Attending a conference can be a great way to network, learn about new developments in the electrical industry, expand your mind and meet likeminded people.1
Electricians in particular may wish to attend trade shows and industry conferences to stay current and informed about the things that matter most to their career, like laws, continuing education and vendor offerings.2
Which Electrician Conferences Are Happening in 2021?
If you have just completed electrician training and are eager to join the industry and meet other professionals, you might consider the possibility of attending an electrician conference, depending on current public health and safety guidelines.
Make sure to check each conference organizer’s website prior to attendance, as they may issue changes or updates related to the novel coronavirus.
Here are 3 electrician conferences scheduled to occur in 2021.
1. APEC 2021
What Is APEC?
APEC stands for Applied Power Electronics Conference. It’s an annual conference focused on the practical and applied aspects of the electronics business.3
The conference addresses a range of topics in the field of power electronics, including use, design, manufacturing and marketing.4
About the Conference
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 APEC conference has been rescheduled from March to June, and will still take place in Phoenix, Arizona, as originally planned.5
The schedule of events normally includes a range of focus areas. Below are some examples. You can view the conference schedule here.6,7
Plenary sessions typically feature distinguished professionals giving presentations with a Q&A.6
Technical sessions feature peer-reviewed papers and dialogue.8
Industry sessions present information on current industry topics; they may be technical or business-related.9
Professional Education Seminars
The professional education seminars offer in-depth discussion, practical application and theory.10
Exhibitor seminars highlight new products being developed by companies in the electronics power industry.11
How to Attend: Registration information will be announced in February 2021, as well as pricing information, policies and conference deadlines.12
More info: APEC Website
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2. IEC Convention & Expo 2021
IEC Convention & Expo 2021
October 6-9, 2021
What Is IEC?
Founded in 1957, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) now includes 52 chapters across the country that represent more than 3,600 company members and 80,000 electrical workers.14
About the Conference
The IEC Convention & Expo 2021 is scheduled to take place in Denver, Colorado, from Wednesday, October 6th, through Saturday, October 9th.13
The IEC meticulously designed the convention to offer attendees the chance to explore the grandeur of the Rockies while networking, discovering new products and technologies, and learning from well-respected industry thought leaders.13
More Info: IEC Website
3. NECA 2021
October 9-12, 2021
What Is NECA?
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is a membership-driven organization composed of electrical contractors. NECA’s mission is to protect the public and make innovation possible.16
This organization’s history goes all the way back to 1901 when a group of electrical contractors organized to encourage trade and stop abuses within the industry.16 Today, NECA delivers resources to electrical contractors to help improve business, excel at customer service and harness innovative technology.16
About the Conference
Last year’s conference was virtual, featuring educational sessions, an interactive virtual trade floor and inspiring talks.17
The 2019 conference, which was the last annual in-person NECA conference, featured 52 free trade show education sessions:
- New Leadership Workshops
- Technology Systems Integration Classroom
- Product Presentation Theater
- Technical Workshops18
NECA has been called “The Show for Those Who Power The World.”19 This year’s schedule of events has not yet been released.
More Info: NECA Website
Professional Development at Tulsa Welding School
Conferences and trade shows can be a good way for a recent graduate of electrician training to learn more about the industry and connect with peers, teachers, vendors and even potential employers.1 Of course, attending a conference could be a positive professional investment at any point in your electrical career.2
At Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, we recognize the importance of investing in your electrical career, from training to continuing education to professional development. We offer an electrician training program at our Jacksonville, Florida campus for interested students, as well as a variety of student services before, during and after your time in electrician training.20
Our Career Services Department can help students prepare resumes, prepare for interviews and conduct employment searches.21 We even work with local and nationwide employers to help TWS graduates find a job after graduation.21