Your Business

 

 

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).

More on Your Business

 
Health Care System Thrives with Guarantee
| under

More than 100 years ago, St. Louis served as the gateway to the country’s Western frontier. Today’s pioneers are technology firms, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and health care facilities. St.

READ MORE
 
Integration Strategies for the Electrical Contractor
| under

These days, if you’re doing only wiring and cabling, you’re probably in the minority. Many electrical contractors wisely continue to expand their customer base, capitalizing on a variety of market upswings in low-voltage systems and services.

READ MORE
 
Drug Testing
| under

Smoking marijuana was a way of getting through the day for journeyman Michael Wilborn. It calmed his nerves, helped alleviate the boredom of mundane parts of his job (residential work) and helped him sleep at night.

READ MORE
 
Single-Phase, Rectified Input, Switching Power Supplies
| under

A single-phase, rectified input, switching power supply will have a sharp reduction in current at the beginning of a sag, followed by an increase in current to a value greater than the original current levels, until the sag has ended or the equipment trips off line.

READ MORE
 
Wireless Technology and the Electrical Contractor
| under

The introduction of fiber optics revolutionized the voice, video and data world. Clearer signals, better durability, improved serviceability and material availability allowed an explosion of this market.

READ MORE
 
Article 210--Branch Circuits
| under

210.52(C)(3) Peninsular Counter Spaces Article 210 covers branch circuits except those that supply only motor loads. Motor load requirements are covered in Article 430. Receptacle placement provisions for dwelling units are stipulated in 210.52(A) through (H).

READ MORE
 
UL Tightens GFCI Requirements
| under

Summer is just about over but electrical contractors are still feeling the heat. There’s a deadline approaching on a lot of vital household repairs—ones that might have been long neglected but must now be rectified by experts.

READ MORE

Pages