Robert Watkins is a third generation master electrician licensed in Colorado and Wyoming. He grew up doing service changes on the weekends and answering his grandfather’s code quizzes. Over his 20+ year career, Robert has been involved with almost every part of our industry. He started out as an apprentice in the field working his way to a superintendent position, then moving into an office as a Project Manager and eventually into a position of running a $20M electrical department. Robert also spent 5 years formally instructing apprentices at CITC and IECRM. Some highlights along his journey have been obtaining his masters licenses, NIECT 4 certification in Fire Alarm Systems, Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute, 2011 IECRM Project Manager of the Year, 2014 IEC National Speaker, and 1st runner up at NFPA National NEC Code Challenge. Robert has a complete and full understanding of the electrical contracting business and the importance a body like IECRM has on the overall success of our industry.
Robert’s desire to serve on the Board of Directors is twofold. He believes in giving back to an industry that has served him well over his career. “The future of our industry is being taught within the walls of IECRM’s schools and through our contractor members.” Robert likes the opportunity to use his skill set and experience to promote, educate and support open-market contractors in our industry. Secondly, he believes in the merit shop philosophy. Having worked for an IBEW signatory contractor (resigning from IBEW Local 68 in 2001), he is well aware of the advantages of being in a merit shop. Robert believes his unique experiences and perspective will help guide the industry into the future and create a strong business environment for electrical contractors.