IEC Member Newsletter April 14, 2021
Upcoming IEC Events
IEC is gearing up for some great events in 2021!

Baseball, horse racing, BBQ, clay shoot, golf tournaments and more! Visit our website for our calendar of events!
IEC Member Anniversaries
Contractor Members:
Austin Electric Company, IEC member for 34 years
Cody Vaughan Electric, LLC, IEC member for 1 year
E-MC Electrical Services, IEC member for 17 years
Humphrey and Associates, IEC member for 44 years

Associate Members:
American Connectors, Inc., IEC member for 10 years
American Trades Contracting, IEC member for 10 years
Architectural Lighting Alliance, IEC member for 17 years
Blue Star Electric, LLC, IEC member for 4 years
Sunstate Equipment, IEC member for 14 years

Very exciting news!

We now have a very nice setup for our students to learn how to pull wire on the job.... All sizes of wire.
We owe this to the generosity of the following organizations:

  • Southwire who donated the pulling equipment, pull ropes. wire and the instructor to teach the class.

  • Walker Engineering who donated all of the 3-inch conduit, fittings, trapeze and hardware for the race way system to pull the wire in.

  • CED-Miller who supplied the panel cans.

  • Kilgore Electric who donated the labor to install all of the cans and race way.
This is going to be a wonderful addition to our labs and our curriculum. 

IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Wire Off Competition
Each year, IEC National conducts an apprentice of the year competition at the IEC National Convention. 
Each IEC Chapter can participate by holding preliminary competitions to select a competitor to represent their chapter. IEC Ft. Worth participates in the IEC National Competition each year, and this year we are excited to announce that we have a record number of applicants competing to represent our chapter at the IEC National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The IEC Ft Worth competition is comprised of an interview with the A&T Committee, a written examination, and hands-on skills tests in materials identification, conduit bending, multi-location switching, doorbell wiring, ground fault circuit wiring, transformer wiring, and motor controls wiring.
The IEC Ft Worth Wire Off competition takes place on multiple dates in April, with the final skills tests taking place on April 24, 2021 at the IEC Ft Worth Training Center. 

We wish each of these apprentices the best of luck and look forward to watching them compete.
Aaron Bickle, Fox Electric, Ltd.
Eric Cano, Fox Electric, Ltd.
Samuel Chambers, Cummings Electrical, Inc.
Joel Chirnos, Double Eagle Electric
Michael Conner, Texsun Electrical Contractors
Wesley Esquivel, Fox Electric, Ltd.
Cody Frediu, Morgan Electric, Inc.
Chris Glockzin, Coty Owens Electric Service
Maxwell Neu, Denton Electric, Inc.
Roman Reyes, Basecom, Inc.
Pedro Sosa, JBI Electrical Systems, Inc.
Joey Williams, Clark Electric, Inc.
2021 Education Classes
and Seminars
IEC offers the following education classes to our members and their employees.

  • 4 Hour Continuing Education for License Renewal
  • Confined Space Safety Course
  • Fall Protection
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Journeyman & Master Prep
  • Motor Controls
  • OSHA 10 Hour
The Electrical Core Advanced Training Series (E-CATS) is a new IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter educational program offering short 2-4 hour courses. The program consists of a series of educational topics. E-CATS is an ideal choice for those who have an abundant amount of electrical experience but lack formal in-class training or need a refresher course in some aspects of the electrical trade. Individuals completing these classes will receive a certificate of completion.
Courses run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. IEC member employees can purchase the classes together for a discount rate or individually.

Courses Include
  • Box Fill Calculations - June 2, 2021
  • Conduit Fill Calculations - July 7, 2021
  • Voltage Drop Calculations - August 4, 2021
  • Ampacity Calculations - September 1, 2021

Apprentice of the Month
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County recognizes students for their attendance and classroom performance. Each student receives a Milwaukee tool, a certificate and a designated parking space at the training facility for the month.

The following students are recognized for the month of April:

Uziel Rico, R&L Electric, Inc. - 1st year apprentice
Antonio Quintana Prado, TradeMark Electric, Inc., 1st year apprentice
Joe Mason, All-Fair Electric - 3rd year apprentice
Esther Gonzalez, Cummings Electrical, LP - 1st year apprentice

Thanks to Milwaukee Tool Company, IEC Apprentice of the Month Sponsor!
IEC National is bringing you the powerhouse education sessions originally scheduled for the 2021 Business Summit live and available wherever you are (anywhere with an internet connection, that is!). Your business and bottom line will thank you!
April 15, 3 p.m. ET
Work on Your Game: Apply the Pro Athlete Mindset At Work & In Life
Jordan, Manning, Gretzky... We all know the names of the greats. Talent gets you known. Discipline and Mental Toughness make the difference between being MVP and never moving past "potential." Business? It’s the same game. To compete and stay on top takes more than skill. You need the grit and mentality that great athletes use to stay on top. In this engaging and motivational session, you will uncover locker room and training secrets from professional athlete Dre Baldwin.

April 22, 3 p.m. ET
Engaging Women in the Construction Industry
During this session, we will look at ways to make the opportunities of apprenticeship and careers in the construction world more viable to girls and women. We will explore best practices on how to recruit effectively and how to ensure they stay by creating an environment of inclusion.

April 27, 3 p.m. ET
People Over Profit: Building a Company + Cultivating a Brand
Take a moment – what comes to mind when you think of the construction industry? “Back-up plan” profession? Low-paying jobs? Guys that eat hot dogs for breakfast? Empowered Electric is upending the construction industry through one dynamic principle: People Over Profit. Although "Profit" is a very (very very) close second, it's our "People" that have grown Empowered into an Inc. Magazine Top 500 Fastest Growing Company. But instead of reinventing the run-down construction wheel, this session is about how you can make your people the face of your company and impact more lives than you thought possible. In other words, this session is for those who get more enjoyment out of giving a raise than receiving one.

Upcoming Seminars Brought to you by
May 19, 2021 - Warning Signs for a Project in Trouble
June 16, 2021 - Perils of Subs Hiring Subs
July 21, 2021 - CCIPs/OCIPs
August 18, 2021 - Understanding Bonds
September 15, 2021 Workers' Compensation
October 20, 2021 - Texas Construction Sales Tax
November 4, 2021 - Lien & Bond Claims

If you are interested in either of these seminars, please email to have your email added to the signup list. Seminars are $35 each and include a boxed lunch. All seminars are held at Cutler Smith’s conference center. Park Central 7.
Industry News
As of Feb. 1, 2021, applicants for the TDLR Journeyman Electrician license can sign up to take the licensing test once they have acquired at least 7,000 hours of on-the-job training under a Texas-licensed Master Electrician.

Previously, applicants had to have amassed all of the 8,000 training hours before they could sign up to take the licensing examination. The full 8,000 training hours are still required for licensure.

“Allowing applicants to start testing once they’ve reached 7,000 hours of experience will help us get more Journeymen Electricians to work, faster,” said TDLR Executive Director Brian E. Francis. “If they’ve already passed their exams once they’ve completed the required work hours, we can get them licensed – and to work – faster, which is great for them, and great for Texas. Demand for Journeyman Electricians is high, and this will help meet that demand.”

Learn more about the Journeyman Electrician licensing process.
Thanks to TDLR for sharing this information.
Keep current on OSHA
Complimentary Webinar
Risk Managing Your Fleet - Leadership and Changing Behavior
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (1:00 PM CST)
45 minutes | Complimentary | Advance registration required
Driving-related incidents continue to be a massive problem for businesses, and our society as a whole. With a fresh approach toward the continued efforts to reduce driving-related incidents, this presentation discusses the role of leadership within a company, and how that relates to changing and improving driving behaviors. Join us for this webinar, and we will give you some unique concepts to take back to your businesses to fine-tune and implement. Do not wait for a tragedy to occur before taking action; commit to making a difference right now.

A Routine Maintenance Plan...For Your Life Insurance?

Everyone has a vehicle maintenance plan, whether they are the one who performs the maintenance or not. Oil changes, tire rotations, and general tune-ups are a part of life, no matter how busy we are. Without a routine maintenance plan in place, your vehicle will not operate at its peak performance. You may not realize it, but your life insurance has a maintenance plan too, and the consequences of ignoring it can be just as costly.

Different Surnames on I-9 Documentation?

What is the responsibility of the employer when a newly hired employee provides I-9 documentation that shows two different surnames? Specifically, a driver's license and a Social Security card that do not match. The employee states that the SS card has her maiden name and her driver's license has her married name.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) addresses this issue on its website at “Examining Documents” where it states the following:

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