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.
Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. In fact, many companies in the construction industry have deemed energy drinks dangerous enough to ban them from work sites. Read the rest of the article here.
Recently Rob Costello, Project Manager with Thompson Electric was nominated to participate in the Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR) outreach program, for a Boss Lift operation.
The Boss Lift is a program where employers and supervisors participate in various training exercises. During Rob’s trip with the 185th Air Refueling Wing of Sioux City, he flew on a KC135 refueling plane. The mission was to refuel A-10’s from the 442nd FW Air Force Reserve over Missouri.
Before the flight, the group was briefed on the daily procedure, what to expect during the flight and facts about the KC135. Information included how much fuel the KC135 can carry, how quickly it can offload fuel, the plane range, the fuel system and how it transfers within the plane.
During this unique experience, Rob was able to experience all aspects of a mid-air refueling exercise.
Congratulations to Rob for being chosen for the ESGR outreach program.
It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday. The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work. The state-of-the-art addition includes 24 private rooms for patients, visitors and family. They also welcome a new indoor MRI unit that can accommodate all body sizes.
CEO, Jason Merkley said the additions they have added, both in equipment and space, will help Brookings residents get local care. “Some of the amenities that we didn’t have that some of our folks in Sioux Falls had was something we needed to have updated,” said Merkley. Some new features, specifically the indoor MRI, seem self-explanatory. Merkley said changes like these gives the staff the opportunity to do more. “It’ll make us more efficient. It’ll have a much better experience for our patients to be able to enter into how we take care of them within our world,” said Merkley.
Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls was the electrical contractor for the Brookings Hospital. Thompson Electric provided value enhancement, project management and an experienced field team. Overall, phase one was very successful and now work has started on phase 2, renovating parts of the old hospital.
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…
While doing the interviews for the new videos for our new web-site, which I hope you have had an opportunity to check out, we learned what some of our customer’s think of Thompson Electric. It was very interesting to listen to them talk about Thompson Electric and their relationship with the different people from Thompson Electric.
Three things really stood out from the interviews:
- Thompson Electrics professionalism, from the office to the field. Our customers said they were always treated with respect. Always very professional.
- Easy to do business with. Comments were made about how easy it is to deal with Thompson Electric. No hassles, billings are detailed, just easy to do business with.
- We just make a call to Thompson Electric and tell them what we need or what our issue is and it gets taken care of. We don’t have to follow-up because we know it was taken care of. Peace of mind.
There were many other good things said about Thompson Electric and their people, but these were the 3 things that really stood out for me. It says a lot about a company and their employees when you get positive feed-back from our clients on their experiences with Thompson Electric.
This deserves recognition, and a big congratulations to everybody for their hard work and customer service. These praises are truly earned and not just given.
Last week Barney Pottebaum – VP Sioux City, Brian Spader – VP Sioux Falls, Kevin Lytle – VP Omaha and Skip Perley – CEO all attended the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) Convention in San Francisco.
This is the 61st year for the NECA Convention and it provides attendees an opportunity to visit nearly 300 exhibitors, showing the new trends and equipment in the electrical industry. The NECA Convention also offers workshops on a variety of topics, such as LED lighting, best practices in construction, arc flash regulations, future of power tools and many more interesting topics.
This is also a great opportunity to meet with your peers from other electrical firms across the country and share ideas and business opportunities. It’s always interesting to talk with other electrical contractors to see how Thompson Electric compares to other firms. What we learn from those discussions is, Thompson Electric is a leader in the industry when it comes to technology in the workplace, as well as, being a leader in the prefabrication of materials for the job-site.
The importance of attending the NECA Convention is paramount to staying on the leading edge in the electrical industry. Thompson Electric is looked upon as a leader in the industry and it takes visionary leadership and a dedicated family of employees to stay that way.