2019 Electrician of the Year - Head of the Class

Klein Tools 2019 Electrician of the Year - Nominate an Instructor Today!

How it Works

For more than 160 years, we've heard amazing stories about electricians dedicating their time to their communities, jobsite safety and professional achievement. In recognition of their hard work and commitment to the quality, safety and integrity of their work on and off the jobsite, we conduct a search each year to showcase the finest U.S. electricians. This year, we're celebrating those who inspire, and educate, the next generation of skilled professionals. The 2019 Klein Tools Electrician of the Year — Head of the Class award will recognize the nation's most outstanding electrical instructor for master of the craft, classroom/lab experience and community dedication.


Nominate yourself or another deserving Electrical Instructor
August 19, 2019 – September 30, 2019

Regional Winners

  • Region 1 - Mark Boyer, NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center, Portland, Oregon
  • Region 2 - John Kallo, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
  • Region 3 - Jeff Bertke, Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, OH
  • Region 4 - Byron Krull, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, IA
  • Region 5 - Fernando Guillen, Plant City High School, Plant City, FL
  • Region 6 - Stephen Kielar & H.C. Willard, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY


Choose your favorite electrical instructor from six regional finalists. Your vote will help the Klein family choose this year's winner!
October 16, 2019 - October 20, 2019


The 2019 Electrician of the Year — Head of the Class will receive* $1,000 in Klein Tools products** and $1,000 in cash!

All six regional finalists will receive* additional prizes, including the 2019 Ultimate Garage Package and tools for their training center.

Congratulations to Fernando Guillen, Klein Tools’ 2019 Electrician of the Year!

The Prizes

Regional Winners

All six regional winners will receive* the 2019 Ultimate Garage Package and $500 in Klein Tools products for their training center**.

Klein Tools - 2019 Ultimate Garage Package Prize
Klein Tools - Electrician of the Year - Region Breakout

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria
Master of the Craft

The nominee exhibits a passion for the electrical industry. Tell us how the nominee works to pass on their expertise to the next generation of skilled electricians. Focus on the impact the individual has on their students' and/or apprentices' achievements.

Selection Criteria
Classroom/Lab Experience

The nominee cultivates an incredible learning environment. Their classroom/lab is the peak of electrical technology and innovation. Please take photos of their training facility and submit with the entry.

Selection Criteria
Community Dedication

The nominee has made a difference in the lives of the people they teach as well as their community. Their dedication extends beyond the classroom and can include any type of community service. Provide a description of the activity and who it benefited, photos, people involved and outcomes.

Klein Tools administers the selection process for regional and national Electrician of the Year awards. All decisions regarding the winners will be made by Klein Tools' team consisting of five members and their sole judgement. Offer valid for US residents only.