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 Lake Buena Vista 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…
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.
The 2016 NECA Convention and Tradeshow was held last week in Boston, MA. NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or the voice of the electrical industry, is an organization that Thompson Electric has been an active member of for several decades.
Each year NECA has a convention and tradeshow where electrical vendors have the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate new technology and products. It’s a great opportunity for electrical contractor, such as Thompson Electric, to have discussions with vendors and suppliers on these new products and to also establish new relationships with different suppliers.
This year Skip Perley and Barney Pottebaum attended the convention and tradeshow. During the show there are many learning opportunities and guest speaker sessions to attend. Skip and Barney both attended many sessions that focused on customer services and the changing needs of customers and how today’s technology has an impact on their business. Another session that was informative was the leadership skills and how to develop and implement this training, these were just a couple of the many meetings they attended.
After the convention is over, we have discussions on what was learned from the convention and how to implement the best practices learned into everyday business.
FleX – Future Leaders Excelling Program – Is a one of a kind program created to accelerate the learning of leadership skills, project management skills and other day to day skills needed to successfully navigate in today’s work environment. The program was developed by Thompson Electric, with the intent to fill the needs of the future more efficiently.
The FleX Training Program will be a nine-month training program that will meet bi-weekly on Thursday’s for two hours. During this time these individuals will learn all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques, while working in real life situations. They will also encounter real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand on how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.
Overall, we feel that the FleX Training Program will lead to higher customer satisfaction, more innovation, lower costs and faster growth. Thompson Electric views this as an investment into our future
These individuals will be participating in the first ever FleX Program. Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh. After the inaugural program, achieves the success that we anticipate, we plan to continue and expand the program.
The FleX Program started on September 8th and will end on May 18th, 2017, Graduation Day…
Thompson Electric is taking a new approach for finding talented people looking for great careers. The last couple of years we started participating in career days and job fairs, by going to technical colleges, local job fairs and presenting to local high schools, about the benefits and opportunities in the electrical industry. We’ve had tremendous success in finding talented people at these events. We wanted to take our recruiting efforts to the next level, so this year we’ve created a video showcasing some of our employees and why Thompson Electric is a great place to work.
For those of us who already work for Thompson, we know the benefits and opportunities of working for Thompson. Below is the video we created to persuade others to come to the Thompson family.
Click on the video and see what our employees say about Thompson Electric.