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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. 

One thing I’ve sought to emphasize during my term as president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the critical nature of forming and maintaining international relationships to strengthen the electrical construction industry.

Linemen from Quanta Services address damaged poles in an area flooded by Hurricane Harvey

The nation’s late summer flurry of hurricane activity was unprecedented. Within days of the record downpours from Hurricane Harvey that overwhelmed the Houston area for nearly two weeks in late August, Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean, devastating the U.S.

Image courtesy of Community First! Village

It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First!

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

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Education At 2017 NECA Show In Seattle


Thirty-four classes are offered throughout the convention (as part of a full NECA registration or as a separate education package). Preconvention workshops are offered Oct. 6–7; they require a separate preregistration and fee.


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AFCIs: Keep Up With the Code and Get Your Questions Answered

AFCI protection is vital to overall home safety, but the complex technology can often present challenges. Join Leviton and Electrical Contractor magazine on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about the latest code requirements, specific applications, options available and troubleshooting tips.


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The 2nd & Pine project is a residential high-rise across from Pike Place Market.
Shaping Seattle

The vibrant city of Seattle features stunning views of tree-covered mountains and water in nearly every direction. It is home to the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, where grocers and fishmongers hock their goods to locals and tourists.



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New Job Skills and the Changing Face of Education

When it comes to advancing in the electrical construction industry, everyone needs to participate in ongoing education.


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Do You Trust The Drawings?

One of the recurring themes of my writing has been the continuing decline in the quality of electrical bid documents. Let’s put it this way: the bidding documents, plans and specifications have become a black hole, sucking up estimating hours like never before.


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Watch: Ferry Electric Co. Beta Tests Wearable Technology On The Job

Productivity is a huge issue for the construction industry. While other industries have significantly improved productivity and efficiency, construction has remained mostly flat.


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Help Wanted: Meeting Demands for Talent

Skilled labor shortages in construction are widespread and global. The challenge is in attracting the correct people to the industry while keeping skilled workers on hand as long as possible.



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