The Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, dba Utah Electrical Training Alliance, is a nonprofit organization that is jointly sponsored by the Intermountain Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local Union 354 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The joint apprenticeship and training committee is made up of eight members. Four members represent management, and four members represent labor.
It is the responsibility of the Utah Electrical Training Alliance to provide training to the apprentices and journeymen in the organized electrical industry for the entire state of Utah.
In the fall of 1965 IBEW Local Union 354 and the Intermountain Chapter of NECA created a trust document and inserted language into the collective bargaining agreement to form the first Utah Electrical JATC. The committee registered the apprenticeship standards with the Federal Committee on Apprenticeship. In January 1966 contractors started making contributions to the JATC. The original name of the JATC was Salt Lake Joint Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee. In September 1983 IBEW Local Unions 354 and 217 were merged giving Local Union 354 the entire state of Utah as its jurisdiction. When the two JATC’s were merged the name of the JATC became Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. In 1998 the Utah Electrical JATC registered standards with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for our Telecommunications Installer Technician apprenticeship program. Currently at the JATC we have the privilege in offering two top of the line apprenticeship programs, Inside Wireman and Telecommunications Technician.
In 1969 when the first training director was hired, the JATC was in an office at 2330 South Main, Salt Lake City. In 1995 the JATC was growing at a rate that required more office space. A decision was made to move the JATC to our present location in the new building that the Local Union had purchased at 2100 South 3400 West, Salt Lake City.
In June 1969 the committee decided to hire a full-time training director. Interviews were held and Milton Ouzts was hired as the first director. Milt resigned his position in December 1970. Clark Cushing was hired as the director and started in January 1971. He continued as the director until he retired in March 1982. Richard Bogus was hired as director and started in March 1982. He continued as the director until he retired in December 1992. David Kingery was hired in December 1992 and continued as the director until he retired in December 2008. In 1997 the JATC had grown to a point where an assistant director was needed. Carl Brailsford was hired and served as the assistant director from March 1997 to December 2008. Carl Brailsford was hired in December 2008 as training director for the program and retired May 20th, 2022. Michael Lanoue was hired as the assistant training director in November 2014 and was advanced as the Training Director September 2021.
The JATC has experienced many changes over the years going from as few as a dozen apprentices to over four hundred at our peak. Our schooling has evolved over the years from going to school two nights a week at the old Utah Vocational Institute in downtown Salt Lake (which has since been torn down) to going to school on Saturdays and then back to nights at the Salt Lake Community College, the Ogden Weber ATC and the Utah Valley State College. In 1999 the Utah Electrical JATC entered negotiations with the Ogden Weber ATC to start a day school for our apprentices. Since then, our Inside Wireman apprentices and Telecommunication apprentices have been attending day school here at the JATC classrooms in the Local Union building.
In July 2018, the Utah Electrical JATC rebranded by changing their name to Utah Electrical Training Alliance. The trust is still held under the Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee. The Committee commissioned the construction of a new training facility located in the center of the Salt Lake Valley for the continued advancement of the programs. This new training facility has been able to provide more hands-on training and room for continued growth in the electrical industry. The Utah Electrical Training Alliance staff moved into the new building, 7466 South Redwood Road West Jordan Utah 84084, in March 2019. The first class was held in April 2019. The building consists of 8 lab rooms, 5 classrooms and the front office area and a lobby.
The current makeup of the committee is:
Steve Woodman (Business Manager of Local IBEW 354)
Concetta Defa (Assistant Business Manager of Local IBEW 354)
Codey Lindsay (President of Local IBEW 354)
William Myers (Vice President of Local IBEW 354)
Jared Bryson (Recording Secretary of Local IBEW 354)
Derek Caldwell (Treasurer of Local IBEW 354)
Gary Satterfield (Northern Unit Executive Board of Local IBEW 354)
Boyce Christiensen (Southern Unit Chairman of Local IBEW 354)
Mike Roberts (Communication Tech Unit Chairman of Local IBEW 354)
Shawn Stewart (Kennecott Unit Chairman of Local IBEW 354)
The Utah Electrical Training Alliance consist of several Committees and Trustees, which oversee the good of the establishment. The day-to-day operations of the UETA are carried out by our full-time staff members.
The current Utah Electrical Training staff is made up of a training director, assistant training director, an administrative office staff and six full time day school instructors.
Mike was hired as Training Director in September 2021. He entered his apprenticeship in 2004 and completed on September 25th, 2009, as a State of Utah licensed Journeyman Wireman. He has enjoyed being a union wireman to advance the electrical industry. He started his apprenticeship by working for Rydalch Electric. He was then rotated to Cache Valley Electric where he finished his apprenticeship and stayed as a Journeyman Electrician until hired as the Assistant in November of 2014. He has experience in engineering, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, and much more. He is a great asset to our apprenticeship.
Assistant Training Director
Brian was hired as Assistant Training Director in November of 2021. He entered his apprenticeship in 2012 and completed in July 2016 as a Telecommunications Technician. He previously sat on the UETA Telecommunications Committee from 2016–2021 serving as the Chairman from 2019-2021 and the IBEW Local 354 Executive Board from 2019–2022.
Franchesca joined the team as the Administrative Assistant May 2022. She comes to us with a strong background in insurance and management. She comes from a family strong with Union history. Franchesca is family oriented and loves to travel.
Administrative Accounting Assistant
Gabriela joined the team in July of 2022. She joined the team with 10 years’ experience behind her ranging from small business accounting to finance and accounting manager. She’s very excited to keep learning more about the trade and help the team accomplish their goals.
Shea was hired in October 2022 as the Application Specialist/AdministrativeAssistant. She has years of qualified administrative experience in many fields. She is excited to learn more about the electrical industry and see others follow their dreams with a new career in the electrician field.
Randall Nick Bryant
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