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NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE UPDATE

MID COAST ENERGY DEVELOPS HYBRID CODE COURSE TO ASSIST WITH NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE UPDATE

Continuing education is a crucial component to provide superior service and timely advice. However, it can be a daunting experience to finish a day’s work and then travel to a community college or training center for fifteen weeks to take the required course.

With this in mind, Mid-Coast Energy in cooperation with Novel Engineering is developing a hybrid code course that combines home study with classroom sessions and individual mentoring to help candidates complete the course.

Bob Hardina, a master electrician and a retired member the Mid-Coast team is coordinating the effort. “Home study is wonderful but there are always interruptions and family obligations that cause people to give up and not finish the course,” observed Bob. “By combining home study with occasional mentoring sessions participants help each other and learn a great deal in the process.”

The National Electrical Code was originally drawn in 1897as a result of the united efforts of various insurance, electrical, architectural and allied interests concerned with the safety of residential, industrial and commercial installations. The original code books were small volumes that could be carried in the electrician’s shirt pocket. The current 2017 edition of the code is an 8 ½ x 11 book consisting of 874 pages of text, charts and drawings. The NEC is revised every three years. In addition to as many as 586 hours of classroom education each candidate for a Journeyman or Master electrical license must have successfully completed a 45 hour update course in the current code.

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HVAC APPRENTICE PROGRAM

CONGRATS TO OUR FIRST HVAC APPRENTICE RICHIE SPROUL.

Mid-Coast Energy Systems is please to announce implementation of an HVAC Apprentice Program through the State of Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP). Our first enthusiastic participant in the program is Richie Sproul,(pictured right) a 2017 graduate of Medomak Valley High School. Richie has always been interested in a hands-on career and recognized that this local program will provide him with the needed education and experience while ensuring him a solid career without having to leave the State of Maine.

MCES Facilities Manager and Education Coordinator, John Blodgett (pictured left)began a conversation with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) in September of 2016 and followed up this conversation with Maine DOL and MCES President Bill Morgner in May of 2017.

During the past year, the current State and Federal Administrations have recognized the need for these programs in order to help fill the need for trained mechanical technicians. Legislation has been introduced to help improve and strengthen this program.

As a part of the MAP, both MCES and the Apprentice have objectives and responsibilities to each other and to the MAP. It is the desire of Mid-Coast Energy Systems to cooperate with the Maine Apprenticeship Program and Maine Apprenticeship Council in the training of apprentices and to assure the apprentices that, if
they diligently apply themselves, will be afforded an opportunity to become skilled professionals as HVAC Technicians. The term of apprenticeship for HVAC Technician shall be 4000 hours (2 years of full time employment) of on-the-job-training and a minimum of 144 hours of related formal classroom instruction for every program year of apprenticeship.
Welcome and good luck Richie!

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