Al Bermudez, has been an employee for Thompson Electric – Sioux City for 5 years and is in his 5th year apprenticeship. Al recently participated in his second Ideal Tools – Elite Tradesman Competition, at Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Al began his competition locally, on a Saturday at Echo Supply. The competition included pulling two wires using fish tape thru 3 boxes, connecting one single pole switch in one box, making a slice in the second box, and finally toning out the wires to ensure the switch worked correctly. The judging factors were time, quality and all work had to meet code standards. Al had the fastest apprentice time of 53 seconds.
For the second year in a row, Al was one of the 30 finalists that were flown to Orlando for the national competition. There was a total of 35,000 applicants nationwide. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment of its own, but it gets better.
The project he worked on was one he does a lot here at Thompson, LED retrofit and convert a single pole switch that was controlling the lights to 2 three-way switches. Al placed 18th this year in the apprentice division which is a great accomplishment.
Al stated, “I’m just so glad that I have had the chance to represent the state of Iowa twice in Ideals electrical competition. This shows that Sioux City JATC is excelling in training us to succeed in our trade. I am grateful for the journeymen that have taught me so much over the years. I know I could never have gotten as far as I did in these past two years without the skills I learned from them. So a huge thank you to them!”
That’s quite an accomplishment for Al and all of us at Thompson Electric are very proud of Al’s accomplishments. Awesome job Al we can’t wait for the 2018 competition…
Sam Ouedraogo, Assistant Project Manager with Thompson Electric Company of Omaha has had a unique experience here at Thompson Electric beginning in summer of 2016. Sam is an Electrical Engineering student, he started at Thompson with a 3-month 400-hour internship.
During his internship, Sam has spent valuable hours in the office and the field. He was able to experience change orders, RFI’s, understanding the importance of planning, prefab and how the field and office team work together to keep projects moving forward. Sam stated, “I could not have done this without the assistance of the projects managers, the field workers and most importantly the opportunity that this company provides for the young uprising generation”.
Upon completion of his internship, Sam was asked to stay with the Team as an Assistant Project Manager. He is continuing his education and looks forward to the opportunities with Thompson after he finishes his degree.
Sam’s goal is to one day return to Burkina Faso and open an electrical company. He stated “combining the technology that I am learning here in USA with my previous experience from Burkina Faso I can bring something new to my country it will be a source of jobs, and new technology for my country to benefit from.” Most of the services we provide here in the USA are not standard in Burkina Faso and Sam hopes he can develop them. The electrical services he hopes to offer are industrial, commercial, automation, preventive maintenance, arc flash and especially renewable solar and wind energy.
Thank you, Sam, for your dedication and hard work. We look forward to the future.
The Sioux Area Metro downtown bus depot in Sioux Falls, SD recently underwent reconstruction. In this project, Adam Carpenter and his team updated the lighting and added linear RGB programmable lights to the skylight. This lighting feature will allow the lights to be changed to a wide array of unique colors. The CATV Cabling and programming of the DMX controller was all done by Adam and Thompson Electric team.
Today a different approach to a career fair was started by John Beeck the principal of Loess Hills and Thompson Electric. The focus was on the technology used by Siouxland businesses today.
A select group of local Siouxland Business’s presented to 5th graders at Loess Hills elementary in Sioux City, IA. The goal of the day was to showcase the various skills needed for different careers, with a large focus on literacy and technology.
Tasha Barker of Electric Innovations and Jason Glover of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services both stated that the event exceeded their expectations, the students asked great questions and had positive engagement while talking to the businesses.
The event was very successful and are now talking about doing the event annually.
Thompson Omaha employees enjoyed a day of food and fun with a Thompson Tailgate party held on September 29th. The entire company was invited for burgers hotdogs and sides. Office employees contributed by bringing sides and salads and many desserts. Kevin Lytle, the General Manager made a statement about how important it was to do activities that promote a positive work culture and a chance to relax and have fun! Over 50 employees from Field Service Technicians to CW’s to Office staff participated in this great activity. We are so excited to continue these activities to make our company an engaging and fun place to work!
On October 4th, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and Thompson Automation and Specialty Services offices in Sioux City, IA., all participated in the Iowa – Healthiest State Walk. This is the 7th annual Healthiest State Walk and this is the 4th year that TEC, TE, EI and TASS have taken part in the walk. This year, we had 14 healthy minded employees participate in the walk. Jordyn Salem was the coordinator for this year’s walk and did an outstanding job in getting 14 employees to walk for 30 minutes.
The initiative started to help make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Over the years the interest has grown from Iowans in making communities more walkable, incorporating biking and transit into transportation plans and launching walking school buses so children can walk or bike safely to school.