The ELECTRI International Challenge for NECA Student Chapters is the Electrical Contracting Innovation Challenge (ECIC).  This marks a yearly highlight for NECA Student Chapters. Teams agree that the popular Challenge is stimulating because it makes them focus on problem solving by thinking in new, creative ways.

This year’s student challenge focuses on innovation and student’s creativity.

2022 Challenge Overview

Student teams will be working to design a new project provided by ELECTRI. You will receive a set of contract documents from ECIC staff that provide the foundation for you to virtually design and construct the most innovative electrical system to meet the customer’s needs.

All Student Chapter teams will be using the same contract documents and general scenario to complete the project

Each faculty advisor and student team will work with their local NECA chapters and contractors to deliver a detailed bid package to “Contractor X” for a new university student center that will be created using a Design-Bid-Build project delivery method. Upon registering for the challenge, each team will receive a set of construction documents from ELECTRI staff. These materials will be less than 100% complete and will provide each team with the resources they need to produce an initial electrical bid package that meets the requirements of Contractor X.

During the following weeks, the student teams will receive a 100% complete construction document package along with a proposed project schedule from Contractor X. At that time, student teams will have a limited amount of time in which to submit their request for information. Each team will then deliver a final bid package and the lowest qualified bid will be awarded the project.

Electrical Contractor’s Innovation Challenge Winners


First Place: Iowa State University

Second Place: Wayne State University

Third Place: Pennsylvania State University



Iowa State University ECIC Team


Best Presenter: Luke Eggers (Iowa State University)

Most Innovative Electrical System  – Iowa State University

Best Project Estimate  – Iowa State University

Best Social Media – Wayne State University

Best Oral Presentation  – Iowa State University

Video Competition:

First Place: Wayne State University

Second Place: Kennesaw State University

Third Place: Illinois Institute of Technology

ECIC Rules

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