Low Voltage Solutions employees are known for hard work, determination, and passion. We’re all about achieving new goals, and we love seeing members of our team go above and beyond to become experts in their field. One of our employees, Chris Jackson, just graduated from the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeship Program in Oklahoma. We’re so proud of Chris’ accomplishments and his dedication to his craft, and we sat down with him to learn more about why he wanted to further his education and how Low Voltage Solutions helped him along the way.
Why did you want to study at IEC?
I was looking for a new career. As part of the four-year curriculum, working for an IEC contractor member is one of the requirements. So, the electrician education — as well as job placement — with a choice of contractors is what interested me in the IEC.
How does your time at IEC contribute to your role at LVS?
The IEC curriculum deals with residential, commercial, and industrial electric work. Some subjects are touched on briefly, while other subjects are studied more extensively. This gives a well- rounded understanding of how electricity works. Specific topics such as grounding and bonding, relay logic, and voltage drop calculations have been directly helpful in the installation and troubleshooting of systems I have worked on while at LVS.
What was the commitment for IEC like?
Classes are one night a week for four hours with a break every hour. Much of the class is open discussions led by the instructor. Students get to go over scenarios they encounter on the jobsite working for their contractor.
How did LVS support you in your education?
LVS paid for tuition and books for all four years of schooling. The times I needed help with a subject, there were always multiple people at LVS to discuss the topic with.
What do you like about working at LVS?
I like the family atmosphere, as well as the work hard/play hard attitude. I have seen this mindset company-wide since day one. The people at LVS make it so great. I feel fortunate to be a part of it.
Anything else you want to add about LVS, IEC, or achieving your goals?
They told us in class that our contractors are investing in us. They are training us in the trade to be future foremen, estimators, project managers, etc. When I started in the IEC, I didn't realize the many different paths an electrician could take in their career. I feel lucky to work for a company that provides so many opportunities, and to work with such great people.