If you follow this blog, you probably know by now that Prairie Electric’s team is no one-trick pony. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality, state-of-the-art developments to ensure that your project is completed in an efficient manner and of the highest possible quality.
Our Industrial Automation Controls Department runs on these same principals. What do we handle in this department? The real question is, what don’t we handle?! Automation, also known as automatic control, refers to the use of various types of control systems that operate equipment, including machinery, factory processing, boilers and heat-treating ovens, as well as controls that allow for steering and stabilizing of ships and aircraft, all within minimal intervention by humans. At Prairie Electric, our experience equals your success in all types of automation controls.
If you’re looking to maintain an efficient, well-warmed home, look no further than electric heaters. We’re not talking about space heaters, those dangerous but oh-so-convenient plug-in devices that heat small areas of your home and frequently cause house fires. Rather, we’re referring to electrically-run heaters that are hard-wired into your home and controlled by a thermostat, just like your gas heat.
When we install electric heaters, we often choose the high-quality models made by Cadet Heat, a local company.
Preventative maintenance is not reserved for your vehicle or garage door. Just because your electrical system lacks moving parts is no reason to let it run until it breaks down (and it will break down, with hazardous consequences). The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has reported that electrical component failure is up to three times higher in systems that lack preventative maintenance programs.
In addition, the top two causes of electrical distribution failures are exposure to moisture and loose connections, both of which can be easily identified and corrected with proper electrical maintenance.
If you own or manage a commercial property, now is the time to have your electrical system assessed. The following checks are essential to keeping your system safe and running efficiently:
Here in Portland, you may have the opportunity to encounter multiple, mixed-use properties. With a push for sustainable architecture that meets the needs of a growing population, more building projects are creatively incorporating multiple purposes into one space.
The Prairie Electric team is excited to participate in projects that create varied spaces in one location, accommodating residents of these building as well as members of the neighborhood community.
Grant Park Village
One such location is Grant Park Village, a mixed-use project on NE Broadway Ave at NE 32nd Ave. This three-story project includes apartments arranged into four separate buildings, with open wells to the parking area that provide energy-saving daylight. Architects have also created a common terrace for residents to enjoy. Below the apartments and on the most visible corner, a New Seasons Market will reside. Car and bicycle parking are included. Our Prairie Electric team was pleased to provide electrical services for this project, helping to bring much-needed housing to Portland’s NE neighborhood in a manner that benefits the environment and provides convenience to residents and customers alike.
If you’re mechanically inclined, detail-oriented, and enjoy solving problems, a career in electrical servicing may be an excellent fit for you. Field electricians provide an enormous service to their community and tackle residential, commercial, and industrial issues.
However, if you don’t know anyone doing the work you’re interested in, it can be difficult to imagine the steps you need to take to achieve your goal and become a professional electrician. Consider the following your guide to getting started on this fulfilling, lucrative career path.
Seek Out Training
Getting the proper training is essential to preparing you for the diverse activities you’ll be called upon to participate in as an electrician. Both technical schools and JATC AREA 1 offer paid training for a selection of interested candidates. This program selects candidates based on factors that vary by economy and location, and usually lasts 4 years.