National Electrical Contractors Association Names James Olliges the 2018 Recipient of the Coggeshall Award

National Electrical Contractors Association Names James Olliges the 2018 Recipient of the Coggeshall Award


Leader in electrical construction industry recognized for his work in technical and training activities

The National Electrical Contractor Association has selected Jim Olliges, an industry veteran who has guided the Louisville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee to become one of the premier electrical training programs in the country, as the 2018 recipient of the Coggeshall Award.

Olliges is the chairman of the LEJATC and vice president of Louisville-based United Electric Co. He has worked in the electrical industry since 1974. After completing the IBEW Local 369 apprenticeship, he continued his education to become a certified Kentucky Master Electrician and obtained his Kentucky contractor’s license.

“Jim Olliges is very deserving of this recognition,” NECA CEO John M. Grau said. “He has had a significant impact on the lives of many members of our industry, and I know that mark will be felt for years to come.”

Olliges sits on the board of NECA’s Louisville Chapter and chairs the Apprenticeship Committee. He also serves as an alternate representative to ELECTRI International. For the national JATC, he played an important part representing NECA on multiple National Training Committees and regularly attended its annual National Training Institute at the University of Michigan. But perhaps his greatest contribution has been his role with the 2008 Core Curriculum National Task Force, which redefined the training content and standards for future generations of apprentices.

The Coggeshall Award, established in 1956 and named for Allan Coggeshall, recognizes a NECA member for his or her contribution to the progress of the industry in the technical and training service field. Coggeshall, who was a member of the firm of Hatzel & Buehler, Inc., in New York City, displayed his interest in NECA by his active participation in the work of its Codes and Standards Committee.

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July 11, 2018
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