Technology & Energy Solutions

Electrician in hard hat operating a drone

Through its Electrical Connection partnership, IBEW/NECA engages government and business leadership to adapt its workforce development to meet future electrical and communication needs, including next generation technology and energy.

Its professional instructors at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center also sit on a number of National Electrical Code (NEC) panels to help develop and guide specifications for safe installations. Examples of this dedication to advancing pacesetter skills and safety include:

  • Electricians in hard hats looking at a tablet Introducing voice/data/video to the curriculum at the dawn of the information age.
  • Adapting training on process controls and wireless communications to accommodate growing automation in advanced manufacturing.
  • Creating integrated communication training programs to meet specialize needs in hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Adding intricacies of smart building technology to the curriculum
  • Adding renewable energy, including a working rooftop solar array at the training center.
  • Assisting in developing the nation’s first Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) to serve the growing electric vehicle market.
  • Responding to calls for greater safety in the cell tower industry by adding a cell tower safety and rescue training program that includes a 25-foot tall tower on the site of the training center
  • Partnering with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) – Gateway Chapter to provide compliance training to meet FAA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations and the needs of the autonomous vehicles.

Our economic development and education partners rely on the Electrical Connection as a resource to understand how next generation electrical/communication technology will power Missouri’s future.

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