Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

October 1, 2021

EIN Pullen IBEW 400By Sherri Haigh

This article is published with permission by poweringcommunities.ca, a partnership of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario and IBEW CCO.

It was her path, and no one was stopping her.

Karen Pullen knows what it’s like to be the only woman on a construction site, and as a proud certified electrician, she is committed to helping make it easier for those who follow in her footsteps.

“At 18 you walk on a job site and you are the only woman with 600 to 1000 men, and you know full well you aren’t wanted there,” says Pullen, recalling the beginning of her journey to become an electrician in 1989.

“I cried on my way home almost every day for the first year of my apprenticeship,” she says, remembering some coworkers who were committed to making her life miserable. But her skills, love of the job and a fierce stubbornness prevented her from giving up.

“I was better at it than most of them, so why should I leave. They had a job where they could put money on the table, earn a living and feed their families. I had moved out of my parents’ home and was earning my own way in life, and I was never going to be able to have all the things I wanted in life if I didn’t continue my apprenticeship,” she said.

That experience inspired her to help other women who choose what some may see as a non-traditional career path. As a member of IBEW Local 353, she chairs the Local’s Women’s Committee and now is also Chair of the newly formed Ontario Construction and Building Trades Women’s Committee.

“We are trying to smooth some of the sharp edges and let women know there is a place for them in construction,” she says.

Pullen says there are definite advantages to working with the IBEW and their partner employers with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO).
“There are some contractors who are shining stars and see the upside to having women on their roster, so there is promise,” she notes.

As an IBEW employee, she benefits from the best possible training, a strong focus on safety and a union that helps address employee concerns. Despite the challenges at the beginning of her career, she has no regrets.

“I really liked my job when on the tools and now dealing with the membership. You have so much freedom, particularly when on the tools, and I really enjoyed moving from place to place and job site to job site.”

She was also very aware of the risks and why there is such extensive training.

“It’s hard to describe to someone who hasn’t done the job, but you have to not only be responsible for yourself but also for others. It’s a dangerous job, and you can hurt people around you.”

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Top Recurring Revenue Business Ideas for Electricians

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Sadly, there’s no way to plant dollar bills for your electrical business that will grow into hundreds overnight (wouldn’t that be nice?).

While I can’t gift you a money tree, after talking to dozens of our electrical customers, I can tell you that one of the best ways to grow your business is through recurring revenue.

What is Recurring Revenue and Why Should Your Electrical Business Have It?

Recurring revenue is predictable, stable revenue that comes into your business at regular intervals. It helps you better maintain cash flow, reduce reliance on one-time sales and most importantly, allows you to forecast revenue so that you can make better decisions for the future of your business. 

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The EPLAN AdvantageWhat is EPLAN?

One platform, multiple solutions – the Eplan Platform offers engineering software such as Preplanning for systematic preliminary planning, Electric P8 for preparing circuit diagrams and Pro Panel for 3D enclosure planning, all from a single source. Standardised interfaces and integration processes enable continuous data flows throughout the value chain, with additional links to various system solutions from Rittal.

This year, EPLAN has introduced its new EPLAN Platform 2022 to help address challenges in the design, engineering and manufacturing phases of the panel building process...

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EIN NECA ECAO 400ECAO and NECA have announced that on January 1 ECAO officially joined NECA as their 119th Chapter. Executive Director Graeme Aitken joined NECA CEO David Long on LinkedIn Live to announce the partnership.

Given the similarities between the two organizations, ECAO is looking to create more opportunities for its electrical contractor members and this further collaboration will allow them to facilitate that. As well as drawing on the educational opportunities that NECA can offer.

“What we’re looking for is integration, professionalism, but most importantly to expand our community."

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

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Harte spent 30 years working for some top brands in the building materials industry where he honed a strong skill set in sales, marketing, strategic planning, business development, and leadership. He joined the organization a month before the global pandemic which provided a unique scenario. “You’re starting to lead an organization with whom you almost have no connection,” he noted.

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