Electrical Contractors’ Association of the City of Chicago/ECA
An important partnership between INTM and the Electrical Construction industry was established over 10 years ago to provide IBEW 134 journeyman electricians the opportunity to continue their education and obtain the Bachelor of Industrial Technology and Management (BINTM) at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Principles of the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT), which operates the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (IN-TECH) in Alsip, IL, with support from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) of the City of Chicago and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 134, established an educational pathway for IN-TECH graduates to proceed to Richard J. Daley College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago) to obtain an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Electrical Construction Technology. With the AAS, Local 134 members could then qualify for transfer into the BINTM program at IIT and complete another two years of study to earn their bachelor’s degree. View the INTM-IBEW134-EJATT brochure for complete details on this educational opportunity.
The BINTM program is well suited to the IBEW 134 membership, as it was designed to prepare technical specialists for managerial positions in industry. Students study a broad range of topics to acquaint them with applied technologies, enhance their decision-making and leadership skills, and expand their managerial capabilities. IBEW 134 students are encouraged to pursue INTM’s specialization in Industrial Facilities, which focuses on construction technology, project management, construction estimating, and construction administration. View BINTM Program description.
IBEW/NECA Tuition Reimbursement Program (INTRP)
To further encourage IBEW 134 members to pursue management positions within the industry, the IBEW/NECA Tuition Reimbursement Program (INTRP) was established to provide financial assistance towards completion of the BINTM degree. INTRP covers 50% of tuition cost (part-time UG rate) for a maximum of three courses (4.5 credits) per calendar year. An application is required to confirm eligibility and a request for reimbursement must be submitted at the start of each semester. Eligible students must obtain a “C” or better in all supported courses. More details on this program are provided in the INTRP brochure.
IIT Student Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the "voice of the electrical construction industry" and serves to advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. NECA has 131 local chapters throughout the United States.
The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) of the City of Chicago is a construction trade organization that provides business and labor relations services to over 1000 electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County. The IIT Student Chapter of NECA was established to provide a direct link for interactions and opportunities between ECA and students majoring in fields related to the electrical construction industry: architectural engineering, civil engineering, construction management, electrical engineering, industrial technology and management, and any others interested in knowing more about ECA.
The NECA Student Chapter at IIT aims to help students acquire a good understanding of how ECA and its affiliates operate in Chicago, provide networking opportunities, offer presentations on issues pertinent to the industry, and inform students about ECA scholarships, internships, and national competitions. The chapter was established in spring 2009 and actively seeks to build membership through semester meetings. Dr. Dan Tomal, INTM Adjuct Professor, serves as faculty adviser to the IIT NECA Student Chapter; contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about student chapter activities.