Find out how unions are preparing construction industry workers for the careers of tomorrow in this special section supported by the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Meeting the needs of today and focusing on the future of energy for tomorrow was the theme that resonated through the packed house at the Sustainable Energy Forum, hosted by the San Diego Electrical Training Center. Community stakeholders, business owners and elected representatives filled the halls of the center and participated in break-out sessions and tours offered on advanced lighting technologies, energy efficiency in green building, solar and basic solutions to the high cost of energy consumption.
"Green technology can translate into big savings on electricity. Our cutting-edge training drives technology implementation in the region's electrical industry. We've been researching, teaching and working with our signatory contractors implementing energy saving and electrical generation technologies for years. Whether it is designing and retrofitting a commercial lighting system, making your office energy-smart, overhauling complete building energy management systems or implementing generation capacity, green technology is familiar ground for us."
San Diego is known as a military town, and many returning veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces have found educational opportunities and middle-class careers through the electrical apprenticeship program. The electrical apprenticeship program at the San Diego Electrical Training Center is jointly administered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 and the San Diego Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). With one campus in San Diego County and another in Imperial County, the center is the premier provider of work force training and development for electricians in the region, and is recognized throughout North America for excellence in education.
President Barack Obama chose the joint training facility of the Washington, D.C., chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 26 in Lanham, Md., to announce that his administration is guaranteeing $8 billion to build two new nuclear reactors. The president also discussed federal investment in green energy job training.
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.
Seasoned solar contractor, Baker Electric Solar, completed installation of a photovoltaic solar system on the Baker Electric corporate headquarters. To date, it is the largest solar system installed on any San Diego-based solar installation company’s facility.
Michelle Penny is a fourth-year electrician apprentice enrolled at the San Diego Electrical Training Center in an award-winning program jointly managed by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 569).
In a continuing effort to evolve with the rapidly changing low voltage industry and to foresee their customers’ needs, NECA-San Diego/IBEW-Local 569 has brought on board Timothy Moylan, a low voltage professional from Chicago. He is the new sound and communication coordinator for the San Diego Electrical Training Center. The training center, one of the finest in the country, is jointly administered by the National Electrical Contractors Association of San Diego, and the professional electrical work force of Local 569, of San Diego.
Although unions have been around for more than a hundred years, many people are not familiar with the way they operate. This profile of IBEW Local 569 explains how trade unions ensure a career in construction is a middle-class career.
With its abundant sunshine and unique geothermal activity, Imperial County is shaping up to be a hotbed of green energy activity, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 is skilled, trained and ready. IBEW 569 has had a presence in Imperial County for decades; however, with the projected growth of this new industry, the demand for a local, skilled electrical workforce and the challenge to ensure the green economy is creating middle-class careers, IBEW 569 has expanded its organizing resources in the County.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) participated in the third annual Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp, hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Thirty area high school aged young women joined forces with countless construction trade association mentors including our own Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569.
Did you know that lighting accounts for approximately 40 percent of U.S. electricity use? Here in California, buildings use more energy than cars or any other activity. It is no surprise, then, that one of the key growth sectors in the emerging green economy is retrofitting buildings with more energy efficient lighting systems. This “low hanging fruit,” as it was referred to by United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, is not only a great way to reduce polluting greenhouse gas emissions, but an excellent opportunity to create jobs, lower energy bills and put unemployed trades people back to work.
Eleventh and 12th grade students at the Renewable Energy Leadership Institute (RELI), in partnership with NECA, engineered and built an electric go-cart combined with a solar charging station for their final assignment this semester. The completed project was showcased for San Diego school board members and local media.
One would be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring one-day event than Rebuilding Together San Diego, which unites volunteers with their community to change lives. Armed with kind hearts and the latest tools, IBEW volunteers began to roll in the early morning hours in trucks provided by NECA contractors. Teams mobilized within minutes to provide” mini-makeovers” for low-income homeowners throughout San Diego with special consideration given to the elderly, disabled veterans and families in need.
No matter the size of your business, IBEW Local 569 can provide you with the most trained, skilled, productive employees in the industry who will get your job done right the first time. Whether you need one electrical worker or a large crew, you can count on Local 569 to give you the local work force you need at rates that allow you to be competitive and profitable.
The Great Recession of 2008 slammed the construction industry hard, with more than 2 million jobs lost and an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent -- three times the national average.
There are lots of do-it-yourself jobs around the house or jobs that you might trust to a handyman, but electrical work shouldn’t be one of them.
Most construction workers know that union membership translates into higher wages and better benefits.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 would like to recognize retiring business manager Allen "Al" Shur for his dedicated service on behalf of the members of IBEW Local 569.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 welcomes Johnny Simpson as the new business manager. A 33-year IBEW member, Simpson graduated from the IBEW Local 569 apprenticeship program and has served as assistant business manager since 1996. Prior to that, he was the local’s senior organizer.
After observing Veterans’ Day with parades and special tributes, the time seemed right to check in with a local veteran who was one of the first to take advantage of a program geared to fast-track our returning heroes into a career in the building trades.
It was a night of celebration for local graduates who now begin their new careers as Journeymen electricians after long years of study and hard work. On June 14, 400 guests and a long list of dignitaries including Congresswoman Susan Davis and a representative from Congressman Brian Bilbray’s office honored 35 graduates from the Inside Wireman and Sound Technician program of the San Diego Electrical Training Center. With the toughest graduation standards in the industry, the joint apprenticeship class of 2010 received its long awaited certificates and was cheered on by family and friends.
Find out how unions are preparing construction industry workers for the careers of tomorrow in this special section supported by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.