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…