Students invited to explore careers at fourth annual JRE Skilled Trades Night

March 5, 2018

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – J. Ranck Electric, Inc. (JRE) invites all 7th through 12th grade students and their parents to its headquarters, located off Broomfield Road at 1993 Gover Parkway, Mt. Pleasant, for JRE’s fourth annual Skilled Trades Night.

On Thursday, March 15, students will learn how JRE employees energized their careers in the electrical contracting field, see their work and hear how the decision to enter professional skilled trades led to successful, rewarding careers.

The night will begin with dinner and discussion from employees, then students will break into groups and rotate through stations that each highlight a different trade. This year at Skilled Trades Night there will be more careers to explore than ever before, an opportunity to try out a bucket truck, interactive heavy equipment simulation, plus stations for solar power and traffic signals. Students will meet electricians, linemen, operators, mechanics, project managers and estimators, among other JRE team members.

“Our Skilled Trades Night is a local event where you can spend an evening learning about different professional trades with hands-on demonstrations and working directly with those who do these jobs every day,” said JRE Vice President and HR Director Angie Wood. “The evening is filled with fun, learning and it’s one way we can help the next generation of professional tradespeople get excited about the construction industry and all the opportunity it holds.”

JRE is not alone in sharing the excitement for professional skilled trades careers with students. Gov. Rick Snyder’s recently unveiled Marshall Plan for Talent includes, among several strategies to bridge the talent gap, a campaign to promote these career opportunities in Michigan.

“The demand for talented workers in dynamic fields like computer science and the professional trades is going to continue to grow as Michigan grows and we need to be ready,” Snyder said in a press release introducing the Plan.

Skilled Trades Night is free and open to area students and their parents. Students must register in advance online at and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (parent, guardian, teacher, etc.).


About J. Ranck Electric

Since 1986, J. Ranck Electric has provided design-build and bid/spec construction services. A family business headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, JRE has become a national presence in electrical and communications contracting.