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Friday, August 17, 2018   Industry Partner Spotlight: CD & Power


Please join us in welcoming CD & Power as a WECA Industry Partner! At CD & Power, power is more than just a part of their name. Power sits at the core of what they do every day as Northern California's largest, independent company selling and servicing diesel and gas generators and engines.
 
Consider a typical, early morning at CD & Power. Before the coffee begins to brew, calls ring in from contractors reporting power losses or concerns about generator performance. And by the way, the calls connect to a human voice. If you're calling from a construction site, the last thing you need is to wade through to that ninth recorded prompt that asks you to describe the nature of your generator problem.
 
With over thirty years of solving problems, customers keep returning to them because of an exceptional standard of service they have learned to expect:
 
  • CD & Power responds quickly. Their customer service line is open 24/7 all year long. Trained technicians are available around the clock to work through a problem over the phone or get on site promptly.
  • Their parts inventory is extensive. In most cases the part needed for both diesel and gas powered equipment is on hand. So too are rental generators to fill the gap.
  • The CD & Power technician sent out comes backed by men and women experienced in solving the most complex generator problems.
  • Their compliance department pays rigorous attention to the ever-changing spectrum of local, state and federal regulations governing generator operations.
 
Chuck Uischner, a gifted diesel mechanic, launched the business in 1985. From the get-go, word of Chuck's customer service spread, demand grew and so did the company. He surrounded himself with motivated people who wanted to grow with him. Chuck supported continuing education programs on the installation, maintenance, service, repair and safe operation of generators.
 
In 2006, CD & Power opened the Sacramento location to increase coverage and speed response times. In 2013, Chuck transitioned ownership of CD & Power to his daughter, Jill Collaro as President, and his son Donald Uischner as Vice President. Chuck's dedication to service and training exists in the very DNA of the family business. Day-to-day operations, training and management come under the leadership of Lisa Carter.  The culture of "family" that prevails there, along with the workforce's commitment to service and learning, makes the company a great place to work. That's what the Bay Area News Group annual survey confirms--ranking them as one of the best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area...for the fourth consecutive year.
 
When it comes to diesel and gas generators, if you want it fixed, serviced, or replaced with new equipment, make CD & Power your first call at 866-468-7697. Powering Your Success since 1985.
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Friday, August 17, 2018   Attention Southern California Contractors: Industry Partner SDC & Associates, Inc.

WECA Industry Partner SDC % Associates, Inc., is hosting a Seminar on Proving & Pricing Subcontractors Change Orders on September 20th and 21st, 2018, at two locations in Southern California! Click here to learn more about this event. 





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Friday, August 17, 2018   Basic Motor Controls Part 2 Starts on September 8, 2018 in Rancho Cordova!


Help your Journeymen and Electrician Trainees build on what they learned in Basic Motor Controls, Part 1 by getting further hands-on experience building control circuits for motors. 

Recommended prerequisite for Electrician Trainees include: GET WIRED! 100 & 200 Series, 301, 302, 401, and BMC 1.

In the lab-based course, Basic Motor Controls, Part 2, students will learn about and gain experience with: 
  • Sequential starting of multiple motors
  • Control relays and their common applications
  • Timers and timing logic, for example, on delay, off delay, etc.
 
Learn more about and enroll in the Basic Motor Controls, Part 2 course starting September 8, 2018
 
This course is worth 16 hours of continuing education or electrician trainee credit. 
 
Enroll online at the link above or by phone at 877-444-9322. 
 
Need to enroll your Journeymen and Electrician Trainees in continuing education, but these dates don't work? Check out WECA's wide variety of other continuing education offerings, including fully-online options.
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Friday, August 17, 2018   Introducing "Service Technician - General Residential," WECA's newest online, self-paced course offe

 

We've unveiled our newest online, self-paced course, which is also our first course specifically geared for Residential Electrical! 

"Service Technician - General Residential" is a 16-hour course geared toward residential electricians, or those training to become one, looking to become better service technicians by gaining the skill set required for diagnosing and troubleshooting common residential electrical issues as well as working with customers. This class includes the use of scenarios that simulate residential service calls to help train electricians in working with customers. Scenarios also cover best practices in utilizing the information provided by customers to help systematically diagnose problems, conduct tests, access a well-stocked service vehicle, replace defective equipment, and submit invoices to customers.
 
WECA's Senior Education Advisor and Curriculum Development Lead, Rick Labon, has designed the course to effectively teach students the proper methods and practices to succeed as service technicians. Labon explains, "There have been very few training resources out there for someone seeking the skills a residential electrician needs to become a successful service technician. That means, historically, residential electricians have had to rely upon trial-and-error learning, which is neither a safe nor economical way of acquiring the necessary skills. This "Service Technician - General Residential" course has been designed by me and WECA's subject matter experts to take the guess work out of what a residential electrician needs to know. We've replaced that guess work with knowledge gained from years of service expertise. All of the modules are based on tried-and-true methods which we teach through practice activities using real-world scenarios that residential electricians will actually find in the field."
 
Get more information and enroll yourself or an employee in this course here or by calling us at (877) 444-WECA. And don't forget: your "$25 off any course" member discount cards apply here, too! 
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Friday, August 17, 2018   Instructor Spotlight: James Hall

Please welcome James Hall, Apprenticeship Instructor! After getting a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management and Wildlife Biology, James anticipated a very different career. But shortly after James completed his Masters, a friend offered him a position installing simple electrical systems, and the rest is history. Finding that he preferred the electrical field, he signed up to take the very first Get Wired course with WECA instructor Dan Bierly back in 2006. His successful progression through that program qualified him to join the WECA team as a part-time instructor by 2011. And now, he's joined WECA full time. He adds, "I really wanted to give back to the program that has provided me so much." James was also a tutor in college and a teaching assistant in graduate school, and teaching feels like a natural fit for him.

James and his wife moved to Sacramento in 2007, where James began commercial and industrial work. He was able to work on a wide variety of projects including commercial offices, retail, theaters, manufacturing, schools, and restaurants. For the past 6 ½ years, he's also been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne. James states, "I started as an industrial maintenance electrician; however, for the past year I was a construction superintendent for infrastructure and manufacturing construction projects on the plant."

James's teaching philosophy is collaborative. He says, "I prefer to engage with students as a facilitator or coach....I like to ask a lot of questions and have stories shared--both theirs and mine. My goal is not only to teach someone to install a given light fixture, but also to teach them to read a wiring diagram and the cut-sheet so they can install any light fixture." His advice for apprentices is: "The electrical field is wide open, and there is always something new to learn...view your time as an apprentice as an opportunity. Stay positive, patient, and be the one to volunteer."

So what keeps him engaged in the trade through the years? James says, "I am fascinated by electricity. Electricity is all around us, and an important part of so many things. It occurs in nature, it is in our bodies, we use it to travel, to think, to build things, and simply live." A wonderful point to share--welcome, James, and we wish you the very best of luck here with the WECA team!
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