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 Partner for Agribusiness is a quarterly publication for Austin Mutual Insurance Company. Thompson Specialty Service was featured in the Winter 2016 publication talking about the Dangerous Power of Arc Flash.
Kent Voigt, Senior Risk Consultant, for Austin Mutual Insurance saw the Thompson Specialty Services presentation at the Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa in Story City, IA and asked if we would be interested in presenting our presentation to their Risk Consultants in Omaha. As part of this agreement they also asked if Thompson Specialty Services would like to be interviewed for an article in their The Partner, that is mailed to their agricultural customers quarterly.
Kent Grange was interviewed for the article. You can see the article at the link below.
Information on Thompson Specialty Services is available here.
Throughout the United States and around the world, NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC) sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies. The 2017 edition of this trusted Code presents the latest comprehensive regulations for electrical wiring, overcurrent protection, grounding, and installation of equipment.
NFPA 70: NEC has been published since 1897, and a rigorous process of review keeps it up-to-date with new technologies. In fact, more than 4,000 public inputs and 1,500 comments went into the 2017 NEC alone. Hundreds of updates and five all-new articles pave the way to a safe and efficient electrical future. Every 3 years the NFPA releases an updated version of the NEC.
How do our licensed electricians stay abreast of these changes? They are required, as part of maintaining their electrical license, to have 6 hours of training per year (that’s Iowa, NE and SD are similar) that includes reviewing the new code changes. This is a never ending process for the licensed electricians, as the NEC comes out with a new addition every 3 years.
Al Bermudez, has been an employee for Thompson Electric – Sioux City for 5 years and is in his 4th year apprenticeship. Al recently participated in the Ideal Tools – Elite Tradesman Competition, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Al began his competition locally, on a Saturday at Echo Supply. Al said he just went for the pancakes, but ended up being the regional winner. The competition included stripping wire for a 3-way splice and wiring a single pole switch. The judging factors were time, quality and all work had to meet code standards.
After receiving notification of being this regions winner, Al was flown to Orlando for the national competition. He said he didn’t realize how big this competition was until he got to Orlando and learned there were 64 invited winners out of 23,000 participants. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment of its own, but it gets better.
Friday morning the competition started by wiring a single pole switch to a light and outlet. This eliminated ½ of the invitees and Al was seeded 8th overall. The same judging criteria was used at the nationals that was used at the regionals. Friday afternoon and Saturday morning the wiring challenges consisted of wiring a 220 volt range outlet which included cutting the hole in the drywall, fishing the wire down and finishing the job and wiring a 4 receptacle outlets with GFI’s. After Saturday morning’s competition, Al was in the Top 10, for the finals that afternoon.
On Saturday afternoon the final challenge was to pull 40 ft. of wire through EMT and wire an outlet, switch and light.
The announcement was made for the winners and Al finished 6th nationally out of all union and non-union competitors. Al said the experience was tremendous and he has made friends from all over the country and they are staying in touch by Facebook.
That’s quite an accomplishment for Al and all of us at Thompson Electric are very proud of Al’s accomplishments. Just outstanding…