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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

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PV Licenses and Certifications

Photovoltaic (PV) installations are becoming more common in commercial and residential buildings as PV-system efficiencies increase, installed costs decrease and cost of conventional utility-supplied electric power increases.

Finding Your Foremen

Field supervisors are your key people. For most companies, the quality of job site supervision is the difference between profits and financial ruin. The great ones provide you with essential feedback and creative ideas on how to improve your installation processes and customer service.

Preventive Measures

In last month’s column, we outlined the procedure for establishing a risk management plan, a checklist of ways to prevent employee-related losses and the conditions favorable for fraud to occur. Internal crimes tend to follow common patterns.

Estimating the Reconstruction

The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina is unfathomable to me. To think about the reconstruction seems premature and pointless; a self-serving distraction to take my mind away from the tragedy. But as Americans, this is what we do, and I believe it is why this country succeeds.

How Specifiers Operate Today

Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products.

Hurricane Katrina: On the Front Line

When NECA Gulf Coast chapter manager Tracy Landers took his first tour of his chapter’s contractors in the Biloxi, Miss., area, he was prepared for the worst.

How to Train an Estimator

When I was asked to write 1,200 words on how to train an estimator I thought, “This should be easy, I train estimators every day.” After a few hours of organizing my thoughts and writing my outline, I realized 1,200 words will barely scratch the surface.