Conduit fabrication is a fundamental aspect of the electrical trade. When done correctly, it can look like a work of art. When done incorrectly, it can violate building codes, cause equipment failures, and jeopardize an entire electrical system. Improper installation of conduit can also make it impossible to pull wire through it rendering the entire installation useless. Our apprentices and journeymen are expected to have the knowledge to properly and efficiently install all sizes and types of electrical conduit. There are many techniques and tools used to bend conduit. Our apprentices are trained in the classroom and on the job with each.
Conduit bending requires a strong understanding of geometry. Pathways are rarely ever as simple as a straight line from point A to point B. It requires us to bend our raceways around obstructions, penetrate through walls and floors, change elevations, and provide the appropriate support systems. Often, the conduits are started before the connecting equipment is even in place so accurate measuring and drawing take-offs are critical. Electricians are also required to run conduit so it does not interfere with other systems like sprinklers, duct work, and plumbing. This requires electricians to understand and interpret every mechanical and architectural system in a building.
In order to prepare our apprentices, we spend many hours studying and practicing the art of conduit fabrication and installation. We have invested tens of thousands of dollars in the latest tools and equipment to ensure our workers are the best in the industry. Our apprentices are proficient in the use of hand, Chicago, electric, and hydraulic benders for Rigid conduit and EMT. They are also trained on the safe use of PVC benders and all cutting and threading equipment. They learn how to bend 90's, 3 and 4 bend saddles, offsets, and even concentric bends. Our instructors are highly skilled craftsmen and teachers. There is no better place in South Central PA to learn conduit bending than York Electricians Apprenticeship and Training facility.
Congratulations to 2017 York Electricians Graduates Nicholas Blakney and Jessica Head. They both completed the 5-year Inside Wireman Apprenticeship Program and earned the title of Journeyman Wireman. The program incorporated over 900 hours of classroom training and over 8000 hours of on-the-job training. Our training partners helped to recognize these graduates through product donations. Southwire gave each of them a tool bag. IDEAL Industries gave them each a clamp meter. And, Lutron gave them each a Caseta Wireless lighting control smart bridge and dimmer starter kit.
Jessica Head earned the Outstanding Graduate Award from Klein Tools for demonstrating the highest level of character and commitment throughout her apprenticeship. Jess stepped up and volunteered at numerous community events, served on the Apprentice Council, attended several IBEW conferences, represents IBEW local 229 on the Third District Youth Caucus, and is leading our RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-Generation Electrical Workers) Committee.
We also recognized four apprentices with Academic Excellence Awards. These apprentices must have had overall grades above a 92% while having no infractions for attendance, late work reports, or other policy violations. Recipients also received a Limited Edition IDEAL Electricians Champion 3 pc. Tool Set.
Congratulations to Shane Cooley, Branton Van Der Toorn, Patrick Sherman, and Marshall Kennedy. Keep up the great work guys!
York Electricians JATC has been busy this past year with training center upgrades. These upgrades included building upgrades and addition of training aids. We have updated the lighting throughout the training center with IBEW-Made LED dimmable fixtures and Lutron Vive wireless lighting controls. These provide reduced energy consumption, higher quality lighting, and improved control functionality. Two of our labs have been outfitted with nLight fixtures and controls to show an alternate option on the market. This system is controlled through Cat5 cables and graphic keypad. It was donated by illuminations/Acuity Brands through cooperation with CapitalTristate.
We have also added two Fire Alarm Trainers that will allow apprentices to install, wire, and program the various components associated with a Fire Alarm System. The trainers have been designed to simulate a building with two floors, lobbies, an elevator shaft, and a sprinkler room with tamper and flow switches. Fire Alarm systems continue to be a key component of any building system and protect all personnel occupying it. These trainers will help to ensure that our installers are effectively and efficiently installing these systems to help provide worker and patron safety in commercial and industrial buildings. We have also added a new instructor who is experienced with various complex systems throughout the area to focus exclusively on fire alarm systems. The courses include a rigorous series of labs that must be completed in order to pass these courses.
Milwaukee Tools has donated a wide variety of M18 battery power tools and hand tools to help our apprentices learn proper tool care and use while giving them the resources they need to complete the various other hands-on activities throughout the program. As our program continues to grow, this tool donation will help us maximize our instruction and lab time by allowing every apprentice to have what they need for labs and activities. We have included space on the display to accommodate the future donations they have promised. Milwaukee Tools is a Platinum Training Partner with the electrical training ALLIANCE and has a team dedicated to helping JATC programs across the country. We are very grateful for this partnership and their recognition of the importance of training the new workforce.
Square D has donated a complete Bussway system that was installed by our apprentices this past spring. These systems are widely used in industrial settings across the country to provide improved flexibility and maintenance of equipment. They have donated various buss plugs which will allow our apprentices to gain experience installing and testing properly in a safe deenergized environment.
York Electricians JATC is dedicated to providing the best electrical training in the industry. These are a few of the most recent improvements we have made to our program and training center. We have also added new bending equipment, Wi-Fi programmable thermostats for HVAC control, a lighting display to show the differences in color temperature and much more. We believe that training is the key to the success of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. We strive to make our workers the safest, most productive, and most professional in the industry. We will continue to grow and adapt to our ever-changing industry to ensure that we meet that mission. We encourage anyone seeking access to high quality training to contact us to learn more about what we can offer.
Congratulations to our graduating apprentice class of 2017! New IBEW 229 journeyman electricians Nick Blakney and Jessica Head volunteered their time this morning to help set up the Love2 learn event at Leg Up Farm. They worked hard for 5 years in the field and in class to earn the title of Journeyman. Electrical Workers Local 229 is proud to have them as our newest Journeyman! Also a big thank you to United Way of York County for having us come out and help. We are glad to be apart of our community.
York Electricians JATC hosted a qualifying round of the IDEAL National Wiring Competition on May 15, 2017. The event was a lot of fun and generated some competitive enthusiasm. Members from first year apprentices to Journeyman Wireman participated and took a chance at winning some prizes and an opportunity to advance to the next round. Several members also competed in the team competition composed of three members working consecutively for an overall time. Since it is early in this year's cycle, regional winners have not been identified yet.
We would like to congratulate our top ten finishers:
1- Zachary Strausbaugh
2- Tim Griffin
4- Nygel Ward
5- Marshall Kennedy
6- Cameron Achenbach
7- Brenton Van Der Toorn
8- Chase Stewart
9- Josh Raffensberger
10- Jordan Nell
Thanks to Bob Burke of Ideal Industries Inc. as well as the CapitalTristate team for putting this together for us.
IBEW Local 229 and York Division NECA Chapter (National Electrical Contractors Assoc.) are proud to announce the donation of 25 brand new 2017 National Electrical Code Books to the York County School of Technology's Electrical Occupations Program! The trades programs at York Tech are vital to the industry because they prep young people to be great entry level employees and also provide the industry with a steady flow of young people that are interested in the hard work and rewards from being employed in the construction trades. Over 35 York Tech graduates are members of IBEW 229 and employed with NECA electrical contractors in the greater York area. We are proud to have so many graduates making a successful career at IBEW 229 and look forward to supporting the school and its students for years to come.
The Electrical Industry is constantly evolving as we implement new technologies at a faster pace than most other industries. The systems we install, the tools and materials we use, and the methods deployed are becoming more advanced and specialized. Therefore, the way we train must keep up with that pace of change. Through the electrical training ALLIANCE we are able to ensure our current and future apprentices receive the type of instruction necessary to meet industry needs. We deploy a blended learning approach that capitalizes on advancements in educational technology through simulations, web resources, gamification, and other interactive features. These methods enhance the classroom and lab work by allowing for the differentiation of learning and offering a safe place to practice complex skills.
The online Learning Management System also gives us the ability to modify and update training much more quickly than traditional text books and workbooks. This keeps the material relevant and up to date with current building codes. Since the electrical industry is so dynamic, these courses are also available to all journeyman for upgrade training. Any IBEW member can access these courses to stay on top of their trade. Education does not stop with the apprenticeship. We invest heavily in training to ensure worker safety and productivity regardless of where you are in your career. Contact us to find out how you can get access to these valuable learning resources.
Back Row (left to right): Rick Kuehne, Mason Simpson, Glenn Gallagher, Clay McKinley Front Row: Ron Hilbert, Hunter Costella, Nate Smeltzer, Casey Hockensmith
Congratulations to the IBEW Local 229 Class of 2016. We are please to announce the graduation of these men and their advancement to Journeyman Electricians and Technicians. They have all completed the rigorous electrical training ALLIANCE curriculum as well as additional requirements of the York Electricians JATC. We are confident that these new Journeyman will make great leaders on the job and in their communities. Additional recognition was given to apprentices throughout the program who achieved a 92% grade average or higher.
1st year: Brenton Van Der Toorn, Jared Grim
3rd Year: Derek Jennings, Dustin Sinclair
5th Year: Ron Hilbert, Clay McKinley, Nate Smeltzer
York Electricians JATC has the honor of selecting a single outstanding apprentice each year for going above and beyond the tough requirements of apprenticeship. This year we have selected Ron Hilbert to receive this recognition. We could always count on Ron to volunteer outside of class for different IBEW activities. He took extra time to help his fellow students through study groups and tutoring. Ron continuously achieved high grades and received great reports from his journeyman and foremen in the field.
Chuck Whitman of CapitalTristate attended the ceremony and presented Ron with the Klein Tools Outstanding Apprentice Award, a tool bag from Southwire, and a cooler and gift bag from CapitalTristate. We are grateful for our Training Partners who continue to support the next generation of electrical workers through education.
Bottom Picture left to right: Matt Paules (Business Manager), Ron Hilbert (Outstanding Apprentice Graduate), Chuck Whitman (CapitalTristate Area Manager), Tim Griffin (Training Director)
The electrical training ALLIANCE, Industry Leading Training Partners, and experts in educational technology have heavily invested in the curriculum and methods we now use to teach electrical apprentices. This video shows a sampling of the types of interactive simulations being used in IBEW affiliated JATC programs across the country. These tools help to supplement the hands-on training and on-the-job training we provide to our apprentices. This year York Electricians JATC enters into the fourth year using this learning management system. Our apprentices are safer, more productive, and more valuable than ever. There has never been a better time to be an apprentice. If you want to learn to be an electrician....this is the place to do it!
For the third year in a row, York Electricians JATC received the National "Excellence in Training" Award from the electrical training ALLIANCE! This award goes to programs that have the highest levels of Journeyman returning for continuing education. This recognition is a credit to our membership for recognizing the importance of staying current in our rapidly changing industry and taking advantage of the many training opportunities we provide. This attitude helps to ensure that IBEW Local 229 electricians remain the best trained, safest, and most productive workers in the industry. Thank you to all of our members for helping to maintain the high standards that contractors and customers have come to expect from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.