The National Electrical Contractors Association(NECA) welcomed representatives from a South Korean utility company, KEPCO, and the Korea Electrical Engineering and Science Research Institute this week.
NECA Executive Director of Standards and Safety, Mike Johnston; Director of Safety Wes Wheeler and administrator Aga Golriz met with the group, which included an engineer and professor, on Monday December, 11. NECA CEO John Grau and COO Dan Walter also participated in a portion of the meeting.
The meeting included discussions about outside line worker training programs, qualifications of line workers, electrical contractor relations with utility companies in the US. Korea is experiencing similar workforce shortage issues.
“It’s always great to exchange ideas with members of the electrical construction industry in other countries and learn more about what they do,” Johnston said. “The issues we face are similar.”
As in the United State South Korea is dealing with an aging workforce. The average age of worker in the electrical industry there is 47.
Later in the week, Wheeler and Golriz met with the group for a tour of the IBEW Local 26 apprenticeship and training facility in Lanham, MD.
NECA arranged a meeting and tour of the Southeast Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training (SELCAT) facilities in Newnan, GA. It was planned for Friday and Monday and was hosted by Steve Gaines and Danny Haddad. Wheeler joined the group.