Program Spotlight- Electrical Construction & Maintenance
The Electrical Construction & Maintenance Program has had some interesting changes going on this school year. Instructor Mr. Baney has had his students install a wire pulling lab recently as an additional part of the hands-on learning section of the program.
Mr. Baney is three-quarters of the way into his second year with the CPAVTS family. He has made quite a few additions to the curriculum in order to better prepare his students to enter the industry.
We wanted to know how he felt about his time here so far, and what his students think of the program.
TEACHER SPOTLIGHT- Mr. Baney/ECM Instructor
What was your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“I was a Commercial Electrician for almost 15 years. I also taught post-secondary electrical for three and a half years.”
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“I have added Motor Control Training to the curriculum.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“The two most common career pathways my students take after graduation are entering Construction Apprenticeship Program, or going to college for Electrical Engineering.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“There is not one particular unit. The employers I talk to want a well-rounded, entry level apprentice, with a base knowledge in several areas.”
What are some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession with which students become familiar?
“The biggest change in our trade has been LED lighting. It has really taken off over the past couple of years.”
What advice would you give students who have completed your program?
“Put your time in, and learn as much as you can during your apprenticeship.”
Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.
“How to wire different devices, bend conduit, and learn basic electrical theory.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“Bending ¾” conduit-learning the correct technique is pretty difficult, and the ¾” is just physically difficult to bend.”
What would you say is the most fun part of your program?
“I would say having the device you just wired turn on and work correctly.”
What is some of the recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“A ridged portable pipe threader.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“Either get a job with an electrical contractor or continue to work with my dad as an electrician in his contracting business.”
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
“Learning how to produce quality electrical work that pays well and makes customers happy.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“We usually spend a period in the lab, working on a project. Then we are given a lecture on wiring method and clean up before we go home.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from your other classes you have had in the past?
“It is a lot of fun and I find it interesting. I really enjoy the feeling that I am being prepared for my future as an electrician. We also get to actually work in the school. The real world work environment is great, especially when you can do it in school.”
What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just staring the program or a student who is considering enrolling in the program?
“Apply yourself…the returns are great!”