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Chris Bolobanic started out in the HVAC and Electrical trades as a Minuteman III Missile Facilities Specialist in the US Air Force from 1984 until 1988. He earned the Inter Continental Ballistic Missile Master Technician Award. along with the Good Conduct and Air Force Commendation Medals during his enlistment.

From 1988 until 2008, Chris was a Plant Operations Mechanic at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, NY. He was lead electrician and assistant lead HVAC mechanic who worked on critical healthcare facility systems.  Chris then worked as a Plant Engineering mechanic at Good Samaritan Hospital and Plant Engineering Supervisor at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville, NY from 2008 until 2010.

From 1999 until 2014, Chris taught various Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Electrical and HVAC courses in addition to schematic and blueprint reading courses at Eastern and Western Suffolk BOCES. In 2007, Chris received the Outstanding Adult Educator of the Year Award from the Suffolk Association of Continuing and Community Education.

 Chris earned an Associate’s Degree in Electric Power Systems from Community College of the Air Force and an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Suffolk Community College. In addition, Chris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection and Prevention from SUNY Empire State College and a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Human Resource Management from SUNY Stony Brook.

After Chris taught construction Electricity, from 2010 until 2013, at Western Suffolk BOCES in Dix Hills, NY, he came to the Electrical Training Center. As a licensed NYS Private school teacher, Chris teaches various day and evening HVAC courses ad believes that an everyday, even balance between lecture and lab sessions will lead to the best outcomes for all Electrical Training Center students.

Pedro Salcedo began my career as an electrician in 1989 as a helper doing residential wiring. My father was a member of IBEW Local 3 and I followed in his footsteps. As a journeyman & wireman, I’ve worked on many projects ranging from low-voltage to 13,000V. Having a soft spot for helpers/apprentices, I began to teach, whether on the job or in a classroom. In 2015, I was asked to teach at ETC after a chance meeting with Sal Ferrara.

Anthony Mallick - Started in the HVAC industry working for a company doing window unit, washer & Dryer repairs, & installations

Started own company working with a partner. Continued window unit & appliance repair & installations Progressed to repair service and install of commercial equipment

Closed company & worked for A/C & electrical company doing hi-end residential & commercial service install & maintenance as the senior technician & taught nights at APEX HVAC school. Left & went to work for a large service, install, and maintenance co as the field supervisor responsible for 17 technicians meeting with them. At customer locations to resolve problems the tech’s could not resolve on their own.

Started HVAC program at the ETC and teach till today. 

I started in the Electrical Trade in 1969 as an apprentice helper till 1973. After 5 years in College I re-entered the trade as a Foreman in New Jersey. I moved to Long Island in 1983 and was a Foreman for 6 major electrical contractors there till 1992. In 1992 I became a Licensed Security and Fire alarm Installer in New York State. Since then, my Company, MES Security Systems has been installing Security and Fire Alarm Systems throughout the New York Metropolitan area. I consult in this field for Alarm and Electrical Contractors on Long Island. Since 1996 I have been a New York Department of State Instructor for the State 81 Hour Security and Fire Alarm License as well as an Instructor for 600 hour electrical apprentices for 48 hours of practical alarm installation techniques at Electrical Training Center.

I have an extensive background and expertise in NFPA 70, 72,101 New York License Law and Local Jurisdiction Fire Alarm requirements. I work extensively with Fire Marshals on Long Island to evaluate and develop code standards for Fire as well as interpretation and application of these standards. I have assisted the Town of Brookhaven in developing their Carbon Monoxide standards in 2014, and other Local Fire jurisdictions in implementation of Carbon Monoxide Standards. I have been a Director of the Long Island Alarm Association for 7 years; 2 years as Secretary and am currently serving  my last year of a two year term as Vice President, as well as serving as Co-training Director and Co-administrator of LIAA’s Magazine “The Communicator.”

My initial career into the electrical field  began in 1986 when in entered the  industry as an electrical apprentice in the I.B.E.W Local 25 Apprenticeship program in 1986. I graduated in 1990    as a Journeyman  Wireman  Certificate and a OSHA 30 Certificate.
 During my training in Local 25 ,I was trained in all aspects of the industry,including Residential, Commercial and industrial. From 2006 to 2008  I was a foreman  at The United States  Capital Visitors Center in Washington D . C. ,doing the control wiring, for the ventilation system. . I have also worked  in Bridgeport Connecticut  in 2008 ,also doing control wiring for the Turbines, and also in Connecticut at the MGM Grand Casino doing the Lighting in the Casino areas.
            I have been a forman for Local 25 at the  PSE&G offices formerly Keyspan  in Long Beach ,New York doing the  electrical up grade for their Corporate Office,and at Cablevision in  Bethpage, New york,installing  and upgrading their Firealarm system.
             Having obtained my teaching License in 2009, at  taught at  Apex  Technical School in New York City, and Career Institute Of technology in Garden City ,New York.
              In 2009 ,i was asked to teach at the Electrical Training Center , specializing  Oil and Gas  control wiring for the electrical students.


Robert Liptak is a certified Master Carpenter Instructor and an OSHA Safety Awareness Instructor, at the Electrical Training Center, Inc.   He is currently the instructor for the “Intro To Building Trades” program.  Prior to joining the faculty of Electrical Training Center, Inc. in 2013 , Mr. Liptak was an instructor for Youthbuild Long Island program where he worked with students on restoration and energy upgrade projects.  Mr. Liptak was the owner of Robert Edward Cabinetmakers with experience in fine woodworking such as high-grade cabinet and furniture fabrication, design conceptualization, restoration, and repair.   His credentials include NCCER Certification, BPI Certification, and Green Advantage Certification. 

Thomas Gardega is an experienced certified teacher at the Electrical Training Center. He brings a fast amount of knowledge, experience and instructor effectiveness to the benefit of his students.

Mr. Gardega teaches for the Electrical Training Center, NYS & CSEA Partnership, Delhi University, United States Green Building Council, (USGBC), National Electrical Contractors Association New York City, (NECANYC), Suffolk County Department of Labor, and Private Tutoring. He is qualified to teach the following subjects: Basic Math; Trade Math; Algebra; Master Electrical License Preparation; Master Practical; Gas and Oil, Motor Controls; Pipe Bending; Basic Estimating; Advanced Estimating; Basic Project Management; Advanced Project Management; Electronics; Electrical Technology; Energy Auditing; GPRO Electric and GPRO Fundamentals

Mr. Gardega has written a number of ISO 9000 documents for the electrical and thermal spray industries and writes curriculums based on this format to satisfy the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, (ACCET) and the Bureau of Proprietary Schools System, (BPSS). He has produced hundreds of drawings using Auto-Cad for us in the instruction of Students by himself as well as other Instructors.

Mr. Gardega Is a Certified Electrical Inspector, past Vice President and co-founder of XIOM Corporation, past Vice President of National Thermal Spray.

Mr. Gardega secured and successfully completed seven New York State Research and Development (NYSERDA), SBIR/DARPA, Empire State Development Authority (EMIG), New York City Industrial Development Authority (ITAC), projects and has been awarded seven associated patents:

Apparatus for thermal spray coating

United States Us 20080041979

Process for thermal spraying the internal surface of a KORT nozzle in situ

United States US20100112207

Apparatus for thermal spray coating

United States US20050082395

Multiple stage flow amplification and mixing system

United States US20090095823

Powder thermal spray coating composing at least two thermal plastics

United States US20070173590 

SUNation Vice President, Engineering, Licensed Master Electrician
Scott Sousa has been a Licensed Master electrician for over 30 years. He also has 10+ years of solar design and installation experience with over 2000 projects completed. Scott is NABCEP certified and an  IREC PV training instructor for Bronx Community College, NY Sun Trainers Network and the Electrical Training center.


I have been a Master Electrician licensed in Suffolk since 1988 and owner/operator of Cross Star Electric since 1988.  My responsibilities as an owner and Licensed Master Electrician include wiring commercial and residential dwellings, estimating, planning, and project management. 


Additionally, from 1998 through 2012, I was employed at Eastern Suffolk BOCES at the Oakdale Campus as an electrical instructor.  My curriculum included theory and practical entry-level instruction in wiring commercial and residential dwellings, and teaching the National Electrical Code.  

 D. Jerry Flaherty is the Chief Electrical Inspector for Electrical Inspection Service, Inc. He is certified by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors for the past15 years to inspect One and Two Family Dwellings, General Electric and Electrical Plans and Review.

He is also a New York State Licensed Instructor at the Electrical Training Center, Inc. since 2004. He teaches a variety of subjects relating to the National Electrical Code, Photovoltaic Systems, OSHA and other electrical topics.

Jerry Flaherty is a retired Control System Engineer that specialized in electrical, electronic and pneumatic control systems. He is former instructor at SUNY Farmingdale Solar Energy Center, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and a Licensed Master Electrician.

Jerry has a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY, Saratoga Springs in Electrical and Electronic Technology.

He is a member of National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Suffolk County Electrical Association and Nassau Electrical League.

William Cain is a master electrician. Holding licenses in Town of Oyster Bay, Town of North Hempstead, Town of Hempstead and the Village of Hempstead and Mineola, and NYS certified instructor. I guess you can say the electricity is in my blood. My grandfather worked for Con Edison and my father started Cain Electric in the middle 60’s when I was in my early teens. It was my job at 14 years old to clean the truck on the weekends and evenings. I started working on the weekends at the age of 16, and work with and learned from some very qualified technicians and engineers.  After a few years of college and trade school I began working in the family business. Crawling through attics, digging trenches were all difficult jobs, but the hardest part was completing the jobs and making the customers happy. As I grew in the electrical field, so did the business. Before long I became a lead man and foreman, the size and scope of our projects grew too. Now it became important for the workers to be kept happy, so yet another set of skills needed to be developed.  There was always a new set of skills to master. I was now time to learn how to be a boss in a small business, chief cook and bottle wash as they say. Estimating jobs, doing payroll (by hand) Federal and State taxes…juggling money. I all seemed impossible to learn but, as in learning anything “a little bit at a time” is the way to go.

                Eventually it became time for my father to retire and in doing so he was able to assist me in this transition for a number of years. We continued to evolve the business and became proficient at both residential and commercial work. From Swimming Pool electrical work to automation systems, energy management, energy efficient lighting and controllers we could do it all. About 15 years ago my sons came to work in the business.

It was now  important for me to take a lesser role in the business, to let my sons take over, as my father did, but I wasn’t sure what I should do. About 2 years ago Sal Ferrera  approached me about teaching. I said Sal let me think about that, which I did for about 5 minutes. I knew immediately it could be a perfect fit for me to give something back to the industry and help my sons continue the now 3 generation business. When I started in this business,  Education for the trades was not as available as it is now. Places like The Electrical Training Center didn’t exist.  I am glad they do now, where we continue to improve out techniques with feedback from the industry, so that we can turn out the best electricians, from helps to journey men and on to Master Electricians.                                                                                                                                                                                                

John McGinn is a lifetime resident of Long Island. He grew up in Islip Terrace and graduated East Islip High School, class of 1978. While attending high school, Joh attended the BOCES Electrical 2 year program. John has been in the electrical field since 1975. While attending high school he spent his free time working for an electrical contractor.

After graduating high school John worked for various electrical contractors, working in a majority of the various areas in the field. John during the course of his career has worked for Central Islip Psychiatric Center in the electrical department. John has also worked as the Electrician for east Islip School District. He recently retired after working there for 32 years.

John has taught Electric I and II Adult Education at BOCES in the Bellport and Oakdale campuses for a total of 9 year. Currently he is teaching at the electrical Training Center since 2012. He is teaching the Electrical I Program and the Introduction to the Electrical Trade at Hempstead high school, a program for High School students.

While john is not teaching he can be found spending time with his two adult daughters or working in his own electrical contracting business. John also makes himself available to help his student’s when not in the classroom.

Served apprenticeship as Electrician

NY St. Bd. of Regents Technical H.S. Electrical/Electronic Diploma

Associate Applied Sciences- (Electrical Technology)

Bachelor’s Degree Electrical Engineering

NYS Adult Continuing Education License


More than 50 years in the electrical/electronic field

More than 40 years in public safety engineering at Underwriters Laboratories


John is the President of the NY Chapter of IAEI

(International Association of Electrical Inspectors)


John has been awarded an Honorary Inspector Membership to the Benjamin Franklin Chapter

of the IAEI


John serves / has served as a member of:

  • UL LLC Distinguished Member of Presidential Technical Staff
  • NYC Bureau of Electrical Control-advisory board
  • NYC Electrical Code Committee
  • State of New Jersey Electrical Sub Code Committee
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • Executive Board Eastern Section IAEI
  • Executive Board NY Chapter IAEI
  • Executive Board Long Island Chapter IAEI
  • Executive board Municipal Electrical Inspectors of New Jersey
  • NFPA User Friendly Task Group for 2002 National Electrical Code
  • NFPA Code Making Panel 7, for the 1999 - 2005 National Electrical Code
  • NFPA Code Making Panel 6, for the 2008 - 2017 National Electrical Code


John has served as an instructor/presenter for:

  • Electrical Training Center Inc.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • 5 Boro Electrical Contractors Association
  • Nassau Electric League
  • Suffolk County Electrical Contractors Association
  • OSHA 500hr Safety Training Course
  • Numerous jurisdictions including: the states of CT, FL, MA, ME, MD,NC, NH,


  • Numerous Educational, inspection, and trade associations

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