Local Apprentice Places 2nd in 2017 ABC National Craft Championships

Bryan Eddings, Gatch Electrical Bronze Medalist

Charleston, SC — The Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) www.CECASC.org  is proud to announce that Bryan Eddings, with Gatch Electrical in Charleston, SC placed 2nd at the 2017 ABC National Craft Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. in the residential/commercial competition and came home with the Silver Medal.  Eddings, is a fourth year apprentice in CECA’s nationally registered electrical apprenticeship program.  The competition was an intense two-day event consisting of written and practical hands on exams.  The National Craft Championships www.nationalcraftchampionships.org/  are conducted by the national Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of which CECA is an affiliate through the ABC Carolina Chapter www.abccarolinas.org.   CECA articulates their electrical apprenticeship with Trident Technical College www.tridenttech.edu for advanced standing in their electrical program.

Bryan Eddings

Eddings, a 1993 Camden High School graduate, is the second person in South Carolina to place in the National Craft Championships in any category.

“We are proud of Bryan.  We take great pride in our apprenticeship program to build and address the lack of qualified electricians in the Charleston area.” says James Nettles, President, Charleston Electrical Contractors Association.

"We are proud to have the best of the best electricians in the country from the Carolinas.  The Carolinas apprenticeship programs continue to turn out a talented group of highly trained and incredibly skilled craft professionals who represent the future of our great industry." said Doug Carlson, ABC President & CEO.

The first National Craft Championships was held in 1987 and this year's field of competitors featured nearly 170 craft professionals from 28 states competing for top honors in 13 competitions across 11 crafts.  Eddings is the second person in South Carolina to ever place in this prestigious event.

Eddings will be graduating this year from CECA’s electrical apprenticeship program.  He also won CECA’s 2017 local competition sponsored by Trident Technical College and was recognized by Dr. Mary Thornley.

This event consists of participants from each level of CECA’s apprenticeship program, area high school students taking electrical courses, and Trident Technical College’s electrical program students.  This year the Columbia Apprenticeship Council from Columbia, SC came and competed in this event.  This competition allows local electrical contractors to evaluate high school students and Trident Technical College students for potential employment.  For the last twenty one years, local electrical contractors have hired every electrical program high school student in the tri-county area and registered them into their youth apprenticeship program or registered the graduating students in their apprenticeship program.