. Michelle Gilkey, Director of Marketing, Learning and Product for WECA, explains that “We are continuously finding ways to accommodate the ever-growing number of trainees we serve with our GetWired! hybrid online program, and this additional space will allow us to run more concurrent Saturday labs than ever before in San Diego.”

You can now find WECA’s San Diego training facility at 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121. When in-person classes resume, apprentices, trainees, and journeyperson continuing education students will all be able to enjoy learning in these new and expanded facilities.

WECA is grateful for this opportunity to train alongside AGC in San Diego, and looks forward to many years of working side-by-side to train the future workforce. 
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Thursday, October 22, 2020   Drumroll, Please: Introducing the 2020-21 WECEF Lab Donation Scoreboard!

Your Donations Help Make WECA's State-of-the-Art Labs and Comprehensive, Hands-On Electrical Industry Education (the Best in the West!) Possible
 
Every year, we're grateful for the generosity of our dedicated members, industry partners, and donors, as their donations contribute to making our state-of-the-art electrical and low voltage labs and comprehensive, hands-on industry education the best in the West.

We're excited to roll out our new and updated 2020-21 Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Lab Donation Scoreboard--now with a handy donation thermometer to help keep you apprised of our real-time donation status!

Want to get your company's name up on our Lab Donation Scoreboard and help make a difference for the next generation of our workforce? Click the image above to visit the WECEF website to view our Lab Donation Scoreboard and our corresponding donation wishlists!

And from all of us at WECEF and WECA, we thank you in advance for donating and helping to advance electrical and low voltage educational opportunities and workforce development in California and Arizona!
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Thursday, October 22, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
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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Tuesday, October 20, 2020   WECA San Diego Moves; Now Co-Located w/ Associated General Contractors of San Diego

WECA has been successfully co-located with Associated General Contractors San Diego (AGCSD) at their Riverside Training Facility for the past decade, and the partnership has proven beneficial to our members, apprentices, and students alike. When AGC approached WECA’s Board of Directors with a proposal that WECA move to share their facility space in San Diego as well (their newly-built headquarters in San Diego opens this year), the win-win was evident.

Terry Seabury, CEO of WECA, explains “We’ve been outgrowing our previous San Diego training facility at 9320 Hazard Way, which we established back in 2002, due to the significantly increased number of Apprentices, Electrician Trainees and Journeyperson continuing education students taking classes from us in San Diego in the intervening years.  When AGC San Diego leadership invited us to consider sharing space in either their new location, or their existing Ferris Square location, we were excited to explore our options. We ultimately chose a large portion of the Ferris Square location as the best suited for our San Diego training facility expansion. Our Board of Directors and Apprenticeship and Training Trustees were happy to expand our co-location agreements with such a great organization—especially one like AGCSD which shares our commitment and passion for providing member services that help our contractor members to be successful in their businesses, as well as providing to them the most well-trained industry employees in the state.”

“Our partnership with WECA will enhance training for craft workers in each Apprenticeship program, and expand other benefits for members of either Association.  Working together, AGC and WECA have the unique opportunity to have 10 different craft trades train in close coordination— a scenario much closer to real-world job conditions than stand-alone training. WECAs track record in apprenticeship curriculum development and AGCs long history of continuing education complement one another to provide exceptional training at all stages of construction careers,” says Eddie Sprecco, CEO of AGC San Diego.

Bob Bartlett, WECA Director of Membership , adds that “WECA’s decision to co-locate with AGC San Diego is a strategic plus. With the new facility and lab space nearly doubling, WECA members can rest assured that the apprentices they enroll in the program will be excited to attend classes in a state-of-the-art training center. AGCSD has fun events and we are looking forward to co-sponsoring membership meetings which will give WECA’s electrical contractor members the opportunity to rub elbows with the Generals.  Quality space…Quality education…and Quality benefits…all coupled with a Quality Partnership can only lead to increased successes and opportunities for everyone involved.” 

From the training and curriculum perspective, the opportunities seem boundless. Don Black, Director of Apprenticeship Training, IT and Facilities, explains that “The move to Ferris Square really gives our instructors an opportunity to leverage the additional hands-on lab space in support of our curriculum and student success. The instructors are excited to have two large open lab spaces where they can spread out the lab activities to enhance the student experience. Additionally, the classroom spaces are comfortable and an excellent environment for learning.  Our new location will serve WECA and our students for many years to come.” Tom Thompson, WECA Curriculum Development Manager, adds that “Our Low Voltage program in San Diego will benefit quickly from the expanded space, as the curriculum team is excited to further develop the hands-on labs on our current low voltage systems competencies, and also build new competencies around the addition of “data rooms” (not only in San Diego, but also in Rancho Cordova) that will very closely simulate what students will be installing on a real job site!” WECA’s GetWired! Electrician Trainee Certificate Program is likewise excited over the expanded lab space. Michelle Gilkey, Director of Marketing, Learning and Product for WECA, explains that “We are continuously finding ways to accommodate the ever-growing number of trainees we serve with our GetWired! hybrid online program, and this additional space will allow us to run more concurrent Saturday labs than ever before in San Diego.”

You can now find WECA’s San Diego training facility at 6212 Ferris Square, San Diego, CA 92121. When in-person classes resume, apprentices, trainees, and journeyperson continuing education students will all be able to enjoy learning in these new and expanded facilities.

WECA is grateful for this opportunity to train alongside AGC in San Diego, and looks forward to many years of working side-by-side to train the future workforce. 
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   Mental Health in the Construction Industry is More Important than Ever

Content Courtesy of Construction Dive

Suicide prevention in construction more important than ever

The COVID-19 crisis has the potential to exacerbate anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among construction workers, according to an industry expert.

In any industry, suicide prevention and education requires a variety of resources, as well as strong leadership from management, safety professionals and human resources. Yet, according to Greg Sizemore, the first thing construction employers should do to alleviate stress on workers —  especially right now — is to be compassionate.  

Sizemore is Associated Builders and Contractors' vice president of workforce development safety health and environmental and chairperson of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here, he talks with Construction Dive about Suicide Prevention Month and how the coronavirus has made suicide prevention tactics even more important for construction firms.

How has the added stress of the COVID-19 crisis added to contractors' already high risk of suicide?

COVID-19 has increased stressors for everyone, but this has been especially detrimental for people already at risk, which includes many people who work in construction. And while we know an underlying mental illness is the No. 1 risk for suicide, COVID-19 has the potential to exacerbate existing anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.

Statistically, construction employees are at a higher risk because men, who make up 91% of the construction workforce, are more likely to die by suicide. The construction industry also employs a large population of veterans who are at a 1.5 times greater risk for suicide compared to nonveterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The average age of our workforce also trends older, which adds to a combination of factors, including complications related to COVID-19 exposure.

That said, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has been extremely stressful for everyone. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. workforce had a routine and then in a moment, everything stopped, resulting in health fears and economic havoc. For months now, families have been dealing with a health crisis with many unknowns, employment instability, financial concerns, gaps in childcare and insolation, just to name a few.

In addition, a new group of the U.S. workforce was suddenly considered front line, which in many cases included construction workers. All of those factors have the potential to compound and increase the risk of suicide.  

What can firms do to help alleviate this added stress?

We know it’s our responsibility to make sure our employees go home in the same — or better — condition than when they arrived on the jobsite and safely return the next morning. And while how we deliver on that commitment may change, especially as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our workers is always our first priority. Read the rest of the article here.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   CSLB Asks Licensees to Take Five-Minute Survey on Required Surety Bond

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is asking licensed contractors to take a few minutes to provide feedback on an important topic. Senate Bill 610 (Chapter 378, Statutes of 2019) requires CSLB to study whether the $15,000 surety bond all licensed contractors are required to have is sufficient to reimburse consumers harmed by a contractor’s actions. Your participation in this survey by September 29 will help them answer this question. The survey is here.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   WECA's Updated, Relaunched "Health & Safety Leadership" Course w/ Partner ClickSafety Available

NFPA 70E, OSHA Competent Person Skills Development, and more
 
Do you have employees who could become more valuable to your business by updating their health and safety leadership skills?

WECA's "Health and Safety Leadership" course, in partnership with Click Safety, has just relaunched after an update, and is available for enrollment. Your employees can gain 16 hours of California electrician Continuing Education for successful completion.

In this course, students focus on development of selected “competent person” skills, as well as expanded knowledge of NFPA 70E requirements. The term "Competent Person" is used in many OSHA standards and documents, and is defined as "one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them." This course provides students with competent person training in the areas of excavations and fall prevention.

The course also covers:
  • Demonstrating leadership basic skills
  • Motivating others through effective communication
  • Creating a positive safety culture
  • Conducting safety meetings
  • Understanding liabilities related to supervisory responsibilities
  • Identifying potential hazards
  • Mitigating potential hazards
  • Investigating accidents
  • Investigating accidents
  • Heat illness prevention
And more!

Enrollment link--remember that you and your employees can use your WECA Member Discounts!

(If you need a refresher on how to use your WECA Member Discounts or how your employees can use them directly, please give us a call at 1-877-444-9322, or log in to your WECA member dashboard to download your discount rate sheets.)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   Demand for WECA's Get Wired! 101 Course is Off the Charts, So We've Added Even More Sessions!

Encourage Your New-to-the-Trade Electrician Trainees to Enroll Today, or Use Your Member Discount to Enroll them Yourself
 
Here's a sneak peek of the kinds of concepts your employees will learn about in Get Wired! 101: the picture above illustrates a three-way switch, which controls luminaires in two locations. Luminaires can be found in rooms such as hallways, stairways, large rooms, and areas with multiple entrances. Students will learn how 3-way switches work, and how to successfully wire them up. (Illustration courtesy of WECA Curriculum Development Lead/Senior Education Adviser Rick Labon)

Do you have Electrician Trainees new to the electrical field, and ready to start their journey to certification? The first class in WECA's GetWIred series, GetWIred 101, is their starting point.

WECA's GetWired! 101 course: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electrical Code is currently all online. Your trainees will study from the comfort and safety of their own homes!

They'll get an introduction to electrical theory, learn about how the NEC governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment, and so much more! But you--or your employees--will have to act fast, because although WECA has just expanded capacity in its October classes to serve even more students across California, demand is off the charts!

Here's an enrollment link. Your member discounts will automatically apply if you log in with your WECA account and enroll your trainees. Or, if they're paying their own way, they can still get a discount--be sure to give them one of your member discount cards.

(If you need a refresher on how to use your WECA Member Discounts or how your employees can use them directly, please give us a call at 1-877-444-9322, or log in to your WECA member dashboard to download your discount rate sheets.)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   WECA's Get Wired Program is Growing and in Need of More Instructors

Nights and Weekends

A Perfect Side Gig: Does Not Interfere With Your Main Job!
 
Thanks to the continued growth and increasing popularity this year of our GetWired electrician trainee certificate program, WECA is hiring more part-time instructors for our night and weekend classes again! Most of the instruction takes place online and can be done from the comfort of home. Please review our job posting and share it with your qualified employees. WECA Member Contractor employees make some of the most skilled instructors for our program!
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
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, September 10, 2020   WECA Member Contractor; Graduate Windell Pascascio Jr. Serves as "Fresno Voices" Forum Panelist


WECA graduate and member contractor Windell Pascascio Jr., owner of Imperial Electric Service, was a panelist yesterday on an online forum called "Fresno Voices — How the city failed its Black residents, and the path forward." This forum, sponsored by FresnoLand, a team of reporters based at The Fresno Bee, “brings together people with diverse experiences and involvement — including representatives of government, neighborhood coalitions, health experts, educators and business leaders — to address the inequities and discuss home-grown solutions to racial disparity.”
 
Windell spoke about his experience running the only black-owned electrical contracting business in Fresno, and shared his thoughts on the importance of creation of opportunity for minority entrepreneurs in the construction industry. He reinforced that there are many educational opportunities out there for individuals to get an education in a trade, and mentioned the quality of education he received at WECA, his alma mater. He let viewers know that they could achieve “a good life, a good education,” by following his example.

We’re proud to have Windell as a WECA alumnus and as an example of the qualities that exemplify our contractor membership base, and look forward to continuing to stand by him in workforce development initiatives in the Fresno area. 

You can watch the panel event here.

Windell's portion of the panel begins at approximately 35.25 minutes in, and the majority of his remarks begin at about 40.55 in.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   The Excitement Builds: Fresno Training Facility Build-out Is Proceeding On Schedule

As we recently announced, to better serve Central California and surrounding areas, WECA IS EXPANDING INTO FRESNO! 

Our T.I. build-out is proceeding on schedule and we're looking forward to sharing pictures of our Fresno labs and classrooms with you in the near future.

After we complete the T.I. build-out on our new facility later this year, we will begin offering our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs at a location more convenient for members and their apprentices who call Fresno and greater Central California home.

Watch this space for further updates and an announcement of our Grand Opening!
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA Member Contractors Named to EC&M Magazine's 2020 Top Electrical Contractors List

Please join us in congratulating WECA Member Contractors Bergelectric, Helix Electric, and Power Design, Inc. on being named to EC&M Magazine's 2020 Top Electrical Contractors list. We're proud to have your companies among WECA's membership of premier California electrical contractors, and appreciate the cumulative effort that goes into powering California.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA Members: Download Your 2020-2 Prevailing Wage Determinations Through Your Member Portal Today!

WECA Member Contractors: The Commercial and Voice-Data-Video 2020-2 Prevailing Wage Determinations are now available for download from our website. To view Apprentice Prevailing Wage sheets, please login to your member portal here and navigate to the section pictured to the right. If you do not have your login information or are having trouble logging in, please contact WECA's Client Services Team at (877) 444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Get Wired! 404 Exam Prep December Session Capacity Doubled -- Get Spots for Your Employees Today!

WECA has just doubled the capacity of our December GetWired 404! class session due to high demand. If you have employees preparing to take the State certification exam, secure their seat(s) while you can.

Get Wired! 404 Test Prep (42 hours) is a fast-paced, highly interactive course that focuses on using the NEC to answer exam questions and reinforcement in electrical fundamentals. This online, instructor-led, course is a popular option for in-depth test preparation.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in Get Wired! 404.

For other exam prep experiences, consider these alternatives. And remember--you and your employees get substantial discounts as part of your membership. Contact us for help getting the maximum discount available to you.
WECA's new Self-Paced 24-Hour Exam Prep Course is for students who want to study for the California General or Residential Electrician certification exam online, at their own pace. Informative, interactive presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the course is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Learn more about and enroll in Self-Paced 24-Hour Exam Prep here!
WECA's Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation Course: General and Residential is an online, instructor-led, fast-paced code study course focused on using the Code book in preparation for the State Certification exam. It is meant to be a refresher course for individuals otherwise ready to take the General or Residential Certification 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 code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Learn more about and enroll in the Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation Course: General and Residential here!
(September class has filled but there are still a few seats available in October.)
WECA's Voice Data Video Exam Preparation Course is a self-paced online course 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 about and enroll in the Voice Data Video Exam Preparation Course here!
WECA's Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation Course is for students who want to study for the California Fire Life Safety Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as well as the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. It is also suitable as journeyman electrician continuing education for those looking to further their knowledge in the area of Fire/Life Safety. 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 code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Learn more about and enroll in the Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation Course here!

Don't forget to utilize WECA's member discounts for you and your employees! To view your exclusive member discount rates, login to your member portal here to download the discount charts.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Worker Safety and Health in Wildfire Regions Content Courtesy of Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA encourages employers and workers to review their website, which includes information and resources on protecting workers exposed to smoke from wildfires.

Guidance from Cal/OSHA on Worker Health and Safety in Wildfire Regions
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Important Notice for Member Contractors w/ Employees Affected by CA Wildfires and/or Power Shutoffs

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ WECA Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, or general students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutdowns, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus Counties
 
 

Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus county areas looking to get referred to a WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. Don't see your county listed? Let us know of your interest anyhow; new participants sign up every week.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyman, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help you meet your staffing needs. It's included with your membership! (Please note: We do not currently have any journeymen looking for referrals.)

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants 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 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 employees to you, and you hire them directly.

To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Trisha Hughes, WECA Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or at (877) 444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for Two Webinars on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Oct. 7
Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Oct. 14
 
There's still time to sign up! Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for a two-part webinar series in October where she'll discuss:

Part One (Prevailing Wage)

• Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
• Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
• Record-keeping
• Apprenticeship compliance
Part Two (Skilled and Trained Workforce)

• Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled & Trained Workforce requirements apply
• Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
• Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on...
  • Oct. 7th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 14th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


...for these informative webinars.

This webinar is free for WECA member contractors, industry partners, and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register today for the Oct. 7th webinar (part 1)

Register today for the Oct. 14th webinar (part 2)
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
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, August 27, 2020   Help Inform Standards and Regulation Development for Trenchless Excavation Practices w/ Brief Survey

The Dig Safe Board is requesting your participation in a survey on trenchless excavation practices around buried infrastructure. Your answers will inform standard and regulation development as required per Government Code § 4216.18
 
The survey is available here and on the Board’s homepage. It should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will be open for submissions until September 3rd.
 
The results of the survey will complement the Dig Safe Board's reasonable care workshop on Thursday, August 27. We look forward to your participation at the workshop; however, if you are unable to make it or you have more you’d like to contribute, this is another way to provide your comments. 
 
The workshop will focus broadly on these questions. Keep these questions in mind as you participate in the survey.
  1. What hazards or risks do you pay attention to when using trenchless excavation methods?
  2. What communication or other information sharing between project owners, engineers, operators, excavators and other parties takes place when planning and conducting trenchless excavation projects?
  3. How do you prepare a trenchless excavation jobsite around existing underground facilities?
  4. How do you take care to avoid nearby subsurface installations while performing trenchless excavation?
 
You are also welcome to submit your written comments to these questions or provide any other input by writing to jeff.mcclenahan@fire.ca.gov at any time.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus Counties
 
Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus county areas looking to get referred to a WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. Don't see your county listed? Let us know of your interest anyhow; new participants sign up every week.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyman, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help you meet your staffing needs. It's included with your membership! (Please note: We do not currently have any journeymen looking for referrals.)

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants 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 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 employees to you, and you hire them directly.

To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Trisha Hughes, WECA Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or at (877) 444-9322.
Read more >>


Thursday, August 27, 2020   Have Employees Affected by Wildfire Evacuations and/or Power Shutoffs? Here's What You Need to Know

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ WECA Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, or general students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutdowns, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.
Read more >>


Thursday, August 27, 2020   Join WECA & Cook Brown, LLP for Two Webinars on Prevailing Wage & Skilled & Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Oct. 7
Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Oct. 14
 
Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for a two-part webinar series where she'll discuss:

Part One (Prevailing Wage)

• Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
• Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
• Record-keeping
• Apprenticeship compliance
Part Two (Skilled and Trained Workforce)

• Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled & Trained Workforce requirements apply
• Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
• Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on...
  • Oct. 7th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 14th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


...for these informative webinars.

This webinar is free for WECA member contractors, industry partners, and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register today for the Oct. 7th webinar (part 1)

Register today for the Oct. 14th webinar (part 2)
Read more >>


Thursday, August 27, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
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.
Read more >>


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