Building out the workforce for an “all-electric” future is imperative. Generac Power Systems and Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) are teaming up on a training program to bump numbers in the electrical trade. Generac will offer certified installer training to field and apprentice contractors in IEC’s Rocky Mountain, Texas Gulf Coast and Florida West Coast chapters. In addition, Generac remains IEC’s exclusive manufacturing partner for generator-, battery system- and transfer switch categories.
Each year, more than 3,000 apprentices and field contractors across three local IEC chapters will have the opportunity to receive training in Generac product installation and earn their certification in accordance with Generac’s rigorous installation standards.
“We are proud to champion the continued development of electrical professionals through this partnership with IEC,” said Kyle Raabe, president of Consumer Power for Generac. “The high standards we hold for our Generac-certified installers echoes the same level of expectations and education instilled in IEC-certified electricians. The need for back-up power and alternative energy sources continues to grow, and we are thrilled to help lay a foundation for more highly skilled electricians and tradespeople.”
In addition to contributing technical lesson content, Generac will train program instructors and provide products and equipment for corresponding lessons. Beyond the classroom, Generac leaders will share their knowledge and experience with IEC apprentices and contractor members at annual IEC national and local chapter events.
“As a premier industry workforce development organization, IEC wants to foster great partnerships for our workforce and for our members. We’re committed to helping IEC members find the best solutions in our rapidly evolving industry,” said Thayer Long, executive director at IEC. “We’re excited to partner with Generac, a market leader in the industry, and work with them to offer best-in-class training for our members and prepare the many electricians who go through our programs for the future.”
For more insights into Generac’s product offering, check out this recent episode of the Pitch, covering the PWRmanager, and load control installation / functionality.
— Solar Builder magazine