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Focus – Electrical Industry – Never stop learning

image Luis Lopez, Owner, LPZ Electric LLC, Austin, TX

AUSTIN – What is your perspective about the state of the construction industry? Commercial construction is strong in 2015. We have had plenty of work this year.

     I have noticed there are lots of restaurant and retail projects going up these days.
    Right now it seems everyone is busy in the electrical trade, as well as other construction trades.

Why did you become an electrician?
    I have worked in the electrical trade since 1998. I was intrigued with wiring buildings. 
    I started my career as a helper, worked my way up to work on more commercial jobs and eventually started my own company.

What are the keys to success?
    Rapid service and dedication to 100 percent customer satisfaction are the keys to success. 
    It is important to have competitive and fair prices. You have to put in long hours in the electrical trade.  Sometimes we work 10 to 12 hour days.  
     Be prompt on every job. Offer efficient, timely service whether it is for a minor renovation or a new complete build-out.

If a young person wants to work as an electrician, what advice would you give him or her?
    I think it is a good idea to start in the field but it is also helpful to sign up for apprenticeship classes. 
    Learn everything you can from more experienced electricians. Ask questions and keep learning every day.

What qualities do you look for in new employees?
    When I hire new employees, I look for responsible, reliable, honest and hardworking people.
     You don’t want to hire someone who doesn’t show up to the job.  I look for someone who has good communication skills, too.

How have you seen your industry change since you began working in the trade?
    There are new and improved tools and equipment nowadays.
     Technology has advanced so much since I first began working in the trade. 
     Residential and commercial customers also want more energy-efficient accent lighting and general illumination for their homes and businesses.

Why is your job rewarding?
    I just love it. I enjoy working with my entire team. They are a great group of people.
    In addition, I like working outside on nice days.  I do spend time at the office, but I really like getting out in the field.

What is on the horizon for the electrical trade?
    I think the electrical trade will continue to improve in the future.  If young people don’t want to go to college, they can always sign up for apprenticeship classes in their area. 
    I hope more folks will enter the trade right out of high school. It is a great way to make a living. We need more hardworking people to enter the trade.   –ab


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