Now is the time to gain skills for trade jobs, electrician says

The company, a small team of two owners and an apprentice, said they are taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 4:42 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- An owner at an electric company in Junction City is encouraging the community to use this time to increase their skill set for trade jobs.

KEZI 9 News talked to Michelle Ericson with Balanced Electric.

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“This time is a good time for those who are out of work that are in the trades to take this time to gain some knowledge and to better yourself in whatever trade you're doing," Ericson said.

The company, a small team of two owners and an apprentice, said they are taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy.

“We can't risk any of us being sick," Ericson said. "If any three of us got sick, we would have to literally just close our doors and quarantine ourselves because we are a small company.”

Ericson said that their overall goal is to be as safe as possible as they continue to work and meet the needs within the community.

As an “essential service” under Gov. Kate Brown’s order, Ericson said there has been some changes to how business is operated.

“Currently, we're looking at jobs as, ‘What can we do that is not in somebody's living space?' So anything that's in the garage or outside or where we don't have to be in someone's home,” Ericson said.

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