Student Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association Established: RIT’s program becomes the first student chapter in New York state

Student Chapter of National Electrical
Contractors Association Established

RIT’s program becomes the
first student chapter in New York state

Investment in the electrical transmission and utilities sector may reach $160 billion in
the next 10 years, according to industry experts, specifically with the installation of new transmission lines, facilities and infrastructure for traditional and alternative energy resources.

To support students preparing for these fields, a student chapter of the National
Electrical Contractors Association was recently chartered at Rochester Institute of Technology. It becomes the first student chapter for the national organization in New York, and among 25 student chapters in the U.S.

The national organization, which granted a Charter of Affiliation on April 17, provides
training, advocacy and advancement for professionals in the electrical construction industry. Student chapter affiliates have access to the many of the same services and career enhancements as professionals in the field.

RIT’s new chapter is open to students in all its academic programs, especially the
electrical mechanical engineering technology program and civil engineering
technology programs, based in the College of Applied Science and Technology,
and the electrical and microelectronics engineering program in the Kate Gleason
College of Engineering, says Dave Krispinsky, the academic advisor for the student
chapter.

Krispinsky and nearly a dozen students recently toured the national association’s local
facilities and the adjoining Rochester Joint Apprentice Training Center. “The tour
was a great eye-opener to some of the opportunities that are available to
engineering students right in the Rochester area,” says Clayton Hotchkiss, a
second-year electrical mechanical engineering major from Belmont, N.Y. He will
be the student-liaison to Rochester NECA chapter.

For moreinformation about becoming a member of the RIT student chapter of the National Electrical Contactors Association, contact Krispinsky at 475-2073 or dgkite@rit.edu.

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