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Thursday, February 14, 2019   Member Contractor Apprentices Hard at Work

WECA's marketing team recently visited two job sites staffed by our member contractors. Apprentices were hard at work learning the tricks-of-the-trade from their mentors. Check out the pictures below!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 14, 2019   Mike Rowe Scholarship Open Through 3/28/19 - Tell Your Employees



For more scholarship info, click here: 

www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/
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Thursday, February 14, 2019   Seats filling fast, register now! BICSI low volt classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters for the first time in Spring 2019. 

Seats filling fast, register now!

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

OSP102Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14 
Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

DC102Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... Learn More


These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Thursday, February 14, 2019   WECA Seeks Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Instructor Supervisor

WECA's hiring an Assistant Instructor Supervisor for our ET/CE electrical training programs. The position is full-time and based out of our Northern California headquarters in Rancho Cordova, CA.


For more information, click here:
Electrician Trainee / Continuing Education Assistant Instructor Supervisor
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Thursday, February 14, 2019   Check out WECA's 2019 Six Flags Discounts!


Attention member contractors: WECA has partnered with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Concord, which means that you can purchase day and season passes at a discounted rate! You'll also be able to sign up for meal vouchers, and a "dolphin in water" interaction at a reduced price. 

Log in to our website and access your personal dashboard to download a flyer with discount codes and purchase instructions.
 

 
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Thursday, February 14, 2019   Learn More About Our Upcoming Outreach Events!

Watch for WECA's outreach team at the following events:
 

* 2/12 - Monterey Trails HS College and Career Fair
* 3/7 - Vista HS Job and Career Fair- San Diego
* 3/14 - Department of Rehabilitation San Joaquin Valley District's Apprenticeship Fair- Fresno
* 3/15 - Greater Sacramento Urban League Annual Job Fair
* 3/16 - Sacramento Youth Job & Resource Fair
* 3/21 -Trinity HS Career Presentation
* 3/22 - Antelope HS Career Fair
* 4/3 - Sheldon HS Career Fair
* 4/13 - Skilled Trades Job Fair- 5th Annual
* 4/17 - San Joaquin Academy
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Friday, February 01, 2019   BICSI offering low volt classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019bicsi

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019. 

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

OSP102Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14 
Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

DC102Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... Learn More


These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
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Thursday, January 31, 2019   Employee Spotlight: Ralph Williams ralph Celebrating Five Years with WECA

Ralph Williams, WECA Client Services Specialist 


A Special Submission from Victor Jimenez, WECA Junior Client Services Specialist:
 
Meet Ralph Williams, WECA Client Services Specialist, who is proudly celebrating his 5-year anniversary with the company.  If you've ever been to our Rancho Cordova headquarters and training facility, you may have met--or at the very least heard--Ralph through the halls of the campus.  His personality and humor are grand, complimented by his determination to succeed at whatever task comes his way.
 
Born in Stockton but raised in Sacramento, Ralph graduated from Valley High School and then pursued his college education in Business Management. Ralph says that while as a student while he was known for his jokes, he also knew that when it was time to work, work is what needed to get done. It was that mentality and drive that allowed him to complete college and start working for WECA.
 
While Ralph had no direct personal experience with the electrical field, his father did. Ralph's father worked for many years as a journeyman, and he was the one who introduced Ralph to WECA. With a day-to-day task list of answering company emails and being the first line of contact for current and new students, Ralph continues to be a pillar of support for students training to become electricians through WECA. Having worked at WECA for the past 5 years, he's made a lasting impression on the staff and students. During this time, he's also gone above and beyond as a WECA employee; representing the company each year at the annual Rex Moore "Make A Wish" Golf Tournament, showing his support on behalf of WECA. But with all that hard work, Ralph also enjoys his time off, whether it's relaxing with his three kids or making some of his signature barbecue. 

Ralph says, "I love this company and the direction it's headed. Ever expanding and growing. I am blessed to have this job." On behalf of WECA's staff and its students alike, we would like to say congratulations to Ralph on his five-year anniversary, as we look forward to many more years to come.
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Thursday, January 31, 2019   New (Free) eBook from EC&M Magazine: A Lethal Combination: Real-World Examples of Why Electricity

EC&M magazine has published a new eBook focused on real-world examples of why electricity and water don't mix, which "takes readers through National Electrical Code revisions that affect these type of scenarios, presents the electrical theory behind the requirements, and allows electrical professionals to make more informed decisions about whether they are doing enough to protect the public from harm." Download for free after registration here.
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Thursday, January 31, 2019   WECA Seeks Qualified Night and Weekend Instructors! Earn extra money: The teaching schedule works wi


Download our hiring flyer to share with your employees
 
WECA is currently hiring part-time instructors for night and weekend classes!
 
Are you an experienced and knowledgeable electrical professional, with at least one of the following qualifications?
  • Certified Residential or General Electrician with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Current C10 Contractors license with at least 5 years in the trade?
  • Electrical engineering degree with some electrical trade experience?
  • Vocational teaching degree with previous experience teaching electrical code and theory (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Retired Electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Maintenance electrician with 10 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
  • Electrician working for a non-C10 contractor with 7 years of experience (will require further evaluation on WECA's part of your knowledge and qualifications)?
- Are you an excellent communicator? 
- Do you have a passion for teaching, explaining, and sharing your knowledge with others?
- Do you know how to use a computer?
- Would you like the opportunity to teach from your own home computer*, if you have the skills, equipment and an internet connection that meets WECA's requirements?
- Would you like to be paid a starting rate of $35 per hour, with regular evaluation for performance-based raises?
 
If you answered "yes" to the questions above, please email your resume and a letter of interest to hr@goweca.com.
 
*Partial list of requirements in order to be able to teach from home two nights per week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
  • A quiet room containing all equipment needed to teach
  • Reliable, high speed internet connection
Computer Requirements:
 
Windows
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1; At least 2 GB RAM
  • Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
Mac OS
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor for Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, and 10.9
  • Additional requirements for RAM, OS, and browser
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Thursday, January 31, 2019   Get Your Tickets and Sponsorships for the 2019 WECEF Crab Feed and Board Installation Friday, March


Secure Your Tickets & Sponsorship Now!


Claws for a Cause

WECEF Crab Feed, Fundraiser, & 

WECA Board Installation


WHEN
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


WHERE

WECA Headquarters - 3695 Bleckely St Rancho Cordova, CA 95655


Come out for a good cause this March! Join the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) for our annual fundraiser, crab feed, and board installation to support education and careers in the electrical and low voltage trades. 


Enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh Dungeness Crab, shrimp, and salad, congratulate recent WECEF scholarship winners, witness the installation of WECA's new board members, and mingle with your peers and industry professionals.
  • Dinner: $65/person

This fundraiser helps WECEF create more opportunities for student scholarships, materials, and improvements to WECA labs and classrooms, and the electrical industry. Consider a sponsorship at one of the following levels:
 
  • King Crab: $775 sponsorship
    • Includes 6 dinner tickets, reserved table, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. 
 
  • Snow Crab: $550 sponsorship
    • Includes 4 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites.
 
  • Blue Crab: $275 sponsorship
    • Includes 2 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites.


Please consider the sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets available at the link below, and thank you for your continued support of electrical and low voltage education.


Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or dinner tickets
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Thursday, January 17, 2019   Get Your Tickets and Sponsorships for the 2019 WECEF Crab Feed and Board Installation Friday, March


Secure Your Tickets & Sponsorship Now!


Claws for a Cause

WECEF Crab Feed, Fundraiser, & 

WECA Board Installation


WHEN
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


WHERE

WECA Headquarters - 3695 Bleckely St Rancho Cordova, CA 95655


Come out for a good cause this March! Join the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) for our annual fundraiser, crab feed, and board installation to support education and careers in the electrical and low voltage trades. 


Enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh Dungeness Crab, shrimp, and salad, congratulate recent WECEF scholarship winners, witness the installation of WECA's new board members, and mingle with your peers and industry professionals.
  • Dinner: $65/person

This fundraiser helps WECEF create more opportunities for student scholarships, materials, and improvements to WECA labs and classrooms, and the electrical industry. Consider a sponsorship at one of the following levels:
 
  • King Crab: $775 sponsorship
    • Includes 6 dinner tickets, reserved table, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. 
 
  • Snow Crab: $550 sponsorship
    • Includes 4 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites.
 
  • Blue Crab: $275 sponsorship
    • Includes 2 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites.


Please consider the sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets available at the link below, and thank you for your continued support of electrical and low voltage education.


Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or dinner tickets
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Thursday, January 17, 2019   ATTENTION WECA MEMBERS: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION REGARDING YOUR DUES RESTATEMENTSdues

In approximately 3 weeks, you will  be receiving, via email, a WECA Dues Restatement form. Beginning this year, we are requesting that every WECA member complete and return a new Dues Restatement form. This is a new requirement, regardless of whether or not your dues categories have changed. 

Watch for the form to arrive in your inbox around February 1, 2019, and please return your completed form to WECA no later than March 1, 2019. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019   WECA OSHA Courses

Your Journeymen and Electrician Trainees can brush up on their safety skills with OSHA training. Four options among our online, self-paced courses! 
 


California OSHA 10-Hour Construction (10 hour course)
  • This 10-hour online California OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It is specially designed to help keep California workers safe while obtaining their OSHA 10-Hour Card. 
OSHA 10 Construction (10 hour course)
  • This 10 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It covers fewer topics than OSHA 30.
OSHA 10 Construction Spanish (10 hour course)
  • Este curso de 10 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA, cubriendo menos temas que el OSHA 30. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo. 

OSHA 30 Construction (30 hour course)
  • This 30 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. 
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Thursday, January 17, 2019   BICSI to offer training classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019. 

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

OSP102Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14 
Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

DC102Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies... Learn More


These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Thursday, January 17, 2019   Join WECA on Jan. 29th for a Legislative Visit to the State Capitol with Speakers on Workforce Devel

Join us on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, for a one-day legislative conference with visits to the State Capitol, and featuring speakers on Workforce Development, Licensing, and Employment Issues. We hope to see you there! WECA members and their employees receive a discounted price on registration.
Download a Registration Form Here

 
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Thursday, January 10, 2019   BICSI to offer classes at WECA HQ in Spring 2019. Installer 1, Installer 2 Copper, Installer 2 Optic

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BISCI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters in Spring 2019. 

IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More


IN225: BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More


IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More


TE350: BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More


These classes are open to the public and we encourage interested WECA members to enroll early in order to secure seats. These classes are rarely offered in Northern California, and we encourage our members to take advantage of this convenient opportunity.


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019   It's Time for the 2019 WECEF Claws for a Cause Fundraiser and Crab Feed!

Secure Your Tickets & Sponsorship Now!
Claws for a Cause
 WECEF Crab Feed & Fundraiser
 
WHEN
WHERE
WECA Headquarters - 3695 Bleckely St Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
Come out for a good cause this March! Join the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) for our annual fundraiser and crab feed to support education and careers in the electrical and low voltage trades. 
Enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh Dungeness Crab, shrimp, and salad, congratulate recent WECEF scholarship winners, witness the installation of WECA's new board members, and mingle with your peers and industry professionals.
  • Dinner: $65/person
This fundraiser helps WECEF create more opportunities for student scholarships, materials, and improvements to WECA labs and classrooms, and the electrical industry. Consider a sponsorship at one of the following levels:
  • King Crab: $775 sponsorship
    • Includes 6 dinner tickets, reserved table, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. 
  • Snow Crab: $550 sponsorship
    • Includes 4 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites.
  • Blue Crab: $275 sponsorship
    • Includes 2 dinner tickets, acknowledgement from the podium, newsletter & social media recognition, announcement on WECA and WECEF websites. 
Please consider the sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets available at the link below, and thank you for your continued support of electrical and low voltage education.
Reserve your sponsorship packages and/or dinner tickets
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Need New Employees for the New Year?newemployees

For Member Contractors Seeking Qualified WECA-Trained Applicants.



The WECA Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board



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

OR, Consider the WECA Student Referral Service


What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current ET, Journeymen, and WECA Graduate job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help meet their staffing needs. It's included with your membership!


Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And WECA Students, Journeymen, and Graduates get valuable job referrals. 


How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?

WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job-seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.


This 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 more experienced employees to you, and you hire them directly.


To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Ana Lopez, WECA ET/CE Program Manager, at alopez@goweca.com or 1-877-444-9322.
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Updates to WECA Student Handbook Released

WECA has released an updated version of its Student Handbook. Some changes include:
  • Course Tuition Refund & Transfer Policy (Page 16) - Effective for Classes Starting April 1, 2019 or After*
  • Class Attendance Requirements (Page 17)
  • Class Participation Policy (Page 18)
  • Grade Disputes (Page 20)
View the updated handbook here
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Save the Date for the 2019 WECEF Crab Feed!crab Friday, March 15, 2019 at WECA HQ in Rancho Cordova

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Thursday, January 03, 2019   WECA wishes you a Happy New Year!

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Thursday, January 03, 2019   New Contracting Laws Started January 1, 2019 laws

A message from the California Contractors State License Board: 

December 28,2018
CSLB #18-17

New Contracting Laws Kick into Gear on January 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is providing a summary of new construction related laws that will go into effect with the coming of the new year. 


Senate Bill (SB) 721 establishes requirements for inspecting and repairing "exterior elevated elements," which includes decks and balconies, for buildings with three or more multi-family dwelling units. Additionally, it establishes reporting and repair requirements, including time frames, if it is found repairs are needed. 


This bill also specifies who can complete the inspections and repairs - such as "A" General Engineering, "B" General Building, and C-5 Framing and Rough Carpentry contractor license classifications, if specified experience requirements are met. Also, this bill provides for application of civil penalties if building owners violate the requirements. (Chapter 445, Statutes of 2018)


SB 981 removes the restriction on delivering or installing a water treatment device sold through a home solicitation contract during the consumer's "three-day right to rescind" from the date the contract is signed. Instead, this bill allows for the installation to take place during that time period. 


If the consumer subsequently withdraws the contract within the three-day period, the seller is responsible for the costs to remove the device and/or any material and to return the property to its same condition prior to the contract. (Chapter 932, Statutes of 2018)


SB 1042 authorizes CSLB's registrar to "settle" less egregious administrative citations prior to an administrative hearing using an informal citation resolution process. The informal process is not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act and the person cited would not surrender their right to request an administrative hearing. (Chapter 110, Statutes of 2018)

SB 1087 is a follow-up to AB 1284 (Dababneh, Statutes of 2017), which required the licensing and regulation of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators by the Department of Business Oversight (DBO). Among other things, SB 1087 makes it unlawful to begin work under a home improvement contract if the property owner was not ultimately approved for the PACE financing applied for. (Chapter 798, Statutes of 2018)


SB 1465 requires contractors and insurers to report to CSLB any final civil judgments, settlements, or arbitration awards involving damage claims over $1,000,000 for construction defects in multi-family rental residential structures that meet specified criteria. (Chapter 514, Statutes of 2018)


Assembly Bill (AB) 2138 - Effective July 1, 2020, this bill prohibits an applicant from being denied a license solely because he or she has been convicted of specified crimes. It also authorizes a board to deny a license based on a conviction if it occurred within seven years from the date of application, regardless of the following: 

* Incarceration status;

* If the crime is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the license;

* If the conviction requires California sex offender registration; and 

* If the conviction is a financial felony crime directly and adversely related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the license. 


This bill also prohibits license denial if the applicant was pardoned, shows rehabilitation, or if the conviction was dismissed, and prohibits denial based on an arrest that resulted in anything other than a conviction. 


Boards will also be prohibited from requiring an applicant to provide his or her criminal history and requires boards to produce annual reports about applicants with a criminal background to the Legislature and for public posting. (Chapter 995, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2371 provides that before CSLB revises a landscaping contractor examination, it must confer with specified entities to determine if any updates or revisions to the exam are needed to reflect new and emerging landscape irrigation efficiency practices. (Chapter 867, Statutes of 2018)


AB 2705 increases the statute of limitations from one year to two years during which an unlicensed contractor can be prosecuted for failing to obtain workers' compensation insurance for their employees. (Chapter 323, Statutes of 2018)


AB 3126 eliminates the option of a cash deposit with CSLB in lieu of a contractor license bond, bond of qualifying individual, or disciplinary bond to prevent contractors from removing bond funds from their private accounts and leaving no funds payable to a consumer following a valid claim against a bond. Contractors may also submit a cashier's check. (Chapter 925, Statutes of 2018)
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Bah Humbug! The New Year Brings New Penalties for Skilled & Trained Workforce Violationscookbrown by


This Content Courtesy of Carrie Bushman, Partner at Cook Brown, LLP:

As many public works contractors are aware, over the last several years, California has adopted skilled and trained workforce requirements which mandate that contractors working on specific types of projects employ a certain percentage of apprenticeship program graduates for those working in an apprenticeable occupation.  Among others, the primary projects which include skilled and trained workforce requirements are:
  • School District (K-12) Design Build > $1 Million
  • School District (K-12) Lease Leaseback
  • Local Agency & other Specified State Agency Design Build > $1 Million
  • LAUSD Best Value > $1 Million
  • Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Solano & Yuba County    Best Value ≥ $1 Million
The only workers who can be employed on these projects are apprentices who are currently registered in a state approved apprenticeship program and "skilled journeypersons" who are either apprenticeship program graduates or have worked enough hours in their trade to meet the on the job training requirements of a state approved apprenticeship program in that trade; however, a certain percentage of the skilled journeypersons working on these projects must be apprenticeship program graduates.  Read more here
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Announces Scholarship OpportunityWECEF P

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For students enrolled in a WECA Apprenticeship program, Electrician Trainee program, or Journeyman-level continuing education classes.
 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
 
The Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) is pleased to announce it is again offering a scholarship program for students enrolled as an Apprentice, Electrician Trainee, or a Journeyman taking continuing education courses with WECA.
 
The WECEF Scholarship is intended to assist students whose career pursuits are in the electrical or low voltage fields and to help them in continuing their education with WECA.
 
Scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $200 to $500 per successful applicant and are to be used for the cost of books, tools, fees, and/or tuition.
 
Awarded scholarships are at the sole discretion of the WECEF Board of Directors and contingent upon the applicant's ability to meet the eligibility and application requirements noted in the application form.
 
Apprentices and students can learn more and download the application form at the following link, or contact 877-444-9322 for more information.
 
Download Scholarship Application
 
Application Deadline:
January 15, 2019
 
Applications and all required documents must be received by 5:00PM on January 15, 2019.
 

Email all materials to  lsipes@goweca.com . 
 
OR
 
Mail to: 
WECEF Scholarship Program
3695 Bleckeley Street
Mather Commerce Center
Rancho Cordova, CA 95655
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Thursday, January 03, 2019   Join WECA on Jan. 29th for a Legislative Visit to the State Capitol with Speakers on Workforce Devel

Join us on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, for a one-day legislative conference with visits to the State Capitol, and featuring speakers on Workforce Development, Licensing, and Employment Issues. We hope to see you there! WECA members and their employees receive a discounted price on registration.
Download a Registration Form Here

 
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Thursday, December 27, 2018   Labor, Business & Employment Law Update

Insurers should prepare for high volume and high cost over the next decade. Because nothing says recovery like a lawsuit, after devastating wildfires throughout California in recent years, a flurry of reconstruction will create an increase in construction-defect claims affecting the liability-insurance market for years to come. More
 
Proposed IRS Regulations Affecting 401(k) and 403(b) Plans. Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, and associate Steven Einhorn discuss the recently proposed IRS regulations addressing the hardship withdrawal rules affecting 401(k) and 403(b) plans. They discuss challenging questions employers and administrators face as they work through the new requirements, which include the elimination of the six-month contribution suspension for participants who take a hardship withdrawal and how many plans will need to be amended as a result of these new proposed regulations. More
 
California Snapshot: Seven questions employers should ask in 2019 If you have the right answers, you may survive 2019.  More
 
Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid ACA Requirements Costs Employer $7.4 MillionIn response to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) 30-hour threshold for employee coverage, many employers, including retailers and restaurants, considered cutting employee hours to avoid offering health insurance. At that time, legal advisors cautioned that changing employee schedules to reduce the number of full-time employees and avoid ACA liability might violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Dave & Buster's' recent $7.4 million proposed settlement with a class of employees whose hours were cut should serve as a cautionary reminder to employers who have cut or who are considering cutting employee hours to avoid the ACA employer mandate. Employers should be aware that additional litigation is likely.  More
 
Under ERISA, Ignorance Is Bliss in the 9th Circuit. In Sulyma v. Intel Corporation Investment Policy Committee, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that having access to documents disclosing an alleged breach of fiduciary duty is not sufficient to trigger the three-year statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) if the plaintiff does not have actual knowledge of the alleged breach. The takeaway is that the 9th Circuit's decision will make it more difficult for defendants to prove that a participant had actual knowledge of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty sufficient to trigger the three-year statute of limitations. Participants, in effect, can simply deny that they read or understood disclosures that were sent to them, regardless of the nature or substance of those disclosures. For purposes of ERISA's statute of limitations, ignorance truly appears to be bliss, at least in the 9th Circuit. More
 
And the Waiting Continues ... NLRB Extends Comment Period on Joint Employer Rule Once Again In September 2018, the NLRB released its new proposed rule regarding the joint employer standard. The NLRB extended the comment period twice since the release of the new proposed rule. Comments are now due on or before January 14, 2019. The number of comments submitted is 25,543 and counting.

California appellate court rules that Dynamex test applies only to wage order claims A California appellate court has ruled that the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc v Superior Court, which established a new test for determining whether to classify workers as independent contractors, is limited to claims under the Industrial Welfare Commission's wage orders. In Garcia v Border Transportation Group, LLC, the plaintiff taxi driver sued the defendant taxi company alleging various wage and hour claims under the California Labor Code and California's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Order 9. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff's claims, concluding that the plaintiff was an independent contractor who simply leased a taxi from the defendant. After the California Supreme Court's employee-friendly decision in Dynamex, there has been some uncertainty about whether the Dynamex test applies to Labor Code claims as well as wage order claims. The Court of Appeal's decision in Garcia suggests that Dynamex may have a more limited impact than employers initially feared. Of course this distinction may disappear when the California Legislature takes up AB 5 (Gonzalez D-San Diego) that states the intent of the Legislature to include provisions within this bill would codify the decision in the Dynamex case and clarify its application--and by clarify she means to have it apply generally to any challenge to status of employment.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018   Public Works Registration

Public Works Registration
Beginning June 1, 2019, contractors will have the option to renew their annual public works registration for up to three years at a time (paying the $400 per year fee). The Labor Commissioner is able to assess public works contractors penalties of up to $8,000--in addition to any penalty or registration fee--for failure to register. Awarding agencies are also subject to penalties of $100 a day, up to a maximum of $10,000, for hiring an unregistered contractor to perform work on a public works project. A contractor that hires an unregistered subcontractor is also subject to penalties of up to $10,000. Contractors who work exclusively on small public works projects are not required to register as a public works contractor or file electronic certified payroll reports for those projects. Contractors are still required to maintain certified payroll records on a continuous basis, and provide them to the Labor Commissioner's Office upon request. Additionally, awarding agencies are not required to submit the notice of contract award through DIR's PWC-100 system on projects that fall within the small project exemption. The small project exemption applies for all public works projects that do not exceed:
  • $25,000 for new construction, alteration, installation, demolition or repair
  • $15,000 for maintenance
More information is here.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018   2019 Legislative Visit Day - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

This once-a-year event, jointly sponsored by WECA and PHCC, starts at the Masonic Lodge of Sacramento and continues on to the Capitol for contractors to tell the merit shop story. Talk with industry experts and regulators about current issues affecting your business and the industry. Topics will include PAGA lawsuits which have made providing flexible working conditions more difficult for California businesses. Instead of protecting workers, predatory trial lawyers take advantage of this law. Come speak with your legislative representatives about this law and other contractor legislation important to you. Register today and make plans to bring your voice and power to impact the issues that impact you and your business! For additional information, contact PHCC of CA at evp@caphcc.org. Download a registration form here.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018   What We're Reading

5th Circuit: General contractor can be cited for subcontractor violations. A U.S. Appeals Court judge for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans has ruled that OSHA can cite general contractors for violations--even if that contractor's own direct employees are not affected--for subcontractor safety violations. The ruling came after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta requested that the 5th Circuit review an OSHA administrative court decision that said a general contractor could only be cited for safety threats to its own employees. While this decision is not binding on California Courts, contractors should pay close attention to this trend--and it is reasonable to expect legislation to be introduced in California this year to create a statutory obligation for GCs to insure worker safety. More
 
When CEQA Gets Ugly: 3rd District Holds That Lay Public Opinion Supports Fair Argument That Project May Have Significant Aesthetic Effect Requiring EIR. In a published opinion filed December 17, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment granting a writ setting aside El Dorado County's approval of, and related Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for, construction of a Dollar General Store in the "quaint" downtown area of unincorporated Georgetown, a Gold Rush-era "hamlet" designated as a State Historical Landmark. The Court held that lay public commentary on nontechnical issues concerning the project's size and general appearance constituted substantial evidence supporting a fair argument that the project may have significant aesthetic impacts, and thus required an EIR, notwithstanding County's findings that the project complied with its Historic Design Guide. The Court also held County's failure to make explicit findings in the record on alleged credibility and foundation issues precluded its "manufacturing after-the-fact findings" to justify its dismissal of the public comments on the ground that they did not constitute "substantial evidence." More
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Thursday, December 27, 2018   Opinion: Richard Markuson

 

Does "Master Electrician" Sound Like a Good Idea?
 
The California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) is contemplating a legislative proposal to establish an advanced (or master) certification program for swimming pool (C-53) contractors. The proposal would:
  1. Require that Contractor State License Board (CSLB) establish a voluntary "advanced" or "master" certification program for C-53 swimming pool contractors.
  2. Require that CSLB identify in statute the association or organization that would provide the certification training.
  3. Require that CSLB establish education and training standards for pool and spa contractors.
  4. Require that CSLB provide a continuing education requirement as a prerequisite to a licensee maintaining the certification.
  5. Prohibit a licensee that does not hold an advanced certification from advertising that they do.
 
The Board was, to put it mildly, skeptical that CSLB should go down the path of embracing and, more importantly, endorsing the notion that the state should play a role in what is, arguably, a purely association activity. They noted three laws or policies that would control any activity pursued by CPSA:
 
  • B&P §101.6 that sets the floor (or ceiling?) for state regulation: to set minimum qualifications and levels of competency for regulated professions.
  • B&P §166 that provides that if any DCA board/bureau requires continuing education programs for licensees, such a program be developed by regulations promulgated by the DCA director (not individual boards).
  • A unanimous board action in September 2012, to oppose requiring licensees to complete a continuing education requirement.
 
The State has a mixed record of approving and rejecting continuing education (CE) mandates. In addition to the requirement in the Labor Code that electricians obtain CE, some professions have state-mandated requirements, and some have been rejected (you can reach your own conclusion if $ome $pecial interest groups are morespecial than others).
 
In their letter of support CPSA observed:
 
Swimming pool and spa industry leaders believe there is substantial amount of substandard pool and spa construction in California by licensed swimming pool contractors. The California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) believes that in many cases the C-53 licensing examination does not adequately validate the competency of a contractor to construct swimming pools, spas or hot tubs and that a more extensive education and training component is necessary to adequately equip swimming pool contractors to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public and protect the interests of consumers.
The C-53 license examination contains few details regarding construction practices, and construction standards. In addition, the licensing examination is only given at contractor's entrance into the contracting field. Once a contractor passes the examination, the exam does nothing to inform him or her of changes in the laws, practices or standards in the profession. On the other hand, industry certification classes provide much greater detail and furnish contractors a substantive set of knowledge, skills, and abilities to construct, install, renovate, and repair pools and spas at the highest level.
 
As I mentioned, the CSLB was reluctant to endorse the proposal but took no action--citing a desire to address the issue if and when a bill is introduced in the Legislature.
 
But it caused me to consider if a "Master Electrical Contractor" Certification awarded by WECA would be a marketing advantage for WECA members (and other C-10/C-7 contractors) who sought the certification. Share your thoughts with me.
 
Oh, and Happy New Year!
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