Welcome to the NECA Student Chapter Page!
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What is NECA?
NECA stands for National Electrical Contractors Association. It is a national trade association for electrical contractors across the United States, with smaller chapters running their own geographical area. Those chapters can sponsor a student chapter at a college or university. Iowa NECA, based out of Des Moines, sponsors Iowa State University’s NECA student chapter (that’s us!).
Why join our student chapter?
The relationship between Iowa NECA and our student chapter creates a direct line between our students and companies who want to hire them. In the years while students are in school, we get mentorship from the professionals who know the industry best. Those relationships are what make our students so successful after they graduate.
What does the ISU NECA Student Chapter do?
Like most of the student organizations in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering department , NECA hosts monthly meetings. Contractors, designers, and other professionals are invited to speak on a topic that is relevant to the industry and to our students. We try to organize a few tours of job sites each year, and we often team up with the other student orgs (such as MCA) to host social events.
Back in 2013, NECA’s then-president got together with MCA’s president to start the MEP Career Fair, which now occurs every semester. The purpose of this career fair is to connect students with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing-based companies who are looking to hire the future of the industry.
One of NECA’s main projects, however, is participation in the Green Energy Challenge. Every year, student chapter advisor, Beth Hartmann, interviews and selects students to be on that year’s Cyclone Energy team. Over the years, Iowa State’s chapter of NECA has seen much success with the competition, and has had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Chicago, and now San Francisco.
For more information about NECA and what we do, check out the other pages of our site!
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