Winning back-to-back titles is one of the hardest accomplishments to make in any competitive environment. Electrician Greg Anliker will get that chance later this year when he defends his title as the best electrician in the U.S.
In 2016, Anliker earned his title at the inaugural IDEAL National Championship in the professional category after facing a gauntlet of electrical challenges and competing against some of the most talented tradesmen in the country.
Anliker, a 19-year electrician, has worked for 13 years at Kellenberger Electric in Elgin, IL, which is a Steiner Electric customer. He earned $75,000 for being the Champion in the Professional Individual category. He was also a member of the team that won second place in the Professional Team category. That team included fellow Kellenberger electricians Will Barnett and Clay Noga. “As it turned out, we qualified as a team at a Steiner summer customer appreciation BBQ where Steiner hosted a qualifying event,” Anliker says, “We had our fastest time.”
More than 900 Qualifying Round events were held in the 2016 event. Contestants were required to demonstrate problem-solving and physical skills across four categories: wire cutting, stripping, termination, and testing through a multi-station speed test judged by fastest completion time and overall accuracy of the wire connection.
The fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories advanced to The Championship Weekend where the tasks got more difficult as the field was reduced from 64 Professional Individuals down to the final 2. Anliker said competitors were not just judged on speed, but also quality of workmanship. For instance, one round tested their skills at bending and running conduit. “After we finished, the judges tore apart our work. If the pipe was more than 1 in. above the construction, you lost points. If the cuts were crooked, you lost points.” When it came to the final round, Anliker felt confident as he saw the task. “When I saw that the last task dealt with metal studs, pulling wire, installing boxes, terminating lines and more I thought I had a chance to win because that is right in my wheelhouse.”
Anliker will be competing again this year both as a Professional Individual and with teammates Barnett and Noga.
The Professional Individual and the Student/Apprentice Individual with the fastest times in the IDEAL competition territories will advance to The Championship Weekend taking place on November 10-11, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Additionally, the five Professional Teams and Student/Apprentice Teams with the fastest times in the nation, will also head to The Championship Weekend.
For more information visit: IDEALnationals.com.