Do you have the power to be the best electrician in the nation? Compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship and find out.
IDEAL Electrical, a leading tool and electrical supply company based in Sycamore, IL, is once again hosting the IDEAL National Championship to honor and showcase abilities of electricians as well as award over $500,000 in cash and prizes. “The professional tradesman is too often an unsung hero. They keep our world turning, working in snow, rain and incredible heat all to fix our problems at a moment’s notice,” said Jim James, Chairman and CEO of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
IDEAL is also looking to build on last year’s initial success. “The 2016 competition drew nearly 24,000 Professionals and Student/Apprentices from 33 states,” said Andy Salemi, Key Account Area Manager for IDEAL Electrical.
Steiner Electric will be hosting Qualifying Round events in which contestants can compete individually or as a team in either the Professional or Student/Apprentice category. The Qualifying Round challenge will require competitors to demonstrate both their mental problem-solving and physical skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination and testing on a preassembled electrical platform. Competitors will be judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection.
The fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories will advance to The Championship Weekend in Lake Buena Vista, FL on November 10-11. At this stage, the competitors will go through a series of progressively harder challenges that are developed internally by IDEAL experts to test the diverse range of skills demanded of today’s electricians and tradesmen. While speed is a large factor of the Qualifying Round challenge, it isn’t the only criteria at The Championship Weekend. “We have judges from around the country who come from leading training institutions who rate the competitors on the quality of work,” Salemi says. “As the rounds get tougher, the quality of the work becomes even more important.” On the line at The Championship Weekend is up to $75,000 for Professional Individuals and up to $30,000 for Student/Apprentice Individuals.
Last year’s top winners were Greg Anliker of Kellenberger Electric who won $75,000 in the professional category. First place winners in the professional team category were Sam Buche, Jon Dahlstrom and Michael Dahlstrom of Multitech Electric who split $60,000. In the students/apprentices category, the first place winner was Corbin Rios, IBEW Local-271, who won $30,000 and $5,000 for school. First place in the team student/apprentices category were Patrick Flanery, Bryan Olson and Ben Woodworth of Minneapolis Local 292 JATC who split $30,000 and $5,000 for school.
Competitors in this year’s event should go to IDEALnationals.com to register and search for local Qualifying Round events. Steiner will be sponsoring the following events:
|May 1, 2017||3:30pm - 6:00pm||IBEW JATC 461||59 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL
|May 10, 2017||4:00pm - 6:00pm||IBEW JATC 701||28600 Bella Vista Pkwy,
|Jun 22, 2017||4:30pm - 7:30pm||Steiner Electric|
|6900 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park, IL
|Jun 29, 2017||11:30am - 1:30pm||Steiner Electric|
Elk Grove Branch
|1250 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL
For more information, and to register for the competition, visit: IDEALnationals.com.