IEC ED Niel Dawson Update – February 19th
Because COVID-19 is a new disease with new vaccines, information is rapidly emerging about how vaccines can help us stop the pandemic. CDC will update this page with more information about what we know—and what we don’t know—as it becomes available. Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:
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Todd Hawkins, Associate Executive Director
IEC Atlanta & Georgia Chapters created the Skills Based Training Program to help member contractors improve the productivity of newly hired employees within weeks of their hire date. During February attendees participated in hands on installation activities, received OSHA 10 Safety Training and explored the many tasks they complete each day.
Comments from attendee Estuardo Jo, office manager for Arseal Construction include “This is great training coming directly from real people teaching real field skills. This class helps improve the shortage of skilled electrical help by preparing future employees to do the job right, be productive and safe in the field. We plan to send some of our new employees to the class in the future.”
The Skills Based Training Program covers:
- The Jobsite – Safety, Environment and Typical Tasks
- Performance Expectations of Merit Shop Contractors More info…
IEC Contractors can interview candidates from your laptop with a series of virtual interview sessions. IEC’s Workforce Development Coordinator is organizing and preparing candidates for your needed workforce. Log in and interview! Choose your location.
Columbus– March 4th, 11am – 12:30pm Register here.
Savannah– March 11th, 11am – 12:30pm Register here.
Private recruitment opportunities are available if your organization prefers recruitment focused on your company’s needs. Delast Muhammad organizes interviews just for the positions needed. Delast has also organized mock interviews and resume building workshops to better prepare candidates to meet with contractors. Reach out to her at delast.muhammad@iecatlantaga.
PEP( Professional Electrician’s Program ) Begins in March
If you have electrical workers with experience and would like to receive professional training, PEP’s 2 year program is perfect for them. Not sure how PEP can work for workers and contractors, click here for more information. Workers can complete application online to begin. Register now to be ready for class March 2nd and 3rd.
Electrical Safety is Focus of 2021 National Burn Awareness Week
National Burn Awareness Week is observed the first full week of February and promotes safety education and burn prevention. This year, the American Burn Association (ABA) dedicated the week to electrical safety from A to Z (from Amps to Zap). In a world driven by technology, Dr. Benson Pulikkottil, medical director of the Burn and Reconstructive Center at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, believes you can never be too careful when it comes to handling electrical devices and appliances. More info.
IEC, AGC Speak Up Against PRO Act
Both the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have come out with statements against the legislation that recently passed in the House of Representatives known as the PRO Act, or the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.
The IEC stands in opposition to the reintroduction of the PRO Act, which claims to be a bill that advances the rights of the worker. According to the IEC however, the bill would “radically alter our nation’s labor laws in favor of organized labor at the expense of both employees and employers.
With the onslaught of the pandemic in 2020, many employers were busy dealing with staffing issues, safety concerns, and COVID-19–related legislation. There may have been little to no time to address handbook policies. With many changes on the horizon in 2021 under President Biden’s administration and the adaptations in the working environment due to COVID-19, it may be a good time for employers to turn to the company handbook to ensure it is up to date. This article will highlight five areas to which employers may want to give special attention in 2021. More info.
The Stallcup Training Institute will be hosting the National Electrical Code Deathmatch on their state of the art Learning Management System, the brackets will be posted at this link on the Facebook group:
NEC Code Deathmatch/Facebook
Brackets will be made at the end of February. If you miss this cut-off, the opportunity to take the test is still available, but not for the bracket.
Test your knowledge on the National Electrical Code. The questions will not be extremely hard the first 5 months, in the later rounds the questions will be amped up a few notches.
The winner will be awarded a free course for their continuing education state license and NFPA 70E – Electrical Safety in the Workplace online courses, If you state does not allow online training for continuing education, there are other courses to choose.
To enter, you must create an account on the learning management system if you do not already have an account. A passing grade of 70 will be required to advance. In the later rounds, the passing score will 80.
Direct link to course: NEC Code Deathmatch
Creating account >place the course in your cart (free course)> view shopping cart > proceed to checkout > sign up or log-in > proceed to checkout > fill out account information > view course and start answering questions.
Two attempts for the first three test, after that, one and done. Good Luck!
Grand Prize: Maxis MXB2000 2IN. Bender
Two winning tickets will be drawn Monday, March 1,2021. Purchase tickets online here.