Emma Becker | A Trailblazer in the Trades
In this edition of Wire to Wire, we're celebrating Apprentice Emma Becker. She's a trailblazer in the trades who not only took home the Automatic Qualifier title, but was the first female to advance to the final apprentice round at the IDEAL National Championship. Follow her journey, and see the passion and determination that drives her in this male-dominated field.
"I think more women are getting into the trades right now, and they're going to keep getting into the trades once they realize what a good opportunity it is," Becker said.
Anthony Kovalchick | Electrician to Champion
When Anthony Kovalchick started in the trade 10 years ago, being an electrician was just a job. Now, he says, it’s more than that. In 2021, after competing for 5 years straight, Kovalchick knew he had the trophy in the bag in the competition’s final generator challenge.
Dale Drozda | Shedd Aquarium
From beluga whales to sharks, Dale Drozda works alongside some pretty cool aquatic creatures as Head Electrician at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. In this episode of Wire to Wire, watch how Dale keeps critical life support systems up and running for the 32,000 animals that reside at the Shedd.
Mario Villasenor | Navy Pier
Get to know Mario Villasenor, head electrician at Chicago's Navy Pier for 26 years in our latest episode of Wire to Wire. Tasked with keeping the lights on at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, every move counts when Mario scales this attraction nearly 200 feet in the air.
Dustin Stelzer | Electrician U
Get to know master electrician Dustin Stelzer, creator of Electrician U, in our latest episode of Wire to Wire. See what attracted him to the trades and how he's helping to educate fellow sparkies through educational content.
Noreen | Bose Center for Performing Arts
This episode of Wire to Wire features 2020 National Competitor, Noreen. Not only is Noreen a seasoned professional, she’s a proud member of Tradeswomen Building Bridges, an organization working to increase female visibility in the trades. Learn more about what initially drew Noreen to a career in the trades.
Alex Cook | Hollywood Casino
This Wire to Wire video takes you behind the scenes with Alex, one of our 2020 IDEAL National competitors. Like many electricians, Alex developed his passion for the trades from his father. See how Alex is carrying on his father's legacy while also paving his own way.
Erik Brandenburg | Arizona
This Wire to Wire episode goes behind the scenes with Erik, a 2020 National Chamionship competitor who specializes in lighting systems for large resort-style homes. Watch as he installs an LED lighting system that decreases the home's power consumption by 80%.
Jeremiah Bibby | Texas Motor Speedway
Jeremiah Bibby, a returning 2019 IDEAL National Championship Professional Competitor shares a behind-the-scenes look at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, home of Big Hoss, the Guiness World Record holder for largest LED HD Video Board in the world.
Dan Becerra | Apprentice
In this episode, Dan Becerra, a returning 2019 IDEAL National Championship Apprentice Competitor shares how he got into the trade, and talks about the satisfaction he gets from working with his hands doing electrical work in schools.
Tom Russell | Soldier Field
In this episode, Tom Russell, Master Electrician at Soldier Field, takes us behind the scenes for a look at what it takes to keep this iconic football stadium lit and comfortable for tens of thousands of guests in both the winter and summer seasons.
Brook Thomas | Carver Wind Site
In this episode, we visit the Carver Wind Site in Palm Springs, CA with Brook Thomas, for an inside look at what it takes to maintain 3,500 wind turbines. Brook started his own company specializing in electrical operations and maintenance of wind turbines.