Supporting our members in the merit shop electrical industry.
For over 20 years the Midwest Independent Electrical Contractors have been serving the rural and urban communities of Northwest Indiana & the Greater Chicagoland area. We are one of the 53 national chapters of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC), a non-profit trade organization federation.
The purpose of the IEC is to support the success and advancement of our members within the independent electrical industry. We are an organization that is dedicated to the education and training initiatives which prepares students for successful careers in our industry.
The Midwest IEC’s mission is to enhance the independent electrical contractor’s success by developing a professional workforce, communicating clearly with the government, promoting ethical business practices, and providing leadership for the electrical industry.
In 1998, a group of local electrical contractors came together to form an apprentice school in order to train their employees to become better electricians. After reviewing different electrical training programs, they decided that the curriculum for the IEC was the program they wanted to be a part of. As word about the program spread throughout the area, many more contractors came together and formed what was originally called Northwest Indiana Independent Electrical Contractors.
The first meetings quickly outgrew the shop they were being held in, and for a few years were held at a local restaurant. Classes were originally taught at a local high school and in 2002, as the program grew, moved to our first building in Schererville, Indiana. Along with the move, our name changed to the Midwest IEC to more accurately include the Illinois portion of our territory. Our original territory consisted of Lake & Porter Counties in Indiana and Cook & Will in Illinois.
As the years progressed, our apprenticeship school continued to grow, we outgrew our Schererville location, and in 2017 moved to our present location in Crown Point, Indiana. Our territory expanded in 2019 to include Kankakee County in Illinois and Newton County in Indiana.
As of June 1st, 2021, the Midwest IEC moved to a new location in Cedar Lake, IN. Our new Training Center is now three times larger, than ever before, allowing growth to build a bigger and better electrical training program for our territory.
Midwest IEC is a professional, merit shop apprenticeship training program, dedicated to training electrical apprentices to become licensed Journeymen electricians.