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NECA members are professional electrical contractors who:

  • develop innovative solutions to meet their customers’ needs;
  • lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies;
  • set industry standards for traditional electrical and integrated building system installations; and
  • are backed by the resources, research and support of NECA, the industry leader.

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What is Electrical Contracting?

Electrical contracting is the business of bringing lighting, power, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States and around the world. In the U.S., it is an industry valued at over $160 billion annually made up of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms employing over 650,000 electrical workers.

An electrical contractor is a business person or firm that performs specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical and communication systems.

Electrical contractors are classified the work they do.

“Outside” or “line” contractors are responsible for high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. Line contractors see that electricity generated at power plants is safely carried through high-voltage lines and substations before it’s used to power any facilities, buildings, or homes.

“Inside” electrical contractors provide electricity to buildings and structures. Inside electrical contractors can serve as prime contractors for all electrical and cabling design, installation, and maintenances in commercial, institutional, and residential buildings.

“Integrated building systems” (IBS) or “Voice/Data/Video” (VDV) electrical contractors work primarily with low-voltage installations, including back-up power, climate controls, wireless networks, energy-efficient lighting, telecommunications, fiber optics, and security systems. IBS contractors integrate these system controls for maximum energy efficiency and building performance.

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Working With an Electrical Contractor

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How to Choose a Contractor

 Selecting a qualified electrical contractor for your home or business can be challenging. It’s a little like taking your car into a car dealer or going to the doctor. You know something is wrong, but you lack the expertise to diagnose the problem yourself – and you are at the mercy of the supposed expert. You also might have difficulty describing your problem completely, or be confused by the jargon used by the professionals. We can’t help you with the auto mechanic or the doctor, but NECA would like to take a little of the mystery out of selecting and dealing with electrical contractors.

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Questions to Ask a Contractor

 Inquire about the contractor’s warranty and insurance, and get it in writing.

  • Does the contractor guarantee that the work will be installed to meet code?
  • Will the contractor correct work that does not meet applicable standards?
  • Insist on a written estimate and a copy of the contractor’s insurance certificate.
  • Make sure that the proposal or contract specifies that the work to be performed will comply with the NEC and NEIS.

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Define Your Needs

 Most electrical contractors are specialists to one degree or another, so it helps to identify your particular need before you start calling.

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Types of Projects

Commercial / Industrial

Commercial and industrial construction includes large building projects like schools, hospitals, office buildings, retail shops, warehouses and factories.

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Service & Maintenance

Many electrical contractors provide routine service, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment at the customer's premises.

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Residential Construction

Today's residential construction projects, whether new or retrofit, require an electrical contractor who can design and install complicated systems, while keeping a family's most valuable investment safe from electrical and fire hazards.

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Green Solutions

Green energy solutions include energy conservation, energy efficiency, and responsible energy production. Together, these practices can power buildings and communities with less waste and more efficiency.

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Transmission & Distribution

Our national electrical grid is an essential part of America's infrastructure. Line contractors see that the electricity generated at a power plant is carefully carried through a series of high-voltage lines and substations before it is used to power any facilities, buildings, or homes.

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NECA Member Showcase


    The NECA/IBEW Team takes to downtown LA to work on the renovation that will revitalize the urbanization of the downtown market. As a part of the larger renovation project called The Bloc, the downtown LA Sheraton gets a rejuvenation of its own and the NECA/IBEW team is at the heart of the project.
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  • Wilson Yancey Honored at NECA 2015 San Francisco

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    The Coggeshall Award honors a NECA-member contractor who is judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the progress of the electrical industry in the technical and training service field. This year Wilson Yancey, Vice President of Safety, Health and Environment for Quanta Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, is honored for his instrumental work with the Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ETD) Strategic Partnership.
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The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $160 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States.

NECA members are electrical contractors who work in all aspects of electrical construction. While most NECA members qualify as small businesses, large, multi-area electrical contracting firms are also members of the association.

NECA contractors hold a high standard for superior performance and are committed to delivering quality results.

NECA contractors are the experts at the top of their field. They know the latest technology. They take the time to understand your business’s unique needs, and they find the innovative solutions to meet them.

NECA contractors employ the most highly trained and reliable workforce in the industry. They will get your job done right the first time, on time, without disrupting your business.

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