LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People looking for work have a chance to light up Las Vegas.
One of the biggest electrical companies in the country is hiring!
13 Action News got to take a tour of Helix University, the electrical contracting company's new state-of-the-art training facility, that just opened in Las Vegas.
"I got out of high school and I didn’t want to go to college. So, I came to Helix Electric right away. I’ve been here three years now," said Michael Guiry, who got on the fast-track to becoming an electrician at Helix out of high school.
Guiry may only be 21 years old, but he's already got a good-paying job and no student debt hanging over his head.
"The pay is great for my age. You make a lot of money compared to my friends. And it’s just, everything you learn, you can apply to pretty much everything else you do; your work ethic and just thinking ahead of time. It just helps you with life in general," said Guiry, describing his decision to become an electrician.
"Here, we have more resources, more tools. The management team is here to remove the roadblocks, so it’s a lot easier to get things accomplished," said Eric Opstedahl, a pre-fabrication manager at Helix.
It starts in the classroom on Helix's campus where staffers become students, benefiting from the company's free classes covering everything from computer skills to technical training.
"There has kind of been a lack the last few years with the focus on craft training. So, there’s a lot of skills that were never taught early on. So, [we see] people that wanna work but maybe don’t have the skills to do it," said Jeff Satterfield, a Craft Training Manager at Helix.
The new warehouse next door provides the perfect place for employees to polish their new skills, with guidance from experienced electricians.
"We go step-by-step through the process so you learn how to use hand tools. You learn how to use up to the saws. Then you go to bending. Everything is a process, so there’s not one person that’s left behind on that," said Opstedahl.
It's worth noting that a career as an electrician is not just another job. Helix employees say it involves a lot of manual labor. But, in the end, it can really pay off.
"Oh, definitely, if they can put up with the hard work, you know? They just got to get used to working outside all day and you sweat a lot, so it’s a lot different than an office life. But, if you can get through it, it’s definitely rewarding," said Guiry.
Right now, Helix Electric is hiring for the following positions based in Las Vegas:
-Electrical Project Manager (requires at least 4 years of project management experience in electrical construction)
-Electrical Superintendent (requires at least 3 years in an electrical superintendent role on large projects)
-Project Engineer (requires a degree in Construction Management, Electrical Engineering or field experience)
The company is looking for interested applicants that have prior knowledge of the industry, are customer service oriented, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and are problem solvers. Helix offers competitive wages, medical 100% employer paid, 401K contributions, tuition reimbursement, and other additional benefits.
For more information on job requirements, job listings, and how to apply to work at Helix, click this link.