There has been a growing need for quite some time for training in low voltage systems such as fire alarm, security, CCTV, nurse call, telecommunications, HVAC direct digital controls, and other systems.
Associated Builders & Contractors answered the call by many local employers and funded a craft training program several years ago while going through the process of becoming a state approved formal apprenticeship program. Forward thinking employers self-funded the program for almost three years until the State finally recognized our program.
Each EST apprentice receives 6,000 hours of on the job training and six college semesters of schooling in a wide variety of low voltage systems. Our new training facility in Poway will have state of the art labs and equipment by the beginning of this coming semester. We are excited by the interest in our program from many who are looking for a career with a great future. In only our second semester as a full apprenticeship program, we received applications from 63 people and are gaining new employers every month. Most employers are actively participating by providing experienced staff personnel as instructors and committee members.
The future of our program looks bright and we are encouraged by the strong leadership of Associated Builders & Contractors in providing a world class training facility and self funding the training program for many new technicians. We expect to provide the local construction industry with many highly skilled people and meet the needs of our community for many years to come. We are proud that the dollars spent here for training, stay here to provide for many highly skilled people to have good paying jobs with excellent benefits.