Student Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association Established

RIT’s program becomes the first student chapter in New York state

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Investment in the electrical transmission and utilities sector may reach $160 billion in the next 10 years, according to industry experts, specifically with the installation of new transmission lines, facilities and infrastructure for traditional and alternative energy resources.

To support students preparing for these fields, a student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association was recently chartered at Rochester Institute of Technology. It becomes the first student chapter for the national organization in New York, and among 25 student chapters in the U.S.

The national organization, which granted a Charter of Affiliation on April 17, provides training, advocacy and advancement for professionals in the electrical construction industry. Student chapter affiliates have access to the many of the same services and career enhancements as professionals in the field.

RIT’s new chapter is open to students in all its academic programs, especially the electrical mechanical engineering technology program and civil engineering technology programs, based in the College of Applied Science and Technology, and the electrical and microelectronics engineering program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, says Dave Krispinsky, the academic advisor for the student chapter.

Krispinsky and nearly a dozen students recently toured the national association’s local facilities and the adjoining Rochester Joint Apprentice Training Center.

“The tour was a great eye-opener to some of the opportunities that are available to engineering students right in the Rochester area,” says Clayton Hotchkiss, a second-year electrical mechanical engineering major from Belmont, N.Y. He will be the student-liaison to Rochester chapter.

For more information about becoming a member of the RIT student chapter of the National Electrical Contactors Association, contact Krispinsky at 475-2073 or

First meeting of new student chapter on May 16

The RIT student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association will hold its first meeting for new and prospective members at 4 p.m. May 16 in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, room 1150.

Afterward, students will tour the construction site of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability with members of O’Connell Electric Co. and LeChase Construction, the electrical and construction contractors, respectively, for the new building.

Registration is required for the event as space for the tour will be limited to 25 participants. Contact student chapter academic adviser Dave Krispinsky at 475-2073 or