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…
Every spring the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) takes applications from interested young men and women that have a desire to become a licensed electrician. This program is overseen by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) that sets the curriculum for the program.
This year Thompson Electric Company has an outstanding group of individuals that applied for and were accepted into the program. This year’s group includes, Dillon Coughlin, Craig Dress, Joe Fox, Justin Glick, Tim Harris, Corey Hodge, Cody Jensen, Jared Jeratowski, Seth Johnson-Larson, Tanner Kollbaum, John Morgan, Cody Nielsen, Jonathon Parsons, Brandon Reif, Dustin Scott and Blake Smith.
Each year a group of young people start this journey and Thompson Electric is there to support them through these years. We look for and need an outstanding group every year to start the JATC program. We congratulate this group of excellent young men on the start of their careers and look forward to the day they become licensed electricians. After all, these young people are the future of Thompson Electric.
After many, many years away from Sioux City, The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), which is responsible for the training of the electrical and telecommunication workers employed by Thompson Electric, has moved the classroom requirements back to Siouxland and will be taught by Rick Moon, full time instructor for the JATC, at the Western Iowa Tech (WIT) campus in Sioux City.
What does this mean for Thompson Electric’s apprentices in Sioux City? Instead of having to take 4 weeks of classroom work in Des Moines each year for 5 years, they now will take the JATC classes, starting this fall, at the WIT campus in Sioux City. While attending school, apprentices will be taught the curriculum set in place by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC). This Curriculum consists of the following:
• AC THEORY
• DC THEORY
• JOB SAFETY
• HISTORY OF THE IBEW AND NECA
• BLUEPRINT READING
• CONDUIT BENDING
• SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS
• DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
• CATEGORY 5 WIRING
• MOTOR CONTROLS
• OPTICAL FIBER
• FIRE ALARM AND SECURITY SYSTEMS
• NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
In conjunction with the JATC and WIT, students will now be eligible to receive an Associate’s Degree upon the completion of the classes. This is a tremendous opportunity for anyone interested in becoming an electrician and for the future of Thompson Electric Company.