June 16, 2016

The 2016 IECRM Energy Expo and Wire-Off Competition

On Friday, May 20th, Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) held the 2016 Energy Expo and Wire-Off Competition for more than 300 visitors. At the annual event, 40 electrical apprentices competed live in skills challenges and 36 Industry Professionals showcased their latest tools, products and technologies geared towards the electrical, renewable energy and construction industry. Inm


Wire-Off competitors are comprised of the ten IECRM students with the highest G.P.A. from each year of the apprenticeship program. The students must rely on their knowledge of the National Electric Code, paired with practical on-the-job training that they’ve acquired during their apprenticeship and training at IECRM, to demonstrate their proficiency in basic motor control circuits, line diagrams, materials, and circuit installation.

1st through 3rd-year students competed to win a trip to the IEC National Convention, among other valuable prizes. 4th year students competed to be the Colorado finalist that will represent IEC’s Rocky Mountain Chapter (IECRM) at the national competition at the annual IEC-CON in San Antonio, Texas.

IECRM is proud to announce Scott Sorensen as the first place winner of the Wire-Off Competition who will move on to compete for Apprentice of the Year at the IEC National Conference. Sorensen works as an electrician’s apprentice at Eckstine Electric Company in Platteville, Colorado.


2016 Wire-Off Skills Challenge Winners:

First Year Skills Challenge: 3way/4way Switch to Lamp and Split Receptacle
1st Place: Mikkel Buhl-Madsen – Specialized Electric Company
2nd Place: Luke Litwiller – Unaffiliated
3rd Place: Jacob Loshaw – Alliance Electric

Second Year Skills Challenge: Autotransformer to Load, OCPD, Fused Disconnect, Pipe Bending and 9 Lead Motor Lab
1st Place: Stewart Williams – Interstates Construction Services
2nd Place: Ryan Spencer – Encore Electric, Inc.
3rd Place: Jonathan Heaner – Encore Electric, Inc.

Third Year Skills Challenge: Timed Motor Control Line Diagram and Forward / Reversing Motor Control Lab
1st Place: Jeffery Hoge – Hi-Tech Electric, Inc.
2nd Place: Gabriel DiGiacomo – Namaste Solar
2nd Place: Paul Douglas – Hi-Tech Electric, Inc.- TIED for 2nd
3rd Place: Curtis Kimball Kohout – Encore Electric, Inc.

Fourth Year Skills Challenge: Forward / Reversing Motor Control Circuit Lab and Line Schematic Diagram
1st Place: Scott Sorensen, Eckstine Electric Company
2nd Place: Brendan Burdick, JM Electric, Inc.
3rd Place: Jeffery Schadl, Northern Electric, Inc.


“The IECRM Wire-Off competition provides an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skill working with some of the many different electrical applications and wiring methods in our industry that they might not see on a daily basis.  We are all very proud of all of the competitors and their accomplishments.” said Paul Lingo, IECRM Training Director and IECRM alumni, who coordinated the 2016 Wire-Off Competition.

Each Wire-Off competitor went home with tools and prizes thanks to generous donations from Greenlee Textron; IDEAL Industries, Inc.; Milwaukee Tool; and I-Pro.

This year’s Energy Expo exhibitors included, AIS Industrial and Construction Supply, Allcable, Busybusy, CAD-1, Casey Bergquist, Inc., CET and Associates, Colorado Electric Supply/City Electric Supply (CES), ComRent Load Bank Solutions, Conserve-A-Watt, Cummins Rocky Mountain, Inc., DBP Electrical Consulting, Eaton, FLIR, Graybar Electric Company, Inc., Greenlee, A Textron Company, Hubbell Lighting Inc., I-Pro, Inc., IDEAL Industries, Inc., IECRM, IECRM Veterans Committee, JASLED, LLC, KeyBank, LEDrock, Legrand Cablofil, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, and Office Sensei.

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Several visitors walked away with door prizes, including various gift cards, Rockies tickets, and tools, thanks to donations from multiple members of the IECRM energy trade association. Guests also enjoyed a free outdoor barbecue from Jim ‘N Nicks, sponsored by IDEAL Tools and beverages and refreshments sponsored by Integrity Electric. During the Energy Expo and Wire-Off competition, IECRM hosted a Blood Drive for Children’s hospital of Colorado. Expo booth holders, competitors, and spectators alike had the opportunity to donate blood to benefit the children in need in our community for the Children’s Hospital Colorado, sponsored by Colorado Business Bank.


Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters for making this event memorable for both the competitors and guests. Lunch was sponsored by IDEAL Tools, refreshments and beverages sponsored by Integrity Electrical Solutions, and concert tickets and giveaways from 106.7 KBPI.

IECRM is the Rocky Mountain’s premier nonprofit electrical and energy trade association, the second largest IEC chapter, and the largest IEC apprenticeship school in the country. Early registration for the next session of the Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program ends on July 20th.  IECRM will host a Career Fair on July 13th and Grand Opening celebration on August 12th at their new facility in Northglenn, Colorado. Visit to register or call (303) 853-4886 for more information.


About Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM)

Since 1981, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado. Representing more than 200 member companies and educating over 1,500 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the energy industry and merit shop philosophy.

IECRM, located in Denver, Colorado, is a chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors.