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Who is the IEC and what do we bring to the electrical industry?
- Atlanta is one of 60 Chapter offices throughout the US with over 150 merit shop electrical contractors and supplier members in the Atlanta metro area
- Our electrical contractors are licensed and have access to a network of services throughout the US
- IEC provides workforce development through worker recruitment, training and job placement
- We operate a US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program compliant with Davis-Bacon Act
- We connect electrical contractors to other members, workers and training
- IEC both advocates for our members, and informs them of new regulations, such as OSHA and NLRB
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IEC's mission is simple, "helping merit shop electrical contractors succeed!"
IEC Members visit our Congressman at the IEC National Legislative Conference. (IEC Members (left to rigth) Bobby Stalvey, Ace Electric; Bruce Bowman, Fox Systems; and Steve Ellis, S.M. Ellis Co.)
IEC Atlanta was awarded the "2012 Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year" at the 55nd Annual IEC Convention in Ft. Worth Texas.
Nearly 450 attendees visited the 2013 IEC ATL Power Trade Show that included over 30 exhibitors.
The Platinum Partner member Cerrowire demonstrates some of their newest products at IEC's 2013 Power Trade Show.
Electrical contractors whom practice the “merit shop” business philosophy have turned to the IEC for over 50 years for the “power to succeed.” With over 3,000 members nationwide, IEC has the collective power and wisdom to assist small and large contractors alike to prosper.
On Monday, April 1st, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) along with the Atlanta Electrical Contractors and Mechanical Contractors of Georgia hosted the Specialty Contractors Coalition’s (SCC) 1st Ryder Cup fundraiser and exceeded their $10,000 goal, raising nearly $12,000. This enjoyable and interacting event was organized by SCC to raise political action committee (PAC) funds to support pro-business legislature in the Georgia General Assembly. This is the 3rd year the SCC has been in existence, and it is a tremendous benefit to the construction industry.
The SCC Ryder Cup fundraiser has major support from the construction industry, and it is evident by the participation of electrical contractors, mechanical contractors to general contractors throughout the industry. IEC members Legrand and S.M. Ellis Company each sponsored a hole with many IEC members, including Atlanta board members Steve Fowler and Tom Lemay who also played in the event. The very successful event far exceeded expectation with 92 golfers and 20 sponsors; the event was filled to capacity, so some golfers were waitlisted.
The SCC raised nearly $12,000 to power the fight for pro-business legislature, but they did not do it alone. Thank you to every organization that helped to make this event a success. Including a special thanks to our lobbyist Lee Lemke. Through everyone’s efforts we will make a positive impact on the legislature and its effect on your business.
The award was presented during the 2012 National Convention and Expo in Ft. Worth Texas. This is a very prestigious award as only one chapter is selected out of the 60 nationwide for this honor each year!
The nature of this award is based upon the following criteria: the percentage of member companies participating in the apprenticeship program; use of innovative recruiting methods and quality of student programs and services. Other factors include how well the chapter creates an IEC Community, student grade point averages and retention rates, as well as participation on local and national committees and instructor performance regarding certifications and training that make a direct impact on education quality.
Shown on the right, from left to right is IEC National President Bobby Tutor of Ft. Worth, Atlanta ED Niel Dawson, Training Director Todd Hawkins and Awards Committee representative Janet Martin of Denver.
IEC Atlanta has previously won this award in 1995 and 1998.
The Atlanta Chapter operates the apprenticeship program in accordance with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Standards. The two main program requirements are: minimum of 576 hours of classroom training and 8,000 hours (up to 4 years) of on the job training (OJT). When both of these requirements are met a certification of Journeyperson Electrician is issued to the apprentice and they are offically recognized as an electrician in all 50 states.IEC allows direct transfers in and out of the Atlanta program to and from any program utilizing the IEC National Curriculum. There are nearly 10,000 registered IEC apprentices in over 40 training locations nationwide. IEC also allows apprentices from non-IEC programs to enter the program at advanced levels based upon a testing process for classroom placement. OJT hours are accepted from a documented training program.The apprenticeship program is offered onsite, as well as, online (or distance learning) for those whom need to travel for work or are not closed enough to a physical location. The Professional Electricians' Program (PEP) is an advanced apprenticeship program for those whom have at least 5 years of field experience, yet lack the formal education. All of these programs receive journeyman certification.