A family-run business for nearly 50 years, Wheaton Electrical Service of Waltham is a full-service electrical contractor specializing in high-end residential and commercial installations and repairs.
Wheaton Electrical continues to provide hands-on work experience for students in Minuteman High School’s Electrical Wiring career major through the Cooperative Education program, also known as “co-op.” Seniors Nick DiNush, of Lexington, and Jake McKelvie, of Acton, are working there during the 2020-21 school year.
“I joined Electrical because I love working with my hands,” McKelvie said. “On co-op, I’ve done a bit of everything. I’ve wired pool pumps to dryers, all the way up to generators and houses. There’s no lack of work.”
The students work on a variety of tasks for both residential and commercial jobs, where they learn how to interact with and accommodate customers.
“Making my own money has made me more mature,” McKelvie said. “Right now, I’m working to buy a truck, a Ford F250. I don’t need to ask my parents for money anymore.”
DiNush described the satisfaction of participating on a new home construction project from start to finish.
“At first, there was no dry wall. After a couple months, you see the progression on the house. When the drywall is up, you can go in and finish and put on the plates and fixtures. That’s when you’re proud of yourself because you can say, ‘I did this. This is my work,’” DiNush said.
“We are very lucky to have Jake and Nick working with us at Wheaton Electric,” said Stephen Wheaton, President of Wheaton Electric. “We can’t wait to have them on full-time after graduation. They’ve been a great help and they’re getting important work experience at the same time. It’s been a win-win situation.”
DiNush played football, basketball and baseball at Minuteman. He plans to work for Wheaton Electric full-time after graduation
McKelvie played hockey, lacrosse, and golf. He plans to work for Wheaton Electric in the summer and enlist with the U.S. Marines. He hopes to become a firefighter and emergency medical technician.