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NECA Student Chapters and the Talent Initiative offer a variety of projects and opportunities

Student Competition

In 2009, ELECTRI International (EI) and The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) launched a new initiative called the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge to attract the “best and brightest” students to electrical construction. This Annual EI/NECA Student Chapter Competition provides university students and faculty advisors with an exciting event that will foster meaningful interaction between students and NECA member companies.

The Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge engages NECA Student Chapter members in a rewarding educational experience and encourages them to develop technical skills vital to careers in electrical construction and professional skills in time management, oral and written communication. Students have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from the electrical contracting industry who come to the competition finals because they want to have the first shot at meeting the most talented students, just about ready to come into the profession.

The competition also provides a mechanism for NECA Student Chapters to create interest in chapter membership and in careers in electrical construction at their university. Each year, the competition has seen a considerable increase in registrations and stimulated the formation of new Student Chapters.

More about the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge

Service Projects

NECA student chapter student service project run through the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and typically coincide with ELECTRI International's Cross Border meeting.

Student teams get valuable learning experiences through ELECTRI’s international service learning programs. Students select an international location with a critical need for new or upgraded electrical service. Working with their faculty advisor and a local electrical contractor, students design the installation and volunteer their time and travel to complete the project.

The student team trip to Honduras and another to Costa Rica cost more than $30,000 per location. Each student personally pays at least $1,800 to participate.

RenewCrew Honduras 2009 was the first iteration of a national NECA Student Chapters service projects coalition. Named ‘Renewable Energy Central America’ (RECA), this collaborative project aims at supporting and encouraging the NECA Student Chapters from all universities to organize and implement Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency service projects in Central America. RECA was created thanks to the supports and efforts of ELECTRI International, NECA and the Penn State NECA Student's Chapter.

Student Chapter Support

ELECTRI International works closely with NECA Chapters to provide matching grants to bright young professionals at academic institutions that have NECA Student Chapters.

Having an involved, knowledgeable faculty advisor is the key to creating and maintaining a successful NECA Student Chapter and attracting quality talent to the industry.

Based on recommendations from the NECA Chapters, ELECTRI offers annual faculty stipends to advisors who are mentoring student chapters at their institutions, as well as annual grants to outstanding students.

Student Chapter Conferences

Members of NECA student chapters are invited to join the sponsoring local NECA chapter for regular meetings and participate in the Student Chapter Summit held in conjunction with NECA’s annual convention and trade show. Student chapter members may also attend the annual NECA Future Leaders Meeting for young and emerging electrical construction professionals and the NECA Safety Conference at a discounted rate.

NECA Career Center

Students looking for a job in the electrical construction industry can upload their resume and qualifications and view the latest employment opportunities at no charge.

Visit the Career Center.