Pictured are solar panels being installed by IBEW/NECA electricians at the Baker Labs Building at Syracuse University.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 43, have been performing the highest quality electrical construction for Central New York for over 100 years and hope to continue the trend for another 100, with a focus on entering the green workforce.
IBEW works together with the National Electrical Contractors Association to provide training and services for qualified electrical workers in the area, according to Training Director Peter Dulcich. Only the most skilled electricians are employed by both organizations so people know they are getting quality. Electricians must have completed at least 10,000 hours of experience or classroom training to be accepted into IBEW/NECA.
“We also have our five-year apprenticeship program,” said Dulcich. “We provide the highest quality training based on the newest techniques and technologies.”
The apprenticeship program is open to anyone who is at least 17 years old and has completed high school. The program changes when the NECA says that new skills are necessary, but it is not dependent on yearly construction jobs, according to Dulcich. The program is designed to prepare electricians to be qualified and up to date in the long term, he said.
“We do keep up with new technologies and keep up with being green and training both apprentices and journey-level electricians new, green technology and wiring methods,” Dulcich said. “These methods include solar energy, wind energy and lighting controls. There are national certifications for lighting controls, solar and wind power that we achieve through training.”
IBEW Local 43 Membership Development Coordinator Alan Marzullo agreed that the program gives apprentices the expertise to “turn America green.”
“I believe that green jobs equal good jobs,” said Marzullo, who has taught for 17 years at IBEW’s training center. “We offer a career path with unlimited potential and competency that leads to true craftsmanship.”
The IBEW/NECA local workforce is part of a drug-free workforce. Apprentices work under the direct supervision of certified electricians and receive both on-the-job training and classroom training, said Dulcich.