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Friday, April 12, 2019   Making a Difference with WECA Lab Donations: Scoreboard Update and Thank You to Our Donors!



We could not do what we do here at WECA without the help of our dedicated members and industry partners. Please join us in saying 'thank you' to the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the State of California.

"We would like to thank everyone who has donated supplies and equipment to us this year. These donations really contribute to the educational excellence here at WECA. It is truly a team effort when it comes to shaping the next generation of electricians," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. 

WECA extends a huge thank you to:
  • Lee Bowman and Med Cram (Platt Electric Supply)
  • Ron Arnall (Western Tube and Conduit)
  • Kristen Pontolino and Ned Johns (Ideal Industries)
  • Gary Howell (Howell Multimedia)
  • Max Charlton (Klein Tools)
There's still time to make a difference at WECA and claim your place on this year's scoreboard! To make a donation, please click on the above image to be redirected to our lab donations scoreboard and wish list. Donors will be featured on the lab donations scoreboard and the WECA and WECEF websites.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   WECA Employee Spotlight: Diane Trotter



"Why is this the first time I'm hearing about this? It sounds like a great career."

These are the words that make talking to prospective WECA apprentices immensely rewarding for Diane Trotter, WECA's new apprenticeship recruiter.

"I love sharing all the great benefits of our apprenticeship program," said Trotter. "You see a light in their eyes as they realize there is an alternative to the traditional college path, and it is very rewarding to see."

Trotter, a native of Santa Cruz, majored in business administration at Fresno State. Prior to joining WECA, she served as the general manger at many JCPenney locations, including her last outpost in Stockton.

"A friend of mine shared the [apprenticeship recruiter] position description with me, and it sounded like so much fun - who wouldn't want to share information about the opportunities that are available in the electrical and low voltage trades with everyone? These are great trades and career paths," said Trotter.

Her enthusiasm for the position as well as WECA's mission is evident in her outreach efforts.

"My job is to make sure that the general public as well as high school and college students know that there are opportunities that they may have not considered before, and that being an apprentice for one of our member contractors is a great path that will give them the on-the-job training and classroom education they need to fulfill state requirements on their way to becoming journeymen," said Trotter. "I also get to meet them when they are invited in for testing and orientation and help to answer their questions about our apprenticeship standards."

Trotter's optimistic energy is also palpable when she discusses her professional and personal philosophies.

"[I hope] to learn as much as I can so that I can add value to students, staff, and our member contractors," said Trotter. "And at this moment in my life I'm all about doing more things for the first time and stretching myself to do things that make me uncomfortable - which helps me be a better person."

And Trotter is well on her way to achieving her goals and more, according to her contemporaries.

"Diane has been a fast learner and is already building relationships with new contacts and in new geographic areas," said Wendy Flanagan, WECA's Assistant Director of Apprenticeship. "She has the ability to connect with applicants and students as well as business partners. She is a great addition to our team."

When not inspiring students and staff alike in her day-to-day with WECA, Trotter loves to go hiking with her husband, run, go to the movies, read, and travel. She is also the proud mother of two young men.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Prominent WECA Member Sued; CABIA at Forefront of Efforts to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits.


A prominent WECA member was recently sued under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) by a former employee. 

The California Business and Industrial Alliance (CABIA) is at the forefront of reform efforts to reduce frivolous and costly lawsuits over minor wage and hour violations. 

If you want to learn more about CABIA or the risk of PAGA lawsuits, attend this April 17 event in Orange, CA. RSVP directly with CABIA per the flyer below:
 
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Friday, April 12, 2019   BICSI Classes Underway at WECA! Read Instructor John Arias' Review of the Program



BICSI classes are underway at WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters until June 28th, and we strongly encourage our member contractors and students to enroll in these courses to further develop a wide breadth of knowledge.

If you're wondering if you should register for these classes, look no further. WECA instructor John Arias enrolled and participated in the first class and shared his insight on the class with us:

Be humble, be teachable, and always keep learning.

Ever the student, Arias was intrigued when WECA announced that BICSI would be holding classes at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. So, he signed up for and took the class to satisfy his curiosity.
Overall, Arias reported that he enjoyed the class very much, though the class was a recap of the basic principles of electrical theory as well as signal and data transmissions and industry standards for installations.

"The course is comparable to first-year apprenticeship classes at WECA," said Arias, "because the course focused more on understanding electrical theory, rather than the fine details on terminating."

Regardless of the beginner's nature of the class, however, Arias recommended the BICSI program to WECA members and students.

"The BICSI installation credential is internationally recognized," said Arias. "It's my understanding that some large projects would require a BICSI certified installer to be on site. And for students that have graduated our apprenticeship, an installer should be well-prepared to obtain the BICSI credential because this brings value not only to the individual, but the company as well."

For member contractors and students interested in taking BICSI classes, Arias noted that preparation was important regardless of the desired class level.

"Purchase the BICSI Information Technology Systems Installation Methods manual well in advance," said Arias. "Having it two weeks prior to class will help tremendously. Brush up on the basics."

Interested in enrolling yourself or an employee in a BICSI course? See below for remaining class dates at our Rancho Cordova HQ. 

But seats are filling fast, so register now!


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

OSP102: 
 Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21 
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways...Learn More
PM102: 
Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14
 Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project...Learn More
DC102: 
Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices Jun 24-28
BICSI's DC102: Applied Data Center Design and Best Practices course is a five-day course that provides an in-depth review of best practices for designing data centers. In this course you will be introduced to various data center infrastructure systems. In addition, you will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned by engaging in case studies...Learn More

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


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Why Merit Shop? Download This Poster for Your Workplace Today!

ou know all the reasons you choose to be merit shop--but sometimes it's helpful to review them!

WECA is pleased to provide this downloadable poster (11x17 print size) for your workplace. It covers the Merit Shop philosophy, explains the benefits of merit shops and drawbacks of union shops, and contains helpful information for your employees about their rights.

If you're a member of WECA, we're also happy to provide you with our print edition of this information. (It's in folded brochure format for easy hand-out). Please email us at communications@goweca.com to request print brochures.
 
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Employee Training is Worth the Investment

Article content is courtesy of: Go2HR

EMPLOYEE TRAINING IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT 
Staff training is essential for specific purposes related to your business. You may require new workers to undertake instruction in first aid, food handling or a new booking system. Incorporating training that develops employees toward long-term career goals can also promote greater job satisfaction. A more satisfied employee is likely to stay longer and be more productive while on your team.

THE COST OF TURNOVER
A recent survey indicates that 40 per cent of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. They cite the lack of skills training and development as the principal reason for moving on.
Consider the cost of turnover. With one fewer worker, your company's productivity slips. Sales decline. Your current staff members are required to work more hours. Morale may suffer. To find a replacement, you spend time screening and interviewing applicants. Once you hire someone, you need to train that person. The cost of staff turnover adds up. Figures vary, but it can cost as much as $2,500, depending on the position, to replace a frontline employee. That is a hefty price to pay for not training staff.

To read the rest of this article, click here.
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Friday, April 12, 2019   Have You Gotten Your Copy of "Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: a Contractor's Guide" Yet?

If you're still grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, make sure to get your copy of the newly-released 2nd edition of our eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide, today! 

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 
Our 2nd edition is newly updated with the latest changes to California law.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Friday, April 12, 2019   WECA Member Contractors: Please Check Your Inboxes and Respond to Our 3-Minute Survey

 Dear WECA Member Contractors,
     
If you haven't yet submitted your responses, please check your inbox for your survey link and help us better understand your needs for jobsite technology training for you, your apprentices, and your other employees, as we continuously update and improve our curriculum and course offerings.

Survey respondents will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card. Three winners will be drawn from among respondents. 

Thanks,
   The WECA Team
 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Extra, Extra! Read All About WECA HQ's Updated Low Voltage Lab!

Low Volt Lab

WECA is committed to staying at the forefront of training for the low voltage industry, and recent upgrades to its apprenticeship labs in Rancho Cordova reflect that. These upgraded labs are optimized to produce apprentices that are well-versed in the latest integrated systems and applications. Furthermore, apprentices trained in the new labs should possess the requisite confidence and experience contractors are looking for in today's labor pool.

The updated lab space- triple the size of its previous iteration - features increased square footage and more student lab positions. What's more, the new layout will allow students to get more hands-on experience with established technologies such as fire alarms systems, security systems, and nurse call systems, as well as emerging technologies such as voice evacuation systems, very early smoke detection apparatuses, and open-area smoke imaging detection systems.
Fire Alarm Systems; Generic
  • 12 positions
  • Both conventional and addressable
  • Limited number of identical backboxes utilizing pluggable 120V primary power
  • Maintenance power switches at each station
  • Some "zone assignment" programming available to familiarize apprentices with "control-by-event" programming
  • Separate 24VDC power supplies also available to drive relays that are used for HVAC shutdown or elevator recall
 
Intrusion Systems (Burglar Alarms): Honeywell VISTA 20P
  • 8 positions
  • Common; typically found in schools or small businesses
  • These systems help to reinforce basic Ohm's Law principles, and to help apprentices differentiate between the wiring schemes for fire alarm systems and burglar alarm systems
 
Card Access Systems: ZKAccess
  • 8 positions
  • Can utilize either "stand-alone" or networked installations
  • Currently set up for a stand-alone installation, but still wired to allow for networking later
  • These systems require an understanding of how relays work to lock or unlock doors based on the credentials presented. This reinforces the concepts of electronic switches (relays).
 
Video surveillance system (CCTV): WBox CCTV Systems
  • 8 positions
  • ADI's store branded CCTV systems allow for an introduction to CCTV without overwhelming apprentices
  • WECA may install one pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera at each WECA location at a later date. Each camera would possess the ability to route the power and signal to each apprentice position.
  • WECA plans to install four sets of eight cameras on equipment racks at a later date. Longer wire runs will utilize permanent wiring that the apprentices can extend to each CCTV position. Shorter wire runs will be installed by apprentices.
  • Apprentices will be introduced to the unique terminology of video systems. While they will rarely be required to select specific camera formats and/or lenses, instructors will have the opportunity to describe how and why certain cameras and formats are selected for specific tasks.
 
Nurse Call/Area of Rescue Assistance Systems: Tek-Tone
  • 8 positions
  • Apprentices will work on lab exercises for the equipment,including the multiple small gauge wires used throughout the system
 
Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA); Brand TBD
  • Number of positions TBD
  • These systems are becoming common in computer rooms and "clean" rooms, thus we would like to purchase and install one or two of these systems to familiarize fire alarm technicians with them.
 
Open-area smoke imaging detection (OSIS); Brand TBD
  • Number of positions TBD
  • This is a fairly recent development in smoke detection technology. These are predominantly replacing projected beam detectors. These systems are also typically used in large, open areas, such as theaters, gymnasiums, and warehouses.
 
"There's really no comparison [to the old lab]", said WECA low volt instructor Steve Kappes. "[The old lab] comprised approximately 570 square feet, about the size of a one-car garage. The walls were lined with 16 fire alarm panels, with only half being used at any given time, and the ceiling was a maze of conduit and junction boxes connecting the panels to one another."

The redesign will also allow students to work simultaneously, utilize workbenches for tabletop applications, and store tools, parts and equipment in a locked storage area.
Kappes said that such a redesign was essential to students' continued success both in the classroom and on the job site.

"Most of our low voltage contractors deal primarily with either data systems (computer and telecommunications cabling and equipment) or fire alarms and other systems that would fall into the 'life safety' category", said Kappes. "As a consequence of that focus, our labs have been arranged and equipped to introduce our low voltage apprentices to these two primary areas of interest."

Thanks to Kappes' efforts, low volt apprentices will benefit from intensive - but supportive - learning in a lab with a variety of complex yet interoperable systems like the ones encountered in the field.

"The more exposure we give to our students in the relative safety of the classroom and lab, the more comfortable they will be out in the field approaching a new installation," said Kappes. "Most of our systems are very basic, simple systems. This way we can teach the fundamentals of systems before the students are out in the field confronting a complex piece of equipment they've never seen before."

But confidence isn't the only thing apprentices will gain, according to Kappes.

"The more diverse the equipment and installation techniques an apprentice is exposed to in the classroom, the more confident they are in their abilities to install a system they may be unfamiliar with. And the more confident they are, the more valuable they will be to a current or prospective employer," said Kappes.

Moving forward, Kappes hopes students will build upon the experience they've gained in the classroom and successfully apply it in the field.

"One of the keys to being successful is the ability, and willingness, to follow detailed instructions," said Kappes. "Most of the systems we deal with in the low voltage field employ some level of computer processing. The ability to work through a situation in a step-by-step, detailed manner is a huge advantage to a low voltage technician."

Kappes also reaffirmed WECA's commitment to staying one step ahead of the game by disclosing future expansion plans.

"We've created a world-class fire and life safety lab, and we'd now like to turn our attention to upgrading the existing voice-data-video (VDV) lab," said Kappes.

The expansion is necessary to accommodate anticipated larger class sizes, according to Kappes. Such an expansion would entail reconfiguring the lab from four positions to twelve, removing most of the rack and tool storage, and utilizing all four walls for increased lab positions. The expansion would also allow instructors to serve more students in smaller groups so that they receive the necessary hands-on practice most students need.

"[We also hope] to create a 'mock' server room or computer room, possibly incorporating a raised floor and multiple rows of equipment racks to familiarize students with the types of cable pulls they may encounter in the field," said Kappes.

To that end, Kappes stated that he and fellow instructor John Arias will contact WECA member contractors specializing in low voltage and data to gather input and ideas regarding how to best prepare apprentices for maximum productivity once they reach the field.

In the meantime, though, Kappes mused that "our industry continues to adopt technology as it becomes available and reliable. Our goal is to continually upgrade the labs - and the program in general - to stay relevant in the industry and [be] beneficial to our member contractors."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Employee Spotlight: New Apprenticeship Training Director Don Black



Don Black is a blue-collar guy at heart.

Black, WECA's new apprentice training director, is a self-professed outdoorsman, handyman, and lover of all things career education. "I love the trades, and I love anything that requires your brain and hands to get in sync," said Black.

Black - a native of tiny Jasper, Oregon - majored in sociology at Humboldt State and earned a master's degree in business from Regis University. With these degrees under his toolbelt, Black forged a successful career in the financial aid sector and the operations sector, respectively, at institutions such as Humboldt State, George Fox University, and the Universal Technical Institute.

"I have loved being a part of helping others achieve their career goals, am passionate about education that is directly connected to a career and love that WECA connects its apprentices and trainees directly with a career," said Black.

For Black, his new job isn't just a job. It's a deeply held conviction and passion, one that extends all the way back to his pre-college days when he set his sights on becoming a carpenter.

"I believe I am on this earth to help others achieve things they may not have thought possible, and [to help them] be the best version of themselves," said Black. "I am a coach and a mentor - my job is to help the instructors be the best they can be in connecting content to students to ensure understanding of the training, and to connect the content to the learner so that the learner can engage with and absorb the material."

And it seems that Black's contemporaries - such as WECA executive director and CEO Terry Seabury - agree with his sentiments.

"Don has contributed to the association from day one," said Seabury. "He recently held a comprehensive and much-needed three-day apprenticeship instructor meeting and led his team in many collaborative discussions on issues and opportunities for improvement. The future progress and continuous improvement Don and his team are already planning are sure to impress us all."

According to Black, his approach ensures "an environment that allows for students' differences" and states that "students will learn all that they need, and our members will have great apprentices and employees".

Black's approach to success, however, doesn't stop with WECA. He also considers the long game - life after WECA.

"Take your training seriously, and don't dismiss the soft skills," said Black. "90 percent of success is showing up on time, being able to learn, working as part of a team, and problem solving. These are critical skills that will grow your career and your paycheck."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Save the Dates for WECA's Graduations!


Hey, upcoming grads! 


Graduation is just around the corner, so don't forget to save the date for your graduation - and spread the word to your guests, too!


Invitations coming soon. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Learn More About Our Upcoming Outreach Events!

Watch for WECA's outreach team at the following events, and stop by to say hi!

Please note: all events listed are located in Northern California, unless otherwise noted.

3/21: Trinity High School Career Presentation (Weaverville)
3/22: Antelope High School Career Fair (Antelope)
3/27: Campus Visit to B.E. Academy (Manteca)
4/3: Sheldon High School Career Fair (Elk Grove)
4/8: College and Career Day at Mendota High School (Mendota; near Fresno)
4/13: 5th Annual Skilled Trades Job Fair at Citrus Heights Community Center (Citrus Heights)
4/17: 26th Annual Community Job Fair at Monterey Conference Center (Monterey)
4/19: SDJC Annual CTE Career Fair at Delta College (Stockton)
4/26: Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet at BT Collins Army Reserve (Sacramento)
4/30: Calvine High School College and Career Fair (Elk Grove)
5/2: McKinleyville High School Career and Education Fair (McKinleyville)
5/7: Apprenticeship Fair at Grossmont College (El Cajon; near San Diego)
5/15: Presentation at San Juan Academy (Citrus Heights)

We'll see you there!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Journeymen and Electrician Trainees: Are You Out of Work? View Jobs, Post Your Resume, and Try SRS!



Are you currently out of work and seeking employment?


Post your resume to the WECA Job Board or view open positions posted by our members.
Our contractors are hiring!
If you are a current WECA student or a WECA grad, go a step further and contact us about our Student Referral Service! This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals and taking some of that work off your plate.


WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industries with the contractors who want to hire them.


Our job board exists for...
  • Electricians;
  • Low voltage technicians;
  • Electrician trainees and journeymen;
  • Industry employees (including office personnel!);
  • and the Member Contractors who want to hire them.
This is a free, no-obligation service open to all workers seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

Search Open Positions Today

If you are a current WECA student or a WECA grad, consider trying our Student Referral Service! This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals and taking some of that work off your plate. Learn more and sign up here.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Reminder: Commercial and Residential Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits for Program

 The Details

     Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). If you're an apprenticeship graduate looking to further your education with traditional college in a related field--or a current apprentice planning ahead for that--read on to learn more about this benefit and to determine if you are eligible for it. 
 
     This benefit provides graduates of the WECA commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship programs the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 
     NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA at: http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 

Q: Who is eligible?
A:
Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's 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 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical program, and up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential program. 

Q: How Do WECA Commercial and Residential 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 or Residential 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 submit a  Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.


Q: What about Low Voltage Apprenticeship? Or the Electrician Trainee Program?
A: 
WECA plans to pursue college credit recommendations for its Low Voltage Apprenticeship program next year, so please stay tuned for more information on that. 

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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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   BICSI Classes at WECA HQ Starting This Month!

WECA is a BICSI ATF



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

Seats filling fast, register now!

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

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

OSP102
Applied Outside Plant Design May 20-24 & June 17-21
This course is designed to provide application-based knowledge of all aspects of the Outside Plant (OSP) installation process. During this course, students will apply what they have learned through a series of design exercises such as route design, selecting cables to be housed in the pathways... Learn More

PM102
Applied Telecommunications Project Management Jun 10-14
 Proper project management is the foundation of any successful project. This course is designed to provide ICT professionals an opportunity to build on their existing project management skills while also exploring the steps and thought processes behind the basic principles and information necessary for managing a successful telecommunications project... Learn More

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

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

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Explore "Service Technician - General Residential"



This 16-hour course is geared toward residential electricians, or those training to become one, looking to become better service technicians by gaining the skillset required for diagnosing and troubleshooting common residential electrical issues as well as working with customers. This class includes the use of scenarios that simulate residential service calls to help train electricians in working with customers. Scenarios also cover best practices in utilizing the information provided by customers to help systematically diagnose problems, conduct tests, access a well-stocked service vehicle, replace defective equipment, and submit invoices to customers.

WECA's Senior Education Advisor and Curriculum Development Lead, Rick Labon, has designed the course to effectively teach students the proper methods and practices to succeed as service technicians. Labon explains, "There have been very few training resources out there for someone seeking the skills a residential electrician needs to become a successful service technician. That means, historically, residential electricians have had to rely upon trial-and-error learning, which is neither a safe nor economical way of acquiring the necessary skills. This "Service Technician - General Residential" course has been designed by WECA's subject matter experts and I to take the guess work out of what a residential electrician needs to know. We've replaced that guess work with knowledge gained from years of service expertise. All of the modules are based on tried-and-true methods which we teach through practice activities using real-world scenarios that residential electricians will actually find in the field."
 
Find more information, or sign up for this online, self-paced course here.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019   Prepare for your LowVolt Certification Exam Online, at Your Own Pace: VDV and FLS Exam Prep


Check out WECA's self-paced, 32-hour online exam preparation courses for the California voice-data-video and fire/life safety tech certification exams!

Learn methods for effectively finding the answers to the exam questions in your Code books, and gain deeper understanding of VDV and FLS concepts. 

Learn more and enroll in either of these online courses here.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019   Labor Law Update

Medical Leave: How and Why Chipotle Prevailed in a High-Stakes Pregnancy Discrimination Trial After an eight-day trial, a Southern California jury has decided that Chipotle Mexican Grill did not unlawfully discriminate when it fired a manager after she suffered a miscarriage and failed to return from a 12-week medical leave. The plaintiff claimed that she needed additional time off because of mental strain. The jury agreed that the plaintiff was suffering from a mental impairment but decided that the impairment itself did not entitle her to additional protected medical leave. More
 
Appeals Court Decision Challenges Independent Contractor Definition A recent California Court of Appeal decision indicates that the state is trending away from unifying its independent contractor law and leaving employers with even more questions than they had before. Now more than ever, employers need to be careful about how they classify their workers as different standards may apply to different industries, different statutory schemes, and beyond. More
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Thursday, March 21, 2019   What We're Reading


Contractors team with AI company to improve workplace safety Nine major construction companies have partnered with software firm Smartvid.io to develop predictive analytics that can prevent accidents and improve safety throughout the industry. Suffolk, which will serve as chair of the council, contributed 10 years of project data and photos to the predictive model, and other partners will contribute data anonymously as the system develops. More
 
Thanks for the Help Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon responded to Vice President Mike Pence, who had wished Rendon a productive session: "I would have to say you and the President have already done quite a bit to help us with that. Thanks to your policies, voters in California added five Democrats to the Assembly in the last election. In addition, one Republican has decided to jump to the Democratic party, citing the President's extreme positions." Read the letter here.
 
Lawyers Brace for Porter's Questions During Hearings: Freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), a former law school professor, has asked questions that have tripped up Wells Fargo and Equifax executives since she arrived in Congress and nabbed a seat on the House Financial Services Committee. Porter beat incumbent Mimi Walters in November. Her approach, according to The National Law Journal's C. Ryan Barber "has forced white-collar defense lawyers who specialize in congressional hearings to grapple with how to prepare clients for questioning that uses a company's own legal arguments against its top executive. Her repeated, effective use of that approach promises to make her a starring figure in preparations that have been known to include mock hearings, with lawyers playing the part of lawmaker during rehearsals. This tactic is a new and particularly effective example of what has long been the risk for a corporate executive, the face of a company, testifying in Congress," said David Leviss, a former senior investigative counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee who's now a partner at O'Melveny & Myers, in a Journal story.
 
And Then There Were None Sarah D. Wire from the LA Times profiles the now-unified force of Democrats representing the previous GOP bastion of Orange County. "Four of the newest members defeated Republicans in November to secure their seats. They joined Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) who holds a seat that flipped to Democratic control in the mid-'90s, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), one-third of whose constituents are O.C. residents." Story (registration may be required)
 
Thank You for being my Friend California's new online community college director, hoping to quickly establish her executive team, pushed Monday to grant a no-bid contract of up to $500,000 to an executive recruiter who is a friend and has long has been a part of San Francisco's political scene. Heather Hiles, president of the nascent online college, has a goal of starting classes this fall. The community college board approved Hiles' choice of executive recruiter Carolyn Carpeneti, even though some community college board members abstained, contending the contract should have been put out to competitive bid. Before becoming an executive recruiter, Carpeneti was a political fundraiser whose clients included then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Brown and Carpeneti became romantically involved and had a daughter in 2001. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "nonprofit groups and political committees controlled by the mayor and his allies" paid Carpeneti $2.33 million over a five-year period. Story
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Thursday, March 21, 2019   Thought

US Chamber files Amicus in ABC CCC SCOTUS Petition After a disappointing but not surprising decision in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Associated Builders and Contractors of California Cooperation Committee asked the US Supreme Court to hear its case. At the request of WECA - an active US Chamber member - the US Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center provided an amicus in support of ABCCC's request for a writ of certiorari.
 
The Chamber's decision is important because they were the plaintiff in an earlier case. They pointed out that "the Chamber regularly files amicus curiae briefs in cases that raise issues of concern to the nation's business community." This is such a case because California is abusing its massive public works spending to regulate in an arena Congress reserved for unrestricted private speech. Further, California seeks to tilt public debate about unionization against the free speech rights of employers. The California statute at issue seeks to effect a massive transfer of resources into the coffers of union-selected "industry advancement funds" opposing right-to-work laws. Even worse, the statute conscripts employers as unwilling participants in pro-unionization advocacy by compelling them to fund pro-unionization speech with which they may disagree. You can read the Chamber's Amicus here and ABCCC's petition here.
 
However, we have a long way to go, and there is no guaranty that the Court will grant ABCCC's petition. Nevertheless, the support of the Chamber is appreciated and demonstrates that the merit-shop supporters of fair and open competition are not alone.

Survey Shows Construction Contractors Struggle as Labor Shortage Persists The USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index (CCI) is a quarterly economic index designed to gauge the outlook for, and resulting confidence in, the commercial construction industry.

Recognizing a need to highlight the important contributions of this sector to the nation's economy, USG Corporation and the U.S. Chamber partnered to produce this first-of-its-kind index.

Each quarter, contractors across the country are surveyed in order to better understand their levels of confidence in the industry and top-of-mind concerns.

Download the full report and explore the top-line findings, here.
  

Santa Barbara Proceeds to "Negotiate" PLA Despite an outpouring of opposition from local contractors and the local chamber of commerce, the Santa Barbara City Council voted 6-1 to spend $100,000 to negotiate a PLA with the local building trades council for all city work over $5 million. Michael Vlaming, a Northern California attorney who has created a cottage industry of replacing one public agency's name with another and charging $50,000 for the search and replace, was hired. The Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction and WECA are continuing to work with the local contractors as negotiations unfold. The city also passed a sales tax increase last year to whet the appetite of the unions for the PLA - and found willing benefactors at the city council.
 
What's Going on in DC?
Hearing in the Democratic HELP Committee The House Education and Labor Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions announced it will be holding a hearing, "Protecting Workers' Right to Organize: The Need for Labor Law Reform," on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:15 am. The hearing is likely to cover numerous issues employer groups have been actively fighting over the last 15 years. Most expect that the Democrats will introduce labor-related legislation similar to the Workplace Democracy Act and Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act, which they introduced during the 115th Congress.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019   2020 Election

Lobbyists Backing Biden For President: Washington lobbyists on both sides of the aisle would like to see former Vice President Joe Biden win the Democratic nomination for president. Biden received 37 percent of the vote in a poll of 183 registered lobbyists conducted by PoliticoInfluence between March 4 and March 10. PI confirmed each respondent was a registered lobbyist or foreign agent. The sample included 88 Democrats, 77 Republicans and 18 lobbyists who identified as members of neither party, who were asked to choose the Democrat they would "most like to see become president." The poll isn't scientific and doesn't reveal much about who's likely to win the nomination. (There are few, if any, registered lobbyists in the early primary states.) But it sheds light on how Washington lobbyists in both parties view the presidential race. The lobbyists who voted include those who work at law and lobbying firms, trade groups and companies with Washington offices. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) came in a distant second, with 9 percent of the vote. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) tied for third, with 8 percent of the vote. I don't think they asked about the Republican primary.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Get the Updated Edition of our Prevailing Wage eBook!




If you're grappling with California's prevailing wage laws, worry no more. WECA is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of its downloadable eBook, Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide. 

Compliance requires understanding and applying a complex set of legal statutes that are ever-changing, and California is often singled out as having the most complicated set of prevailing wage requirements in the nation. 

Our 2nd edition is newly updated with the latest changes to California law.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide guides readers through California prevailing wage compliance beginning with basic introductions, up through advanced wage calculations. This updated eBook is intended for audiences at all levels, regardless of prior knowledge. Anyone from the novice to the experienced professional, contractors to office staff, can benefit from this eBook.
Blueprint to California's Prevailing Wage: A Contractor's Guide is unlike any other prevailing wage text. Learning is made as painless as possible, and is facilitated throughout by a rich visual presentation, engaging infographics, and an interactive design. Instead of quoting the inaccessible language of case law, we bring the law to life through a graphic-rich presentation-helping readers to more easily learn and retain information about their prevailing wage obligations. Topics include: new registration laws, debiting already paid benefits, calculating predetermined increases, footnotes, holiday pay, and much more.

Current WECA member contractors receive a complimentary copy of this publication as a member benefit. It's easy to get your eBook today - just log in to your member dashboard to download an interactive PDF.  

WECA is also pleased to make our eBook available for sale to the general public, encouraging increased awareness and enhanced prevailing wage compliance throughout California trades. Visit our Amazon (kindle version) or Shopify (interactive PDF version) stores today to get your copy!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Employee Spotlight: New Apprentice Training Director Don Black



Don Black is a blue-collar guy at heart.

Black, WECA's new apprentice training director, is a self-professed outdoorsman, handyman, and lover of all things career education. "I love the trades, and I love anything that requires your brain and hands to get in sync," said Black.

Black - a native of tiny Jasper, Oregon - majored in sociology at Humboldt State and earned a master's degree in business from Regis University. With these degrees under his toolbelt, Black forged a successful career in the financial aid sector and the operations sector, respectively, at institutions such as Humboldt State, George Fox University, and the Universal Technical Institute.

"I have loved being a part of helping others achieve their career goals, am passionate about education that is directly connected to a career and love that WECA connects its apprentices and trainees directly with a career," said Black.

For Black, his new job isn't just a job. It's a deeply held conviction and passion, one that extends all the way back to his pre-college days when he set his sights on becoming a carpenter.

"I believe I am on this earth to help others achieve things they may not have thought possible, and [to help them] be the best version of themselves," said Black. "I am a coach and a mentor - my job is to help the instructors be the best they can be in connecting content to students to ensure understanding of the training, and to connect the content to the learner so that the learner can engage with and absorb the material."

And it seems that Black's contemporaries - such as WECA executive director and CEO Terry Seabury - agree with his sentiments.

"Don has contributed to the association from day one," said Seabury. "He recently held a comprehensive and much-needed three-day apprenticeship instructor meeting and led his team in many collaborative discussions on issues and opportunities for improvement. The future progress and continuous improvement Don and his team are already planning are sure to impress us all."

According to Black, his approach ensures "an environment that allows for students' differences" and states that "students will learn all that they need, and our members will have great apprentices and employees".

Black's approach to success, however, doesn't stop with WECA. He also considers the long game - life after WECA.

"Take your training seriously, and don't dismiss the soft skills," said Black. "90 percent of success is showing up on time, being able to learn, working as part of a team, and problem solving. These are critical skills that will grow your career and your paycheck."
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   New 2019 Private Wage Sheets Available


WECA members: You can find new 2019 private wage sheets (effective March 2, 2019) available for download from our website. Please visit the following links to view applicable private wages: 


For Low Voltage Apprentices


For Residential Apprentices


For Commercial Apprentices

 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Correction to Prevailing Wage Overtime and Double-time Rates for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz

It was recently brought to our attention that Overtime and Double-time rates for the Electrician - Inside Wireman Determination(s) covering counties for: Monterey (Zone A), San Benito (Zone A) and Santa Cruz (Zone) have a footnote, stating: "Contribution is factored at the applicable overtime multiplier for each overtime hour worked" to the fringe amounts for H&W, Pension, Training and Other Payment, which was not originally applied when requested. Please contact the WECA office for the corrected overtime and double-time rates, if needed. We sincerely apologized for any inconvenience. 
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Members: Hiring? Post Open Positions to WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board




WECA's Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is designed to help connect individuals seeking employment in the electrical and low voltage industry with the WECA member contractors who want to hire them. 
 
Our job board exists for...
  • Talented electricians
  • Low voltage technicians
  • Electrician Trainees
  • Industry employees (including office personnel)
  • And the member contractors who want to hire them. 
View this WECA-provided, free, no-obligation service HERE, and post a position to help you find your next great employee today! You can also view active resumes here as part of your member contractor benefits.
 
Post a job today!
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   Commercial and Residential Apprenticeship Grads Can Seek College Credits for Program Completion

The Details: Help Your Apprentices and WECA Grads Understand Their Options
Our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs have received college credit recommendations from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service). 
 
This benefit provides graduates of the WECA commercial and residential electrical apprenticeship programs the ability to gain access to college credit for completion of either program by using credit recommendations set forth by NCCRS. While admissions and acceptance of transfer credit isn't guaranteed, more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide currently consider awarding credit based on NCCRS recommendations.
 
NCCRS, founded in 1973 by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, strives to increase access to higher education through recognition of non-collegiate learning. Using an academic peer review model, NCCRS conducts independent, third-party evaluations of courses and examinations to determine their comparability to college-level learning. Courses and examinations that meet appropriate standards receive college credit recommendations which are listed within CCRS Online, a web directory maintained by NCCRS.
 
Learn more about NCCRS and view their college credit recommendations for WECA at:  http://www.nationalccrs.org/organizations/western-electrical-contractors.

Using This Benefit: A Guide for our Apprentices and Graduates 
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Any graduates of WECA's Commercial or Residential Electrical Apprenticeships since September of 2013. (NCCRS has granted eligibility going back five years, and evaluated WECA's 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 66 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Commerical program, and up to 40 semester credit hours for completion of WECA's Residential program. 
Q: How Do WECA Commercial and Residential 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 or Residential 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 submit a Request for Assistance Form to NCCRS so that NCCRS can advocate on the applicant's behalf.
Q: What about Low Voltage Apprenticeship? Or the Electrician Trainee Program?
A: 
WECA plans to pursue college credit recommendations for its Low Voltage Apprenticeship program next year, so please stay tuned for more information on that. 
WECA is currently evaluating demand for college credit recommendations for its Electrician Trainee program.
Q: What if my apprentices, WECA graduate employees, or 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, March 14, 2019   Training for Your Low Volt Techs: BICSI Classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ Starting March

WECA is a BICSI ATF


WECA is pleased to announce that BICSI will be holding the following classes at our Rancho Cordova headquarters for the first time in Spring 2019. 
Seats filling fast, register now!

IN101BICSI Installer 1 Training Mar 25-29
This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series... Learn More

IN225BICSI Installer 2, Copper Training Apr 1-5
The course begins with an overview of professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable... Learn More

IN250BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training Apr 15-19
The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable... Learn More

TE350BICSI Technician Training Apr 29-May 3
A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and... Learn More

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

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

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

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

Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova."
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Thursday, March 14, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking a Full-Time Lead Instructor for Our GetWired! Program, Plus Part-Time





Your Chance to Teach for WECA!

Are you a certified electrician (former/retired acceptable if you're willing to get re-certified upon hire) who enjoys learning more about your field all the time, sharing your knowledge with others, and educating the next generation, and who'd like to work for an organization that combines the best of all worlds?

If so, we'd be excited to have you join our team! 

WECA is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions: 
 
  • Full-Time Lead Instructor for Electrical Trainee/Continuing Education programs including GetWired! This position not only teaches, but leads other instructors through quality educational delivery, as well!
  • Part-Time Instructors for our GetWired! programs (Teach weeknights online and/or occasional Saturday labs at our training facilities--the side gig that lets you earn extra money while keeping your day job!)

To learn more about these positions and apply, please visit our 'Careers' page. 
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Thursday, March 07, 2019   What We're Reading

Gov. Newsom raised $2.5 million to pay the bills for parties around inauguration: "The biggest donor to the inaugural and the two days of parties was organized labor, which ponied up $775,000 to help stage the events, with $150,000 coming from the state's prison guards union and $100,000 from the California Teachers Association Political Action Committee." Story.
 
Acosta's Unlikely Allies: The AFL-CIO executive council held off Tuesday on asking Labor Secretary Alexander to resign over his 2008 plea deal with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. On a conference call to discuss the controversy, the labor federation's executive council weighed the severity of a judge's ruling last week that the plea deal violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act, ultimately deciding not to act. According to press accounts, two union leaders on the call said they worried that Acosta's successor will end up being worse for workers, underscoring a counter-intuitive political dynamic: The same traits that make Acosta tolerable to unions - a propensity for deliberation, a preference for legal prudence, and a persistent fear of generating negative headlines - have eroded Acosta's support among pro-management lobbyists. Business groups are impatient to see more progress on deregulation at DOL by the end of 2020, lest the country elect a Democratic president. "The management community is becoming weary of the slow pace of rules," said one lobbyist. Meanwhile, Florida lawmakers are urging the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees to call the Labor Secretary to testify about the plea agreement, Glenn Thrush reported in the New York Times."House leaders are likely to approve some kind of a hearing, although it is unclear when," Thrush wrote.
 
San Diego Dem-On-Dem? Sunday Gover had more reason than most to be shocked when state Assemblyman Brian Maienschein switched his registration from Republican to Democrat: Gover, a Democrat, had just fallen short by a mere 607 votes in her bid to unseat Maienschein. While state Assembly Democrats exulted and Republicans branded their erstwhile caucus colleague a turncoat, Gover vowed vigilance, saying she'd be "watching closely to see whether Mr. Maienschein fully embraces our community's values" or was just engaging in some self-preservation. Democratic sources have seemed confident Gover wouldn't run in 2020, but we could still get a now-intraparty rematch. The ever-useful California Target Bot turned up a newly created Gover for Assembly 2020 committee. 2018 campaign consultant Dan Rottenstreich said the formation of the committee was just "procedural" and doesn't mean Gover is announcing another campaign - but she's also "not ruling it out," depending how Maienschein behaves.
 
Does Harris have a Lock on the Nomination? "Ever since Sen. Kamala Harris announced her presidential campaign, there's been a gush of speculation about the importance of her home state in the nomination process - especially since the California primary has been moved up to March. I'm neither for nor against Harris in the primary, and I will enthusiastically support her if she is the Democratic candidate. But much of the hype about the supposed primacy of the California primary for her candidacy ignores the recent history of the state's role in the Democratic nominating process." More (registration may be required)
 
2020 Election
 
Klobuchar's Paid Leave Problem: The New York Times joined other publications (HuffPost, Yahoo, and BuzzFeed) to run a mean-boss profile of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.All the stories have reported that Klobuchar's Senate office has an unusually high staff turnover, that Klobuchar has a terrible temper, and that she frequently requires staffers to run personal errands. The Times story included an odd anecdote about the Minnesota Democrat eating salad with a comb after an aide misplaced her fork, and then ordering the aide to clean the comb. The Times also said that Klobuchar required staff returning from paid parental leave to remain employed in her office at least three times as long as the leave - or pay the difference out of pocket. A Klobuchar spokeswoman told the Times that Klobuchar offers 12 weeks' paid leave and has "never made staff pay back any of their leave and will be changing that language in the handbook." More here.
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Thursday, March 07, 2019   Thought

DYNAMEX - The gift that keeps on giving At a recent informational hearing, business owners and labor leaders could agree on one thing - the California Supreme Court's decision in the Dynamex case will affect California workers - but that was all they agreed upon. The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee examined the decision - issued last April by the California Supreme Court - that changed the test to determine whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor. Many business leaders, small business owners, and independent contractors expressed the need for the Legislature to intervene and modernize state labor laws. The pleas fell mainly on deaf ears of the committee members present.
 
Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Chair of the Committee, stacked the panels of witnesses with left of center academics, and labor lobbyists. They argued the case will either have limited application beyond those making at or close to minimum wage or alternately, will be a "game-changing" realignment that will end the "race to the bottom" and guarantee a path to the middle class for all independent contractors - who will be made employees - whether they want to be or not. Kalra observed, "Worker misclassification is a significant and ongoing issue with real economic consequences for every day working people." That echoes Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State call for a "new modern compact for California's changing workforce" that's "much bigger than Dynamex."
 
Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), former head of the San Diego Labor Federation and author of Assembly Bill 5 (which would codify and expand the court's decision), made it clear that her goal was to not only reduce (or eliminate) independent contracting in California, but to also give access to more union organizing of these new employees.
 
A representative of the California Hospital Association pointed out that contrary to the suggestion that Dynamex only applied to low-wage workers subject to California Wage Orders, a hospital emergency room doctor had already sued his physicians group - as well as the hospital that employed the physicians group - to staff the emergency room as joint employers. (Note: in general, hospitals are prohibited from employing physicians directly).
 
The hearing took no action and was just an opportunity to stake out the issues. It seems that labor, and their Democratic benefactors, have no interest in rolling back the court's decision.
 
Who Should Install Energy Storage Systems? Perform a Google search for the terms 'IBEW' and 'solar' and it becomes clear that IBEW wants to dominate the solar marketplace. They have successfully used project labor agreements (PLAs) and greenmail to control many new large-scale projects, and now appear to be using their political power to go after another target - C46 solar contractors. IBEW and NECA are asking the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to rule that only a C10 licensed contractor is qualified and allowed under existing law to install the energy storage systems that are commonplace in photovoltaic system (PV) installations.
Should C10 contractors be the only CSLB approved contractors to install ESSs?

Let us know what you think by taking our single-question survey, here
Ask Richard Markuson of WECA Government Affairs
Submit your legislative or political question to Richard Markuson. He may address your question in a future editorial. 
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Thursday, March 07, 2019   Labor Law Update

Requiring a Nonexempt Employee to Call-In to Work May Require Providing Reporting Time Pay On February 4, 2019, the California Court of Appeal issued its ruling in Ward v. Tilly's, Inc. The Court held that employers requiring a nonexempt employee to report in by telephone, text message, or computer before a possible on-call shift to find out whether to report to work may be required to provide reporting time pay. (Read more about the case here) The case related to retail (Wage order 7), but I asked WECA Attorney extraordinaire Dennis Cook if this could apply at some future date to wage order 16. His response is as follows:
 
We would argue that the Tilly's decision was limited to the retail industry scheduling practice. The court held that the "on-call scheduling alleged in this case triggers Wage Order 7's reporting time pay requirements." The court chastises this practice that is fairly prevalent in the retail industry: "Reporting time pay requires employers to internalize some of the costs of overscheduling, thus encouraging employees to accurately project their labor needs and to schedule accordingly. The court notes that the text of Wage Order 7, alone, is not determinative; thus, it discusses "unpaid on-call shifts".

We are nervous that the reasoning could be extended to the construction industry due to the inconveniences employees experience if they must call before reporting to the jobsite. This is not overscheduling like that which occurs in retail, but there are some similarities. As the Tilly's court observed:

"[When] Tilly's tells the employee at 8 a.m. that she is not needed for the on-call shift, she will not be paid anything for that shift. Nevertheless, she will necessarily have forgone sleeping, working another job, taking a class, etc. both at 8 a.m. and between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. In short, the employer will have imposed to some degree on four hours of the employee's time-an imposition for which it will not owe the employee any compensation."

That same rationale could apply to the requirement that the construction employee call-in to see if work is available.
 
A word to the wise - if you require workers to call ... you could be the next Tilly's. If you have questions, consult your legal counsel.
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Thursday, March 07, 2019   Labor Law Update, Continued



Seventh Circuit Deflates Scabby the Rat's Ego and What It Means for Employers This image will be familiar to most readers. But last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit put Scabby back in its rat hole. In Constr. & Gen. Laborers' Union 330 v. Town of Grand Chute, No. 18-1739 (7th Cir. Feb. 14, 2019), the appellate court held that a Grand Chute, Wisconsin zoning ordinance banning all private signs on public rights-of-way permitted town officials to order Local 330 of the Construction and General Laborers' Union to deflate the labor icon without violating the union's First Amendment rights. This ruling creates a glimmer of hope for employers in what has otherwise been a frustrating and ineffective battle to curb an annoying union tactic. More

SCOTUS Denies Cert to In-N-Out Burger: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling that required In-N-Out Burger, a popular fast-food restaurant chain in California and the southwest, to allow its employees to wear pins supporting Fight for $15. The fast food chain petitioned the high court to overturn a July Fifth Circuit ruling that found the company violated the National Labor Relations Act when a manager told employees they couldn't wear the buttons because they weren't part of their uniform. Counsel for In-N-Out argued (unsuccessfully) that the buttons compelled the burger chain "to endorse or subsidize messages with which they do not agree," and that this violated the precedent set in last year's Janus v. AFSCME decision. Fight for $15 said in a statement that the court's decision is a "victory for workers" and "affirms that no company can just unilaterally decide to take away our right to speak out and join together in a union."
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Alumni Spotlight: Demi Zayas


The birth of her daughter sparked Demi Zayas' desire to become an electrician.

Though mechanically inclined from a young age thanks to her father's background in carpentry, her daughter's birth made her realize that "the next best step to giving her a good future was to join the trades."

And she did just that, joining a small yet growing club of females increasingly drawn to traditionally male-dominated industries.

"Being a female is pretty interesting in a male field," said Zayas. "I'm generally ignored for the first 3 weeks and then once people kind of see who I am, how I am and that I do work hard and carry my own weight, everything opens up and nobody has an issue with me being a female."

According to Data USA and the United States Census Bureau, there are only 15,864 female electricians in the United States - shockingly low when compared to the 732,242 males working in the industry. These figures illustrate the urgent need for role models - such as Zayas - to serve as beacons of light for women aspiring to careers in the trades.

"More females should join the trades because it's an amazing experience, the satisfaction of seeing something after it's built," said Zayas. "It's so gratifying and it gives you such a sense of accomplishment to be able to see something after the fact."

However, regardless of gender, Zayas recommends WECA as a place where aspiring electricians can go to learn the tools of the trade in a fun and supportive environment.

"WECA was the gateway to the life I have today. It taught me everything in this open, accepting and wonderfully explanatory place. [You can] just really broaden your knowledge in this field, and really get to understand the nuts and bolts of how electricity works and how these buildings get powered and put together," said Zayas.

And the future is bright for the electrical trades, according to Zayas.

"Electricity is not going anywhere - the necessity is not going to go away," said Zayas. "If anything, it's just going to become more innovative, and be used differently and more efficiently."

Zayas elaborates, stating that she had "a 35-year superintendent tell me that he still doesn't know everything, but every day he comes to work and almost every day he learns something new. I think that's really engaging and really exciting because you never know what you might learn tomorrow."

But most of all, Zayas emphasizes that aspiring electricians "will never know everything, [but] just keep that mentality and always be willing to learn, and you can take this job anywhere you want it to go."
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Don't Forget to Reigster Now for BICSI low volt classes at WECA's Rancho Cordova HQ

WECA is a BICSI ATF


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

Seats filling fast, register now!

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


Registrations must be processed directly with BICSI. To learn more about these courses and to enroll yourself or an employee, click on the individual course links above, or visit www.bicsi.org and search courses by location for "Rancho Cordova." 
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Check Out WECA's 2019 Six Flags Discounts!

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

Log in to our website and access your personal dashboard to download a flyer with discount codes and purchase instructions.
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Tour Our 3 Training Facilities in Virtual Reality!

Interested in touring our three training facilities, 
but can't make it to them in person? 

Virtual tours are now available!

Click on the images below to tour our facilities:

Rancho Cordova:

San Diego:

Riverside: 
 
 
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   Where's the Fire? 32-hour Fire Alarms Systems self-paced online class from WECA partner NTC



Fire Alarm Systems (32 hour course)

Newly code-and-information updated!

Contractors are encouraged to recommend this course to journeymen who need 32 hours of continuing education and have expressed an interest in fire alarm systems and possess the required experience to enroll.
Course content includes:
Fire Alarm Systems Design:
  • Introduction to Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems Basics
  • Life Safety & Building Codes (NFPA 101 and IBC)
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • Initiating Devices
  • Notification Appliances
  • Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
  • Signatures and Detection
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Networking for Fire Alarm Systems
  • Sample Fire Alarm Design Projects
Learn more and enroll your employees here
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Thursday, February 28, 2019   WECA's Hiring! Seeking a Full-time, Lead Instructor for our ET/Continuing Education Programs

Are you passionate about the electrical field and educating the next generation, and looking to work for an organization that combines the best of both worlds?

If so, we'd be excited to have you join our team! 

To learn more about the lead instructor position and apply, please visit our 'Careers' page at:

http://www.goweca.com/Careers/CareerswithWECA.aspx
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Alumni Spotlight: Demi Zayas

Demi Alumni Spotlight: Demi Zayas 
 


The birth of her daughter sparked Demi Zayas' desire to become an electrician.

Though mechanically inclined from a young age thanks to her father's background in carpentry, her daughter's birth made her realize that "the next best step to giving her a good future was to join the trades."

And she did just that, joining a small yet growing club of females increasingly drawn to traditionally male-dominated industries.

"Being a female is pretty interesting in a male field," said Zayas. "I'm generally ignored for the first 3 weeks and then once people kind of see who I am, how I am and that I do work hard and carry my own weight, everything opens up and nobody has an issue with me being a female."

According to Data USA and the United States Census Bureau, there are only 15,864 female electricians in the United States - shockingly low when compared to the 732,242 males working in the industry. These figures illustrate the urgent need for role models - such as Zayas - to serve as beacons of light for women aspiring to careers in the trades.

"More females should join the trades because it's an amazing experience, the satisfaction of seeing something after it's built," said Zayas. "It's so gratifying and it gives you such a sense of accomplishment to be able to see something after the fact."

However, regardless of gender, Zayas recommends WECA as a place where aspiring electricians can go to learn the tools of the trade in a fun and supportive environment.

"WECA was the gateway to the life I have today. It taught me everything in this open, accepting and wonderfully explanatory place. [You can] just really broaden your knowledge in this field, and really get to understand the nuts and bolts of how electricity works and how these buildings get powered and put together," said Zayas.

And the future is bright for the electrical trades, according to Zayas.

"Electricity is not going anywhere - the necessity is not going to go away," said Zayas. "If anything, it's just going to become more innovative, and be used differently and more efficiently."

Zayas elaborates, stating that she had "a 35-year superintendent tell me that he still doesn't know everything, but every day he comes to work and almost every day he learns something new. I think that's really engaging and really exciting because you never know what you might learn tomorrow."

But most of all, Zayas emphasizes that aspiring electricians "will never know everything, [but] just keep that mentality and always be willing to learn, and you can take this job anywhere you want it to go."
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Scholarship Winners!

Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Scholarship Winners!


Earlier this year, we offered the opportunity for students enrolled in a WECA Apprenticeship program, Electrician Trainee program, or Journeyman-level continuing education classes to apply for the Western Electrical Contractors Education Foundation (WECEF) Scholarship.


We were gratified by the number of applications we received this year, which resulted in the award of 38 scholarships. Congratulations to our 2019 WECEF Scholarship Recipients!

Justin Johnson, Apprentice

Blake Edwards, Apprentice

Su Nguyen, Apprentice

Joseph Garretson, Apprentice

David Sloan, Apprentice

Alex Rangel, Apprentice

Kameron Richert, Apprentice

Ezekiel Trejo, Apprentice

Oscar Bokingkito, Apprentice

Zachary Martinez, Apprentice

David Moore,  Apprentice

Michael Goodman, Apprentice

Derek Williams, Apprentice

Autumn De Chaine (Jackson), Apprentice

Joel Luis Jr., Apprentice

Larry Vo, Apprentice

Robert Rox Castro Jr., Apprentice

Brian Morita, Apprentice

Christopher Harmon, Apprentice

Sarah Hignojoz, Apprentice

Taylor Silva, Apprentice

Sean Abele, Apprentice

Austin Fuller, Apprentice

Tyson Grissom, Apprentice

Colton Filkill, Apprentice

Joel Zamora, Apprentice

Brady Muth, Apprentice

Jason Wetch, Apprentice

Joseph O'Gorman, Apprentice

Carlos Miranda, Apprentice

Luis A Vasquez, Apprentice

Anthony Zandonella, Apprentice

Brian Ray, Electrican Trainee

C.L. Paige, Electrican Trainee

Joel Munsey, Electrican Trainee

Josh Jozefowski, Electrican Trainee

Dillon Kerekes, Electrican Trainee

Stephen Guerra, Electrican Trainee
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Tour our 3 Training Facilities in Virtual Reality!

Tour Tour our 3 Training Facilities in Virtual Reality!
Interested in touring our three training facilities but can't make it to them in person? 


Virtual tours are now available! 


Click on the images below to tour our facilities: 


Rancho Cordova

San Diego

Riverside

The tours are also available via: 
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Solar Courses, in partnership with Solar Education International (SEI), now available in Spanish!

SEI Solar Courses, in partnership with Solar Education International (SEI), now available in Spanish! 
FVOL101: Diseño e Instalación Solar Eléctrica (Sistemas Interactivos) En Línea 


Este es un curso fundamental para cualquier persona que quiera iniciar una carrera en energía fotovoltaica (FV) y/o comprender los pormenores de la generación de electricidad con base en el efecto fotoeléctrico. La plataforma del curso FV101 le permitirá continuar desarrollándose en áreas como: diseño, inspección, instalación, mantenimiento, ventas técnicas y soporte técnico; todo basado en los más rigurosos códigos eléctricos y en prácticas recomendadas por profesionales con décadas de trayectoria en la industria. Este curso es el primero de un programa completo dedicado a crear expertos en la materia; por sí solo es un excelente punto de partida para cualquier rama en la industria. 


Para más información visite: 
http://www.goweca.com/ElectricianTrainees/TakeaClass/CourseCatalog/CourseDetail.aspx?Program=OLCADSKILS&catalogType=T&classDefinitionsUID=593
FVOL202: DISEÑO FOTOVOLTAICO AVANZADO Y EL NEC (SISTEMAS INTERACTIVOS) - EN LÍNEA 

Sumérjase en los detalles avanzados de diseño y buenas prácticas relacionadas con sistemas fotovoltaicos (FV). Con un enfoque altamente técnico, este curso se diseñó para apoyar a diseñadores, instaladores, inspectores e ingenieros que quieren entender los detalles intrínsecos del diseño de sistemas FV, y los requerimientos para instalarlos correctamente. El curso ofrece una mirada profunda a los estándares del Código Eléctrico Nacional (NEC® 2014), última versión traducida al español, así como a prácticas recomendadas de la industria de sistemas FV interactivos con la red. Los requisitos del NEC, los parámetros de diseño y las prácticas recomendadas son aplicables a todo tamaño de instalaciones FV. Las lecciones desarrollan temas como: requerimientos generales para toda instalación FV, requerimientos para medios de desconexión, protección contra sobrecorriente, y dimensionado de conductores; configuración del punto de interconexión y dimensionamiento de sistemas FV con base en limitaciones de tableros eléctricos; requerimientos del NEC para puesta a tierra de equipos y del sistema; selección de inversores y configuración eléctrica; detalles avanzados de montaje sobre suelo y sobre techo; puesta en marcha y procedimientos de análisis de rendimiento; ejemplos de dimensionamiento y especificación de sistemas FV. 


Para más información visite: 
http://www.goweca.com/ElectricianTrainees/TakeaClass/CourseCatalog/CourseDetail.aspx?Program=OLCADSKILS&catalogType=T&classDefinitionsUID=594
FVOL203: FUNDAMENTOS DE SISTEMAS FOTOVOLTAICOS BASADOS EN BATERÍAS - EN LÍNEA 

Este curso le proporcionará al estudiante una comprensión de los conceptos fundamentales necesarios para trabajar de forma segura en sistemas FV basados en baterías; estos incluyen los sistemas FV aislados (o autónomos) y los sistemas FV conectados a la red con respaldo de baterías. Se estudia el propósito, las aplicaciones y los criterios de diseño requeridos para los diferentes componentes que se deben seleccionar e integrar como: controladores de carga, baterías, arreglo FV e inversores basados en baterías (sumamente distintos a los inversores conectados a la red). La información en este curso le proveerá una comprensión teórica de los sistemas FV basados en baterías que podrá aplicar en instalaciones reales y aplicaciones prácticas. 


Para más información visite: 
http://www.goweca.com/ElectricianTrainees/TakeaClass/CourseCatalog/CourseDetail.aspx?Program=OLCADSKILS&catalogType=T&classDefinitionsUID=595
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Healthcare Coverage Update

 Healthcare Coverage Update


A note from Anthem regarding Anthem negotiations with Sutter Health:

We realize that if you are in a course of treatment, it's important to not interrupt that care. Please contact us using the toll-free number (800-888-8288) on your current ID card if you or a dependent are: 
  • pregnant
  • currently receiving medical care
  • have a newborn child up to 36 months old who is receiving care
  • have a current authorization for healthcare services
  • otherwise concerned this change will disrupt your care
You can request completion of care or ask for further explanations of your rights to continued care. An Anthem Blue Cross customer service representative can assist you. Eligibility for continuity of care depends on factors outlined in your evidence of coverage and the Anthem Blue Cross Continuity of Care policy. You can access and print the Continuity of Care policy online by visiting our website at www.anthem.com/ca
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Apprentices Hard at Work

Apprentices Apprentices Hard at Work
WECA's marketing team recently visited two job sites staffed by our member contractors. Apprentices were hard at work learning the tricks-of-the-trade from their mentors. Check out the pictures below! 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   32-hour Fire Alarm Systems self-paced online class from WECA Partner NTC is newly updated.

 Where's the Fire? 32-hour Fire Alarm Systems self-paced online class from WECA Partner NTC is newly updated.
Fire Alarm Systems (32 hour course)

Newly Code-and-information-updated!


This course is recommended for Certified Technicians and Journeymen. It is also appropriate for Trainees who have taken GET WIRED! 101 or an equivalent introductory electrical or low voltage course, or who have field experience.


Course content includes:


Fire Alarm Systems Design:
  • Introduction to Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems Basics
  • Life Safety & Building Codes (NFPA 101 and IBC)
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • Initiating Devices
  • Notification Appliances
  • Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
  • Signatures and Detection
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Networking for Fire Alarm Systems
  • Sample Fire Alarm Design Projects
For more information or to enroll, visit: 
http://www.goweca.com/ElectricianTrainees/TakeaClass/CourseCatalog/CourseDetail.aspx?Program=CONTINEDUC&catalogType=T&classDefinitionsUID=596
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Don't Miss Out: Apply for the Mike Rowe Scholarship through 3/28

Don't Miss Out: Apply for the Mike Rowe Scholarship through 3/28
For more scholarship info, click here: 

www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Check Out WECA's 2019 Six Flags Discounts!

 Fun Check Out WECA's 2019 Six Flags Discounts!
Attention member contractors: WECA has partnered with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Concord, which means that you can purchase day and season passes at a discounted rate! You'll also be able to sign up for meal vouchers, and a "dolphin in water" interaction at a reduced price. 


Log in to our website and access your personal dashboard to download a flyer with discount codes and purchase instructions.
 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019   Upcoming Event: Skilled Trade/Construction Job Fair

 Upcoming Event: Skilled Trade/Construction Job Fair
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