Ideal Electrical holds global qualifying rounds for 2019 championship
By Peter Saunders
July 10, 2019 – Ideal Electrical has launched its fourth competition to find the best electricians in North America, but is also expanding its championship program this year to include more international competitors.
The company, which is part of Ideal Industries, will hold qualifying-round events through Oct. 4 in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, plus China and Australia.
“We’re bringing the national champions from each of those countries to our Championship Weekend at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla., in November,” says Doug Sanford, Ideal Electrical’s group president. “After we crown this year’s North American champions, we’ll have a special international round to determine the top electricians in the world.
Competitors—including students, apprentices and professional contractors—will need to demonstrate their problem-solving and physical skills around wire cutting, stripping, crimping and terminating, using Ideal tools. They will be judged on time, craftsmanship, termination, connectivity and safety.
“This year, we have launched the Contractor Challenge and School Challenge,” says Sanford, who expects more than 100 contractor teams and 150 school teams will participate. “We believe this change will inject some additional fun and friendly rivalry into the competition.”
Only 174 electricians can make it through to the Championship Weekend, where more than US$600,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Those advancing will receive travel accommodations.