Education

Griffin Hosts Annual Apprentice Competition

Apprentices try to correctly price construction materials.

Holliston, MA – Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric) recently held its 16th annual Apprentice Competition at the company’s headquarters in Holliston, and its four regional offices in Pelham, Ala., Duluth, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., and Durham, N.C.

Each spring, Griffin Electric hosts this friendly competition to test skills and build camaraderie with its students, plus celebrate the hard work that apprentices, instructors, and coordinators dedicate to the Griffin Electric Apprenticeship Training Program.

Over 350 apprentices were separated into teams and competed in varying events in order to test their electrical skills and knowledge. Skills challenges included pipe bending; branch circuit wiring; and low-voltage links. Knowledge-based events tested apprentices’ know-how on the pricing of construction tools and materials; electrical, code, and safety questions; and industry-based survey questions, all mirrored to popular game show formats.

Apprentices are tested on snap circuits.

Each challenge was scored and tallied for final scores of the day, with prizes and medals given out to the three highest-ranking teams. Area dignitaries were invited to join the festivities, with guests in attendance from the New Hampshire Office of Apprenticeship, Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards, and New Hampshire Electricians’ Board.

Griffin’s in-house educational program has been extremely instrumental in providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve their journeyperson licensure and to elevate their competencies within the electrical trade.

Branch circuit wiring challenges apprentices.

Competition participants execute a pipe bending challenge.

1st Place Team Members from the 16th Annual Apprentice Competition in Holliston, Mass.