NC REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
R.D. Graham Electric. Inc. recognized "the need" to develop a training program which provides the employee and the company with a defined pathway for employee development, career advancement, consistency of R.D. Graham Electric installations, and improved efficiency on jobsites; all while maintaining quality work and offering high end customer service.
“The Foundation” of our training program was established in October 2019 when we received approval from the NC Community College System for a 4-Year apprenticeship program for Commercial Electrical Trade Professionals! The process to accomplish this required our staff to develop curriculum, create a progressive pay scale and establish a record keeping system. Meeting these requirements while working in unison with our State Apprenticeship Administrators allowed us to define a career development pathway for all R.D. Graham Electric Employees to follow.
"Our Commitment" to developing Commercial Electrical Trade Professionals is anchored in our Training Staff, Facilities and Field Leadership. We employ a full-time Training Program Manager and Electrical Training Specialist. We complete our training in a modern 7,600 square foot training facility where our students have access to modern technology, the latest tools of the trade and learning props allowing for challenging scenarios. We are committed to a hands-on teaching style; depending on our tenured field professionals to provide mentorship to our up and coming tradesmen.
OSHA 10 Certification
OSHA 30 Certification
Local City Cards
Apprenticeship NC – Certified Training Location (NC Community College System)
NCBEEC Sponsored Continuing Education Delivery Site
Our continuing education program curriculum is determined by request from field personnel or identified needs from the field superintendent. This training includes National Electrical Code classes, specialty classes such as lighting controls, and safety classes such as arc flash training. The training staff completes ongoing training in OSHA training and employee development training. We provide specialty training such as confined space, trench, and heavy equipment operations specific to our underground operations as well.
Our trade school is a two-month certificate program which takes place in our indoor training facility where students will obtain knowledge through classroom learning and hands on training. Throughout the two-month certificate program our students will learn about the basic concepts of commercial electrical installation. Students who successfully complete the course will receive their certificate and use the general knowledge that they have learned about commercial electrical installation to begin working as a top helper in the electrical trade.
Our apprenticeship program is a four-year program that requires employees to complete 144 minimum instructional classroom hours and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training annually. It consists of classroom and hands on educational learning with required written and competency checks. There are many sections offered in the apprenticeship program such as Hand, Power, and Specialty Tool Training, Electrical Code Education, Life Skills Development, and OSHA required safety training. Hands on experience is offered throughout the program in the training facility through props and tabletop simulations. These hands-on exercises are led by senior electrical tradesmen through verbal instruction and demonstration.