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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge

Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

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Battery-Storage Technology Expanding Worldwide

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

NEMA Confidence Index Drops as Policy Progress Stalls

According to the June Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) current electroindustry conditions, a monthly report by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), saw the current conditions index hit its lowest point since November 2016.

Overwhelmed: A Day in the Life of an Estimator

I scheduled the whole day to finish the restaurant takeoff. I even came in a bit early. Of course, just as I start counting, the phone rings. It’s my foreman on the strip mall project. The utility company has not shown up to turn on the power. I jump on the phone to track down the company.

Schneider Electric's Healthcare Crowdsourcing Challenge Seeks to Innovate IoT and Smart Device Designs

Schneider Electric has launched its Healthcare Crowdsourcing Challenge, which is open to U.S. professional engineers and teams with engineers to explore the potential of the internet of things (IoT) and smart edge devices in hospital electrical distribution.

The Renovation Engine: Remodeling Helps Construction Meet Performance Projections

In a measured recovery expecting construction growth of 5 percent this year, the renovation market is doing its part. Renovation has sometimes propelled—and sometimes buoyed—new construction activity.

Taking Me Higher: Chapel Romanoff Technologies and Sidney Electric

The American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) Center 
in Medway, Ohio, has been renovated and expanded to provide state-of-the-art classroom technology, lodging for a growing student base, and additional overhead and underground facilities to meet the needs of a demanding industry.

3-D Printing: Fiction to Fact

Imagine a day when electrical contractors or suppliers can manufacture the components, tools, even cable they needed on a construction site with a 3-D printer.