NorCal NECA’s 17th Annual Golf Classic

Our 17th annual Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton. Mark your calendars for this annual fundraiser and golf event with registration information to be sent to Chapter members soon.

Not a golfer? We are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand at the event. Feel free to reach out to Julie Russell for more information.

Associated Schools of Construction Competition

Two weeks ago, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) held its 32nd annual student competition in Sparks, Nevada. This year, students gave presentations in 12 different construction categories. The electrical program was presented by Rosendin Electric and challenged 10 University teams of 6 people each. The students were provided an existing facility that was being repurposed as a phased Enterprise Data Center. The project, located in Southwestern Region of the United States, was 90% complete with phase one and the students were being asked to provide competitive bids for the second phase – a 48MW deployment, leaving the final 24MW for Phase 3. The Milwaukee School of Engineering took first place, while Auburn University came in second place and CSU Chico took third place.

NorCal NECA Welcomes New Associate Member

The Chapter is pleased to welcome its new Associate Member, Medcor, Inc. Medcor provides health navigation services through on-site clinics, telephonic triage, construction health & safety services, and through telemedicine. Medcor’s proprietary clinical protocols, software and operating systems enable their skilled staff to achieve sustained, positive results. Since 1984, employers of all sizes from many industries have benefited from Medcor’s innovative services.

NorCal NECA’s 75th Anniversary Gala

The Northern California Chapter was chartered as a Chapter of NECA on January 8, 1944. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, members, associates, partners and guests gathered for the Chapter’s 75th Anniversary Gala at the beautiful Blackhawk Museum. Guests were welcomed by a string trio while they socialized and explored the museum exhibits. Executive Director Greg Armstrong offered some interesting tidbits about the Chapter’s history – offering special recognition to long time members Brayer Electric Company; Collins Electrical Company, Inc.; Niles Electric Company, Inc.; Napa Electric Shop; Red Top Electric Company, Inc.’ and Morrow Meadows. Mr. Armstrong also took the opportunity to present Long Electric with a 25 year membership plaque. Chapter President Greg Long welcomed attendees and introduced special guest National NECA President David Long who presented the Board and Chapter with a plaque in honor of the Chapter’s 75th Anniversary.

What a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone with you! Please click here to view photos from the evening taken by Cathy Breslow.

OSHA Providing New Assistance on Workplace Falls

According to OSHA in a recent new release, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry. With that in mind, the agency is now making available a collection of what it calls “compliance assistance resources,” designed to help employers address falls in the workplace. Click here to learn more!

2019 Construction Outlook

January means it’s time for a look at what to expect in the upcoming year. Jeff Gavin dives right in with the 2019 Construction Outlook in the latest issue of Electrical Contractors Magazine. Click here to read the full article.

W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship Opportunity

The W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship is available to receive applications now. Established in 2007 by NorCal NECA’s Codes & Standards Committee in memory of W. Creighton Schwan who dedicated his life to the electrical industry. Please click here for more details on the scholarship and instructions on how to apply.

NorCal NECA Committee Recruitment

NECA is here to serve you, but we could use your help too. As we are off and running in this new year, consider being part of one of these dynamic committees. We are currently seeking representatives from each of our Chapter divisions.

The Codes & Standards Committee and East Bay Uniform Code Committee (EBUCC) are intended to advance the cause of electrical safety and help improve the quality of electrical construction. Both committees are dedicated to providing a monthly forum where contractors, IBEW members and electrical inspectors are exposed to current code practices, education, news and events. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month (excluding June – August and December), starting with the Codes & Standards Committee at 5:00 PM and followed by the EBUCC at 6:00 PM.

Our Member Services Committee is comprised of individuals committed to discuss and plan various member events and activities, as well as providing relevant education and training. Currently, the committee meets quarterly, on a Thursday, at noon.

If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please contact Juanita Mitchell at the Chapter office.

2019 Project Excellence Award Competition

The Northern California Chapter, NECA Member Services Committee is proud to announce its 12th Annual Project Excellence Awards competition. This program was developed to recognize excellence in electrical/technology installations and the NECA contractors responsible for their outstanding achievements. Project completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, in Alameda, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties are eligible for entry. Projects outside of the Chapter’s jurisdiction may be considered depending on circumstances, location and complexity.

If you would like to enter a project in the 2019 competition for projects completed in 2018, please click here and you will be directed to the Entry Form. Entries must be submitted to the Chapter office by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2019. Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Fall General Member meeting in September 2019.

ASC Student Competition – Sparks, NV

The 2019 ASC Regions 6 & 7 Student Competition is on February 7 – 11, 2019, in Sparks, Nevada. In the past, we have had several contractors attend this event, which captures young college construction management students seeking a career in the construction industry. The competition showcases the students’ ability to create a bid and solutions to a construction problem all in a 24-hour period, followed by their presentations to a panel of experts. Please view this YouTube video, which provides details and highlights from the 2018 competition.

NorCal NECA has been participating for the last several years, and has plans to do so again this year. Contractors in the market to hire the talent these future employees bring to the table are encouraged to join us. Contact Scot VanBuskirk at the Chapter office for more information.