A long-time supporter of SkillsUSA on the local and regional level, CarolinaPower was eager to participate in South Carolina’s Skills USA competition “live and in person” this spring following two consecutive years of mostly virtual competitions.
SkillsUSA offers opportunities for high school students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills. This year’s South Carolina SkillsUSA student competition was held at the Greenville Convention Center on Friday, March 25 during the organization’s State Leadership and Skills Conference.
CarolinaPower was one of a select group of Corporate Partners for the Electrical Construction Wiring segment – one of 13 categories in the Construction sector of the multi-sector statewide competition.
CarolinaPower provided two judges for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition, which drew 16 competitors from eight different high schools across the state. In addition to their judging duties, CarolinaPower’s Tony Morris and Matt Johnson monitored the students during the construction phase. The top three student contenders are moving on to the regional competition.
Morris and Johnson also volunteered to help with set-up and tear-down for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition.
“We’re excited to have had the SkillsUSA competition return in 2022 with many young men and women eager to grow in the electrical trade. With an increasing demand for talent in the construction industry, we are very grateful for this partnership. Our continued growth is only possible by the career aspirations of future electricians like these exceptionally talented students,” said CarolinaPower’s Madison Younginer, who is deeply involved in the company’s multi-level recruiting efforts – trade and professional.
About the Electrical Construction Wiring Competition – Contestants are required to complete a written test of questions formulated from the latest edition of the NEC, a practical conduit bending exercise and a hands-on installation of a conduit system, cabling system and wiring devices. Working from drawings and specification sheets, contestants are required to install an electrical system common with most commercial projects. Judging is based on general workmanship, accuracy of layout and installation, and adherence to the current national Electrical Code and standard industry safe practices. Contestants’ knowledge of the materials used in the electrical industry is tested when they are required to fill an order from a bill of material that is used to complete the hands-on portion of this contest.