Steve holds the position of Assistant Director for the apprenticeship. He is responsible for the coordination for veterans and unemployment benefits, interviews, etc.
Steve grew up and graduated from Maxwell High School, Maxwell Ia. in 1978. After leaving the farm in 1983 he started his production/operations experience at Donnelly Marketing in Nevada Ia. Steve has worked at such companies as Shazam, Regulus, Wells Fargo before coming to IEA. Steve's experience is in customer service, project management, staff management, production/operations as both labor and management, plus many other cost savings initiatives. Steve has been happily married to his wife Shellee for over 30 years and have 3 grown children and enjoys spending time with them and their families. Steve is active in his Church and enjoys spending his time doing handyman jobs for his family, friends and church. Steve believes in leading by example and looks for ways to do things smarter not harder.
Lois holds the position of receptionist/administrative assistant for the apprenticeship. As receptionist, she is required to have contact with a unique customer base ranging from apprentice applicants, labor leaders and business owners. She is responsible for scheduling and preparing all JATC meetings, processing applications to the apprenticeship, scheduling applicant interviews and utilizing the computerized data system in tracking apprentice as well as journeymen training records. Lois has been employed at the apprenticeship since April 2002 and enjoys all aspects of her job.
Lois is a native of Cresco, IA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNI and has lived and worked in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida before moving to the Des Moines area in 1988. Lois has a son, Jason who lives and works in downtown Des Moines.
Meg holds the position of receptionist/administrative assistant for the apprenticeship. As receptionist, she is required to have contact with a unique customer base ranging from apprentice applicants, labor leaders and business owners. She is responsible for scheduling and preparing all JATC meetings, processing applications to the apprenticeship, scheduling applicant interviews and utilizing the computerized data system in tracking apprentices as well as journeymen training records.
Meg lives in Des Moines with her husband Dan and two boys, Carson and Sullivan. As a family they stay active, biking, roller skating, and spending time outside.
Charles is a full time instructor with the apprenticeship. He is responsible for instructing parts of all 5 years of the inside curriculum. These curriculums include PLC’s, Motor Control, Building Automation, Motors, Blueprints, Hazardous Locations, NFPA 70E, Transformers, Power Quality, and Code Calculations.
Charles lives in Bondurant with his wife Casey and has two children, Paisley and Lexi. Charles grew up in Melbourne, IA and graduated from the West Marshall Community School District in 2004. He was accepted into the apprenticeship in 2007 and completed it in 2012. Charles has been a member of the IBEW 347 since 2008.
I have been a Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship Instructor since April of 2015. I train the apprentices in all three programs that we offer, specializing in the low voltage systems.
Some of the classes I instruct include DC Theory, Structured Cabling, Fiber Optics, Intrusion Detection, Access Control, Network Video, Codeology, Coyne First Aid and CPR as well as several others.
I hold several certifications including BICSI Certified Trainer, BICSI Technician, FOA CFOT-I and Axis Certified Professional. I take continuing education classes whenever my time allows.
Previous to becoming an Instructor, I worked for two different local contractors as a Low Voltage Technician. I have done fire alarm, voice and data cabling, distributed antenna systems, paging and sound masking as well as several other low voltage installations. I ran work for both contractors in settings such as the Des Moines airport, several hospitals and clinics, an industrial ethanol plant, elementary schools, universities, banking institutions and a data center.
I have done journeyman training for Des Moines and Local 347 members since July of 2015.
Tony joined the Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship in 2016. He has always had an interest and enjoyment in sharing any knowledge he may have attained throughout his 25 years in the field. Working for the Apprenticeship felt like a natural progression, where he could give back to I.B.E.W.347, and an industry who gave him the opportunity for a career, and the ability to support his wife and 3 children. He was with Gurnsey Electric L.C. for 17 years. He is looking forward to the opportunity to do his part in training the next generation of Electrical Workers.
Tony grew up in Des Moines, and is a graduate of East High School. He remains an eastsider, with his wife Bobbie (a SEP transplant), and their two dogs. Together they have 3 grown children, Stephen, Jacob, and Jessica. He enjoys his time in their church, where he also teaches, and spending time with his family. He and his wife like to spend their free time walking, biking, fishing, generally keeping active and enjoying each other’s company.
Derek studied education at Simpson College in Indianola. He had planned to teach the sciences in a High School setting, but chose to pursue something that would pay better to allow him to support his wife's desire to be a stay at home mom. He found that electrical work was an engaging field with many hands-on applications of physics, his favorite field in science. He completed the apprenticeship program in 2009 as the Distinguished Graduate that year. Derek has worked in an industrial setting for the last several years at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny, gaining experience in conduit bending, power distribution, motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, etc.
Derek lives in Prairie City, where he grew up, with his wife Amy and their sons Brighton and Caleb. He is active in the Church where he participates in teaching, song leading, and speaking. Derek is a voracious reader, an amateur metal sculptor, an entrepreneur, and has an interest in languages, speaking English, Spanish, and learning French. He is excited to be back in teaching, and really enjoys working with students.