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Independent Electrical Contractor (IEC) Competition 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

During the independent electrical contractor (IEC) competition, apprentices were evaluated on various aspects of the material covered during their on-the-job and classroom training, including:

1. A written exam to evaluate their knowledge of electrical theory, code, materials, and installation practices;

2. Preparation of a motor logic diagram based on a written description of a field application;

3. Accurate installation of electrical distribution and control circuitry utilizing customer supplied materials, circuit descriptions, specification, and control diagrams, (known as a "wire-off," this portion of the competition took place on the show floor during Electric Expo);

4. Demonstrate skills in bending electrical metallic tubing on the show floor during the Electric Expo;

5. Demonstrate troubleshooting skills by accurately diagnosing a fault in a common piece of electrical equipment on the show floor during the Electric Expo.



Our very own Matt Odenthal took the 2nd place trophy, a bag full of tools and prizes along with a check for $2,000.00 at the Independent Electrical Contractor Competition In Baltimore last October,

The Stayton Oregon man started his electrical career after his deployment to Iraq in 2010.  Matt has been working residential, industrial, and commercial jobs the last four years.  

Matt explained, "I find that my experience from farming during high school and 9 years in the Oregon National Guard helps me every day in my work".  Matt recently re-enlisted in the Oregon National Guard.

With instructors such as Ken Filips and Tim Boyd, apprenticeship lab instructor, Matt gained the edge over many of the other apprentices to walk away with the 2nd place win!!

We are so excited and proud of Matt.  He will go far and we here at IEC Oregon are proud that we can be a witness to all the successes in his future.

Congratulations again Matt!

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