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Big on BICSI Certification? Try the Electrical Alliance

If you’re one of the many employers who requires the gold standard of BICSI certification, you’ll find the Electrical Alliance has exceptionally qualified workers. Many International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26 members are BISCI certified, thanks in part to free training offered by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Of the nearly 50 training courses that JATC offers each semester in the Washington, D.C., area, four are BICSI certifications.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Reflections: Projects That Make DC Run

Electrical Alliance contractors work on some of the Washington, DC region’s most visible and award winning projects. Their skilled electricians install the latest technology in high-profile spaces and focus specifically on safety and time management while doing it. To end the year, we’re taking a look back at some of the projects Electrical Alliance contractors worked on over the past 12-18 months.

Cyrus One Data Center

Rosendin Electric Sets Time Records for Data Center Work in Sterling, Virginia

Electrical Alliance contractor, Rosendin Electric, has a reputation for quick and quality work, but some of their most recent projects for CyrusOne in Sterling, Virginia are truly record-setting. Building 1, known as Project David is 132,000 square feet of ground up construction. Buildings 2 & 3, known as Project Goliath, is 220,00 square feet. It was constructed in less than six months, the shortest time to completion ever achieved by CyrusOne for an enterprise-scale data center of its size.

J.E. Richards Completes Wiring and Lighting Updates

Electrical Alliance member J. E. Richards Electric is putting the finishing touches on the Cornerstone Chapel, a beautiful new house of worship in Leesburg Virginia.

The 100,000 square foot facility includes a sanctuary with seating for 2,000 people, numerous classrooms for the congregation’s children, and Middle School and High School auditoriums that each seat over 200 kids.

Maximizing energy savings and sustainability were key considerations in the design of the building. The J. E. Richards team delivered a building that is not only beautiful but also highly energy-efficient.

Net Zero Plus facility

News from LA: Electrical Apprentices Call Net-Zero Plus Building Home

By Michael Mock, Vice President Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

California is well recognized as a national leader in energy-saving and sustainable building practices. Going beyond simply reducing energy consumption, our friends in Los Angeles recently completed construction of a building that produces more energy than it consumes.

The building, known as the Net-Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI), is the largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit in the United States. The 144,000 square-foot facility houses a state-of-the-art training center for electricians and apprentices and is jointly funded by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11 and Los Angeles Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association.

JATC Instructors

JATC Instructors Complete Intensive Continuing Education Program

At the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center (JATC), electricians receive training that is second to none.  In fact, the Electrical Alliance invests over $8 million per year–every year—in the greater Washington, DC, area training the next generation of skilled electricians, as well as providing experienced electricians with on-going training in areas including the latest in construction techniques and emerging technologies.

Just as the Electrical Alliance invests in its students, it also invests in its teachers in order to remain “current” (pun intended) in the rapidly changing electrical industry.  Pictured above are JATC instructors who recently attended a week of intensive training at the National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Key topics for the group included sessions on: blended learning techniques, train the trainer and teaching to reach millennials.