2017 Ideal National Championship for Electricians
I’d venture a guess that a lot of folks aren’t aware that there is a legitimate and potentially lucrative avenue for getting into the field of competitive electrical work. Well, surprise! Ideal Electrical just hosted their second annual “best of the best” competition in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This competition tests participant’s installation and safety skills, as well as gauging their overall speed. This year, the 2017 Ideal National Championship grew to include over 30,000 participants with awards totaling $500,000.
Why Have a Competition?
Ideal Electrical organized this competition to inspire young men and women to pursue careers in the electrical field. As Baby Boomers start to retire, the electrical field faces the challenge of not having enough skilled labor. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 70,000 jobs in the field will become available over the next few years. Industry experts express a growing concern that electrical work will outweigh the amount of qualified tradesman capable of doing the work. The Ideal National Championship seeks to get more potential students engaged in this necessary field.
“We need people to fill the job gap, otherwise building and renovation projects will eventually impact local and regional economies. This is a great industry and for people who like to solve problems and work with their hands. There are rewarding careers to be had in the electrical profession.”
-Doug Sanford, Ideal Electrical Group President
Road to the 2017 Ideal National Championship
The 2017 year saw over 30,000 electricians enter the competition. Union and non-union workers, as well as students and apprentices, competed in over 1,000 local and regional events leading up to the final weekend. Only 156 competitors qualified for the finals in Lake Buena Vista. The qualifying rounds were held at various electrical distributors, trade schools, and other organizations across the country.
2017 Ideal National Championship Winners
Individual Professional Electrical Tradesmen
- 1st Place ($75,000): Roman Ryswzewski, Lehigh University
- 2nd Place ($25,000): Greg Anliker, Kellenberger Electric
- 3rd Place ($10,000): Seth Agnew, Catalyst Electric
Team Professional Electrical Tradesmen
- 1st Place ($60,000): Greg Anliker, Will Barnett, and Clay Noga, Kellenberger Electric
Individual Student/Apprentice Competition
- 1st Place ($30,000 + $5,000 For School): Michael Yass, Sunrise Electrical IBEW Local 25
- 2nd Place ($20,000): Jeremy Welle, Minneapolis JATC
- 3rd Place ($10,000): Donald Riggs, IEC
Team Student/Apprentice Competition
- 1st Place ($30,000 + $5,000 For School): Michael Fox, Andreas Penna, And Jeremy Welle, Minneapolis JATC