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Training employees is a top priority at Helix Electric

Tremendous growth triggers demand for numerous training programs

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Helix Electric is one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation. Based in San Diego, Helix has operating divisions in Concord, Huntington Beach and Las Vegas. The company currently has well over 1,000 employees and is growing dramatically. Helix builds a wide variety of both private and public works projects. On the public side, they compete for schools, hospitals, prisons, water treatment plants, airports and libraries. Helix Electric's design/build division builds very large, high-density multifamily apartments and condominium projects, as evidenced by their trailers which can be seen all over downtown San Diego. That same design/build division also builds assisted-living facilities and military base housing, high-rise office buildings, theaters, strip shopping malls, major shopping centers, hotels/motels and a variety of department and specialty stores. Helix's new transit division was recently awarded the "Sprinter" mass transit contract that runs from Oceanside to Escondido. Helix was founded in 1985 by Gary Shekhter, who arrived from the former Soviet Union to pursue his dream of someday owning his own business. Little did he know he would eventually build his small company into one of the largest, privately held enterprises in California. Helix Electric believes in training. If you walk into any Helix office, you will witness one of the most effective training programs in the nation. On any given Saturday, employees at every Helix location are intensely learning a wide variety of craft training skills to prepare them for the massive construction projects the company builds. And, through the Helix University, there are a variety of supervisory training programs that introduce future managers to the complex world of supervision and project management. The company recently hired a full-time training director to facilitate the many training programs in the company's arsenal. According to Shekhter, "we like to cultivate our people from within the organization. The challenges of the future demand our employees are the best trained work force around."

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