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Apprentice Spotlight: Jackie Brunton, Juniper Mountain Electric

It’s About Being the Best

About…

Fourth-year IECRM apprentice Jackie Brunton is a Colorado native and although he’s lived in other states, Colorado is his first love. Since graduating from high school, Jackie has been in and out of the electrical field, working the last four years for Juniper Mountain Electric, and just recently received his Journeyman’s license.

Last year Jackie received the Top Student award for 3rd year apprentices in the annual IECRM Wire-Off Competition and as a result traveled to Indianapolis for IEC’s National Convention & Expo. There, he experienced the EXPO and watched his fellow IECRM apprentice, Mike Lempka, win the National Wire-Off Competition. Currently, he’s hard at work on a large townhome project.

Favorite Project…

“My all-time favorite project to date,” says Jackie, “was the Denver Convention Center downtown. It’s a sensible, stunningly beautiful state-of-the-art facility that is constantly evolving.” Jackie says that the Convention Center was the first time he was given a set of prints to work from. “I was on my own to follow those prints and work on a section of the project. This gave me a real sense of accomplishment and I knew that my foreman trusted my ability in the trade,” he notes.

Most Successful Work Habits…

“Measure twice and cut once is an extremely essential work habit,” says Jackie. He also emphasizes ongoing professional education. “I am constantly trying to learn new things about the trade. I’m one who likes to lay everything out in order to know exactly what my plan of action is going to be to do a job. I like to be professional and make sure I always respect the person or company who I am doing a work project for.”

Heroes…

Jackie gives a great deal of credit for his success to his wife. “She’s my role model,” he says. “She has taught me how to love and be humble which makes me a better person. Throughout my career she has always stood behind me and gave me the encouragement to be strive to be the best I can possibly be.”

Best Advice for Colleagues, Apprentices, and Students…

Jackie’s best advice for graduating high school students, apprentices, and his co-workers is to stay the course, invest in continuing education, and excel in what you most want to do in life. “Be the best you can and teach those around you to do the same,” he says. “Things can be difficult sometimes in life, but there is always something positive to keep you motivated.”

 

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