The Electric Current Blog

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IBEW Local 26 Celebrates 125 Years

Near the end of 19th century a group of skilled electricians chartered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C. Since 1892, thousands of journeyman electricians have been trained by the union and have worked on countless projects around our region—from remodeling the White House in 1902 to rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

JATC’s Comprehensive Telecommunications Training Sets Industry Up for Success

Critical data centers are dotted across the DMV region and Washington, D.C. is home to facilities with some of the highest security needs in the world. Installing low voltage—telecommunications, security systems, data/cabling and more—is critical to meeting the demands of the Washington, D.C. construction market. Some Electrical Alliance contractors offer full service solutions that include low voltage while others specialize is this area of the craft.

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.

Electrical Alliance Continues its Support of SkillsUSA

By Mike Miller, JATC Assistant Director

This year, 27 participants competed in the SkillsUSA residential wiring competition in our area. Fifteen competed in Virginia at the Blue Ridge Technical Center and 12 participants competed at Southern Maryland’s North Point High School. Several JATC instructors acted as judges for the competition.

A Skilled Workforce Starts with Apprenticeship

Electrical Alliance contractors offer a high quality finished product that is delivered safely and on time. This level of quality is made possible by employing a workforce of highly-skilled electricians, trained at the Washington, D.C. JATC. Watch the video to learn how this self-funded training comes together and ultimately results in impressive finished products on hundreds of commercial electrical projects around Washington, D.C. metro region.

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4 Reasons to Apply for an Electrical Apprenticeship

The JATC Electrical Apprenticeship, based in its state-of-the-art facility in Lanham, MD, trains the Washington, DC region’s best electricians. Applicants can apply year round—the deadline for the upcoming class is March 31, 2017. Share our new infographic with anyone you know who is interested in math and science and looking for a lifelong, high-paying and stable career!

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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.

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175 Graduate from JATC; Valedictorian Shares Personal Story of Success

In June, the Washington, DC Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) celebrated the accomplishments of 175 apprentices during its 70th graduation ceremony. The apprentices completed years of rigorous training in order to work on the latest technologies in electrical construction.

Inside Wireman valedictorian, Adam Harrison, achieved an average of 96.58% and perfect attendance over five years. He shared his journey with fellow graduates:

“At the end of 2008 after the economy crashed I was a high school drop-out and a residential carpenter who was out of work. I had no benefits, no retirement, and no future…I got accepted into the Apprenticeship Program at the age of 32. I saw this opportunity as a “last chance” to be able to do something with my life.”

Read Adam’s full story and learn more about the JATC graduates.