Independent Electrical Contractors


For more than four decades, Independent Electrical Contractors-IEC-has faced the challenges imposed by the ever changing world of the electrical industry. IEC has built the reputation as a premier trade association, aggressively working with the industry to establish a free environment for Independent Electrical Contractors.

The association serves as the voice of the electrical contracting industry on policies affecting its membership. IEC attempts to further the growth of our economy through skilled manpower and the principle of free enterprise.

The mission of IEC is the success of all electrical contractors through "Communication, Training and Guidance." To fulfill our mission, IEC serves in the following areas:

  • To provide members with helpful information, which includes up-to-date legislative activities and industry trends.
  • Promote the common business interest of those who engage in the Electrical Construction Industry.
  • Author laws to make industry safer and stronger.
  • Provide a partnership to ensure the electrical contractor's success
  • Supply its members with the training tools to maintain the leading edge in the electrical industry.

In sum, IEC has a dedicated professional staff and Executive Committee committed to improving and protecting the interest of Independent Electrical Contractors.


IEC was founded in 1957, as the Associated Independent Electrical Contractors of America by a group of electrical contractors. The primary goal of the group was to make a collective presentation of their views, not only on a national level, including the United States Congress and Federal agencies, but also to the rest of the construction industry.

The association's first offices were located in Texas, which comprised the first Board of Directors. In 1962, IEC was granted a certificate of incorporation. Shortly thereafter, in 1977 the association adopted its Corporate Bylaws, which have recently been amended in 1997.

In subsequent years, IEC has grown from its original members to become an influential 74 chapter association, which represents over 3,200 electrical contractors and 47,000 electrical workers. IEC has also expanded its alliance to include 12,000 apprentices who are learning to be prominent and productive electricians.

IEC will continue to expand its services to its members as well as being a voice for independent electrical contractors on the many issues affecting the industry.