The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is an organization working specifically for the betterment of electrical contractors and the electrical industry. Founded nationally in 1901 to provide a formal organization and education for the new electrical trades, it now has 118 national chapters and foreign affiliates, with more than 4,000 electrical contractor company members.

Activities & Programs

Through the Management Education Institute NECA offers continuing education to its members in the form of frequent workshops and seminars and through publications and code updates to keep contractors current on industry developments. The association also partners with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to negotiate labor agreements and co-sponsor the award-winning National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) apprenticeship program, training more than 50,000 electricians nationally every year.


Locally the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of NECA represents professional electrical contractors in the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington areas. The local electrical industry essentially began with construction of the Willamette Falls generating facility in 1889. The first electrical contractors association in the region was formed in 1911, evolving over the years to officially affiliate with NECA in 1943.

Today more than 150 union electrical contractors in the Portland metro area, Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington utilize NECA’s services to stay competitive and informed. In addition to traditional residential and commercial wiring applications, today’s NECA contractors also work on highly complex and diverse projects. These include the Rose Garden Arena, West Side MAX Light Rail stations, Portland International Airport, and intricate high-tech projects like the specialty computer installation for Portland’s Brewery Blocks and electrical systems for computer chip manufacturing facilities.