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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. 

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) established the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training­ Committee (NJATC) in 1941. Dedicated to creating the best electrical workers in the world, it succeeded remarkably.

It’s been said before that all politics are local. Recently, local leaders took that adage and applied it to the pursuit for a new energy society.


The company I worked at while being trained as an electrical estimator already had an estimating system: a mainframe computer system called Estimatic. We had to convert each takeoff item and assembly into a 10-digit code. We entered the codes and quantities into a teletype machine.

In July, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) for the electrical industry announced a name change to the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA).

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TIA Notes
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If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

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Disconnect for Ranges, Wiring a Pool Pump Motor and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cables: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 517 Health Care Facilities Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations Grounding a feeder circ

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Electrician Shortage: What Are We Prepared to Do?
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There’s going to be a skilled worker shortage later in this decade. If the economy continues to rebound, shortages might well become severe. What is being done? What might be done? If there are solutions, when will they kick in? This is the second-part of a series looking at the projected problem.

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Contracting in the Gaming Industry
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Don’t gamble when it comes to the contract “Standard” form Construction contracts come in all sizes and shapes.

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A New Day in Electrical Contracting
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It’s a new day for pop diva Céline Dion and for high-tech security and electronic visual effects at her Las Vegas show of the same name. The electronics for the high-energy show come courtesy of Bombard Electric, Las Vegas.

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When Hertz Can Hurt
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The frequency stability of the interconnected electric grid in North America is a marvel of engineering. As shown in Figure 1, the deviation is rarely beyond 0.05 Hz from the nominal 60 Hz. In fact, during a given hour time period, this deviation is more like +/-0.02 Hz from the nominal value.

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EDS Has the Recipe for Success
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While working on the electrical installations at The Pampered Chef world headquarters and processing facility in Addison, Ill., the design/build staff of Electrical Design Systems Corporation (EDS) felt anything but pampered.

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