NECA-IBEW Electricians in Action







Journeyman electrician gives back on El Salvador mission trip


Along with making an impact locally as an electrician and teacher, Dave McGoogan looks to help those in need around the world. In February, McGoogan, a journeyman electrician with “Joe” Dickey Electric, traveled to El Salvador with his son, Dale, as part of a mission trip with Victory Christian Center. “This was my sixth time […]

Second-year apprentices learn the art of conduit bending


From conceptualizing to precise measurement taking, bending conduit is a crucial skill needed to succeed as a journeyman electrician. “Conduit bending is a technique used to provide a path for our circuit conductors to get from point A to point B,” said Bob Mass, journeyman inside electrician, Grunau Company. “Unfortunately, there’s never a straight path […]

“Joe” Dickey Electric steps up as United Way Change Maker


With an emphasis on supporting the community, “Joe” Dickey Electric is giving back by becoming a Change Maker sponsor for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “Typically, we’re involved with the United Way, being part of special and little projects throughout the year,” said Eric Carlson, president, “Joe” Dickey Electric. “This year, […]

High voltage class preaches importance of safety


Working safely and identifying hazards are top priorities when our member contractors set foot on the jobsite. Recently, the Youngstown Area Electrical JATC held a high voltage class in an effort to educate journeymen electricians on how to safely work with transformer connections options. “The class is an effort to get journeymen electricians a little […]

Spark your education with the Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship


  Now through May 1, applications are being taken for the Mahoning Valley LMCC Scholarship through the Youngstown State University Foundation. Eligible applicants include IBEW Local 64 members and employees of signatory electrical contractors in the Mahoning Valley, as well as individuals who are affiliated with a member of IBEW Local 64 or an employee […]

Foreman Development Series helps journeymen progress on career path


Foremen are vital in making sure a project is completed on time and within budget. And for those journeymen electricians aspiring to grow their careers, training is now available through the Youngstown Area Electrical JATC. Brian Crumbacher, labor coordinator at “Joe” Dickey Electric, recently started teaching a Foreman Development Series. “This has grown into 16 […]

Savage appointed to NECA National position


  After a successful career as the executive director of the Mahoning Valley NECA chapter, Jack Savage is moving up to the national level. Savage was recently recruited by NECA National to serve as a field representative for the Eastern region. “Field reps basically have a handful of chapters that they lend support to,” Savage […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians stay at forefront of technology


As 2019 progresses, the rapid growth of technology will play a huge role throughout the electrical industry. “The way projects are constructed and what’s in the projects changes daily and yearly,” said Jim Burgham, business manager, IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown. “Every time you see a new building go up, whether it’s a school or […]

NECA-IBEW Electricians enthusiastic about 2019 outlook


Optimism surrounding major local construction projects has local chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers excited for what’s to come in 2019. “Some of the things we’re looking forward to in 2019 are held over from 2018,” said Jim Burgham, business manager, IBEW Local 64. “We had some projects […]

Faces of the Trade: Curt Nickerson


This past December, Curt Nickerson, field superintendent at VEC, Inc., was honored as the company’s 2018 Foreman of the Year. It’s the second time he’s won the award throughout his 16-year career with the company. “Receiving the Foreman of the Year award is gratifying,” he said. “It shows that your peers respect you. I always […]