Apprentice Q&A: Nicole Kester, IECRM : Emily Griffith Technical College

Apprentice Q&A: Nicole Kester, IECRM

Apprentice Q&A: Nicole Kester, IECRM

Nicole Kester

Program: Electrician Apprenticeship, IEC Rocky Mountain

What influenced you to become an apprentice?

It was a natural progression for my career choice. I spent 14 years learning about electrical integration for the wastewater industry and later received an opportunity to work for an electrical contractor. I had the option of becoming an apprentice at school, eventually becoming an electrical journeyman. This path will allow me to become a project manager in the future.

What do you do as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, I get to help connect the field termination points in control panels, variable frequency drives, motor control centers, field instruments and many other pieces of electrical equipment.

What has been your favorite project that you have worked on?

One favorite project is a modification to a pump station. I was in charge of connecting all the gear. The gear included primary and secondary distribution equipment, a motor control center and arc-resistant motor control center, a couple of variable frequency drives, a prefabricated electrical building and a control panel. It was an unbelievable learning experience.