As the country transitions towards renewable energy sources, it is imperative to replace aging transmission and distribution infrastructure (T&D) with more modern alternatives. To meet the growing demand, new technologies are needed to upgrade wires, transformers, and poles. These advances can help improve frequency control during system emergencies and withstand extreme weather conditions. Changing policies and fuel sources are driving the structural changes in electricity generation. These changes are placing increased pressure on existing T&D infrastructure. Increasing construction spending is one factor contributing to positive U.S. electrical services market outlook.

Electricians are trained to one of three levels

Licensed electricians are licensed at three primary levels, including master electrician, journeyman, and journeywoman. An apprenticeship program takes four to five years, with 80 to 90 percent hands-on work under a journeyman electrician and 10 to 20 percent classroom training. Apprentices are paid a certain percentage of the journeyperson’s salary and complete several hundred hours of classroom instruction. Apprentices can shorten the apprenticeship by gaining construction or military experience. In some states, individuals can also complete an apprenticeship program inside a contractor’s company.

Apprentice electricians typically begin working as a journeyman electrician, gaining 4,000 hours of experience as a journeyman electrician and passing licensing exams. Journeymen electricians begin with apprenticeships at lower levels of training and progress to master electrician status, which allows them to work on the most complex projects. A master electrician is considered an expert in the field and can train journeymen electricians. Electricians are projected to experience growth of 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, largely due to a growing construction industry and increasing demand for alternative energy sources.

They are represented by a trade union

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a trade union that represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees working in the electrical industry. Members of this union include lineworkers, electricians, and technicians in the construction and public utilities sectors. The union also represents some workers in the computer, telecommunications, and broadcasting sectors. Union membership also carries health benefits and other benefits.

While the unions have historically been the main source of innovation, the fact is that fewer national unions have been formed over the past few decades. In fact, most of the largest unions were founded more than 50 years ago. The most rapid union formation occurred between 1930 and 1959, and only two unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO were founded in the past two decades.

They are regulated by a trade association

FERC is a nonprofit, trade association that oversees the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. FERC has added new responsibilities with the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including the regulation of interstate transmission of electricity and gas. It also helps to ensure the cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. NECA has 119 local chapters throughout the USA.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes international standards for the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC industries. IEC standards cover all areas of electrotechnologies, including energy production, distribution, electronic equipment, telecommunications, and medical technology. Their website contains information about the industry, including a glossary of terms, and links to the websites of individual members.

They perform preventive maintenance

In today’s economy, a good preventative maintenance program can pay dividends. In addition to preventing unexpected downtime, regular maintenance helps to keep your facilities operating efficiently. Electrical services can disrupt your business operations by shutting down production, losing sales calls, and causing equipment failure. Most businesses don’t realize that distribution power can be neglected. However, regular maintenance can save you up to two-thirds of the cost of equipment breakdowns.

A comprehensive preventative maintenance program will focus on safety and reducing equipment failure. It should include periodic testing of essential equipment, inspections, and effective record-keeping. A survey will identify the most critical equipment and systems in your business and establish a hierarchy of importance. There are four main steps in an effective preventative maintenance program. These are: (a) periodic testing of equipment and systems; (b) effective record-keeping.

They are represented by a trade association

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the national trade association that represents the electrical construction industry. The association is comprised of IBEW-signatory electrical construction contractors and Voice-Data-Video (VDV) contractors. The NECA represents the industry’s interests through education, research, and standards development. It also hosts the annual NECA Show, the largest trade show for the industry. The Washington, D.C. Chapter represents qualified, reliable, and experienced electrical contractors in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including northern Virginia.

The NEPPA represents 78 not-for-profit electric utilities in New England. Public power companies serve approximately one out of four customers. The organization also represents many other related fields, including energy, communications, broadcasting, government, and infrastructure. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a global labor organization with members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, and telecommunications. The organization has a national presence, representing nearly 725,000 members in the United States.

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