On Thursday, October 26th, and Friday, October 27th, the students from the Bibb County Career Academy (BCCA) showcased their electrical skills in a Team Build Competition. This engaging two-part contest challenged students to construct a 10′ x 10′ storage building in teams of four and then, in a separate task, wire the building to code. The event was a testament to their dedication, knowledge, and craftsmanship as well as their quality education gained through attending classes at BCCA.
For the electrical phase of the competition, BCCA sent two teams, each consisting of two students. Their mission was to wire the 10′ x 10′ storage building according to the National Electrical Code, ensuring it met the highest standards for safety and functionality. This task included wiring a 100-amp electrical panel with three receptacles on one circuit, as well as two switches controlling both interior and exterior lighting on the second circuit. An additional challenge was the requirement to include a 240-volt, 20-amp receptacle capable of powering a small heater or air conditioner.
In the end, it was a true showcase of the students’ skills, and the competition saw some outstanding performances. The judges closely observed the neatness of the installations and how well they adhered to the National Electrical Code. Testing of all circuits was conducted to ensure they were correctly wired and in perfect working order.
When all was said and done, two teams rose to the occasion and claimed the top two spots in the competition – both teams from BCCA! Mikel McCall and Blake Culp delivered an impressive performance that secured them a well-deserved first place. Following closely behind, Brody Smith and Cruz Young earned a respectable second place.
For Mikel McCall and Blake Culp’s first-place victory, each of them was awarded a comprehensive 14-piece electrician tool kit. For Brody Smith and Cruz Young’s second-place finish, they were also presented with an 11-piece electrician tool kit. These tools will undoubtedly serve them well in their future endeavors.
These competitions not only serve as a platform for students to showcase their skills but also provide valuable real-world experience and promote teamwork and healthy competition among peers. The knowledge and experience gained during these events can prove invaluable as these young talents pursue careers in the electrical field.
In the end, the success of BCCA’s students in the Team Build Competition is a testament to the quality of education and training they receive. It also reflects the commitment and passion that these budding electricians have for their craft. As they continue to develop their skills and knowledge, the future of the electrical industry looks bright (pun intended), thanks to students like Mikel McCall, Blake Culp, Brody Smith, and Cruz Young. Congratulations to all participants and winners for their hard work and dedication to excellence!