Students discover careers at JRE’s Skilled Trades Night 2019
March 8, 2019
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, J. Ranck Electric (JRE) hosted its fifth annual Skilled Trades Night for students to explore careers in the trades. Students, parents and educators, 190 of them in total, gathered at J. Ranck Electric headquarters in Mount Pleasant.
“Every year this event grows, and it is our honor to bring it to this area where our company roots are, said JRE Vice President and HR Director Angie Wood, “It is always fun to see the energy that abounds when our professional tradespeople work side-by-side with students to experience their trade. Students don’t always know what options they even have for life beyond high school, so we do this event to show them not only the possibilities of other career paths, but also that a career in the trades is a respectable, exciting, and financially rewarding choice.”
The event began with a short introduction to the company and a look at how to enter different career paths at an electrical construction company like ours. The attendees were then divided into six groups and spent 15 minutes at each station in our warehouse, learning about what it takes to be on a mechanic team, a lineman, a traffic signal electrician, a heavy equipment operator, put together a solar array and what work looks like from a high view in a bucket truck. Many of our team working at the event shared a common message with the students, that a good work ethic, willingness to learn and the ability to problem solve quickly was key to their success.
Feedback from attendees validated that we accomplished our goal, with many commenting that their students were excited at the prospect of a career they had not considered before. JRE is proud to continue educating area students about the reality of the skilled trades and helping them learn about what opportunities await.