Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Michigan Battle of the Buildings

The 20 Biggest Losers of Michigan Battle of the BuildingsENERGY SUMMIT – APRIL 25JW Marriot, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1st Place Education Category Monroe County Community College15% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Education Category Joan & Sanford Weill Hall ,University of Michigan11% Energy Reduction 1st Place Entertainment Category SMGVan Andel Arena12% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Entertainment Category Celebration Cinema,Studio C Meridian Mall8% Energy Reduction 1st Place Financial Institution Category Fifth Third BankBelleville Banking Center19% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Financial Institution Category Fifth Third BankNapier Banking Center14% Energy Reduction 1st Place Health/Hospital Category Spectrum Health330 Barclay Building9% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Health/Hospital Category Beaumont HospitalRoyal Oak6% Energy Reduction 1st Place Manufacturing/Industrial Category Autodie, LLC 9% Energy Reduction 1st Place Office Category IBEWLocal 58 Zero Net Energy Center 21% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Office Category State of Michigan DTMBSouth Grand Office Building 18% Energy Reduction 1st Place Other Category Sunset Manor and Villages 25% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Other Category University of MichiganMedical Science Unit II 8% Energy Reduction 1st Place Production Normalization Pilot FCA US LLCTrenton Engine Complex 59% Energy Reduction 1st Place Retail Category Sears 1460 9% Energy Reduction 2nd Place Retail Category Meijer Hampton Twp, MI 3% Energy Reduction 1st PlaceWarehouse/ Distribution Category General Motors CCA Flint IE Lab 23% Energy...

High School Students Visit Detroit EITC

It was a great day at the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center with over 100 area high school students, educators, counselors and parents having an amazing day exploring the Electrical Industry! #YourFutureIsElectric Lamphere High School Clarkston High School Melvindale High School Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative StudiesL’Anse Creuse Public...

Meet Nick Dupre – EITC Apprentice

How did you get started in the Trade? And what you did before joining the Trade? Organizations, School/ other jobs? I became interested in the trade in 2008 and applied to the apprenticeship program. I re-applied in April of 2015 and by August of that year I was able to get into Local 58.   Growing up my family owned an apple orchard and we worked fixing and building projects around the property. I also did a lot of work for family and friends which included house projects and working on our church building. A family friend owned a construction company and I started working for him as an eager teen who enjoyed the work and seeing how things were made. After high school I went to Michigan Tech, and studied civil engineering for one year. After coming home, I started working as a courier for a law firm while continuing college classes at Macomb Community college. When I was 25, I helped start a search company in the real estate arena. About 5 years later, the company closed and I started working for another law firm for 2 more years. After this, I moved my family to Pittsburgh to work for an oil and gas broker until the price of oil bottomed out and I was laid off. What do you like most about what you do? I get to do something new each day and experience a variety of jobs. We get the opportunity to problem solve, which is fun and allows us to think outside the box and be creative. I enjoy expanding my horizon while...

Detroit EITC Apprentice – Victor Del Toro

Victor Del Toro – Detroit EITC Apprentice 1.How did you get started in the Trade? One day I was working at a neighbor’s helping him build a deck. I noticed his work service truck and mentioned to him that my grandfather was an electrician. From here the conversation just grew. My neighbor is with the IBEW Local 58. He started telling me all about his job, the schooling he went through, the whole process of getting into the Trade, the benefits it offered, all the details, so I decided to apply to the apprenticeship program.  2.Tell me what you did before joining the Trade and/or assuming your current role in the Organization?  School/other jobs? In High School I ran track and field and received a scholarship to a school in Louisiana. Then Katrina happened and wiped out the area. It derailed my plans. With the help of school placement due to the hurricane I went to Indiana University. Here I took general education classes and wanted to work toward a business degree. I spent two years at IU. With student loans and what it would take to stay at IU I decided to enroll in a local community college in north west Indiana. I worked odd jobs while going to school, not even really knowing if I wanted to still pursue a business degree.  I met some friends who were headed to Chicago so I decided to go with them. Big mistake. It was a mess, a real struggle. I decided to move back home to Michigan with my parents and attend Macomb Community College focusing on marketing this...

Meet Jeannette Bradshaw

IBEW Local 58 Registrar “You need to have a skill no one can take away.”  Jeannette Bradshaw, IBEW Local 58 Registar speaks with us about her journey in the trade which started in the field and expanded to important work for Local 58 with elected officials and policy makers.  #WICWeek HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRADE? Jeannette first applied in 1999 after her dad suggested she go into the trades.  She did not pass the math requirements on the test, even though she was an honors student in high school where she went to a college prep high school. In January 2001, she applied again, in February she took her test, in April she had her interview. During this waiting period she was really getting burned out working in retail and quit her retail job the first week in June, and on June 26th she got the call from IBEW!! She made it into the program! 2. WAS THERE SOMEONE WHO INFLUENCED YOU IN THE TRADE?  Jeannette’s mom and dad were both influential. Her dad was a carpenter by trade, and her mom worked for Mobile Oil for the corporate owned stations, where she trained franchise Mobile gas stations. Her father told her, “You need to have a skill no one can take away.”  These words of wisdom have stuck with her ever since. Her grandfather was also in the union and was a home builder.  3. WHAT SHE DID BEFORE THE TRADE, SCHOOL?  Jeannette was a retail manager while attending Wayne State University for one year. She wanted to be a geologist, but she knew school was just...