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Travis Brown

I am the first year instructor for the York Electricians JATC apprenticeship program and have been a member of Local 229 since 2007. I graduated from the apprenticeship program in 2011 and spent the next 3 years as a journeyman wireman working on various different types of electrical projects in both journeyman and supervisor roles. In 2013, I received my first opportunity to teach for the York Electricians JATC as the first year instructor. In 2014, I accepted a position as the Electrical Occupations Instructor at York County School of Technology, a local technical high school in York County, Pa. I returned as an instructor to the York Electricians JATC in 2017. I continue to teach full time at York Tech and pursue my degree in Career and Technical Education at Penn State University.


Courses: Job Information, Conduit Fabrication, DC Theory, National Electrical Code

Bruce Brown

I am the second year instructor for our apprenticeship program. Currently, I work as a journeyman wireman for Chicago Bridge and Iron at Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant in Delta, PA. Within the IBEW, I have held two different offices, which included two terms as a member of the Examining Board and one term as the Vice President. I have also served in various capacities for on our Credit Union board. Right after high school, I began my career in the electrical trades landing my first job doing residential work. I started as a first-year apprentice with Local 229 in 1983, completed the apprenticeship in 1987 and now have approximately 33-years in the trade. In 1988, I began teaching first-year apprentices and continued in that role until 2004. From 2004 through 2011, I served as the program’s Training Director. Since then, I have been teaching our second-year apprentices. From the time I began in the trade to present day, I have kept up with the current practices, including graduating from Williamsport Area Community College, where I majored in Electrical Construction in 1982. I continue to take various Safety, National Electrical Code and Theory, and Labor Management classes.

Courses: Test Instruments, National Electrical Code, AC Theory, Blueprints, Electrical Safety, Transformers, Craft Certification Proctor

Joel Kauffman

I am the fourth-year instructor for the inside wireman apprenticeship. Born and raised in York County, I was accepted into Local 229 as an apprentice in 1999 and I completed the program in 2004. Since then I have worked as an inside wireman in several different roles, performing a wide variety of tasks. I completed the four-year National Training Institute instructor-training program in 2015. I have participated in JATC journeyman training courses in the subjects of OSHA 10, Foreman Training, Solar/Photovoltaic, Job Steward and NEC code changes. I also took classes in Fall Protection, Forklift Training, MSHA, NFPA70 and others. For the past three years, I have been an instructor with the JATC. From the time I was an apprentice, I was interested in teaching, so when the chance came along, I was grateful for the opportunity. This apprenticeship program puts out the best-trained electricians and electrical workers in the industry and I want to be a part of it.

Courses: Building Automation, Programmable Logic Controllers, Lighting Essentials, Motors, Motor Controls, AC Theory, Grounding & Bonding, Code Calculations, Blueprints

John Craig

This is my first year of teaching Structured Cabling. I began my career in the VDV trade eight years ago and progressed from an apprentice to a foreman rather quickly. I worked on many projects for the Communications division of IB Abel over the years. I restructured the data and fiber systems for the RH Shepherd campus in Hanover; built the network for both the office building and the lab for JCI in Shrewsbury; and worked with many outstanding leaders on multiple other projects. I want to be an instructor because I feel I can impart a working knowledge of my trade to the apprentices, and I possess the desire to share what I have learned and experienced to others. The best advice I can give to any student is to learn everything you can, from any source available, and put it to use. Our Union is only as good as our weakest person. To compete, we must be the best.

Courses: Structured Cabling

Matthew Hilliar
Courses: National Electrical Code

Tony Weaver
Courses: Commercial and Industrial Blueprints

Corey Mensinger
Courses: Rigging & Lifting, Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, NFPA 70E, OSHA 30

Michael Simon
Courses: Fire Alarm Systems

Shaun Linden
Courses: Access Control, Intrusion Detection

Christopher LaCroix
Courses: National Electrical Code, Lighting Essentials, Torque, Distributed Generation, Power Quality, Health Care Systems

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