March 15, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. V, No. 5

NECA and IBEW Create New Classifications

NER Launches Stolen
Equipment Tip Line

Kaiser Offers Incentives for Minority- and Women-Owned Firms

AGC Arizona Raises Money for Construction Manager Program

Airport Authority in Indiana Seeks Qualified Firm

City of Anaheim Solicits Bids for Master Agreement

Business Briefs

OSHA Publishes Report on NFPA 70E

South Florida Facilities Expo

ISC West 2006

SWEE 2006

Upper Midwest Electrical Expo

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    NECA and IBEW Create New Classifications
    E. Milner Irvin, president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), estimates that the construction industry will need as many as 78,000 additional recruits by the year 2014. As a measure to meet this anticipated shortage, NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) recently created two new job classifications: construction wireman and construction electrician. Each offers a ladder of advancement by which candidates working elsewhere in the electrical trade, as well as rookies in the industry, can now qualify to work, improve, and progress as professional electrical workers in the NECA-IBEW sphere. Under the new classifications, the mix of skills required for modern electrical and electronic systems installations may be better served.

    "These new classifications fill gaps outside our 'apprentice' and 'journeyman' stages," says Ed Hill, president of IBEW. "They will expand our NECA-IBEW workforce nationwide by helping us to recruit more new applicants as well as professional electrical workers who are not yet part of our team."

    The Multi-Tasking Power Quality Analyzer!
    Wouldn't it be nice if you could look inside your electrical system and see what's going on? Troubleshooting would be so much easier if you could see the volts, amps, and harmonic content in real time and take pictures to document and analyze. Now you can do just that and more with AEMC's PowerPad Model 3945. Purchase an AEMC PowerPad System through April 30 and receive a free AC/DC Measurement Probe. Call (800) 343-1391 or e-mail for more information.

    NER Launches Stolen
    Equipment Tip Line

    The National Equipment Register (NER), a national database of equipment theft and ownership records, recently launched a stolen equipment tip line. While the primary purpose of the NER is to respond to inquiries from law enforcement, the tip line was established to receive calls from concerned citizens who have information about what they believe to be suspicious equipment. In some cases, rewards are available for information leading to recoveries. To call the NER tip line, dial (866) NER-TIPS.

    Kaiser Offers Incentives for Minority- and Women-Owned Firms
    To attract more minority- and women-owned contractors to its projects, Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente recently announced it will offer business counseling and project mentoring, as well as waive the usual bonds required to cover costs if a contractor fails to complete a job. Conditions for contractors include agreeing to pay union-level wages, health and welfare benefits, and paying into the union pension trust. Candidates can be certified under the U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program.

    By 2008, the health system wants to award at least 5% of its construction-related work to companies that are 51% or more owned and operated by qualified women and minorities. The company hopes the minority mentoring program, which launched in late February, will help Kaiser find the labor needed for new hospital and renovation projects, as well as help its new partners gain the expertise and business savvy needed to become union shops.

    AGC Arizona Raises Money for Construction Manager Program
    The Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors has raised $5 million and plans to raise an additional $15 million toward its goal of establishing the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Now, the association is asking the state legislature for $20 million to build the school, which may help with the state's construction labor shortage by training a new generation of construction managers. When completed, the school will offer courses in engineering, architecture, and other areas for undergraduate and advanced degrees.

    One Source for All Your Coax Tools and Supplies
    IDEAL is the only manufacturer in the industry that offers a complete line for cut/strip/terminate/test solutions in the growing coax market. From cutting, stripping, and termination tools to connectors, splitters, and VDV test equipment, IDEAL has everything but the cable. Visit for information on the complete coax line from IDEAL.

    Project Watch
    Airport Authority in Indiana
    Seeks Qualified Firm

    Officials at the Gary Chicago International Airport in Gary, Ind., are requesting statements of qualifications from design engineering firms for burial of overhead high-voltage power transmission lines. The RFQ will be available on March 20. For more details, visit the airport's Web site or call (219) 949-4942.

    City of Anaheim Solicits Bids
    for Master Agreement

    The City of Anaheim Department of Public Works is seeking a firm for a master agreement for electrical overhead and underground sub-transmission, distribution, substation, communication, maintenance, repair, and relocation services. Scope of work includes overhead primary reconductoring, 12kV underground substructures and conduits, substation, related work, directional boring and direct buried cable replacements, 69kV overhead and underground transmission work, not excluding component work on communications systems as well as maintenance repair, and/or relocation of any system and all appurtenant work. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference is scheduled for March 30 at 2 p.m. PST. The deadline for submitting qualifications is April 20. To download a pdf of the project summary, visit the City of Anaheim's Web site.

    Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From B-Line
    Introducing the Great Gear program: a way to acquire free gifts by collecting and redeeming B-Line Bucks found on B-Line's fastener product boxes. Simply remove your B-Line Bucks from the box label and use them to select from a wide assortment of gear in B-Line's Great Gear catalog. To obtain a catalog and order forms, see your local B-Line distributor, or visit our Web site at

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    Business Briefs
    New York-based Syska Hennessy Group, consulting, engineering, technology, and construction firm, recently acquired Caretsky & Associates Consulting Engineers. Caretsky, a full-service consulting engineering firm, has provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and commissioning services from offices in New York and Houston since 1959. Some of the firm's recent projects include NYU Medical Center radiology facility renovation, Queens Hospital ambulatory care building, The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, and Union County College in New Jersey.

    Bill Caretsky, managing partner, has been named a senior vice president at Syska Hennessy Group and will be responsible for major health-care projects as well as the growth of the Houston market. Caretsky's Houston operations will now operate as a regional office of Syska Hennessy, under the direction of Lance McKnight, a health-care design expert. On the East coast, Caretsky's staff will become part of Syska's New York operations under the direction of G. Venkata Ramu, the Syska Hennessy Group regional director of health-care.

    For more business briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.

    Belden 1000V VFD Cables Work
    Reliably in Even the Harshest Environments

    That's because they've been specifically designed to do so -- and they are more flexible to ease installation. High-strand, 3-conductor cables are available in 16-2 AWG sizes with an oversized XLPE insulation and 1-4/0 AWG symmetrical designs with copper tape shields. Go to for VFD Product Bulletin 224.

    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Publishes Report
    on NFPA 70E

    In a recent report on electrical worker safety, Jim White the training director for Shermco Industries Inc., Irving, Texas, member of the NFPA 70E Committee and NFPA 70B Committee, and secretary for the 2006 IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop, recommends taking the the following safety steps to remain in compliance with NFPA 70E and protect workers from electrical shock and electrocution.

  • Develop a zero-tolerance policy toward energized work.
  • Get out in the field or plant and observe your workers.
  • Make sure your employees are trained to perform tasks.
  • Develop safe work practices and procedures.
  • Perform periodic safety audits.
  • Implement job briefings.
  • Be careful how you implement any safety awards program.
  • Stay current with the regulations and the NFPA Standard 70E.
  • Document your work practices.
  • Show good-faith effort.

    To read the entire article, visit the Occupational Hazards Web site.

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    Shows and Events

    South Florida Facilities Expo

    The South Florida Facilities Expo is scheduled for April 5 and 6 at the Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The free two-day trade show will include seminars on effective grounding, partial discharge testing of medium-voltage cables, protecting your facility from transients, effective lightning protection, and preparing your facility for electrical outages. For more information and to register, visit the Expo's Web site.

    ISC West 2006
    The International Security Conference & Exposition West will take place from April 5 through 7 in Las Vegas. This year's event includes educational sessions on video, CCTV, and IP-based surveillance, as well as VoIP and alarm transmissions. In addition to the keynote address by Tom Ridge, former chief of Homeland Security, speakers from CISCO Systems, NEC MicroSoft, and IPC International are expected to address the latest technology and trends for the security industry. To register and for more information, visit the ISC Web site.

    SWEE 2006
    The Houston Electrical League (HEL) will present the 2006 Southwest Electrical Exposition (SWEE 2006) at the Reliant Center in Houston on April 6 and 7. Free seminars will cover topics such as wiring practices, NEC Code review and changes, cable testing methods, and light control and the energy code. For more information and to register for the Expo, visit HEL's Web site.

    Upper Midwest Electrical Expo

    The North Central Electrical League (NCEL) has scheduled the 2006 Upper Midwest Electrical Expo for April 12 and 13 in Minneapolis. The event includes product demonstrations, the NCEL breakfast, and technical sessions covering topics such as grounding changes, short-circuit current rating of industrial control machinery, and emergency electrical systems for health-care. For more information and to register, visit the NCEL Web site.


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