Hear from Tyler Dama at Tekline Electrical Services, a Full-Service Commercial and Industrial Electrical Contractor Serving the Entire Southwest
Ever since Benjamin Franklin went outside with his kite during a thunderstorm, electricity has ruled the world. Remember what it was like the last time your power went out? No computer, refrigerator, and more importantly, no TV. Electricity runs everything important in our lives and when it malfunctions, somebody has to fix it. And that somebody has to know what they’re doing.
Good electricians are trained individuals with a quality education and practical experience. Before you go sticking your hand into a fuse box, or rewiring the house for power, you have to know a lot about electrical power – the way it moves, how it works, the physics behind it, and a lot of other things.
At Carrington College we receive a lot of questions about our Electrical Technology program. In order to better understand this career path and the value of partnering with quality electrical service contractors, we spoke with Tyler Dama at Tekline Electrical Services, a full-service commercial and industrial electrical contractor serving the entire Southwest. Here is what he had to say:
Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your position at Tekline Electrical Services?
I started my electrical career in 2013 as an Electrician’s Helper. In 2015, I made the move to Tekline Electrical Services as an Apprentice Electrician 2nd year and have not looked back since. My current roll in the company is Assistant Project Manager.
Can you please tell us a little about Tekline Electrical Services?
Tekline is a commercial electrical contractor that services the Valley. Our portfolio ranges from retrofitting existing office spaces to fit the needs of the tenant all the way to eight-story hotels, aircraft hangers, and large distribution facilities.
What are some of the benefits of joining the Tekline team?
Health insurance for the employee is 100% paid for by Tekline, 401K with a company match, paid sick time, vacation time, paid holidays off, and paid education.
What is a typical day like in the life of an electrician?
The great thing about our industry is that you can find yourself doing many different tasks from installing conduits, pulling wire, making up light fixture, to testing equipment.
Do you see a lot of growth in your industry?
I am a testament to how much growth there is in our industry. I started off as an Electrician’s Helper, went through all four years of the Apprenticeship, Journeyman Electrician, Foreman Electrician, and I was promoted to the Office where I was Head of Talent Acquisition, Safety Director, and now my current role as Assistant Project Manager.
What are some of the skills or certifications you typically look for when hiring?
While experience is always preferred, we understand that you have to start somewhere. There are thousands of individuals that are looking to start a career in the electrical industry, the ones that have completed a hands-on curriculum where they learn the basics of electricity, pipe bending, and wire terminations have a much higher chance of being hired.
How would you describe the typical employee that joins your team?
Our employees have a long-term employment mindset where they value being part of a team. Our most successful employees look for growth by challenging themselves with new duties and tasks every day.
Any advice for students looking to pursue a career at a company like Tekline Electrical Services?
Take your time in school seriously, learn from your teachers and peers. Ask questions when a company representative visits the class, and stay in contact with them if you are looking to join the team.
Anything else you would like to add?
I tell every new employee you need to do three things to be a successful Tekline team member:
- Come to work every day on time.
- Come with a good attitude.
- ALWAYS be willing to learn.