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Tuesday, September 14, 2021   Industry Partner Spotlight: Trade Hounds



The digital revolution continues apace within the electrical and construction industries. An excellent example of this is WECA’s newest industry partner—the aptly named Trade Hounds, a construction technology company founded in 2016—whose mission is to “Improve the lives of hardworking tradespeople who are building the world around us. Building a digital home for these workers allows us to help contractors source and hire the skilled tradespeople they struggle to find anywhere else,” says Peter Maglathlin, Trade Hounds’ co-founder and Chief Financial Officer.

According to Maglathlin, more than 225,000 skilled tradespeople use Trade Hounds to “Showcase their work, build professional profiles and find jobs. We launched our hiring platform one year ago, and today hundreds of electrical contractors across the country use Trade Hounds to source and hire the skilled electricians they need. We provide electrical contractors access to the deepest pool of trades-only talent out there.”

To put it simply—through Trade Hounds, WECA Member Contractors are able to recruit and hire from their user base of more than 225,000 tradespeople. But if that seems overwhelming, worry not—Maglathlin says that users can “Define what they seek. For example, licensed Journeyman electricians within 50 miles of Sacramento with a minimum of 5 years of experience.”

What’s more is that Trade Hounds promotes posted jobs via text and app notifications to tradespeople that meet the end user’s defined parameters. The advantage of this is that your job is front and center—right on a job seeker’s cell phone—which they tend to never part ways with (we all know that feeling, right?).

As the self-described “digital home for tradespeople”, Trade Hounds wanted to partner with WECA “Because WECA is an association of top-tier electrical contractors, and our track record of success with electrical contractors across the country gives us confidence that we can deliver value to the membership, and in return deliver value to Trade Hounds users. We’re thrilled to be part of the organization,” says Maglathlin.

Want to join the electrical industry’s digital revolution and utilize Trade Hounds’ services? Click here! Once you sign up, someone from Trade Hounds’ Customer Success team will reach out to you to better understand your needs and help you post a job. Alternatively, you can also reach out directly to Trade Hounds’ Director of Business Development, Jonathan Pasternack, via phone at (617) 549-2362 or via email at jpasternack@tradehounds.com.  
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   CSLB Holds Online BESS Workshop and Answers Frequently Asked BESS Questions



Content courtesy of CSLB

ONLINE BESS WORKSHOP
 
CSLB will hold an online battery energy storage system (BESS) workshop on Friday,
September 17, 2021, from 3 to 4 p.m., to address application or scope of work/classification questions.
 
Please email your questions to classifications@cslb.ca.gov by Friday, September 10, 2021.

Meeting Link:
 
https://cslb.webex.com/cslb/j.php?MTID=m0fe62a957e0e941ed0a18f28d5edec53
 
Friday, Sep 17, 2021, 3:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Event number: 2556 472 8621
Event password: BPxcxn3Pf77 (27929637 from phones)

Questions & Answers
 
1.    What do C-46 Solar contractors need to do if they want to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) after November 1, 2021?
 
To place, install, erect, or connect a BESS, the C-46 contractor will need to add the C-10 Electrical contractor classification on their license. To get the C-10 added, go to the CSLB website and complete this application. CSLB will expedite its review of applications received by November 1, 2021.
 
If you are a solar contractor that has been installing BESS in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) systems for four or more years, you will meet the requirements to add the C-10 Electrical classification to your license. CSLB also encourages you to start studying early for the trade exam, please refer to CSLB’s study guide. Information regarding obtaining a wavier of the exam can be found here.
 
Without the C-10, B, or A classification on your license, a C-46 Solar contractor cannot take a contract on a project that includes BESS installation. Beginning November 1, 2021, this applies to all new contracts on projects entered into on and after November 1, 2021, and for work occurring on and after November 1, 2021. You may refer to Business and Professions Code section 7059.

2.    Who needs to have a certified electrician on their team?  
 
A C-10 Electrical contractor needs a certified electrician on staff to engage in the connection of electrical devices greater than 100-volt amperes. CSLB recommends contractors review California Labor Code sections 108-108.5 and California Department of Industrial Relations regulations and its Electrical Certification FAQ.
 
The only time a contractor needs a certified electrician on staff is when they hold a C-10 classification and are engaging in the connection of an electrical device pursuant to California Labor Code sections 108-108.5. This includes connecting a BESS or PV system to an existing electrical system or to a utility grid. This also includes placing, installing, erecting or connecting an electrical panel.
 
If you have questions about a specific project, please email CSLB’s classification at classifications@cslb.ca.gov.
 
If you have questions about electrician certification or how to obtain it, please visit the Department of Industrial Relations, Electrician Certification Program webpage.

3.    When can a contractor with a C-10 electrical classification use non-certified workers?
 
A C-10 contractor does not need to use a certified electrician to perform work on a BESS or PV when the work does not involve connecting an electrical device. Examples include installation, repair, or service of: 
 
·      Racks on a roof (including associated flashing and sealing roof penetrations from rack attachment).
·      Installation of poles and racks for ground mounted solar systems.
·      Installation of BESS racks.
·      Installation of required BESS or PV signage.
·      Seismic Restraints

4.    What about General Contractors (“A” General Engineering, “B” General
Building) and BESS?

Please see the August 12, 2021 CSLB Industry Bulletin about this question. A General Building contractor may take a prime contract that involves a PV or BESS installation if the multiple trade requirement of Business and Professions Code section 7057 is met. And a General Engineering contractor may take a prime contract that involves a PV or BESS installation if the project is in connection with fixed works requiring general engineering knowledge or skill, as required by Business and Professions Code 7056. The Labor Code sections 108 – 108.5 referenced above do not require general contractors who do not have a C-10 Electrical license to employ certified electricians.

A note to Solar Contractors from WECA--if you've recently become a C-10 in response to the new CSLB requirements and now need to quickly get your employees registered as Electrician Trainees before the November 1 deadline, WECA can help. Learn how to register your employees with our Electrician Trainee Program (and subsequently with the State of CA) here and don't hesitate to call our office with questions: 1-877-444-9322.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Congratulations to the WECA Northern California Class of 2021!

How we celebrated our graduates at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters





WECA extends a hearty congratulations to the WECA Northern California Class of 2021, who celebrated their graduation at WECA’s Rancho Cordova headquarters on Saturday, August 28th.

The graduation, held in a shaded and cooled tent outside, yielded an impressive turnout of 163 guests (including lots of cute babies!).

It was gratifying to see so many graduates bringing their families along, enjoying delicious food and drink on WECA’s grounds and also giving them tours of WECA’s training facilities! We were also pleased to treat graduates to swag duffle bags stuffed with goodies from Industry Partners like Milwaukee Tool, IDEAL Industries, and Klein Tools, and to the sharp wit of WECA Lead Instructor and Lab Facilities Manager Jimmie Slemp, who served as emcee.

"Graduation was amazing. It was fun to see the staff and students all work together, under difficult circumstances, to celebrate and showcase all of the graduates' dedication and hard work over the past years!", says Galen Eckert, WECA's Electrician Trainee/Continuing Education Program Online Education Manager.

Wendy Flanagan, WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, also says that "Everyone was excited to be there and celebrating the graduates of 2020 and 2021. There were many babies and young children there; I love seeing the families that are started while they are in their Apprenticeship. And one of the graduates--who could not bring his baby--held up a poster board with a picture of his baby when his [the graduate's] name was called and everyone clapped."

Also in attendance was Glen Forman, the Deputy Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. It was great to see Glen come out to support our graduates! All in all, the event was a success, and the steadfast support that our graduates receive from their loved ones, employers, instructors, sponsors and other electrical industry stakeholders was evident.

Eckert concurs, giving "A shout-out to all the supportive family members and friends of our graduates, who we all know are a huge help behind the scenes, keeping the family dynamic going as well as supporting our students. Congratulations to everyone involved!"

Congratulations, everyone! We are proud of your hard work and dedication!



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Thursday, September 09, 2021   We couldn't have pulled it off without the support of our generous sponsors!

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the WECA Class of 2021 graduations:

Volts Level Sponsors





(Commercial Division)











Amps Level Sponsors









Watts Level Sponsors









Ohms Level Sponsors

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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Check out the WECA Northern California Class of 2021 graduation ceremony in our commemorative video

2021 WECA Northern California Graduation Event
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Extra, extra: read our WECA Northern California Class of 2021 graduate spotlight!



Northern California Double-Program Graduate Autumn DeChaine

It’s not everyday that WECA gets to graduate an Apprentice who has succeeded in not just one—but two!—Apprenticeship programs. That’s the case with 2021 Northern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship graduate Autumn DeChaine, who also graduated (as Valedictorian!) from WECA’s Low Voltage Apprenticeship program in 2014.

“I’m really glad that I chose to graduate from the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program before joining the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program,” says DeChaine. “It added value to my career as an electrician and gave me a good foundation before going into the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program.”

DeChaine says that the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program and the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program are similar in that they both follow the WECA structure of class time and homework, but obviously differ in terms of the curriculum.

“The main difference between working as a Low Voltage Apprentice and a Commercial Electrical Apprentice is that as a Low Voltage Apprentice, you are responsible for knowing one or two systems (fire life safety or voice data video). As an electrician, you are on the job from the very beginning and you are responsible for all the electrical systems,” says DeChaine.

DeChaine says that her favorite part of the Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program was going back to work after time in the classroom and integrating what she learned.

“I also enjoyed the camaraderie of going to school with the same people year after year and supporting each other,” says DeChaine. “As far as the curriculum, I loved learning motor controls and relay logic.”

Now that DeChaine has completed both programs, she says that she still has a lot to learn and plans on running bigger projects in the future.

And, DeChaine adds that she has been with her company, Vanden Bos Electric, for nine years and still loves it there. DeChaine says she plans to incorporate all her education and work on both fire life safety and electrical systems.

“I just completed my first project as a foreman. There is a lot incorporated in running projects that you don’t think about as an Apprentice or Journeyman; I learned a lot and am optimistic about my future with Vanden Bos Electric,” says DeChaine.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Low Voltage Apprenticeship graduates can seek college credits for program completion at WECA!



The Details

WECA has a big announcement! Our Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program has received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service).

This benefit provides WECA low voltage apprentices the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of this three-year apprenticeship program by using the credit recommendation(s) set forth by NCCRS. The Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program joins WECA's Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship programs, which each previously received college credit recommendations from NCCRS in 2018.

"We’re gratified to receive this college credit recommendation for our Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program, which now joins our Commercial Electrical and Residential Electrical Apprenticeship Programs in giving our apprenticeship graduates a route towards receiving substantial college credits for the programs they’ve already completed at WECA,” said Terry Seabury, WECA’s Executive Director and CEO. “We appreciate the external validation that our comprehensive, competency-based curriculum featuring skilled teaching by credentialed instructors and technicallyadvanced, hands-on labs is of equivalent rigor to courses held at a traditional four-year college or university.”

"NCCRS is pleased to recommend college credit for WECA’s Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship program,” NCCRS Director Lisa Sax Mahoney said. "Through our professional evaluations, we support the recognition of high-quality workforce training programs delivered by qualified organizations across the country."

Founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), located in Albany, New York, is an organization that evaluates and establishes college credit recommendations for courses offered by government, industry, and other noncollegiate sponsors.

NCCRS collaborates with more than 1,500 organizations and institutions of higher education across the United States and beyond. NCCRS member organizations include state government agencies, apprenticeship sponsors, corporations, and community and faith-based organizations. A few longstanding members include the City of New York Police Department (NYPD), the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), and Consolidated Edison. Since its inception, NCCRS has evaluated and recommended college credit for more than 5,200 courses, exams, and educational programs enabling individuals to gain access to college credit for successful completion of qualified learning.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA here.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Any graduates of WECA's Low Voltage Apprenticeship program in the Class of 2021, or beyond. (Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013 are eligible for those programs. (NCCRS granted eligibility for those programs going back five years, and evaluated WECA's Commercial and Residential programs in Autumn of 2018.)

Q: So WECA apprentice grads automatically have college credits?

A:  No. NCCRS makes college credit recommendations. (From NCCRS:
A college credit recommendation is an academic advisement about the comparability of a learning experience to college-level instruction, such as undergraduate or graduate course work, the amount of credit that may be awarded, and areas where credit could apply. The credit recommendations are intended to guide college officials as they consider awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed NCCRS evaluated learning experiences. College credit recommendations are not actual college credit because the New York State Board of Regents does not award college credit. Through the results of the NCCRS evaluations, however, the Board of Regents encourages colleges and universities to consider accepting the credit recommendations.)

Q: How Does Acceptance of College Credit Recommendations work?

A: It is up to the college or university to choose whether to grant college credits, how many, and in what subjects, for completion of a WECA program. NCCRS recommends specific credit amounts and subjects. College and university admissions departments should reference NCCRS' WECA listing at http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors for specific recommendations. NCCRS recommends up to 30 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Low Voltage Electrical program, up to 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical Electrical program, up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential Electrical program. 

Q: How Do WECA Commercial, Residential, and Low Voltage Electrical Apprenticeship Graduates Use This Benefit?

A: Apprentices grads should:
1. Identify the college or university they wish to ask to accept a credit recommendation from NCCRS for work completed at WECA. (A list of colleges and universities who have previously participated with NCCRS is here: http://www.nationalccrs.org/colleges-universities. Seeing a college or university on this list is a promising sign that they will consider NCCRS' recommendation, but is not a guarantee. Further, just because a college or university is not yet shown on the list does not mean the apprentice grad shouldn't request that they consider the credit recommendation.)
2. Work with their admissions advisor at their college or university of choice to learn the process for seeking college credits for their WECA Commercial, Residential, or Low Voltage Electrical program completion. The college or university may refer to this as their PLA (prior learning assessment) process or policy. The applicant should share NCCRS' WECA credit recommendation 
http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors with the decision-makers at their college or university.
3. Request a transcript from WECA as requested by their college or university. Email apregistrar@goweca.com with transcript requests.
4. If the applicant encounters problems with their transfer credit request, they can contact NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.

Q: What about the Electrician Trainee Program?

A: WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.

Q: What if I still have questions?

?A: Please call us at 1-877-444-9322 and we'll do our best to help you out.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   Join WECA in Fresno on Oct. 13 for an open house celebrating our new Fresno training facility!



You're cordially invited to WECA's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Fresno training facility! All are welcome!
 
When: October 13, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM
 
Where: 7328 N. Remington Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
 
• Enjoy food and libations
 
• Tour the facility
 
• Meet WECA instructors, staff, members, students, board members, and members of the Fresno community
 
• Learn about WECA and how the merit shop philosophy benefits electrical contractors
 
• Learn about the latest in the electrical industry and its impacts on merit shop electrical contractors
 
• See how our apprentices learn--including the new technology and innovative training tools used in WECA's apprenticeship learning labs!
 
Please RSVP at the link below so we can look forward to seeing you there!
 
Register Here for our Fresno Open House
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   WECA Industry Partner Spotlight: OneSource Distributors

Electrical and industrial distribution for commercial, residential and solar electrical contractors in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Mexico



WECA’s Industry Partners strive to make our Member Contractors’ jobs easier.

And our newest Industry Partner, OneSource Distributors, is a valuable addition to our arsenal.

Founded in 1983, San Diego-based OneSource Distributors is an electrical and industrial distributor with 19 locations across California, Arizona, Hawaii and Baja California in Mexico. In 2011, OneSource Distributors joined the Sonepar group, which is an independent family-owned company that in turn owns 14 independently managed operating companies with over 700 locations in the United States.

“We provide innovative services and solutions that make it easy and efficient for customers work with us,” says Steve Reyno, GM and Director of Business Development at OneSource Distributors. Serving commercial, residential, utility, contractor and industrial markets, OneSource’s mission includes continuous focus on customer needs, quality and service. The company’s core values are focused on ongoing improvement and are embodied in their 10 Principles of Personal Leadership.

“We partnered with WECA because we are passionate about supporting WECA’s mission to train, educate and develop the current and future skilled trades workforce,” says Reyno. “We hope to be a resource for WECA Member Contractors, and to help its members become familiar with current and new products and solutions in the electrical space.”

OneSource Distributors offers a full line of electrical and automation products and services. Among these products are indoor, outdoor and industrial lighting and controls, Siemens distribution gear, all types of safety products, enclosures, wire and cable, wiring devices, solar, renewables and EV charging stations, and tools and testing products.

“We also include value-added services like digital solutions, project management, product packaging, safety assessment and training, vendor managed inventory, material handling cages, storage lockers, and more,” says Reyno. Learn more about all the products and services OneSource Distributors offers, or download their contractor line card.

OneSource Distributors makes it easy to for WECA Member Contractors to become customers. Visit the OneSource website at 1sourcedist.com and click “become a customer” to set up an account to easily get quotes, convert quotes to orders, track material and review previously purchased products. Or simply call (800) 266-9111 or contact your OneSource sales representative. You can also visit in person at one of the company’s sales centers.

But that’s not all OneSource Distributors has on offer. WECA Member Contractors can take advantage of ongoing programs and discounts. Find these is by contacting your sales representative, calling OneSource us at (800) 266-9111, or by emailing sales@1sourcedist.com.
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Thursday, September 09, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Monday, August 30, 2021   WECA Industry Partner Spotlight: OneSource Distributors

Electrical and industrial distribution for commercial, residential and solar electrical contractors in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Mexico



WECA’s Industry Partners strive to make our Member Contractors’ jobs easier.

And our newest Industry Partner, OneSource Distributors, is a valuable addition to our arsenal.

Founded in 1983, San Diego-based OneSource Distributors is an electrical and industrial distributor with 19 locations across California, Arizona, Hawaii and Baja California in Mexico. In 2011, OneSource Distributors joined the Sonepar group, which is an independent family-owned company that in turn owns 14 independently managed operating companies with over 700 locations in the United States.

“We provide innovative services and solutions that make it easy and efficient for customers work with us,” says Steve Reyno, GM and Director of Business Development at OneSource Distributors. Serving commercial, residential, utility, contractor and industrial markets, OneSource’s mission includes continuous focus on customer needs, quality and service. The company’s core values are focused on ongoing improvement and are embodied in their 10 Principles of Personal Leadership.

“We partnered with WECA because we are passionate about supporting WECA’s mission to train, educate and develop the current and future skilled trades workforce,” says Reyno. “We hope to be a resource for WECA Member Contractors, and to help its members become familiar with current and new products and solutions in the electrical space.”

OneSource Distributors offers a full line of electrical and automation products and services. Among these products are indoor, outdoor and industrial lighting and controls, Siemens distribution gear, all types of safety products, enclosures, wire and cable, wiring devices, solar, renewables and EV charging stations, and tools and testing products.

“We also include value-added services like digital solutions, project management, product packaging, safety assessment and training, vendor managed inventory, material handling cages, storage lockers, and more,” says Reyno. Learn more about all the products and services OneSource Distributors offers, or download their contractor line card.

OneSource Distributors makes it easy to for WECA Member Contractors to become customers. Visit the OneSource website at 1sourcedist.com and click “become a customer” to set up an account to easily get quotes, convert quotes to orders, track material and review previously purchased products. Or simply call (800) 266-9111 or contact your OneSource sales representative. You can also visit in person at one of the company’s sales centers.

But that’s not all OneSource Distributors has on offer. WECA Member Contractors can take advantage of ongoing programs and discounts. Find these is by contacting your sales representative, calling OneSource us at (800) 266-9111, or by emailing sales@1sourcedist.com.
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Please join us in giving a hearty congratulations to the WECA Southern California Class of 2021!

Read all about our long-awaited in-person graduation ceremony here.





Congratulations, graduates!

WECA held its Southern California Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, August 21 at the Falkner Winery in Temecula, and the event was a lively success!

Attendees were treated to scenic vineyard views, a delicious spread, swag from WECA Industry Partners such as Milwaukee Tool, and a long-awaited celebration of their hard work and dedication, with WECA's Tom Thompson on emcee duty.

"We are thankful that we were able to celebrate our graduates' accomplishments this year," says Thompson. "Not only did we celebrate the 2021 graduates, but we were also joined by and had the opportunity to honor some of last year's graduates who missed out due to their graduation being cancelled by COVID-19. It was a wonderful evening with everyone in great spirits from beginning to end. At times, the excitement and joy in the room was palpable. There were also moments of reflection, focused on gratitude for those who have supported our graduates on their journey, and thoughts of the future and how to prepare for the next chapter in their career. Respects were paid to WECA family members who are no longer with us: Low Voltage instructor Steve Kappes and students Rodrigo Carrillo and Andrew Kohlmann, through a moment of silence. In addition, everyone working onsite and pre-event planning, gave their all to ensure that this graduation flowed seamlessly and was special for our 2020 and 2021 graduates. Graduates who have dealt with and adapted to very peculiar and difficult circumstances over the past year and a half. We are so proud of each and every one of you!"

Neil Pesarillo, a Low Voltage instructor at WECA's San Diego training facility, concurred by saying "I noticed many attendees having fun and enjoying themselves; definitely a good vibe all around. The crowd really took to the messages of congratulations and gratitude shared by Tom on behalf of the whole WECA team."

Congratulations to all our Southern California Graduates, and we look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the future!

Stay tuned for Northern California graduation--it's coming up this Saturday, August 28th!
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Please join us in thanking the generous sponsors of our 2021 graduation ceremonies! ?

Thank you to the following sponsors for sponsoring the WECA Class of 2021 Graduations:

Volts Level Sponsors





(Commercial Division)













Amps Level Sponsors



(Low Voltage Division)







Watts Level Sponsors









Ohms Level Sponsors


 
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   But that's not all! Experience the Southern California Class of 2021 graduation through this video!

2021 WECA Southern California Graduation
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   We're on a roll here! Check out this year's spotlights on our Southern California graduates!

Robert Castro, Sr. and Robert Castro, Jr.



At WECA, it’s not uncommon to have students going through programs with their siblings (like the Grissom brothers, all Commercial Apprentices) or following in the footsteps of relatives working as electricians or electrical contractors (like Carroll and Mark Mendenhall, the father-son duo behind WECA Member Contractor Mendenhall Electric). However, WECA has never had a father-son pair go through and graduate from their Apprenticeship program at the same time! But Robert Castro, Sr., and Robert Castro, Jr.—both 2021 WECA Southern California Commercial Electrical graduates hailing from our Riverside training facility—have made WECA history.  

Prior to entering the WECA Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program and apprenticing with WECA Member Contractor Helix Electric, both Robert Sr. and Robert Jr. worked for a small pest control company alongside their respective son and brother, Elijah, also a WECA Commercial Electrical Apprentice! Once Elijah started with WECA, it wasn’t long before Robert Sr. and Robert Jr. followed.  

“Being a commercial electrician is a great-paying job with a future. I had different jobs before that didn’t really go anywhere,” says Robert Sr. 

Meanwhile, Robert Jr. says that “This apprenticeship has put me in a much better position than before I joined it. I have a much more stable job and make a much more comfortable wage as well. I also am in a trade that can take me almost anywhere in the country if I needed to move; I am very grateful to have had this experience. Plus, they [my father and brother] told me how great it was. I thought the program had great opportunities and I was excited to learn a new trade as well.”  

Though Robert Sr. and Robert Jr. went through their Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship program through the WECA Riverside training facility, they unfortunately did not attend classes together due to Robert Sr. having started his apprenticeship program six months prior to Robert Jr. Both father and son, however, say that Keith Smart was their favorite instructor.  

“Keith is very thorough, clear and knowledgeable,” says Robert Sr. 
“He was very knowledgeable about the trade and always had an answer for any question. He was always in a great mood and was also relatable and fun to talk with. He taught us lots of useful things we used in the classroom and out in the field as well,” says Robert Jr. 

Though they weren’t able to partake in classroom instruction together, Robert Sr. and Jr. made up for it by having the opportunity to work together on the job for their employer, Helix Electric. 

“We’re a close family, so spending that extra time together at work and carpooling was nice,” says Robert Sr. 

And on the job, both Robert Sr. and Jr. reported having similar things they most enjoyed.  

“My favorite thing that I learned during my apprenticeship was working on a hospital generator system; it was a great learning experience,” says Robert Sr.  

Likewise, Robert Jr. says that “My most memorable job was at a hospital in Loma Linda. It was a 16-story children’s hospital and I did a majority of my work there on a floor that only had air handlers. There were 30-plus handlers the size of shipping containers on the floor, and I found it very fun to bring the power and see them turned on.” 

Robert Sr. says that after graduation, he plans to stay with Helix Electric to continue his education and move up in the company.  

Robert Jr., meanwhile, says he wants to learn more about the trade and become a better journeyman, and use his skills and knowledge when he moves out of state.  

Robert Jr. advises that current and future apprentices “Should stay focused in class and in the field and always have a positive attitude. It is worth all the work you put in. And, this is one of the best opportunities you can take advantage of. Stay determined and learn from the smartest and best students and workers you come into contact with, too.”
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Southern California Commercial Electrical Valedictorian Donald Williams



Being a Commercial Electrician can take you to unexpected places. For 2021 Southern California Commercial Electrical Graduate and Valedictorian Donald Williams, it literally took him to SeaWorld, where he works as an electrician. 

“I am touching and doing things that I have never done. It is exciting and full of learning opportunities. I am also now able to use my knowledge to help animals and make sure they are taken care of,” says Williams. 

But before Williams got to spend his days in the presence of sea creatures, he was working warehouse and retail jobs until he became an Electrician Trainee and then a Commercial Electrical Apprentice with WECA. 

“I started with WECA as an Electrician Trainee in the GetWired 101 course,” says Williams. “Halfway through that, I became an indentured Apprentice, finished up the 101 course, and started my Apprenticeship.” 

Williams apprenticed with two member contractors during his time with WECA; first Bergelectric, and then he finished out his Apprenticeship with Northwest Edison. Both employers—coupled with his classroom learning at WECA—introduced him to many aspects of the trade.  

“Everything from underground to estimating and project engineering. My on-the-job training was very extensive. The on-the-job training taught me to overcome and work through the stressful situations that accompany construction. At WECA, I was introduced to motors and motor controls and having the hands-on training in that from WECA got me hired. WECA gave me a career and a way to support my wife and three kids,” says Williams.

Williams says that he was able to become the Commercial Electrical Valedictorian of the Southern California Class of 2021 by shooting for the top from day one.  

“I made sure to ask questions with things I didn’t understand,” says Williams. “I listened and took notes to refer to. I also helped others who didn’t understand and in return it solidified what I already knew.” 

Williams also says that “Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes. The willingness to own up to and learn from those mistakes is what separates the average electrician from the best electricians. Listen to learn, not to respond. It’s also okay not to know something, but always ask questions and write it down if you need to.” 

Though Williams is tenacious and insightful, he also credits his success to his wife, to WECA’s San Diego instructional team, and to 2021 Southern California Commercial Electrical Apprenticeship Salutatorian Justin Salter. 

Says Williams. “I want to give a shout-out to Justin Salter, the salutatorian, who provided friendly competition and was someone I was able to bounce ideas off of. He was always open to answering questions and had no problem telling me when I was wrong. And to my wife, for dealing with the sometimes long hours and long drives I had to take when I was working. She’s always been super supportive. I knew I always had a loving home to come to after a long day at work. There’s many others I could give shout-outs to like my foreman, project managers, and journeymen, but I’ve got to keep this short.” 

Now that Williams has graduated from WECA—as the Commercial Electrical Valedictorian for the Southern California Class of 2021 to boot—he says that one day he would love to teach and give his knowledge to others so they can be successful like he has been.  
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Southern California Commercial Electrical Salutatorian Justin Salter



“WECA really puts your life on track to succeed,” says Justin Salter, 2021 Southern California Commercial Graduate and Salutatorian. “And I truly believe the WECA program is fantastic. When you first start out, five years seems like a very long time. However, with the combination of fantastic healthcare, regular raises and more—it’s not many fields in life where you can get paid a good wage while being formally trained in your chosen career. Coming out of it, making the kind of money electricians make while being debt-free—I know many of my friends who went to college instead regret going that route because of the massive hole they now have to climb out of. It’s a very good career option.”

Salter, who spent his Apprenticeship with Bergelectric, says that being with Bergelectric has been a life changing experience for him.

“I haven’t regretted it for a second. I went from a dead-end job to a sky’s the limit career. I’m now almost six years in and feel like I’m just getting started. I have more opportunities now than I had before, and a ladder to climb!”, says Salter.

Salter also says that WECA’s education prepared him for his career by making him take his education seriously and pushing for opportunities at Bergelectric.

“I found myself in a leadership role and making decisions on the job daily,” says Salter. “I was very pleasantly surprised at how prepared I was to make choices. Whether it was sizing wire for long pulls and doing voltage drop and derating calcs, sizing fuses for RTU’s, or determining ground and bonding throughout the building…I felt capable of either easily knowing the answer or knowing how to find the answer. It was a huge confidence boost to know that I was capable of making these determinations and it was a huge part of being prepared for my career of choice.”

While with WECA, Justin completed his in-classroom learning at our San Diego training facility. “I consider my classes with Tom Thompson and then Talon Pobuda to be invaluable…I always appreciated insights while using their real-world experience to what we were learning and how it would apply to us in the field. This added a depth of understanding we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, and labs and hands-on work during class was invaluable to applying to what we were being taught,” says Salter.

Salter believes that one of the most important factors in doing well at WECA is truly taking your education seriously.

“Not just going through the motions to get through the class and gathering enough information to try to take your journeyworker test,” says Salter. “It’s important to really try and understand what we’re being taught and strive to understand it better with each class. To ask questions when you don’t understand and try to apply what you’re learning in the field. I think a good mechanical aptitude is helpful to jump-starting your career. While it is a skill that can be learned, it definitely helps to progress your career if you’re handy going into it.”
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Southern California Low Voltage Apprenticeship Graduate Drew Sisson



Bowling led 2021 Southern California Low Voltage Graduate Drew Sisson to WECA and a career as a Low Voltage Technician.

“It all started with a friend I knew from bowling who offered me a job,” says Sisson. “He started my path on the career I now have.”

Sisson, who attended the Low Voltage Apprenticeship program at WECA’s San Diego training facility and apprenticed with WECA Member Contractors Tri Signal Integration and Bergelectric, says that his WECA experience was enjoyable and allowed him to meet many good people that he continues to talk to today.

“Neil [Pesarillo], my instructor, was great and made it not seem like going to school. A WECA education prepared me in a way which challenged me to think critically. Most importantly, it prepared me to pass my certifications which are becoming more and more important in the industry, due to the fact that prevailing wage jobs are now requiring certified people.”

Sisson continues, saying that “WECA provided me with a career. I had worked many jobs and still could not say I had an actual career. It may not have been my original choice of what I wanted to be or do, but I have work every day and I make good money now.”

Meanwhile, Sisson says that his on-the-job training with employers Tri Signal Integration and Bergelectric were good experiences.

“It’s like with any new job, you have to learn what you are doing and it is up to you to absorb as much as information as you can,” says Sisson. “Doing this will only benefit you and give you recognition, allowing you to rise faster in the field. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and hustle. You won’t learn anything or be taught anything if you don’t show you are willing and eager to learn. Respect is a huge thing in this field, and you won’t be taught [on-the-job] if people don’t think you are worth it.”

Reflecting upon his time with WECA, Sisson says to “Pay attention to what the instructor is saying and relax. Don’t overthink it and simplify everything. It may seem like a lot with the code books, but don’t overcomplicate it. Work hard and enjoy your time at WECA. Think of it as a vacation and not school and you will enjoy it.”

Now that he’s graduated, Sisson says that he plans to continue to get more certifications to try and progress and grow in the field.

But there’s one person that he couldn’t have done all this without.

“I want to give a shout-out to my girlfriend Amanda, whom I love the most."
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Southern California Low Voltage Apprenticeship Graduate Garrett Wallace



2021 Southern California Low Voltage Apprentice graduate Garrett Wallace says that if people are interested in becoming Low Voltage Technicians, “WECA is the best way to help your career.”

“I went to WECA for three years [while apprenticing with Bergelectric] to do the Low Voltage classes,” says Wallace. “It was a great experience and flew by. WECA gave me an amazing career and helped over the last few years to be better at my job.”

Wallace says that the WECA program helped prepare him for his career by “Helping me understand how certain systems work and helped us understand how to go through the code book. Being able to navigate the code book really helps us out a lot in the field to make sure everything is up to code.”

Additionally, Wallace says that current and future Low Voltage Apprentices should work hard in class and make sure they learn in the best way possible to navigate the code books, and always make sure to study for tests and take lots of notes.

Wallace also gives his employer, Bergelectric, rave reviews.

“Working with Bergelectric has helped me out a lot because everyone I work with helped me be better,” says Wallace. “Bergelectric helped me do things the correct way and always answered any questions I had. My on-the-job training has helped out a lot with being better at my job. Over the last few years, I have learned so much by being on-the-job and learning more every day.”

In fact, Wallace plans to stay on with Bergelectric now that he has graduated.

“I plan to move up at Bergelectric and become a foreman and keep getting better at my job by learning new things and bettering myself. I plan on also getting a couple fire alarm certifications and continuing to learn more about the code book.”

Wallace also extends shout-outs to “Bergelectric for hiring me and helping me through my career.” He also thanks his instructor, Neil Pesarillo from WECA’s San Diego training facility, because “he helped all of us so much and was always willing to answer all our questions. And I would also like to thank my fiancée for being supportive and always pushing me to be better.
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Learn More About Updated CDPH Guidance Recommending Face Coverings Indoors

Cal/OSHA Encourages Employers and Workers to Follow Updated CDPH Guidance Recommending Face Coverings Indoors

Content courtesy of: Cal/OSHA and California Department of Industrial Relations
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Oakland—In addition to the requirements of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and as a best practice, Cal/OSHA encourages employers and workers to follow the recent update from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommending that all individuals wear face coverings while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

CDPH recently updated its Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings to include that recommendation due to the recent increase of COVID-19 infections in the workplace. For more specifics on the recent updates from CDPH, please refer to their fact sheet When Do You Need Your Mask in California? 

Employers should ensure that any employee who requests a face covering at work is provided one, as required by the ETS.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers who have questions or need assistance with workplace safety and health programs, including assistance with developing a COVID-19 prevention program at their worksite, can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424.

Workers who have questions about COVID-19 hazards at work can call 833-579-0927 to speak with a Cal/OSHA representative during normal business hours. Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.


Employers with Questions on Requirements May Contact: InfoCons@dir.ca.gov or call your local Cal/OSHA Consultation Office
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Save the date for WECA's Fresno Open House on Oct. 13!

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Thursday, August 26, 2021   Learn More About Proposed New Building Trades Requirements for San Diego County Projects

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has proposed a new building trades requirement for San Diego County projects--Fair Employment Standards on County Construction Projects, and County-Owned Leased Property.

On July 13, 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors discussed a new building trades encouraged requirement on County construction projects called the Fair Employment Standards on County Construction Projects, and County-Owned Leased Property. The Board directed the County’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to return to the Board in 90 days with a draft “Working Families Ordinance,” prequalification policy, proposed amendments to existing policies, and a report on the estimated impact of implementing the Working Families Ordinance on County construction projects and County-owned leased property.
 
If adopted by the Board, the proposed ordinance would impact prospective contractors and subcontractors on County public works contracts. Essential items of note in the proposed ordinance include:

Any contractor and its subcontractors (at any level) performing construction under a contract that is greater than $500,000 that the County awards following the Public Contract Code (“County Construction Contracts”) shall:
 
·        Pay employees the higher of any prevailing wage rates set by the California Department of Industrial Relations, minimum wage, living wage or similar wage rates set by the County by ordinance, and local, State, or federal minimum or similar wage rates if applicable to the work.

 Utilize a skilled and trained workforce to complete County Construction Contracts as outlined in Public Contract Code 2600.

·        Provide employees working on County Construction Contracts with paid sick leave, which will minimally accumulate up to 56 hours per year.

If adopted by the Board, the proposed ordinance will impact parties that lease, sublease, license, or conduct business on County-owned property. Essential items of note in the proposed ordinance include:
 
·        Employees and contractors working on or from County-owned property shall be paid the higher of any prevailing wage rates set by the California Department of Industrial Relations; minimum wage, a living wage, or similar wage rates that the County may establish by ordinance; and local, State, or federal minimum or similar wage rates if applicable to the work.

Lessee Parties (as defined in the draft of the proposed ordinance) will provide their employees working on or from County-owned property with paid sick leave, which will minimally accumulate up to 56 hours per year.
 
The Board also directed the CAO to return to the Board with a prequalification policy for prospective bidders and proposers on public works contracts in alignment with the model questionnaire developed by the State Department of Industrial Relations

The meeting date for the Board’s consideration and approval of the Working Families Ordinance is Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

To gauge how the proposed ordinance would impact business, county staff is seeking input before August 31, 2021, from parties that lease and conduct business on County-owned property. Contractor participation would assist in determining the estimated impact of implementing the Working Families Ordinance in the County staff response to the Board.

 
Attached is a copy of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Board Letter and draft ordinance that the Board is considering. Before the Board meeting on October 5, 2021, there are multiple ways that you can provide input regarding the proposed ordinance and how the ordinance might impact your business.
 
Virtual Roundtable

In advance of the October 5, 2021 meeting, the County has scheduled a virtual “Contractor Roundtable Discussion” on Friday, August 27, 2021, from 2 pm to 3 pm. WECA members are encouraged to attend this virtual roundtable, and the Zoom link is provided below. During this meeting, the County staff seek verbal comments from contractors regarding how the proposed ordinance might impact your business.
 
Please use this Zoom link or phone number to access the virtual meeting:
 
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82167129827?pwd=ZmhwSVdpVWNDTDgyZEJ6QTB5NDlXQT09
Meeting ID: 821 6712 9827
Passcode: 503910
 
Phone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 821 6712 9827
Passcode: 503910

In September, we will be following up with additional steps contractors can take to engage the Board on this proposal.

WECA is currently hiring for both full-time and part-time instructor positions in California. Join the WECA Team and help build the next generation of the electrical industry by sharing your electrical expertise and passion. View our open job listings here!
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Thursday, August 26, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   WECA Industry Partner simPRO: case study featuring WECA Member Contractor Southwest Industrial Ele.

Find out how they helped Southwest Industrial Electric trade double work for double-digit growth!

simPRO Case Study: Southwest Industrial Electric

WECA Industry Partner simPRO Software specializes in providing software that streamlines end-to-end operations management systems for contractors.

Find out how they helped WECA Member Contractor Southwest Industrial Electric trade double work for double-digit growth!
 
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   Check out these shots from our Rancho Cordova HQ as the GetWired! program returns to in-person labs



We're excited to welcome our students back to in-person GetWired! labs! The COVID pandemic took our GetWired program labs into the online interactive realm for a while, but we're excited to announce the return of in-person labs.

These pictures show last Saturday's session of a GetWired! 104 lab at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters and training facility, as Electrician Trainees undertook lab exercises in which they learned how to effectively bend conduit.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   WECA is experiencing an influx of new enrollments!

Prioritize your Electrician Trainees' enrollments NOW to ensure their placement in Session 4 GetWired! classes!

Due to an influx of new members and their trainees, WECA's GetWired! Program is experiencing record levels of enrollment. If your electrician trainees plan to enroll in Session 4 (October-December) GetWired! courses with WECA, and have not yet enrolled, they should do so now to secure their seats.

Make sure your Electrician Trainees don't miss out on making progress in WECA's GetWired program this Fall. Encourage them to enroll in desired courses--ASAP.

WECA is continually working to expand capacity in our courses to meet demand, but time is of the essence for Session 4 enrollments. Your trainees can self-enroll through our catalog of available courses here.

Review the Path to a WECA Electrician Trainee Program Certificate to help your trainee select their next class.

And remember--if you sponsor your trainees, you can take advantage of substantial member discounts in doing so. Call us at 1-877-444-9322 to get started with sponsoring your trainees, if you haven't already.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   It's almost here! Don't miss out on our informative webinar on prevailing wage bidding; compliance

It's almost here! Don't miss out on this informative Webinar: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs

August 18 | 10 a.m. PDT | Zoom

Free for WECA Members and their employees.

All others $70/registration.



Join WECA and the Contractors' Plan for the Webinar: "Essential Knowledge for Bidding & Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs" on August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT on Zoom.

This Webinar discusses how to navigate prevailing wage while ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations, and profitability.

Competition for prevailing wage jobs is fierce, and some of the greatest challenges for open shop government contractors is ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations while ensuring profitability. Whether competing on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act or local prevailing wage ordinances, it’s critical for contractors to be well informed and educated to ensure adherence to the complex and rigorous rules.

Learn from industry expert Nathaniel Peniston as he shares best practices for:

• ESSER and coronavirus funding
• Where to find prevailing wage rates & how to understand them
• Understanding how base wage and fringe obligations are best met
• Fringe Benefits & Annualization
• Best practices in demonstrating compliance

If you’re a contractor performing prevailing wage work, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

SPEAKER INFO

Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan

Nathaniel Peniston works with external partners such as WECA to identify areas of collaboration and drive customer success. An expert in the administration and compliance challenges of hourly employees with prevailing wage and fringe benefit obligations, Peniston has published a number of articles, including “Why ‘Prevailing Wages’ Exist & How to Take Advantage of Them,” and a book, “The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs.”

If you're a WECA member, take advantage of free registration and reserve your spot now. All others $70/registration.

Time's running out, so register for the Webinar today to make sure you get a spot!
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   Have you ever had issues with transporting construction materials to and from your jobsites?

Learn how WECA Industry Partner Curri can help you!



One of WECA's newest Industry Partners, Curri, is the self-proclaimed "Uber for construction materials". The delivery platform and driver app handles the delivery of construction materials from any and all suppliers to jobsites, between branches, or wherever you need them. Learn about using outsourced vs. in-house delivery drivers here.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   Have a passion for teaching? Full and part-time Electrical and Low Voltage Positions open across CA



WECA is currently hiring for both full-time and part-time instructor positions in California. Join the WECA Team and help build the next generation of the electrical industry by sharing your electrical expertise and passion. View our open job listings here!
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Thursday, August 12, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, July 29, 2021   Remembering Steve Kappes, WECA Low Voltage Apprenticeship Instructor



It is with great sadness that WECA shares the news of the passing of Low Voltage Apprenticeship instructor Steve Kappes.

A native of Sacramento, Steve became a WECA Low Voltage Apprenticeship (Voice Data Video/Fire Life Safety) instructor with WECA in 2016 after serving in the United States Navy for 14 years and subsequently working for various fire alarm and CCTV companies in the Bay Area.

Steve studied at American River College in Sacramento before joining the Navy, where he specialized in the maintenance of submarine communications equipment. During his time in the Navy, Steve also took advantage of fire alarm systems training, which provided him with a wealth of technical knowledge to take into his next career.

Prior to landing at WECA, Steve served as a service manager for SimplexGrinnell in San Jose and worked on various low voltage systems for the Napa Unified School District. 



Steve also held a C-10 Electrical Contractors license and was certified as a California Fire/Life Safety Technician; a NICET Level III, Senior Electronics Technician, and was factory-certified for multiple manufacturer’s fire alarm, security, telephone, and CCTV systems over the course of his accomplished career.



WECA Apprenticeship Training and Facilities Director Don Black says “Steve’s humor, kind heart, and passion for learning will be greatly missed.  Steve and our Fire Life Safety/VDV programs go hand in hand as he played a critical role in making the great programs they are today.”
  
Steve was pre-deceased by his wife, Lisa, and is survived by his two sons, Jason (and his wife Jenn) and Chris, and his daughter, Abbie; and two grandchildren.
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Thursday, July 29, 2021   Don't miss out on Webinar: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs

August 18 | 10 a.m. PDT | Zoom
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Free for WECA Members and their employees.
All others $70/registration.



Join WECA and the Contractors' Plan for the Webinar: "Essential Knowledge for Bidding & Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs" on August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT on Zoom.

This Webinar discusses how to navigate prevailing wage while ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations, and profitability.

Competition for prevailing wage jobs is fierce, and some of the greatest challenges for open shop government contractors is ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations while ensuring profitability. Whether competing on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act or local prevailing wage ordinances, it’s critical for contractors to be well informed and educated to ensure adherence to the complex and rigorous rules.

Learn from industry expert Nathaniel Peniston as he shares best practices for:

• ESSER and coronavirus funding
• Where to find prevailing wage rates & how to understand them
• Understanding how base wage and fringe obligations are best met
• Fringe Benefits & Annualization
• Best practices in demonstrating compliance

If you’re a contractor performing prevailing wage work, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

SPEAKER INFO

Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan

Nathaniel Peniston works with external partners such as WECA to identify areas of collaboration and drive customer success. An expert in the administration and compliance challenges of hourly employees with prevailing wage and fringe benefit obligations, Peniston has published a number of articles, including “Why ‘Prevailing Wages’ Exist & How to Take Advantage of Them,” and a book, “The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs.”

If you're a WECA member, take advantage of free registration and reserve your spot now. All others $70/registration.

Register for the Webinar today!
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Thursday, July 29, 2021   Automate and schedule your employees' required training at your fingertips with ThinkHR



WECA Member Contractors: would it be helpful to schedule and automate your employees' required training?

With ThinkHR, WECA Members get access to human resources forms, documents, tools, trainings, and more--all online at your fingertips. 

Here's a tip:

With ThinkHR--complimentary access to which is a WECA member benefit--you can maintain training compliance through their online platform. You enter in employee information and choose which courses they need to take. ThinkHR sends an email to the employee with the link to log in and their credentials and course(s) they are required to take, as well as when they are due. Once course(s) have been completed you can print a certification of completion for their employee file.

Not yet enrolled in ThinkHR? It's easy to do--just login to your WECA member dashboard and click "Register for HR Comply from ThinkHR."
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Thursday, July 29, 2021   Seeking Qualified Electrician Instructors for Online Weeknight and Saturday Classes

It's the Perfect Side Gig That Doesn't Interfere with Your Primary Job!

We're Experiencing Record Enrollment in Our GetWired! Program and Our Need for Additional Part-Time Instructors Just Keeps Growing





If you're a certified electrician or C-10 contractor (or a retired one, on either front), we've got a great opportunity for you: become a part-time, online WECA instructor on weeknights and Saturdays! It's the perfect side gig to complement your day job (or keep your skills sharp in your retirement), and you can bring in some extra cash sharing your expertise with the next generation of electricians in California.

Teach for WECA's GetWired! electrician training program from the comfort of home (with the option to also teach in-person Saturday labs).

Review the job listing and apply here.

Not yet qualified, but interested in completing your education and becoming a certified electrician in California--and maybe teaching for us some day in the future? Find out why the GetWired! Program, culminating in WECA's Electrician Trainee Program Certificate, is training thousands of students across California, with more enrolling every day.
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Thursday, July 29, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Industry Partner Spotlight: Eric Anderton of Construction Genius




Even the top dogs in the construction industry need additional help and insight from time to time. Luckily for them, they’ve got Eric Anderton—the construction industry executive, leadership advisor, strategic facilitator, keynote speaker, and podcast host behind Construction Genius, one of WECA’s newest Industry Partners—in their corner.

Anderton boasts an impressive background, with 25 years of public speaking, small group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring under his toolbelt. He began working with construction companies in 2004 and founded his own company—Construction Genius—in 2013. And in recent years, he’s even delved into a newer but wildly popular medium—podcasts! Anderton hosts the Construction Genius podcast, which sees over 6,000 construction leaders tuning in per month to listen to his interviews with construction company executives and industry influencers and glean from Eric’s insights into how to be a better leader.

Prior to that, Eric received a Bachelor’s in History at Humboldt State University and subsequently worked in sales and marketing for various office-oriented companies, selling software, copiers, and the like. During this time, Anderton also honed his mentorship, small group facilitation, and public speaking experience out of the office by mentoring and advising a bible study group at Sacramento State, serving as a chaplain for Sacramento State’s football team, and coaching Little League baseball and youth soccer.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Well, Eric sounds great, but what can he do for me and my company?,” wonder no more! As an executive coach, Eric provides leaders with a knowledgeable sounding board and helps them to develop the next generation of leaders so that they (the current leaders) can maximize their wealth and happiness and secure a legacy.

Far from being a vague new-age guru, Eric helps construction company CEOs, construction industry firms, and smaller business owners tackle what he says are the biggest hurdles facing today’s leaders: clarifying their business purpose and values, building strategic plans, developing their best people over the long-term, systematically innovating through obstacles, and executing their most important priorities.

“The most important skills and traits for effective leaders to have are the ability to communicate with a diverse workforce, build teams, manage conflict, delegate people and hold them accountable for their performance, utilize time effectively, think strategically, overcome their blind spots, and leverage their strengths. If that sounds like a lot, not to worry—that’s why I’m here to help guide them and hone their leadership approach,” says Anderton.

But it’s not all just about a company’s or individual’s bottom line.

“I love that I get to help people face and conquer challenges they previously thought insurmountable,” says Anderton. “What I do helps people secure their retirements and the livelihoods of their employees and helps them to become more confident and capable leaders, but most of all—maximizes their happiness!”

When not working, Anderton enjoys spending time with his family (he’s a father of five!), contributing to the community in various ways, and studying ancient and modern history as well as leadership and strategic principles.

WECA Member Contractors interested in working with Anderton can get in touch with him via:

·        Contact him at constructiongenius.com/contact/ to fill out a contact form.
·        Schedule a free 10-minute chat with him at https://10minutes.youcanbook.me/

?You can get further insight via his podcast at https://www.constructiongenius.com/podcast or his blog at https://www.constructiongenius.com/blog/
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Webinar: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs

August 18 | 10 a.m. PDT | Zoom

Free for WECA Members and their employees.
All others $70/registration.



Join WECA and the Contractors' Plan for the Webinar: "Essential Knowledge for Bidding & Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs" on August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT on Zoom.

This Webinar discusses how to navigate prevailing wage while ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations, and profitability.

Competition for prevailing wage jobs is fierce, and some of the greatest challenges for open shop government contractors is ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations while ensuring profitability. Whether competing on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act or local prevailing wage ordinances, it’s critical for contractors to be well informed and educated to ensure adherence to the complex and rigorous rules.

Learn from industry expert Nathaniel Peniston as he shares best practices for:

• ESSER and coronavirus funding
• Where to find prevailing wage rates & how to understand them
• Understanding how base wage and fringe obligations are best met
• Fringe Benefits & Annualization
• Best practices in demonstrating compliance

If you’re a contractor performing prevailing wage work, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

SPEAKER INFO

Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan

Nathaniel Peniston works with external partners such as WECA to identify areas of collaboration and drive customer success. An expert in the administration and compliance challenges of hourly employees with prevailing wage and fringe benefit obligations, Peniston has published a number of articles, including “Why ‘Prevailing Wages’ Exist & How to Take Advantage of Them,” and a book, “The Contractor’s Guide to the Davis-Bacon Act: Essential Knowledge for Bidding and Compliance on Prevailing Wage Jobs.”

If you're a WECA member, take advantage of free registration and reserve your spot now. All others $70/registration.

Register for the Webinar today!
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   It's time to come together to celebrate the WECA Graduating Classes of 2021!

Support WECA graduates by sponsoring their graduation events.

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Dear WECA Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and Supporters,

WECA is proud to announce the Graduating Classes of 2021!

Our Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, and Low Voltage Apprentices as well as Electrician Trainees in our GET WIRED! program in the Class of 2021 have successfully completed their education with WECA!

Help us honor their achievement with your sponsorship of their graduation events on:
  • Saturday, August 28, 2021 at WECA Headquarters (3695 Bleckely St., Rancho Cordova, CA 95655) from 4 PM - 7:30 PM for Northern California graduates.
  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the Falkner Winery (40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591) from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for Southern California graduates.


The Class of 2020, whose graduation events last year were precluded by the pandemic, will additionally be honored at these events.

Help us make their graduation memorable--your sponsorship can allow you and members of your team to attend either graduation event, which is especially meaningful for grads if you're their contractor. Plus, you can meet WECA instructors and staff, other member contractors, and electrical industry supporters as well. Sponsorship packages at different levels may include tickets to attend one or both graduations, ads in the graduation program, recognition of your sponsorship during the ceremony, mention of your support on our website, in our newsletters, and over social media.   

Please consider the sponsorship opportunities at the link below, and thank you for your support of electrical and low voltage education!

Sincerely,

The WECA Graduation Team

Reserve your sponsorship package
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   Help your Spanish-speaking employees get proper OSHA training with WECA and ClickSafety



Put safety first on the work site by ensuring that all of your employees get proper training on important safety and health matters. WECA makes that easy with our catalog of safety courses, including one in Spanish (OSHA 10 Construction Spanish).


OSHA implemented an Outreach Training Program that has proven to be highly successful in reducing the number of on-the-job accidents. According to OSHA, the Outreach Program is their “primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health”. This 10-Hour course from WECA partner ClickSafety is an online version of OSHA’s successful program covers fewer topics than OSHA 30. Online OSHA training is an excellent way to ensure that you have been properly trained on important safety and health matters at your work sites.

The course covers:
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Focus Four Hazards and Preventative Measures Topics: Fall Hazards, Electrocution Hazards, Caught-In or -Between, Struck-By
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Health Hazards in Construction
  • Materials Handling, Storage, and Use
  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Tools-Hand & Power
  • Leading Cultural Change
OSHA implementó un Programa de Capacitación de Difusión que ha dado muy buenos resultados para disminuir la cantidad de accidentes en el trabajo. De acuerdo con OSHA, su Programa de Difusión es "su forma fundamental de capacitar a los trabajadores en cuanto a los conocimientos básicos de salud y seguridad ocupacional". 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.

El curso cubre:
  • Introducción a OSHA
  • Los cuatro riesgos principales y medidas de prevención Temas: riesgo de caídas, riesgo de electrocución, riesgo de atrapamiento, riesgo de golpes
  • Equipo de protección personal (EPP)
  • Riesgos para la salud en la construcción
  • Uso, manipulación y almacenamiento de materiales
  • Gradas y escaleras
  • Herramientas manuales y eléctricas
  • Líderes del cambio cultural
OSHA 10 Construction Spanish
And of course, we offer it in English, too: OSHA 10 Construction

 
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Thursday, July 15, 2021   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 12-21-20)
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   WECA Apprentices in California have returned to in-person instruction at our training facilities!

Pics from our first classes back, below. Also featuring our newly-opened Fresno Training Facility and upgraded San Diego Facility!

WECA Member Contractors: we've missed having your Apprentices walk our halls, and our instructors have missed seeing them in person! While no one missed a beat in their educations thanks to WECA's online apprenticeship delivery during the worst of the COVID pandemic, being back in person in California feels great.

We're also celebrating our very first apprenticeship classes at our brand-new Fresno Training Facility, now serving the Central Valley, and our upgraded San Diego Training Facility at its new location.

Go behind-the-scenes with us as we check out the action in our California classrooms and labs from the past two weeks!

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Thursday, July 01, 2021   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Electrician Trainees available in Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sutter and Ventura counties



Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Clara,
Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sutter and Ventura 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 journeyperson students 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.

Begin using WECA's Student Referral Service by:
  1. Contacting Trisha Hughes, Client Services Specialist I, by email at thughes@goweca.com
  2. Or call our office to speak with her at 1-877-444-9322
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   Have an employee you're eyeing for promotion to a leadership role?

Have an employee you're eyeing for promotion to a leadership role? Check out WECA's newly updated GetWired! 403: Jobsite Management Skills

Now with an increased focus on project-based learning; featuring digital construction management platform Procore and estimating platform Esticom

The newly-updated GetWired! 403 is designed around giving our students exposure to digital construction management platforms as they hone essential jobsite management skills. They'll learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic digital estimating.

This project-based course immerses students in real-world scenarios.

This class is designed for both Journeyperson Continuing Education Students and advanced Electrician Trainee Program Certificate students who have completed the appropriate prerequisites.

Either way, it's an excellent training option for new or soon-to-be-promoted foreperson employees.

Jobsite Management Skills focuses on:
 
  • Providing an introduction to concepts, technology, and best practices for project management, electrical estimating in a software environment, jobsite leadership, and communications
  • Exposure to digital construction management platforms: Learn to use Procore’s Construction Management Software for project management and communications and Esticom Software for basic estimating using in-class instruction and self-paced video training.
  • Interpersonal skills and communications with internal and external stakeholders on the job, as well as those under your supervision
  • Using typical construction documentation and resources on construction management software to plan, manage, and record the electrical work processes of a typical residential/commercial construction project
  • The general leadership and foremanship skills required for profitable and successful project completion
This course is suitable for those already in a leadership role on a commercial or residential electrical jobsite who wish to enhance their skills, as well as suitable for those who want to develop the skills they need to be promoted to a leadership role.
 
  • Total class hours available: 32
  • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
  • Late Tuition Fee: $389
Our September instance of this upgraded course filled so fast it surprised even us, but there are still seats available in the next class, starting November 8th.

Encourage your employees to enroll--or enroll them yourselves and use WECA's member training discounts--today!

Some snapshots from the course:



Here we're looking at the basic functions of Procore, a leading construction management software solution for the industry that fully integrates with Esticom estimating software. Students will have full hands-on access to both applications.



Here we're learning the basics of estimating using the Esticom app. Students then apply their new digital estimating skills to a material take-off and estimate for an electrical lighting circuit.



This slide opens a section on Invitations to Bid, as students broaden their knowledge on what goes into submitting a bid.



In the Contracts section of the course, students learn about how to negotiate contract terms by applying negotiation techniques discussed in this lesson.



 
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   Capture CA's growing electric vehicle & electrification market...

Capture California's growing electric vehicle and electrification market--learn how at WECA and Qmerit's July 15 Webinar "The California EV and Electrification Tsunami".



Join WECA and one of our newest Industry Partners, Qmerit!

When: July 15, 2021 from 8:30 to 9:30 am PDT.
Where: Zoom

The California EV and Electrification Tsunami: How to become a player in the electrification movement.

Featured topics:
  • The future of electrification wave coming to California
  • Technology innovation
  • Growing your electrification business
  • Capturing this market
  • And more!


Free for WECA Member Contractors and their employees; $35 for all other attendees.

Register today!
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Thursday, July 01, 2021   Save the date for WECA's 2021 NorCal and SoCal graduations!

Save the date for WECA's 2021 NorCal and SoCal graduations!

Invitations and sponsorship information coming soon



WECA's 2021 Commencement Ceremonies for our Northern and Southern California Graduating Apprenticeship and Electrician Trainee Program Classes of 2021, as well as special honors for attending 2020 Graduates, will be held on the dates shown above. Please save the date(s) and watch your WECA communications for more details as these events draw closer!
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