2022 WECA Southern California Commercial Electrical Apprentice graduate Bryce Picone describes his WECA experience as fun and practical.
“It was fun. From the friends and colleagues you make, to the teachers who get to watch their students learn and grow. It also taught me practical skills, but teachers and other students were able to show real-life applications as well. So, if we weren’t familiar with a specific topic, we were still able to learn hands-on and become familiar with it,” says Bryce.
Bryce also credits his WECA apprenticeship with helping him apply the lessons taught in class to practical on-the-job tasks from bending pipe and pulling wire, to doing voltage drop calculations in the field. Additionally, Bryce credits his family and his tenacity with his success at WECA and in his career, stating that “Everything I’ve done has been for them [my family]. I also strive to be good at what I do – I truly enjoy being an electrician, so why not be good at it?”
Bryce says that the apprenticeship provided a positive challenge for him, especially when going over the code book and the calculations. But he implores apprentices to “Keep asking questions; you’re still learning. Even when you’re finished with the program, the learning doesn’t stop.”
After graduation, Bryce’s priority is raising his newborn son and continuing to work at WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric with the goal of hopefully someday becoming a superintendent.
“I would also like to shout out to my amazing wife for always believing in me, and my mom and my two brothers. And all the superintendents and the journeymen I have had the pleasure of learning from. And lastly, my teachers and fellow students – without them, these past five years wouldn’t have been as fun.”
Congratulations, Bryce, on your graduation and your growing family! You have so much to look forward to, and we here at WECA are excited to see you accomplish your goals!