FFA Wiring Contest

Wiring Contest

Jackson EMC has been involved with the Wiring Contest for more than four decades, supporting it each year at the chapter, area, district and state levels. The competition is designed to promote electrification programs for agriculture students, and it is sponsored by the electric cooperatives and FFA chapters in the state. There are three separate portions to the contest: a problem-solving multiple-choice exam, a practical wiring problem and an oral presentation.

FFA 2014 Wiring Contest

In the first part of the competition, contestants complete a 30-item problem-solving activity within a 45-minute time limit. This portion of the contest is worth 30% of the overall score. Next, contestants complete an assigned wiring problem. Wiring materials are provided, but contestants furnish their own tools. This portion of the contest is worth 60% of the overall score. Contestants then use effective communication skills in describing actual electrical wiring tasks. All participants use the same topic and materials and props are provided. A panel of judges scores each contestant on this phase of the contest, which is worth 10% of the overall score.

Active FFA members enrolled in a high school agriculture education class in Jackson EMC’s service area are eligible to participate in area competition.  The top two individuals in each area contest compete at the state meet; however, students who have already participated in the state contest are ineligible to participate in this contest again.  College scholarships earned at wiring competitions can be used at any college, university or vocational-tech school in Georgia.  Contact your school's FFA advisor for more information and a complete listing of rules.

From Left to Right: David Calloway, FFA advisor at Jefferson High School, Tan Tonge, and Karen Ewing, Community Relations Representative at Jackson EMC.

2017-2018 FFA State Wiring Contest Winners

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) engineering student intern and Jefferson High School senior Tan Tonge placed third overall in the state wiring competition on January 13, 2018, held at the State FFA-FCCLA Camp near Covington.

Competing against 10 other students from across Georgia, Tonge placed first in the wiring skill segment, with a score of 59.3 out of 60, in the State EMC/FFA Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event (CDE). The competition consists of three segments, including wiring skill, speech demonstration and written problem solving. This year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the State Wiring competition.

Tonge has won more than $2,000 in scholarship funds from the Georgia EMC-sponsored wiring contests over the last two years of competing.

“I am already dual enrolled at the University of North Georgia, and will start the pre-engineering program in the fall,” Tonge said. “These funds will help me achieve my goal.”

Tonge hopes to work for an EMC after college graduation. “I really like the atmosphere and community spirit in an EMC environment,” Tonge said. 

“We are very proud of Tan,” said Jonathan Weaver, Director of System Engineering and Tonge’s supervisor at Jackson EMC.  “He is very thoughtful in his work and highly capable. Tan is a quick learner, and he has tremendous potential in his future.”

In November, Tonge took first place in the 2017 Region II EMC/FFA Agricultural Electrification CDE held at Jackson EMC. Region II is comprised of schools served by Jackson, Blue Ridge, Habersham, Hart, Rayle, Snapping Shoals and Walton Electric Membership Corporations (EMC’s).  

The competition reinforces classroom instruction and FFA-supervised activity projects in three stages: a problem-solving exercise, a practical wiring exercise and an oral presentation. Six regional wiring contests are held each fall to determine the 12 finalists for the annual state competition.