Electricians install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical wiring and control systems in homes, commercial businesses, and industrial plants. Electricians may be responsible for wiring a home and installing lighting, running electric tests and inspections, or repairing generators and electronic controllers.Clic para leer en espanol
Electricians are also known as Electrical Technicians, Electrical Experts, Wiremen, and Linemen
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Hands-on activities included craft areas such as pipefitting, welding, scaffolding, insulating, drywall, concrete finishing, instrumentation, rod busting, and electrical. Students also had an opportunity to operate crane and excavator simulators, man lift, and excavator as well as spend time speaking with construction professionals and college representatives at 21 different career information booths. All of these activities took place with the focus of the importance of safety in the workplace.
I asked Jordan to talk a little more about the FastTrack components, which are considered “stackable,” meaning that some students may choose to use their FastTrack certificate(s) as prior learning assessment toward an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree, which is a two-year degree plan designed for students who want to pursue training specifically geared for entering the workforce as quickly as possible. Jordan said: “When students complete our FastTrack programs, they have the opportunity to obtain employment and continue their education as well. … So not only do they have a certificate from FastTrack, but they can work and also attain additional education credits.”
Recently, Larry Brookshire, the former owner and leader of Fisk, the large electrical contractor, offered some deeply insightful comments, to a group of both general and specialty contractors. Many in the Houston Commercial Construction Community know Larry. He is respected as one the most successful leaders, by all standards used to judge business executives.
Burns explained their goal for the students is not just obtaining certificates, but it is “completion and success.” The training is taught to groups of 18 to 22 “cohorts” who move through the program working and studying together. Burns said, “When one or two students start falling behind, the team brings them forward.” Since the cohort model was implemented two years ago, Lone Star saw an estimated 30 percent increase in students’ completion and success.
Dave Dekelaita is project manager at Power Design Incorporated, a full-service electrical contractor headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. He spoke with me about his role as the Project Manager for the Commercial-Industrial Electrical competition at the NCC. He said that the competition was planned for electrician apprentices who are currently working in the industrial and commercial industry. The competition is based on wiring methods, codes, and common practices. Competitors are given instruction and material. He said, “They start from nothing, and at the end of the day hopefully they have built something – in this case a conveyor system – that will work.”