Category Archives: News

Utah Career Center: Upcoming Evaluator Training & CE Courses

The Utah Career Center will be holding a short training night on Wednesday, August 8 at 6PM for those willing to assist with instructor evaluations. The evaluator program is extremely beneficial to the apprenticeship program in general and instructors in particular. Being an instructor is a difficult job and at times, instructors miss opportunities for […]

Blomquist Hale Employee Assistance Program

As we enter into the fourth year since the Employee Assistance Program was implemented, we want to remind members of services the UMCA and UA Local 140 have secured through the services of Blomquist Hale.  All UMCA contractors and their employees are covered under this program, even those who do not receive their health benefits from […]

5 Behaviors of Leaders Who Embrace Change

By: Edith Onderick-Harvey At best, mergers and acquisitions (M&A’s) have a 50/50 chance of reaching their intended results. Study after study puts the failure rate closer to 70-90%. Why is the failure rate so high? Repeatedly, research cites the human factor as the leading reason why mergers and acquisitions fail. Part of the issue is how organizations […]

UMCA & UA Local 140 Bargaining New Agreement

The bargaining committees for the UMCA and UA Local 140 opened negotiations last month and are working diligently to negotiate a successor agreement that will benefit both sides. At this stage in negotiations, the level of communication and cooperation has drastically improved from years past, making both parties very optimistic about the future of the […]

MCAA 2017 Construction Technology Report

JB Knowledge in association with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) have released the 6th Annual Construction Technology Report. Data for this report was complied in 2017 and is an indicator of the technology being used today, and how their increasing integration into daily operations will affect the future. Over the past six years […]

The Power of Listening in Helping People Change by Guy ItzchakovAvraham N. (Avi) Kluger

Giving performance feedback is one of the most common ways managers help their subordinates learn and improve. Yet, research revealed that feedback could actually hurt performance: More than 20 years ago, one of us (Kluger) analyzed 607 experiments on feedback effectiveness and found that feedback caused performance to decline in 38% of cases. This happened […]

Special Request From The Utah Career Center Apprentice Program

The Utah Career Center is still looking for volunteers to be class evaluators for the Fall semester. Evaluators are asked to commit to attending one class, twice during the semester on nights that are decided in advance and fit the evaluator’s schedule.The purpose of Classroom Evaluator Feedback is to improve our training program by helping […]

UCC News: Competition Winners & Upcoming Classes

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 the Utah Career Center held an apprentice skill contest that determined the apprentice representatives for the June District 5 Regional Contest. The competition was very close with each participant being a highly skilled apprentice. The winners are: HVAC – Jesse Breinholt – Mechanical Service & Systems Plumber – Mason Finch […]

Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive for (in as Few Words as Possible)

When Joe Whittinghill came into his role as general manager for talent, learning, and insight at Microsoft, the tech giant’s leadership model was characteristically thorough. There were eight competencies leaders needed to succeed, 10 behaviors that marked inclusive diversity, five things employees had to do in order to flourish, and over 100 skills you needed to […]