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Top Apprentices Take Honors at San Diego Craft Championship

December 7, 2013 CONTACT: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR 619-997-2495 or

(Poway, Calif.) – Despite rainy conditions, 19 seasoned apprentices and craft trainees worked through the pressure, with three prevailing over their competition to win honors as the top apprentice in their individual craft at the 13th annual San Diego Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Craft Champions Competition. The event took place at the Training Trust Academy in Poway on December 7.

Above: Electrical winner Franklin Noble en route to his victory in local competition.

The winners in each of three crafts - electrical, plumbing and sheet metal - won the right to represent San Diego in the 2014 ABC National Craft Championships in Birmingham, Alabama next May. In the Electrical competition, the winner was Franklin Noble of Poway, representing Bergelectric in San Diego. Second place went to Cody Rasco and third place to Nicholas Moon, both representing Rowan Electric.

Plumbing champion is Jonathan Greene of Sherwood Mechanical in Poway. Daniel Baldwin took second place, from Interpipe Contracting.

The Sheet Metal champion is another East County resident, Kevin Sullivan of Alpine from Brian Cox Mechanical. Sullivan was second in last year’s competition and won in a rare second appearance. Edward Ferris gave Brian Cox Mechanical a 1-2 finish with his second place win.

The Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Craft Champions Competition tests the skills of the best of the best. The competition emphasizes the important role craft skills training plays in construction by evaluating contestants’ technical knowledge of their craft as well as their skill and talent. Contestants must first successfully complete hundreds of hours of classroom training and thousands of hours of practical field experience to be eligible to compete. Apprentices and craft trainees who score high marks on the written exam are invited to participate in the skills portion of the competition to determine the San Diego local champions. The competitors must race against the clock to complete a project as close to the specifications provided as possible, with only the materials they are provided. Judges observe them and then score each project. The project scores and written test scores are combined to determine the winner.

The San Diego ABC Apprenticeship Program has a long tradition of national winners, having won 12 medals in the last 11 years. Last year, sheet metal apprentice Clayton Courter brought home a Gold Medal, the third year in a row that a San Diego sheet metal apprentice has been on the national winners’ podium. About ABC San Diego Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. The San Diego Chapter of ABC represents construction and construction-related firms throughout San Diego County. To find out more about ABCSD, visit,

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