In today’s construction market, more and more jobs offered are on a “will interview” basis.
With so much technology in the industry today, your resume is as important as are the many tools in your tool bucket. Contractors are looking for people who can demonstrate that they have training and on the job experience in many areas.
To assist you in your quest for that perfect fit, we have developed a resume builder linked to your account in the “Journeyman Services” portion of our website. You can log into “Journeymen Services” and access the “Resume Builder” tab on the upper portion of the page. This opens a template for you to use, where you can fill in personal data, add an opening statement or introduction, provide previous employment history and any other personal information. As you proceed through the builder, it will ask you to “Save and Continue” regularly so you can stop at any point and return later to complete the resume. Once you have added all of the personal information that you have, it will prompt you to select class information and certifications that you have completed through the training center. All of this information is pulled from your records within our database. Once you have made final selections, you will select a template from the options and then “Save and Print”. Once you have done this, you can review the document, go back and make changes or simply print and be on your way.
This standardized format will help you to create a professional looking resume that will be recognizable to our contractors, identify that you have been working in the industry, and demonstrate your training through NIETC records. You will also be able to edit your resume when your training or work experience has changed, enabling you to always have a current resume.
Go to www.neitc.org, hover on the journeyman tab and select “Journeyman Services“, follow the log-in instructions and you are on your way to a professional resume.
Continuing Education Requirements for Electrical Licensees
Continuing education is part of the requirements for renewing most electrician licenses. The table below gives the requirements by license type. Please notice that a portion of continuing education credits must be from code change classes. You have not met the continuing education requirements for license renewal if you do not have the correct amount of code change continuing education credits.
CR = Code Related | CC = Code Change
Required Code Change (CC) credits
Oregon Rule and Law
Total required Continuing Education credits to renew. (All credits may be in Code Change)
Keep Up with Continuous Development in the Industry
The NECA-IBEW Electrical training center is constantly on the move in an effort to stay ahead of the technology curve. We have a responsibility to react to training requests as our contractors and electricians become familiar with the technology they want to pursue. We are also looked to for input on where to focus efforts in moving forward in new environments ofthe industry.
This provides a unique challenge as we are expected to be able to provide the training as soon as it is recognized by the membership or publicized in the media.
We have a variety of resources for keeping ahead, most of which come from within our parent organizations. Our national training organization, the Electrical Training Alliance, provides us with new technology information in the form of email updates, technology bulletins, and webinars. These resources make us aware of what may be next. We then have to react based on the feasibility of the technology. Whether it will be taking hold in our area, or simply just a passing blip on the ever-changing horizon of good ideas.
Our other parent resource is from NECA and it’s many resources regarding construction trends, new technology and productivity. In addition to the many bulletins, email updates, and organizational meetings, NECA has a monthly magazine with “the first of it’s kind” articles regarding new technology and how it may have been utilized somewhere, or how contractors have taken advantage of an incidental effect of an unusual install. An example of this is a recent article about a “floating PV array” that was installed on a water reservoir. The location was chosen for its available unused surface area, but the net result was a more efficient PV array due to lower surface temperatures. A positive side effect was that the reservoir experienced a much lower degree of evaporation, as much of the water’s surface was covered with floating PV modules, which both generated energy and conserved water. This may be the future direction of the industry in our area as we have many reservoirs and have attempted other means to cover them in the past with poor results. PV arrays have also recently been installed over landfills and other similar areas that previously had been determined to be wasted space. It is this type of forward thinking that is keeping the industry on its toes in an effort to stay ahead of the curve.
I recently attended a training surrounding the use of LED lighting for retrofit applications in office spaces, schools and other high use buildings. The technology provides a much more economical installation in the form of energy consumption and cost of installed operation, but also has cutting edge technology integrated into the light fixture to provide Internet, security, and building control and automation over a single network. The concept integrates fiber optics for the backbone and horizontal network and utilizes wireless technology to the desktop. The developer and patent holder of this new technology has signed an exclusive agreement with the IBEW and as they move forward, we will again be on the cutting edge of technology, as it becomes part of the mainstream.
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230