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potential recruits about the attractive opportunities and career paths available in the
electrical trade. The company is targeting
high school students with its "Many Paths
to Success" campaign, which opens the door
for high school graduates who might be
looking for an alternative to a traditional,
"Not everyone is meant to go to college,
and we believe there is a misconception
that a successful career isn't possible unless
you have a college education," says Don
Egan, regional vice president. "There are
many well-paying jobs, exciting projects,
and a variety of career paths available here.
"For example, as a foreman or superintendent, you can travel and work on
projects throughout the country, or perhaps
you are interested in an office role such as
a building information modeler or project
manager," he adds. "Getting out and educating high school and college graduates is
half the battle because a lot of them aren't
familiar with this industry."
Sturgeon Electric receives regular industry recognition for its projects and work
culture. Publications including Engineering
News-Record and industry associations such
as the Association of General Contractors
(AGC) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have presented
many top project awards to Sturgeon
Electric over the years. Denver Business
Journal has ranked Sturgeon Electric as No.
1 on its specialty contractors list every year
since 1999 - a testament to the company's
expertise and financial stability.
The company's employees have also voted it as a great place to work for the past six
years in a row, according to The Denver Post's
annual "Top Workplaces" rankings.
Sturgeon Electric's opportunities for
advancement are rooted in an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to corporate
responsibility. "We know that many of our
best ideas come from our people," the company says. "Every employee is encouraged
to bring ideas to the table."
Secondly, Sturgeon Electric offers a
wealth of training programs to employees.
The company's ability to compete and
win large and highly complex electrical
projects such as hospitals, airports and data
centers is the result of the commitment and
investments it has made in developing
unique and specialized training programs.
Sturgeon Electric offers training in how to
work in environments such as data centers,
hospitals and transportation, as well as
weekly professional development classes
which sharpen technical skills.
Sturgeon Electric also works closely
with the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) to help train and
develop best practices in safety. Since 2008,
the company has maintained STAR status
in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program
(VPP), the highest-level awarded. STAR
status is awarded to firms that dedicate
themselves to a stringent safety program
focusing on management and employee
commitment to safety, hazard recognition,
industry involvement and continuous
improvement in safety.
According to the Bureau of Labor and
Statistics, the total case incident rate (TCIR)
for the average electrical contractor in the
United States was 2.8 last year. By contrast,
Sturgeon Electric's TCIR rate in 2017 was
0.56 - an average of nearly zero accidents
for a firm that accumulated nearly 1.5 million man-hours that year.
The company is also passionate about
giving back generously to the communities
where its people live, play, and work. "This
is part of why it's awesome to work here,"
beams Cheryl Steiner, estimator. "Last year
we raised over $25,000 in our annual Poker
Run benefiting Freedom Service Dogs. This
year, I'm taking part in a snowboarding
event for Children's Hospital, and in a few
weeks I'll be joining the Sturgeon cycling
team in the annual Bike MS ride benefiting
the National MS Society."
Sturgeon Electric employees are
regularly engaged in more than a dozen
community outreach initiatives, including
local food banks, housing and healthcare
charities, local schools, police, fire and military veterans.
Sturgeon Electric's success for more than
a century is a reflection on its ability to stay
relevant in the midst of a constantly changing work environment. Connecting with
employees and customers, staying abreast
of emerging trends, adapting innovative
technologies and practices, and maintaining a focus on continuous improvement
will continue to bolster Sturgeon Electric's
success well into the future.
For more information about opportunities
at Sturgeon Electric, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 303-286-8000.
Electric offers a
wealth of training programs
to its employees.
A Positive, Rewarding Culture
Sturgeon Electric's employees have named
it a great place to work for a number of reasons. First, the company offers employees
multiple opportunities for advancement.
In fact, more than half of the company's
managerial staff consists of people who
advanced through the ranks after starting
their careers as first-tier electrician apprentices or laborers, including President and
CEO Rick Swartz.
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