More than 100 competitors demonstrated their skills at the Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) 2004 National Craft Championships held earlier this year in Honolulu. Participants, who won at the regional level, competed in an intense two-day event, starting with a two-hour written exam and capped off with six hours of hands-on building projects in one of 10 craft areas.
An exciting and integral part of the ABC annual convention, the competition showcases the skills of craft students selected from 80 chapters nationwide. Developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers, the competition evaluates the contestants' knowledge of the craft, as well as their skill and talent. A portion of each participant's score is based on good safety practices and procedures.
After winning in San Diego, Bergelectric apprentice Donald Wagner put in a stellar performance at the national competition and was awarded the gold medal as the best electrical apprentice in the nation. This marks the first time an apprentice from the west coast has won the electrical competition.
Wagner attributes his achievement to the expert tutelage of Berg's Training Director Ken Filips, exceptional training classes offered by Berg, intense study and practicing for the hands-on event in Berg's laboratory facilities.
"I'm a perfectionist and I want to do a quality job the first time," Wagner said. "Berg's emphasis on quality and training has helped me grow and achieve some of my personal goals."