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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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Vectorizing the Raster

While CAD drafting systems are an increasing part of the building process, many electrical contractors face choices between investing in CAD, or a raster system with software links to CAD, or watching the process from the sidelines.

Different By Design

Some industry experts say design-build will be the preferred project-delivery method in commercial construction within a decade.

The Stacking of Trades

There is a constant battle in the construction industry for contractors to remain competitive and at the same time, increase their profit margins.

The ADA and Public Places

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a sweeping civil rights legislation that increases contractors’ obligations and risks. Applying civil rights legislation in the context of building and code requirements is inherently uncomfortable and difficult.

The Power of Knowledge

The message of safety and security The safety and security policies and procedures at any company are often extensive. But whether or not those policies are communicated consistently and effectively can make or break the facility’s overall safety and security.

A Balancing Act

Public places need easy access—and reliable security For those of you who are in charge of security at a museum, or any other public facility that allows unrestricted public access, it’s a tricky environment in which to provide protection and detection.

The Public PQ

Public transportaion is more vulnerable than you might think Power quality and the problems that arise when the quality of the supply doesn’t match the requirements of the equipment are most often thought of in terms of the resulting loss of productivity in commercial applications such as data cent