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We’re one of the nation’s largest electrical supply distribution networks, with nearly 600 locations across the United States. We distribute just about every piece of equipment that keeps your lights on, your energy flowing and your lifestyle comfortable. Our products – and opportunity – are all around you.

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Frank Gonzalez

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Manager training program

We’re still growing. And we need talented new leaders to help shape our future. CED’s competitive management training program teaches top candidates every skill for every job in every facet of our fast-paced, profitable industry.

Get paid to earn a real-world M.B.A. as you choose your 2-2 1/2-year path to managing your own CED location.

Our opportunity is your current — you decide where to steer it.

Control Your Future

We hire a small number of new trainees each year — self-motivated, sales-oriented, geographically flexible men and women who possess an entrepreneurial spirit. And we invest a lot into each of them.

We immerse candidates into the electrical distribution industry through four structured phases that include on-the-job, home and classroom training.

It’s up to them to choose their path, and to steer their opportunity.

Internship Program

Get a head start on your career. CED offers competitive, paid internships for juniors and seniors to experience the electrical industry hands-on, from eight different perspectives. It provides unique insight into CED’s culture and career opportunities for the right individual.

To apply, complete the short form at the bottom of the page.

Other Opportunities

CED Service Center Opportunities, click here.

Credit/Financial Management

The CED Credit Team serves our profit centers and customers by managing the credit extension and collection processes. The candidate will have a strong desire to work in a sales environment providing solutions to facilitate ongoing and new business opportunities.

Credit Training Program Details: 2-3 years (depending on candidate’s experience level).  Work alongside an experienced credit manager to learn all aspects of financial management in the electrical wholesaling industry, administering CED’s credit policy through proficiency in financial review, collection management, protecting the assets of the company, problem solving, negotiations and the utilization of construction lien and bond laws.

Requirements: business related degree, organized, effective at multi-tasking; excellent verbal and written communication skills. No prior experience necessary.

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Technical Specialist Opportunities:

America manufactures more now than any time in history.  CED provides electrical supplies and solutions for U.S. manufacturing, to help them innovate and compete.

Join our Solutions Consultants Network to help local industries by recommending and selling automation products and services.  Be the expert by leveraging your technology specific expertise.

Find out more or contact justin.brunken@ced.com

FAQs

Our competitive management training program has been turning talented leaders into the managers of their own CED profit centers since 1989. Below are answers to our recruits’ common questions.

  • What do you do?

    We’re one of the nation’s largest electrical distributors, buying from manufacturers and supplying electrical equipment to customers in 47 states through nearly 600 local locations.

  • Why are electrical distributors needed? Why not buy straight from the manufacturers?

    Our customers need many different electrical materials. We offer one, convenient local stop for our customers, who, rather than having to work through multiple suppliers, can use a single line of credit. We’re extremely knowledgeable about a wide range of products, so we can serve as business partners to our customers.

  • Are you a utility company?

    No. We supply electrical materials, but do not manufacture or install the products.

  • What are general work hours?

    You can expect to work 8-9 hours a day, Monday-Friday, usually 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Some weekend work may be required for special projects, but it is rare.

  • Is the training paid?

    Yes. Our training program is essentially a full-time position that includes benefits such as paid sick/vacation/holiday time, 401K and medical, dental and vision insurance.

  • What kind of perks does it include?

    You will attend multiple training courses throughout the year (around 7-15 annually) that include traveling to cities across the country. Recruits often build relationships with their fellow trainees that help them through the program, and through their careers.

  • Where is the training located?

    The training takes place in locations across the country. It includes on-the-job and at-home work learning about electrical products. You’ll also travel for vendor/manufacturing training in a classroom setting that runs for 3-5-day stretches during the week.

  • Do you need previous electrical experience?

    No, you don’t. We’ll give you the tools and resources you need to become an industry expert.

  • What are the requirements?

    A bachelor’s degree is required. Sales and leadership experience and/or a business or sales degree is preferred.

  • Is relocation required?

    Yes, your ability to relocate will broaden your opportunities. We do our best to accommodate preferences, but it’s not guaranteed.

  • How long is the program?

    The program lasts 2-2 ½ years.

  • Why is it so much longer than other management training programs?

    CED’s training program is more like an on-the-job MBA. We train you to run one of our locations as if you’re an owner — not just a manager of operations — including profit sharing.

  • Why does CED refer to its locations as "profit centers?"

    This is another example of why CED’s business model is so unique. We treat each of our company’s locations as a separate business, responsible for its own independent profits and losses. Empowered to grow and share revenues, and accountable for expenses, our profit center managers essentially run their own businesses.

  • Why are there different names/DBAs?

    One of the ways that CED has grown is through acquisitions. Often, we keep the local name that is strong in the market already.

  • When I get out of the program what am I?

    You'll be placed as a manager of a CED profit center. You will likely take over an existing business, opposed to a start up.

  • Who owns the company?

    Consolidated Electrical Distributors has been a privately held business for 50+ years.

Live the current

Empowered

John Anderson

A former management trainee, John applied what he learned in the program to reshape, reenergize and grow two different CED locations. Here's his story.

Wil Durden

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Wil gives you the blueprint to control your future. #SteerTheCurrent CED will teach you whatever you need to know to thrive in this industry. Here's his story.

Zach Bunting

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Zach discusses his experience in the program and how he became a manager of his own location. #SteerTheCurrent

Emma Gage

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Emma is a former manager in Bozeman, MT, now managing pricing & SPA SME across multiple divisions.

Emma discusses how she worked her way up to Management from a temporary secretary. Now she makes decisions and #SteerTheCurrent

Juan Sandoval

How trust, autonomy and training drew Juan to CED and the opportunity keeps him thriving.

Juan is the Manager for CED/Bush in Texas

Eddy Villalobos

Eddy, In the CED manager program, learned to be a manager, not just to follow directions, and the manager his employees wanted him to be.

Eddy is the manager of Medallion Supply/CED in California.

Take charge of your career and your very own location and #SteerTheCurrent

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Oregon State University 10/19/2017 Fall Career Expo - Business (Day 2)
Corvallis, OR
CSU San Marcos 10/19/2017 Job Fair
San Marcos, CA
Grand Valley State University 10/19/2017 Career Fair (All Majors)
Allendale, MI
UC Irvine 10/19/2017 STEM Career Fair
Irvine, CA
University of Akron 10/20/2017 Sales Career Fair
Akron, OH
University of Louisville 10/20/2017 Ulmer Business Career Fair
Louisville, KY
Stetson University 10/20/2017 Internship & Career Expo
Deland, FL
University of Nebraska Kearney 10/23/2017 Industrial Distribution Fair
Kearney, NE
University of Nebraska Kearney 10/24/2017 Industrial Distribution Fair
Kearney, NE
Presbyterian College 10/24/2017 Employers Recruitment Day
Clinton, SC
Wayne State College 10/25/2017 Fall Career Fair
Wayne, NE
Arkansas State University 10/25/2017 All Majors Career Fair
JONESBORO, AR
CSU East Bay 10/26/2017 Career & Internship Fair
Hayward, CA
UC Irvine 10/26/2017 Career Fair (All Majors)
Irvine, CA
Indiana Means Business Fair 10/31/2017 Indianapolis, IN
University of Central Arkansas 11/01/2017 Fall Career Fair
Conway, AR
Portland State University 11/01/2017 Career & Internship Fair - All Majors Day
Portland, OR
CSU Chico 11/01/2017 Career & Internship Job Fair (All Majors)
Chico, CA
Fresno State University 11/01/2017 Prof & Business Services C & I Fair
Fresno, CA
Florida International University 11/02/2017 Business Career Fair
Miami, FL
CSU San Bernardino 11/07/2017 Career Fair (All Majors)
San Bernardino, CA
University of Montana 11/08/2017 SOBA Info Booth
Missoula, MT
Hope College 11/08/2017 Econ & Business Recruiting Fair
Holland, MI
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Eugene, OR
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Sacramento, CA
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