Thirty-four classes are offered throughout the convention (as part of a full NECA registration or as a separate education package). Preconvention workshops are offered Oct. 6–7; they require a separate preregistration and fee. Certificates of attendance will be offered for all courses, and certain courses will offer continuing education hours. For more information, email education@necanet.org. 


Convention education courses and preconvention workshops cover a wide variety of topics divided into six educational tracks: business management; labor relations; leadership and communications; project management; standards and safety; and technology, process and innovation. Attendees can focus on a topic, taking the courses within a single track, or can mix and match to create a schedule specific to their needs. 


“If [attendees] want to focus on safety, they can do that. Or if they want to work on project management, they can,” said Stephanie Adamec, NECA’s executive director of education.


Courses include “How to Nail Project Interviews,” a two-day session taught by Michael Callanan called “Electrical Contractor Leadership 101,” and others covering topics such as change orders and consensus contracts, dealing with owner-supplied materials, and the 2017 NEC. The popular labor-relations track includes a session moderated by Geary Higgins, NECA’s vice president of labor relations, about gaining new work with construction wiremen/construction electricians. Also, Steven Rose of Rosendin Electric and Dave Fabulich of Taft Electric Co. will offer a course on how ECs can better collaborate with one another. 


“We want to cover all the facets of a business and provide information to help those businesses run better,” Adamec said. 


In addition, technical workshops on the NECA Show floor are included with trade show registration. These workshops are coordinated by leading industry manufacturers and distributors, but are not commercials. Instead, they are meant to address and offer solutions for specific, real-world problems ECs face on the job. 


Full course descriptions, speaker biographies and registration are available at www.necaconvention.org. When registering, use promo code “17ECM” for free entry to the trade show.