The hands-on training opportunities of the first annual Electrical, Security and Telecom Expo, cosponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 and Graybar Electric, attracted more than 800 skilled workers, contractors and construction industry professionals. Held at the campus of Local 164’s Training Academy in Paramus, N.J., the free, day-long event featured seminars and workshops demonstrating a wide range of cutting-edge technologies being implemented at some of New Jersey’s construction projects.

“In addition to complementing IBEW Local 164’s nationally recognized educational and safety initiatives, Expo 2008 was an opportunity to highlight our collaborative partnership with Graybar,” said John DeBouter, Local 164’s training director and president. “The intensive, hands-on event provided attendees with the opportunity to engage in one-on-one learning and discussions with industry leaders.”

Featured workshops included building automation, power monitoring, seismic bracing, tools, test equipment, splicing, terminations, security, NFPA 70E, CCTV, cable and cable raceway, switches, wiring devices and benders. Graybar and Square D representatives and other leading manufacturers, such as 3M, Belden, Everfocus, Wiremold, Lutron, Greenlee, Klein, Hubbell and Fluke, led each of the workshops.

“The electrical industry is very diverse and continually evolving in terms of the sophisticated technology being integrated into today’s commercial, industrial and residential buildings,” said David Pferrer, branch manager of Graybar. “The Expo featured a wide range of industry experts and manufacturers who are all committed to one common goal: advancing electrical and telecommunications knowledge, from contractors, engineers and project managers, to electricians, telecom workers and end-users.”

IBEW Local 164 has more than 3,900 members, including electricians in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties and telecommunications technicians contracted throughout the state of New Jersey. Together with Graybar, Local 164 recently established a customized training laboratory featuring Square D electrical apparatus at its 40,000-square-foot IBEW Local 164 Training Academy.