A long-time supporter of SkillsUSA on the local and regional level, CarolinaPower once again participated in South Carolina’s Skills USA state competition. This year’s statewide competition was held Friday, March 15 at the Greenville Convention Center. 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.
SkillsUSA offers local, state and national opportunities for students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills.
CarolinaPower provided three judges for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition, which drew 27 competitors from eight different high schools across the state. In addition to their judging duties, CarolinaPower’s Derek Sligh, Matt Johnson and Madison Younginer monitored the students during the construction phase. The top three student contenders are moving on to the regional competition.
CarolinaPower volunteers helped Dan Enfinger of Southwire, organizer for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition, with set-up and tear-down. After the event, CarolinaPower delivered 12 panel boards to the Center for Advanced Technical Studies in Chapin, S.C., and six boards to the Lake Marion High School & Technology Center in Santee, S.C.
“SkillsUSA technical competitions showcase the best of the best. Programs like this are critical to developing the construction workforce of the future. We will continue to do whatever we can to support students who are interested in the electrical trade,” said CarolinaPower’s Madison Younginer, who is deeply involved in the company’s multi-level recruiting efforts – trade and professional. “This year’s talent was beyond impressive and we are excited to offer career opportunities to this bright group. They are the future of our industry.”
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 will be tested when they are required to fill an order from a bill of material that will be used to complete the hands-on portion of this contest.