February 2019 – After enlisting in the US Navy in 1985 and serving in its electrical field with his older brother, Scott Precourt knew he had found his calling. He wanted to become an electrical technician.
After serving in the Navy, Precourt joined the IBEW Local 43 in Syracuse, NY, in 1995, before joining O’Connell Electric’s Technical Services team in 2008.
Precourt’s professional development in the electrical industry paid off during the TEGG 2019 Continuing Education Conference, when he was named the 2018 Technician of the Year.
Outside of work, Scott and his wife of 21 years, Lori, enjoy taking long trips on their Harley Davidson motorcycle. He has one daughter and a grandson. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Q: What made you interested in working in the field as a Technician?
A: I wanted more out of being an electrician. Working with the Technical Services Division challenges me to become a better employee and a better technician.
Q: Technology is always changing and evolving. As a Technician, how do you stay ahead of the technological curve?
A: Fortunately, O’Connell Electric is willing to send their technicians to different training classes to keep them up to speed with new technologies. We are also a NICET company and have to maintain our qualifications, which helps us stay ahead of the curve.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job and how do you overcome it?
A: The challenge is to be a good lead technician, so the newer technicians can learn to become lead technicians and pass on their knowledge. This was a challenge because I had to back off on performing the work and letting the newer technicians troubleshoot and correct problems, and just provide them with guidance.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: When a client is relying on us to fix their electrical system, and that’s exactly what we accomplish. I find that very rewarding.
Q: What advice would you offer other Technicians to also be successful in their careers?
A: You’re never too old or too smart to learn something new. Also, safety is key to success – not only for you, but for everyone in the Company.
“Scott is well deserving of this award and we are very proud his peers voted him to be nominated. He is part of our Syracuse Team’s foundation and has become a leader and mentor across all three of our franchise areas and for our clients as well.” – Joe Leggo, Vice President, Technical Services
The TEGG Technician of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize a Technician who not only follows and implements the TEGG System, but who also encourages teamwork, enthusiasm, aids in building the contractor maintenance/pull through revenue and promotes operational communication among their entire Service Departments and throughout the organization.