Mayor Applauds Electrical Trades Students for Wiring Habitat Houses

October 3, 2013 -- CNM electrical trades students proudly listened last week as Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry thanked them for voluntarily installing the electrical wiring in a new Habitat for Humanity home.
July 16, 2015


The 1,100 square-foot home will soon be occupied by Amanda Uhrig and her 6-year-old son Deamyn Uhrig.

Mayor Berry made his remarks on Sept. 25 during a celebration of the completion of the 16th Habitat for Humanity home to be built on Trujillo Road SW in Albuquerque near Coors Rd. and Gonzales Rd. SW. CNM electrical trades students have installed the wiring, electric outlets and boxes for all but two of the houses on the street.

Habitat for Humanity awarded CNM two thank you tiles at the event. One was designatedStudents Phillip Ziegler, left, and Bill Matson with fusebox they helped install for CNM in general for its support of the nonprofit organization. The other was given to Phelan Gavaldon, CNM electrical trades instructor who oversaw the Habitat wiring project.

“Habitat for Humanity and CNM Electrical Trades have a long history of partnership going back nearly 20 years,” Gavaldon said. “Students enjoy wiring the houses because they are getting real-world experience. Plus they are giving back to the community.”

It has become a tradition that second-term Electrical Trades students wire the Habitat houses.

Gavaldon said it generally takes volunteers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, about two months to build a house. Fairly early in the construction process the studentKellemsowner.jpgs complete the electrical “rough-in” – installing all the wiring and boxes. Towards the completion of the house they do a “trim-out” – attaching all devices, receptacles, switches and light fixtures. The electrical rough-in takes three days and the trim-out takes two. All electrical materials are donated by Summit Electric Supply.

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity broke ground for the first home in the Trujillo Road Project in 2011. The Uhrig home is the 16th and final home on the street. More Habitat homes are planned to be built two streets over. So far the nonprofit organization has completed 170 homes in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Department of Family Mayor.jpgand Community Services Department contributed $820,000 to the project.

Preceding the dedication held in front of one of the already occupied Habitat houses, several of the Electrical Trades students toured the newest home.

“We are proud of our work here,” said student Phil Ziegler as he looked at a fuse box he helped install. “Helping with this house gave all of us a good feeling.”

About the CNM Electrical Trades Program

The Electrical Trades Program offers a variety of options for students. After two terms students can earn a certificate in residential wiring. In one more term they can receive a photovoltaic installation certificate or electrical trades certificate. Either of these certificates can be applied toward an Associate Degree in Construction Technology. Read more about the Electrical Trades Program at this site.