Rapid Growth Along Front Range & Worker Shortage Impact Construction Progress, Growth
Employment opportunities for electricians are growing faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. In Colorado the building boom in homes and businesses up and down the Front Range require more wiring, electrical power, and systems automation including communications, lighting and control systems. Yet workforce development remains the number one focus of many IECRM electrical contractor companies.
Finding workers to train or who are experienced continues to be a challenge.
IECRM will host two more fairs on Thursday, April 25 from 3-6pm at its main campus in Northglenn and again on Thursday, May 30 from 3-6pm. Contractor members receive a free booth — register online today.
At the IECRM Career Fair March 14th at the Fort Collins location, participants met prospective employers to talk about job opportunities, needs, training, IECRM’s apprentice programs and financial benefits. Attending and exhibiting were top-notch companies with many job openings in the electrical, energy and construction industry. Onsite interviews were happening throughout the fair for a variety of jobs from apprentices and journeymen to project managers and sales & marketing. Despite the “Bomb Cyclone,” a short-lived blizzard that brought hurricane-force winds and lots of snow impacting the whole state of Colorado the previous day, the fair was active throughout the afternoo.
“Demand for new electricians in the next decade is projected to double the national baseline, creating instant and reliable job security. As a career, electrical contracting ensures life-long learning for new methods, regulations, code changes and technology. “It is a field where high quality, good work is rewarded, paying more than average jobs in other trade sectors,” says Stansbury.
One thing is for sure, being an electrician can be a family affair. A few IECRM alumni were onsite for the fair with their sons and daughters to orient them to the opportunities of a career in electrical contracting.
IECRM hosts a series of career fairs each year to grow the workforce of its electrical contractor members. The fairs are promoted through digital and radio advertising, community outreach, public relations and multiple Colorado workforce centers.
Companies recruiting at this event were:
Courtesy Electric Company
Merit Electric, Inc
Encore Electric, Inc.
Malm Electrical Contractors
Benchmark Electrical Solutions
Montgomery Electric Inc.
Even though the weather may have had an impact on the number of candidates that attended, booth holders were satisfied overall with the turnout and reports show that they each met with an average of seven quality candidates during the event.