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National Electrical Contractors Association: Do you know who we are?

For more than 100 years, the National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) has worked to improve the quality of electrical service within the construction industry. NECA has the experience to weather tough economic times by gathering the wisdom and expertise from generations of electricians, over the course of a century.

Since 1901, this experience has resulted in the best of the best that brings stability in today's market -- a market that demands an expertly trained electrician backed by a contractor that has years of knowledge in construction management. There is no better business model than that of NECA for providing the security the industry needs.

NECA contractors work in unison with their employees, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 569), to provide the best construction project possible for their customers. This highly efficient team of electrical construction management and technically skilled work force combines years of experience that has proven invaluable to the industry.

In San Diego, construction project owners, both public and private, expect top value for their construction dollars. Construction projects must be completed on time, within budget and with a level of quality that lasts.

"It's all about having the right tools in a highly competitive industry. Labor must be in adequate supply and well trained, and that training needs to be on the cutting edge," said Tom Hedges, NECA board member and president of Hedges Electric Inc. "It is imperative that I approach a project knowing that my team is the best. Thanks to NECA/IBEW, I know my electricians are drug-tested, OSHA-certified, and the highest trained of any in the industry."

NECA members rely on their own top apprenticeship program known to be the most comprehensive in the state, one that requires 9,000 hours of on-the-job training and graduates the best trained and the best qualified electrical worker. NECA and the IBEW support and take pride in their award-winning programs offered at the San Diego Electrical Training Center. This advanced facility provides a demanding five-year program for apprentices training to become journeymen electricians and a four-year program for low-voltage work. Both programs support the booming industry in renewable energy, photovoltaic and fiber, data and sound installations. Each includes extensive classroom training and testing while providing hands-on education.

NECA members enjoy a network of established partnerships that stand out among their peers and competitors. Combined with skill, quality and cutting-edge technology, NECA contractors are widely recognized as the leading voice of the industry.

For more information, visit necasandiego.org.

Submitted by the National Electrical Contractors Association

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