College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Cardinal Electric students experience roles as electrical contractors in innovation challenge

ECIC team standing for a photo
ECIC team standing for a photo

The Iowa State University National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Student Chapter is proud to be competing in the 15th Annual ELECTRI/NECA Student Chapter Competition – the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge (ECIC). Iowa State has been involved with this competition since 2009, providing students with an engaging and fulfilling learning experience. For this year’s competition, the students are taking on the role of the Electrical Contractor and have been tasked with submitting a schedule of values, a detailed schedule, change orders, submittal logs, a kickoff meeting agenda, prefab plans, and more for the Oglethorpe University Emerson Student Center.

Iowa State’s team, Cardinal Electric, is comprised of eight students from the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). The team has been working all spring semester to review contract documents, collaborate and interact with NECA contractors and affiliates to create a 40-page proposal.  On April 28, the team will submit the proposal and be judged by electrical industry professionals across the U.S.  The top three teams will present their solutions at the National NECA Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the end of September.

Cardinal Electric is supported by Jenny Baker, teaching professor in construction engineering and the team is sponsored by the Iowa Chapter NECA. The team includes Savannah LaRocque, Micheal Tweten, Amelia Bal, Seth Shindelar, Ty Milutinovich, Ryan Farrell, Kayla Kraft, and Noah Wempen

This year’s competition includes taking on the role of the electrical contractor in order to complete various project management tasks, compiled into their overall proposal.