Electrical Training Center
65 Elm St
Copiague, NY 11726
Phone: 631 226-8021
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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.
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
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John has served as an instructor/presenter for:
NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, AND VT.
Burlington Safety Lab