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The Electrical Training Institute of Southern California

Today's competitive and demanding construction industry mandates that workers in all trades possess a high degree of experience and formal training. Whether the project is constructing a high rise office complex, performing tenant improvements, building a power plant or a single family house, tradesmen must be able to work at the highest quality standards.

The Los Angeles County Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11 (IBEW) have long understood the critical role that quality electrical work plays in the construction process. A role where there is no room for guesswork, error or less than optimum productivity. That's why the Electrical Training Institute (ETI) plays such an important part in assuring building owners, developers, plant managers, general contractors, architects and engineers that journeyman electricians trained at the ETI have received the highest quality training in the industry. It is this training that enables union electricians to perform tasks that range from the basics to working with complex data and programmable logic control systems so prevalent in today's commercial buildings.

The training program is entirely funded by private industry through contributions by the employer and IBEW electricians. Apprentice electricians pay no tuition, while receiving wages for their work during the day. This commitment to self-funded training by the unionized electrical construction industry is proof that when Union electrical contractors are on the job, customers can expect the best, most highly qualified electrical labor force available. Think of what this means for the average project. Jobs are completed on time. When quality standards are met, it translates to few if any call-backs. Tenants move in sooner. Improvements are completed on time. Down time is cut. Lease income is generated on schedule.

One of the primary components of the training program is teaching safety in the workplace. All courses are taught with safety in mind and there is even a specific course on safety. This is especially important not only for the worker, but for our customers' employees who may continue working on site during tenant improvement and renovation jobs. Because electrical technologies are ever evolving, the ETI understands the critical importance of keeping journey-man electricians informed of new developments in the industry through continuing education courses.

Many energy savings measures are not achieving their modeled or specified savings; the technology is in place, but too often the skill level of the installers is not. Because of this, IBEW Local 11 and NECA LA have made significant investments to offer the highest quality and most rigorous training to properly and safely technologies like, advanced lighting controls, electric vehicle infrastructure, energy storage, battery technology, solar, etc.   For more information about this read here