The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) was formed in 1901 to improve business practices and expertise within the electrical construction industry. The San Diego chapter of NECA was chartered in 1942, and today represents over 100 Union signatory electrical contractors with an elected Board of Directors and a full time professional staff. Associate members are firms who provide services in the electrical industry, but are not electrical contractors.
NECA has negotiated exclusive labor agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 569) in the San Diego area. The Joint Training Program required through these agreements provides NECA contractors with a large, well-trained, and reliable labor pool within our local construction industry.
Good labor relations policies allow NECA and IBEW to work together to develop and support the San Diego Electrical Training Center- one of the most advanced centers of its kind in the United States. This $6 million facility provides a demanding five-year program for apprentices training to become journeymen electricians and a four-year program for those training for low-voltage work to support the booming growth of fiber, data, sound, and telecom installations. Both programs include extensive classroom training and testing as well as daily on-the-job experience.
In the highly competitive construction industry, NECA members believe the continuous training of our workforce makes a measurable difference in productivity and competitiveness. Therefore, all NECA-IBEW experienced electricians are provided access to a wide variety of on-going training programs to ensure that they stay up-to-date on the latest tools, techniques, and technology. In addition, NECA San Diego and IBEW have an award-winning drug-free workplace program in place to further assure reliability and jobsite safety.
NECA members are actively involved in the development and adoption of National Electric Installation Standards (NEIS) that directly benefit the construction industry and its clients. These standards are the first to establish quality levels and standardized installation practices that go beyond minimum safety requirements. Furthermore, NEIS helps foster communication among contractors, developers, architects, engineers, purchasers, and suppliers of electrical construction services by ensuring that everyone speaks the same language and holds the same set of expectations of quality for electrical construction.